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24/A Pact with the Sun
SAEEDA’S mother had been ailing for a long time — fever, cough,
body-ache, painful joints and what not. Treated by a variety
of physicians for weeks, she often showed signs of
improvement but soon relapsed into her old, sick self, one
complaint substituted by another. Though weak and
colourless, she was forbidden normal food and was under
strict orders to remain perpetually confined to her small,
dingy room with doors and windows fastened, deprived of
sunshine and fresh air.
• Saeeda’s mother has not received proper medical treatment
for her complaints.
• She is denied healthy food, sunshine and fresh air.
• At last, she consults a good physician who gives her effective
medicine and sound advice.
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24/A Pact with the Sun
SAEEDA’S mother had been ailing for a long time — fever, cough,
body-ache, painful joints and what not. Treated by a variety
of physicians for weeks, she often showed signs of
improvement but soon relapsed into her old, sick self, one
complaint substituted by another. Though weak and
colourless, she was forbidden normal food and was under
strict orders to remain perpetually confined to her small,
dingy room with doors and windows fastened, deprived of
sunshine and fresh air.
• Saeeda’s mother has not received proper medical treatment
for her complaints.
• She is denied healthy food, sunshine and fresh air.
• At last, she consults a good physician who gives her effective
medicine and sound advice.
Rationalised 2023-24
When she became critical, her relatives and neighbours
persuaded her to consult a specialist even though his fee
was likely to be high. Life is more precious than money, they
said. Saeeda’s mother was poor but she heeded their advice
and sold a few trinkets to pay the doctor’s fee and the
cost of medicine.
The doctor came in a few days and examined her and
prescribed effective but costly medicine. To the question as
to what she should eat he said, “Anything you wish to eat —
chapati, vegetables, milk, fruits, etc. In addition to all this,”
he added emphatically, “leave this dark hovel and occupy a
bigger room with doors and windows open. Sit in the sun
every morning from eight to nine. Sunshine and fresh air,” he
concluded, “are more important than medicine.”
The doctor and his advice became a subject of noisy
commentary among all present. Some favoured while others
opposed it. Exposure to sun and air for someone afflicted with
chronic cough was dangerous, an experienced lady declared. A
younger neighbour nearly quarrelled with her over this. Too
exhausted to participate in the debate, Saeeda’s mother
remained quiet but determined to follow the doctor’s advice.
“Forget the consequences,” she said at last. “I’ll carry out his
instructions to the letter. Move my bed into the next room and
let me sit in the sun on my charpoy for an hour daily.”
It so happened that the sky remained overcast next
morning. The same was the case the following day. Saeeda’s
• The sky remains overcast with clouds for a few days.
• Saeeda makes a special request to the sunrays to help her
mother get well.
• The sunrays keep their word, come down in large numbers
and give new life to Saeeda’s mother.
A Pact with the Sun/25
Rationalised 2023-24
Page 3


24/A Pact with the Sun
SAEEDA’S mother had been ailing for a long time — fever, cough,
body-ache, painful joints and what not. Treated by a variety
of physicians for weeks, she often showed signs of
improvement but soon relapsed into her old, sick self, one
complaint substituted by another. Though weak and
colourless, she was forbidden normal food and was under
strict orders to remain perpetually confined to her small,
dingy room with doors and windows fastened, deprived of
sunshine and fresh air.
• Saeeda’s mother has not received proper medical treatment
for her complaints.
• She is denied healthy food, sunshine and fresh air.
• At last, she consults a good physician who gives her effective
medicine and sound advice.
Rationalised 2023-24
When she became critical, her relatives and neighbours
persuaded her to consult a specialist even though his fee
was likely to be high. Life is more precious than money, they
said. Saeeda’s mother was poor but she heeded their advice
and sold a few trinkets to pay the doctor’s fee and the
cost of medicine.
The doctor came in a few days and examined her and
prescribed effective but costly medicine. To the question as
to what she should eat he said, “Anything you wish to eat —
chapati, vegetables, milk, fruits, etc. In addition to all this,”
he added emphatically, “leave this dark hovel and occupy a
bigger room with doors and windows open. Sit in the sun
every morning from eight to nine. Sunshine and fresh air,” he
concluded, “are more important than medicine.”
The doctor and his advice became a subject of noisy
commentary among all present. Some favoured while others
opposed it. Exposure to sun and air for someone afflicted with
chronic cough was dangerous, an experienced lady declared. A
younger neighbour nearly quarrelled with her over this. Too
exhausted to participate in the debate, Saeeda’s mother
remained quiet but determined to follow the doctor’s advice.
“Forget the consequences,” she said at last. “I’ll carry out his
instructions to the letter. Move my bed into the next room and
let me sit in the sun on my charpoy for an hour daily.”
It so happened that the sky remained overcast next
morning. The same was the case the following day. Saeeda’s
• The sky remains overcast with clouds for a few days.
• Saeeda makes a special request to the sunrays to help her
mother get well.
• The sunrays keep their word, come down in large numbers
and give new life to Saeeda’s mother.
A Pact with the Sun/25
Rationalised 2023-24
26/A Pact with the Sun
mother was dejected. She muttered, “O Lord of mine, why
have you ordered the sun to remain hidden? How will I
ever be cured?”
Saeeda was playing with her doll nearby and she heard
her mother’s lament but kept calm. Later in the afternoon,
when she stumbled on a spot of pale sunshine in the
courtyard, she ran to her mother to say the sun was there.
“No, no”, said everybody present. “It’s too late and chilly. Your
mother can’t sit out there.” Disheartened, Saeeda returned
to her doll. There was no sun really except for its last remnant
entangled in the top branches of the family mango tree.
Now, children have at their command a secret language,
foreign to grown-ups altogether, in which they fluently
communicate with trees, flowers, animals, the sun and the
moon, perhaps even with the Almighty. Using that special
language, Saeeda addressed her remark to the last departing
ray of the sun. “Dearest sister, do come tomorrow with lots of
warmth and brightness. You see, my mother is ill and needs
your help.”
“Surely,” answered the light,
“don’t look unhappy. We’ll be here
at the fixed hour.”
Next day, early in the morning,
when the sprightly sunrays
embellished themselves for their
journey down to earth, the sun said,
“It’s our day off again. We’re staying
up here. The road to earth is
blocked by an army of thick, mucky
clouds.” The little rays so much
wanted to go down for a lark but
they remained quiet. One of them,
though, who had made a pact with
Rationalised 2023-24
Page 4


24/A Pact with the Sun
SAEEDA’S mother had been ailing for a long time — fever, cough,
body-ache, painful joints and what not. Treated by a variety
of physicians for weeks, she often showed signs of
improvement but soon relapsed into her old, sick self, one
complaint substituted by another. Though weak and
colourless, she was forbidden normal food and was under
strict orders to remain perpetually confined to her small,
dingy room with doors and windows fastened, deprived of
sunshine and fresh air.
• Saeeda’s mother has not received proper medical treatment
for her complaints.
• She is denied healthy food, sunshine and fresh air.
• At last, she consults a good physician who gives her effective
medicine and sound advice.
Rationalised 2023-24
When she became critical, her relatives and neighbours
persuaded her to consult a specialist even though his fee
was likely to be high. Life is more precious than money, they
said. Saeeda’s mother was poor but she heeded their advice
and sold a few trinkets to pay the doctor’s fee and the
cost of medicine.
The doctor came in a few days and examined her and
prescribed effective but costly medicine. To the question as
to what she should eat he said, “Anything you wish to eat —
chapati, vegetables, milk, fruits, etc. In addition to all this,”
he added emphatically, “leave this dark hovel and occupy a
bigger room with doors and windows open. Sit in the sun
every morning from eight to nine. Sunshine and fresh air,” he
concluded, “are more important than medicine.”
The doctor and his advice became a subject of noisy
commentary among all present. Some favoured while others
opposed it. Exposure to sun and air for someone afflicted with
chronic cough was dangerous, an experienced lady declared. A
younger neighbour nearly quarrelled with her over this. Too
exhausted to participate in the debate, Saeeda’s mother
remained quiet but determined to follow the doctor’s advice.
“Forget the consequences,” she said at last. “I’ll carry out his
instructions to the letter. Move my bed into the next room and
let me sit in the sun on my charpoy for an hour daily.”
It so happened that the sky remained overcast next
morning. The same was the case the following day. Saeeda’s
• The sky remains overcast with clouds for a few days.
• Saeeda makes a special request to the sunrays to help her
mother get well.
• The sunrays keep their word, come down in large numbers
and give new life to Saeeda’s mother.
A Pact with the Sun/25
Rationalised 2023-24
26/A Pact with the Sun
mother was dejected. She muttered, “O Lord of mine, why
have you ordered the sun to remain hidden? How will I
ever be cured?”
Saeeda was playing with her doll nearby and she heard
her mother’s lament but kept calm. Later in the afternoon,
when she stumbled on a spot of pale sunshine in the
courtyard, she ran to her mother to say the sun was there.
“No, no”, said everybody present. “It’s too late and chilly. Your
mother can’t sit out there.” Disheartened, Saeeda returned
to her doll. There was no sun really except for its last remnant
entangled in the top branches of the family mango tree.
Now, children have at their command a secret language,
foreign to grown-ups altogether, in which they fluently
communicate with trees, flowers, animals, the sun and the
moon, perhaps even with the Almighty. Using that special
language, Saeeda addressed her remark to the last departing
ray of the sun. “Dearest sister, do come tomorrow with lots of
warmth and brightness. You see, my mother is ill and needs
your help.”
“Surely,” answered the light,
“don’t look unhappy. We’ll be here
at the fixed hour.”
Next day, early in the morning,
when the sprightly sunrays
embellished themselves for their
journey down to earth, the sun said,
“It’s our day off again. We’re staying
up here. The road to earth is
blocked by an army of thick, mucky
clouds.” The little rays so much
wanted to go down for a lark but
they remained quiet. One of them,
though, who had made a pact with
Rationalised 2023-24
A Pact with the Sun/27
little Saeeda said, “Sir, I can’t stay back. I’ve given my word
to Saeeda whose mother is ill and needs our help. I’ll pierce
through the clouds to reach Saeeda’s courtyard. How else
will her mother be cured?” Hearing this, all the rays nearly
staged a revolt against their father, the sun. “Fancy staying
back again,” they said in a single voice. “What will the people
of the earth say about us? That we of the heavens have
turned liars?”
The sun relented. “Please yourselves,” he said. “Mind your
clothes, though. The clouds are mucky.”
“Never mind our clothes. We can always change. But go
we must.” And the rays rushed towards the earth. The clouds
stood guard between them and Saeeda’s courtyard. The little
rays focussed their heat — and they had enough of it — on a
battalion of clouds, which had to flee from its post. The rays
got through, shooting past the bewildered clouds. They were
already late.
Rationalised 2023-24
Page 5


24/A Pact with the Sun
SAEEDA’S mother had been ailing for a long time — fever, cough,
body-ache, painful joints and what not. Treated by a variety
of physicians for weeks, she often showed signs of
improvement but soon relapsed into her old, sick self, one
complaint substituted by another. Though weak and
colourless, she was forbidden normal food and was under
strict orders to remain perpetually confined to her small,
dingy room with doors and windows fastened, deprived of
sunshine and fresh air.
• Saeeda’s mother has not received proper medical treatment
for her complaints.
• She is denied healthy food, sunshine and fresh air.
• At last, she consults a good physician who gives her effective
medicine and sound advice.
Rationalised 2023-24
When she became critical, her relatives and neighbours
persuaded her to consult a specialist even though his fee
was likely to be high. Life is more precious than money, they
said. Saeeda’s mother was poor but she heeded their advice
and sold a few trinkets to pay the doctor’s fee and the
cost of medicine.
The doctor came in a few days and examined her and
prescribed effective but costly medicine. To the question as
to what she should eat he said, “Anything you wish to eat —
chapati, vegetables, milk, fruits, etc. In addition to all this,”
he added emphatically, “leave this dark hovel and occupy a
bigger room with doors and windows open. Sit in the sun
every morning from eight to nine. Sunshine and fresh air,” he
concluded, “are more important than medicine.”
The doctor and his advice became a subject of noisy
commentary among all present. Some favoured while others
opposed it. Exposure to sun and air for someone afflicted with
chronic cough was dangerous, an experienced lady declared. A
younger neighbour nearly quarrelled with her over this. Too
exhausted to participate in the debate, Saeeda’s mother
remained quiet but determined to follow the doctor’s advice.
“Forget the consequences,” she said at last. “I’ll carry out his
instructions to the letter. Move my bed into the next room and
let me sit in the sun on my charpoy for an hour daily.”
It so happened that the sky remained overcast next
morning. The same was the case the following day. Saeeda’s
• The sky remains overcast with clouds for a few days.
• Saeeda makes a special request to the sunrays to help her
mother get well.
• The sunrays keep their word, come down in large numbers
and give new life to Saeeda’s mother.
A Pact with the Sun/25
Rationalised 2023-24
26/A Pact with the Sun
mother was dejected. She muttered, “O Lord of mine, why
have you ordered the sun to remain hidden? How will I
ever be cured?”
Saeeda was playing with her doll nearby and she heard
her mother’s lament but kept calm. Later in the afternoon,
when she stumbled on a spot of pale sunshine in the
courtyard, she ran to her mother to say the sun was there.
“No, no”, said everybody present. “It’s too late and chilly. Your
mother can’t sit out there.” Disheartened, Saeeda returned
to her doll. There was no sun really except for its last remnant
entangled in the top branches of the family mango tree.
Now, children have at their command a secret language,
foreign to grown-ups altogether, in which they fluently
communicate with trees, flowers, animals, the sun and the
moon, perhaps even with the Almighty. Using that special
language, Saeeda addressed her remark to the last departing
ray of the sun. “Dearest sister, do come tomorrow with lots of
warmth and brightness. You see, my mother is ill and needs
your help.”
“Surely,” answered the light,
“don’t look unhappy. We’ll be here
at the fixed hour.”
Next day, early in the morning,
when the sprightly sunrays
embellished themselves for their
journey down to earth, the sun said,
“It’s our day off again. We’re staying
up here. The road to earth is
blocked by an army of thick, mucky
clouds.” The little rays so much
wanted to go down for a lark but
they remained quiet. One of them,
though, who had made a pact with
Rationalised 2023-24
A Pact with the Sun/27
little Saeeda said, “Sir, I can’t stay back. I’ve given my word
to Saeeda whose mother is ill and needs our help. I’ll pierce
through the clouds to reach Saeeda’s courtyard. How else
will her mother be cured?” Hearing this, all the rays nearly
staged a revolt against their father, the sun. “Fancy staying
back again,” they said in a single voice. “What will the people
of the earth say about us? That we of the heavens have
turned liars?”
The sun relented. “Please yourselves,” he said. “Mind your
clothes, though. The clouds are mucky.”
“Never mind our clothes. We can always change. But go
we must.” And the rays rushed towards the earth. The clouds
stood guard between them and Saeeda’s courtyard. The little
rays focussed their heat — and they had enough of it — on a
battalion of clouds, which had to flee from its post. The rays
got through, shooting past the bewildered clouds. They were
already late.
Rationalised 2023-24
28/A Pact with the Sun
Saeeda saw the whole host of them approaching and her
heart leapt with joy. She shouted, “Amma, Amma! The sun is
here. Come out.” The old lady’s eyes welled up with tears of
gratitude. Her charpoy was placed in the courtyard and she sat
on it for an hour reclining against bolsters. It had been months
since she had felt the sun on her hands and face and breathed
in fresh air. She thought she was in a new world. Though pale,
her face glowed and her eyes shone bright. She saw her child
too bathed in sunlight and kissed her. The morning air brought
in a new fragrance from nearby flowers. The birds chanted a
new tune. Saeeda’s mother felt better already.
She is fully recovered now, but she still follows the doctor’s
advice — an hour of sunlight and lungfuls of fresh air every day.
ZAKIR HUSAIN
[translated from the Urdu and
slightly modified]
Questions
1. What did the physicians ask Saeeda’s mother to do to
get well? Did their advice help her? If not, why?
2. What did the specialist prescribe in addition to
medicine?
3. What did Saeeda tell the sunrays to do?
4. Why were the sunrays keen to go down to the earth the
next day?
l What is your own formula for keeping good health?
l Who would you recommend to a patient in your
neighbourhood — the physicians contacted first or the
specialist contacted next?  Give reasons for your choice.
l When would you make a pact with the sun?  When you
are going on a picnic, or when you are playing a cricket
match?  Think of other occasions.
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1. What is the significance of the title "A Pact with the Sun"?
Ans. The title "A Pact with the Sun" refers to the idea of making a promise or agreement with the sun. It symbolizes the importance of the sun in our lives and how it provides us with light, warmth, and energy. This pact signifies our dependence on the sun and our acknowledgment of its significance in sustaining life on Earth.
2. What is the main theme of Chapter 8 - A Pact with the Sun?
Ans. The main theme of Chapter 8 - A Pact with the Sun is the importance of the sun and its role in our lives. The chapter explores how the sun provides us with light, heat, and energy, and emphasizes the need to conserve and appreciate this valuable resource. It also highlights the impact of the sun on various aspects of our daily lives, such as agriculture and energy production.
3. How does the chapter explain the concept of solar energy?
Ans. The chapter explains the concept of solar energy by describing how sunlight is converted into usable energy through various means. It introduces the idea of solar panels, which are devices that capture sunlight and convert it into electricity. The chapter also discusses the advantages of using solar energy, such as its renewable nature and its potential to reduce reliance on non-renewable sources of energy.
4. What are some examples of how the sun affects our daily lives?
Ans. The sun affects our daily lives in numerous ways. It provides us with light, allowing us to see and perform various activities. It also provides heat, which is essential for maintaining comfortable temperatures and enabling the growth of plants. The sun's energy is used in various industries, such as agriculture, where it is needed for photosynthesis, and in solar power generation. Additionally, the sun influences our climate and weather patterns.
5. How can we conserve solar energy in our daily lives?
Ans. We can conserve solar energy in our daily lives by adopting various practices. Some of these include using solar-powered devices, such as solar water heaters and solar-powered lights, which reduce the need for electricity. Additionally, we can make use of natural light by opening curtains and blinds during the day. Conserving energy in general, such as turning off lights and appliances when not in use, also indirectly helps in conserving solar energy.
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