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There was a time when the elephant had no trunk.
Golu, a baby elephant with a bulgy nose, is full of questions.
He goes to the Limpopo river to find out more about the
crocodile’s eating habits.
LONG, long ago the elephant had no trunk.
He had only a bulgy nose, as big as a boot.
He could wiggle it from side to side, but
couldn’t pick up things with it.
There was a baby elephant called Golu.
He, too, had no trunk but only a bulgy
nose, as small as a small boot. Golu was
full of questions. He asked his tall aunt,
the ostrich, “Why don’t you ever fly like
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There was a time when the elephant had no trunk.
Golu, a baby elephant with a bulgy nose, is full of questions.
He goes to the Limpopo river to find out more about the
crocodile’s eating habits.
LONG, long ago the elephant had no trunk.
He had only a bulgy nose, as big as a boot.
He could wiggle it from side to side, but
couldn’t pick up things with it.
There was a baby elephant called Golu.
He, too, had no trunk but only a bulgy
nose, as small as a small boot. Golu was
full of questions. He asked his tall aunt,
the ostrich, “Why don’t you ever fly like
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other birds?” Then he asked his tall uncle, the giraffe, “What
makes your skin so spotty?” He asked his huge uncle, the
hippopotamus, “Why are your eyes always so red?” He
asked his hairy uncle, the baboon, “Why do melons taste
like melons?” The ostrich, the giraffe, the hippopotamus
and the baboon had no answers to Golu’s questions. “Golu
is a naughty baby,” they said. “He asks such difficult
questions.”
One day Golu met the mynah bird sitting in the middle
of a bush, and he asked her, “What does the crocodile have
for dinner?” The mynah said, “Go to the banks of the great,
grassy Limpopo river and find out.”
Golu went home. He took a hundred sugar canes, fifty
dozen bananas and twenty-five melons. Then he said to
his family, “Goodbye. I’m going to the great, grassy Limpopo
river. I’ll find out what the crocodile has for dinner.” He
had never seen a crocodile, and didn’t know what one
looked like.
He met a python and asked him, “Have you ever seen a
crocodile? What does he look like? What does he have
for dinner?”
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There was a time when the elephant had no trunk.
Golu, a baby elephant with a bulgy nose, is full of questions.
He goes to the Limpopo river to find out more about the
crocodile’s eating habits.
LONG, long ago the elephant had no trunk.
He had only a bulgy nose, as big as a boot.
He could wiggle it from side to side, but
couldn’t pick up things with it.
There was a baby elephant called Golu.
He, too, had no trunk but only a bulgy
nose, as small as a small boot. Golu was
full of questions. He asked his tall aunt,
the ostrich, “Why don’t you ever fly like
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other birds?” Then he asked his tall uncle, the giraffe, “What
makes your skin so spotty?” He asked his huge uncle, the
hippopotamus, “Why are your eyes always so red?” He
asked his hairy uncle, the baboon, “Why do melons taste
like melons?” The ostrich, the giraffe, the hippopotamus
and the baboon had no answers to Golu’s questions. “Golu
is a naughty baby,” they said. “He asks such difficult
questions.”
One day Golu met the mynah bird sitting in the middle
of a bush, and he asked her, “What does the crocodile have
for dinner?” The mynah said, “Go to the banks of the great,
grassy Limpopo river and find out.”
Golu went home. He took a hundred sugar canes, fifty
dozen bananas and twenty-five melons. Then he said to
his family, “Goodbye. I’m going to the great, grassy Limpopo
river. I’ll find out what the crocodile has for dinner.” He
had never seen a crocodile, and didn’t know what one
looked like.
He met a python and asked him, “Have you ever seen a
crocodile? What does he look like? What does he have
for dinner?”
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The python uncoiled himself from the branch of a tree
but said nothing. Golu politely helped him to coil around
the branch again and said goodbye to him.
Golu meets the crocodile face to face.
He gets the python’s help when he needs it most.
Golu grows a long and useful nose.
Golu moved on, eating sugar canes, bananas and
melons. After a few days he reached the very edge of the
great, grassy Limpopo river. On the bank of the river he
saw a log of wood.
It was really the crocodile who winked at him. “Excuse
me,” said Golu. “Have you ever seen a crocodile?”
The crocodile winked again and lifted half his tail out
of the mud. “Come here, little one,” said the crocodile. “Why
do you ask such questions?”
“I want to know...”
“Come close, little one, for I am the crocodile,” and he
shed crocodile tears to show it was quite true.
Golu was afraid, but he sat down on the bank and said,
“You are the very person I was looking for. Please tell me
what you have for dinner.”
“Come here, little one, and I’ll whisper the answer to
you,” said the crocodile.
Golu put his head down close to the crocodile’s snout
and the crocodile caught him by the nose.
“I think,” said the crocodile, “today a baby elephant will
be my dinner.”
“Let me go. You are hurting me, Mr Crocodile,” screamed
Golu.
The python, who had been quietly following Golu, came
to the bank and said, “If you do not pull as hard as you
can, the crocodile will drag you into the stream.”
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There was a time when the elephant had no trunk.
Golu, a baby elephant with a bulgy nose, is full of questions.
He goes to the Limpopo river to find out more about the
crocodile’s eating habits.
LONG, long ago the elephant had no trunk.
He had only a bulgy nose, as big as a boot.
He could wiggle it from side to side, but
couldn’t pick up things with it.
There was a baby elephant called Golu.
He, too, had no trunk but only a bulgy
nose, as small as a small boot. Golu was
full of questions. He asked his tall aunt,
the ostrich, “Why don’t you ever fly like
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other birds?” Then he asked his tall uncle, the giraffe, “What
makes your skin so spotty?” He asked his huge uncle, the
hippopotamus, “Why are your eyes always so red?” He
asked his hairy uncle, the baboon, “Why do melons taste
like melons?” The ostrich, the giraffe, the hippopotamus
and the baboon had no answers to Golu’s questions. “Golu
is a naughty baby,” they said. “He asks such difficult
questions.”
One day Golu met the mynah bird sitting in the middle
of a bush, and he asked her, “What does the crocodile have
for dinner?” The mynah said, “Go to the banks of the great,
grassy Limpopo river and find out.”
Golu went home. He took a hundred sugar canes, fifty
dozen bananas and twenty-five melons. Then he said to
his family, “Goodbye. I’m going to the great, grassy Limpopo
river. I’ll find out what the crocodile has for dinner.” He
had never seen a crocodile, and didn’t know what one
looked like.
He met a python and asked him, “Have you ever seen a
crocodile? What does he look like? What does he have
for dinner?”
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Golu Grows a Nose
The python uncoiled himself from the branch of a tree
but said nothing. Golu politely helped him to coil around
the branch again and said goodbye to him.
Golu meets the crocodile face to face.
He gets the python’s help when he needs it most.
Golu grows a long and useful nose.
Golu moved on, eating sugar canes, bananas and
melons. After a few days he reached the very edge of the
great, grassy Limpopo river. On the bank of the river he
saw a log of wood.
It was really the crocodile who winked at him. “Excuse
me,” said Golu. “Have you ever seen a crocodile?”
The crocodile winked again and lifted half his tail out
of the mud. “Come here, little one,” said the crocodile. “Why
do you ask such questions?”
“I want to know...”
“Come close, little one, for I am the crocodile,” and he
shed crocodile tears to show it was quite true.
Golu was afraid, but he sat down on the bank and said,
“You are the very person I was looking for. Please tell me
what you have for dinner.”
“Come here, little one, and I’ll whisper the answer to
you,” said the crocodile.
Golu put his head down close to the crocodile’s snout
and the crocodile caught him by the nose.
“I think,” said the crocodile, “today a baby elephant will
be my dinner.”
“Let me go. You are hurting me, Mr Crocodile,” screamed
Golu.
The python, who had been quietly following Golu, came
to the bank and said, “If you do not pull as hard as you
can, the crocodile will drag you into the stream.”
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“Advantage number two,” hissed the
python. “You couldn’t have done it with
a small nose. Don’t you think the sun
is too hot now?”
Golu sat back on his little haunches and pulled and pulled.
The crocodile slipped into the water making it all creamy with
great sweeps of his tail, and he also pulled and pulled.
Then the python coiled himself round Golu’s stomach
and said, “Let’s pull harder.” Golu dug in all his four legs
in the mud and pulled. The nose kept on stretching. At
each pull the nose grew longer and longer and it hurt Golu.
The nose was now five feet long, but it was free at last.
Golu sat down, with his nose wrapped up in a big banana
leaf and hung it in the great, grassy Limpopo river to cool.
Golu sat there for two days waiting for his nose to cool
and to shrink. It grew cool but it didn’t shrink.
At the end of the second day, a fly came and stung Golu
on the shoulder. Golu lifted his long nose (trunk) and with
it hit the fly dead.
“Advantage number one,” hissed the python. “You couldn’t
have done it with a small nose. Try and eat a little now.”
Golu put out his trunk and plucked a large bundle of
grass. He dusted it against his forelegs and stuffed it into
his mouth.
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There was a time when the elephant had no trunk.
Golu, a baby elephant with a bulgy nose, is full of questions.
He goes to the Limpopo river to find out more about the
crocodile’s eating habits.
LONG, long ago the elephant had no trunk.
He had only a bulgy nose, as big as a boot.
He could wiggle it from side to side, but
couldn’t pick up things with it.
There was a baby elephant called Golu.
He, too, had no trunk but only a bulgy
nose, as small as a small boot. Golu was
full of questions. He asked his tall aunt,
the ostrich, “Why don’t you ever fly like
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other birds?” Then he asked his tall uncle, the giraffe, “What
makes your skin so spotty?” He asked his huge uncle, the
hippopotamus, “Why are your eyes always so red?” He
asked his hairy uncle, the baboon, “Why do melons taste
like melons?” The ostrich, the giraffe, the hippopotamus
and the baboon had no answers to Golu’s questions. “Golu
is a naughty baby,” they said. “He asks such difficult
questions.”
One day Golu met the mynah bird sitting in the middle
of a bush, and he asked her, “What does the crocodile have
for dinner?” The mynah said, “Go to the banks of the great,
grassy Limpopo river and find out.”
Golu went home. He took a hundred sugar canes, fifty
dozen bananas and twenty-five melons. Then he said to
his family, “Goodbye. I’m going to the great, grassy Limpopo
river. I’ll find out what the crocodile has for dinner.” He
had never seen a crocodile, and didn’t know what one
looked like.
He met a python and asked him, “Have you ever seen a
crocodile? What does he look like? What does he have
for dinner?”
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Golu Grows a Nose
The python uncoiled himself from the branch of a tree
but said nothing. Golu politely helped him to coil around
the branch again and said goodbye to him.
Golu meets the crocodile face to face.
He gets the python’s help when he needs it most.
Golu grows a long and useful nose.
Golu moved on, eating sugar canes, bananas and
melons. After a few days he reached the very edge of the
great, grassy Limpopo river. On the bank of the river he
saw a log of wood.
It was really the crocodile who winked at him. “Excuse
me,” said Golu. “Have you ever seen a crocodile?”
The crocodile winked again and lifted half his tail out
of the mud. “Come here, little one,” said the crocodile. “Why
do you ask such questions?”
“I want to know...”
“Come close, little one, for I am the crocodile,” and he
shed crocodile tears to show it was quite true.
Golu was afraid, but he sat down on the bank and said,
“You are the very person I was looking for. Please tell me
what you have for dinner.”
“Come here, little one, and I’ll whisper the answer to
you,” said the crocodile.
Golu put his head down close to the crocodile’s snout
and the crocodile caught him by the nose.
“I think,” said the crocodile, “today a baby elephant will
be my dinner.”
“Let me go. You are hurting me, Mr Crocodile,” screamed
Golu.
The python, who had been quietly following Golu, came
to the bank and said, “If you do not pull as hard as you
can, the crocodile will drag you into the stream.”
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“Advantage number two,” hissed the
python. “You couldn’t have done it with
a small nose. Don’t you think the sun
is too hot now?”
Golu sat back on his little haunches and pulled and pulled.
The crocodile slipped into the water making it all creamy with
great sweeps of his tail, and he also pulled and pulled.
Then the python coiled himself round Golu’s stomach
and said, “Let’s pull harder.” Golu dug in all his four legs
in the mud and pulled. The nose kept on stretching. At
each pull the nose grew longer and longer and it hurt Golu.
The nose was now five feet long, but it was free at last.
Golu sat down, with his nose wrapped up in a big banana
leaf and hung it in the great, grassy Limpopo river to cool.
Golu sat there for two days waiting for his nose to cool
and to shrink. It grew cool but it didn’t shrink.
At the end of the second day, a fly came and stung Golu
on the shoulder. Golu lifted his long nose (trunk) and with
it hit the fly dead.
“Advantage number one,” hissed the python. “You couldn’t
have done it with a small nose. Try and eat a little now.”
Golu put out his trunk and plucked a large bundle of
grass. He dusted it against his forelegs and stuffed it into
his mouth.
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Golu scooped up some mud from the bank and slapped
it on his head.
“Advantage number three,” hissed the python. “You
couldn’t have done it with a small nose.”
“Thank you, Mr Python,” said Golu gratefully. “I’ll
remember all this and now I’ll go back to my family.”
RUDYARD KIPLING
(simplified and abridged)
Answer the following questions.
1. Whom does Golu ask, “Why don’t you ever fly like other
birds?”
2. Which uncle of Golu had red eyes?
3. Golu’s relatives did not answer his questions because
(i) they were shy.
(ii) the questions were too difficult.
(iii) Golu was a naughty baby.
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1. What is the story of "Golu Grows a Nose" about?
Ans. "Golu Grows a Nose" is a story from the Class 7 NCERT textbook. It revolves around a boy named Golu who experiences a magical transformation when he wakes up one day to find a nose growing on his face. The story follows Golu's journey as he learns to adapt to his new nose and the challenges he faces because of it.
2. What are the main themes explored in the story "Golu Grows a Nose"?
Ans. The story "Golu Grows a Nose" explores several themes, including self-acceptance, embracing uniqueness, and overcoming societal judgments. It highlights the importance of accepting oneself as well as others, regardless of physical appearances or differences.
3. How does Golu's transformation affect his life in the story?
Ans. Golu's transformation in "Golu Grows a Nose" has both positive and negative impacts on his life. On one hand, he gains a unique ability to detect smells and experiences the wonder of discovering new aromas. On the other hand, he faces ridicule and judgment from his peers, which initially causes him distress and self-doubt. However, as the story progresses, Golu learns to embrace his nose and its capabilities, ultimately finding self-acceptance.
4. What lessons can be learned from the story "Golu Grows a Nose"?
Ans. "Golu Grows a Nose" imparts valuable lessons to its readers. It teaches us the importance of accepting oneself, embracing uniqueness, and not letting societal judgments define our self-worth. The story encourages empathy and understanding towards individuals who may be different and highlights the power of self-confidence and resilience in overcoming challenges.
5. How does "Golu Grows a Nose" relate to real-life experiences?
Ans. The story "Golu Grows a Nose" resonates with real-life experiences of individuals who may feel self-conscious or face societal judgments due to physical differences. It reflects the struggles faced by people who are perceived as different and emphasizes the significance of acceptance, empathy, and self-love in overcoming these challenges. The story encourages readers to look beyond surface appearances and appreciate the uniqueness of every individual.
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