Q. 1. Describe the conversation between Professor Gaitonde and Khan Sahib about the place they had to go.
Ans. It was at Sarhad that Khan Sahib told Gaitonde that the British Raj began from that place. He asked the professor where he was going. As for himself, he was going to Peshawar. For this purpose, Khan Sahib will go from Bombay to Delhi, then to Lahore and then Peshawar.
Q. 2. What led Professor Gaitonde to believe that ‘history has taken a different turn’ perhaps before 1857?
Ans. Professor Gaitonde noticed an imposing building facing Bombay V.T., called East India House, Headquarters of the East India Company. He knew East India Company had been wound up shortly after the events of 1857. Yet, here it was not only alive but also flourishing. So, he concluded that history had taken a different turn.
Q. 3. How did the shops and office buildings along Horny Road differ from those he knew well?
Ans. The Bombay he knew had a tower of OCS building. It peeped above the shorter Victorian buildings. There was Handloom House also. There were no such buildings along the Horny Road. Instead, there were Books and Woolworth department stores and offices of Lloyds, Barclays and other British banks.
Q. 4. How did the victory in the battle of Panipat affect the balance power?
Ans. It was a great morale booster to the Marathas. It established their supremacy in northern India. The influence of Bhau Saheb and Vishwas Rao increased. The East India Company postponed its expansion programme. Vishwas Rao and his brother Madhav Rao had political sharpness and bravery. The company’s influence was reduced to small areas near Bombay, Calcutta and Madras.
Q. 5. What do you think made Rajendra realize that facts can be stranger than fantasies?
Ans. Professor Gaitonde presented two totally different written accounts of the Battle of Panipat as contained in Bhau-Sahebanchi Bakhar. The one he had come across in the other world described how Vishwas Rao narrowly missed the bullet. The account which he had in the familiar world described that Vishwas Rao was hit by the bullet.
Q. 6. What do you understand by, ‘The lack of determinism in quantum theory‘?
Ans. Quantum theory is based on the idea that energy exists in units that can’t be divided. Determinism is the doctrine that all events and actions are determined by external forces acting on the will. The phrase, thus means that the energy contained in electrons is not determined by the external forces that fire it.