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Q.1. In which town does the author stay?
He stays in Kathmandu.
Q.2. What is the restriction about entry at Pashupatinath?
Only Hindus are allowed to enter here.
Q.3. Where does a monkey jump?
A monkeys jumps onto a Shivalinga.
Q.4. Why does everyone bow and make away?
Everyone bows and makes way for a princess of the Nepalese royal house.
Q.5. What did the writer describe about Pashupatinath Temple?
The writer described that Pashupatinath Temple is the main shrine of Hindus in Nepal. It is devoted to lord Shiva. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple. There was an atmosphere of utter confusion as animals along with people were there on the temple ground.
Q.6. The writer says, “All this I wash down with Coca Cola.” What does ‘all this’ refer to?
The writer says, “All this I wash down with Coca Cola.” All this refers to the bar or marzipan and a corn on the cob roasted on a charcoal brazier (rubbed with salt, chili powder and lemon) and a couple of love story comics, and a Reader’s Digest.
Q.7. Name five kinds of flutes.
Five kinds of flutes as mentioned by the writer are the (1) reed neh, (2) the recorder, (3) the Japanese shakuhachi, (4) the deep bansuri of Hindustani classical music, (5) the clear or breathy flutes of South America.
Q.8. What is the proclamation at the entrance of Pashupatinath temple? Was it implemented strictly?
The proclamation at the entrance of Pashupatinath temple was ‘Entrance for the Hindus only’. It was implemented strictly as the westerners who were in saffron clothes were prohibited to enter the temple before they could prove that they were Hindus.
Q.9. What difference does the author note between the flute seller and the other hawkers?
The author notes that all the hawkers in the market and streets around the temple were shouting about the wares to attract the customers. They described about their wares and shouted at the pitch of their voice to gain attention. However, the flute seller did not shout or called attention of the customer by calling or describing about his stuff. He played on different flutes displaying his acumen in playing the instrument. He had different varieties of flutes and he picked one after the other and played some beautiful tune on it. This was his way of calling attention of his customers.
Q.10. What is the belief at Pashupatinath about the end of Kaliyug?
Pashupatinath temple is situated on the bank of Baghmati river. There is a small temple half protruding out from the stone platform on the river bank. People believe that there is a goddess in the temple. They say that when the temple emerges fully and becomes completely visible to the people, the goddess inside will escape and disappear. That day the evil period of the Kaliyug will come to an end on the earth. Thus, describing that it will be a dooms day for the world. All the people on this earth will perish.