Chapter 8

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Class 9
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I. The text you read is a travelogue where the author, Vikram Seth, talks about his visit to two sacred places in Kathmandu.

Question:

The text you read is a travelogue where the author, Vikram Seth, talks about his visit to two sacred places in Kathmandu. Imagine that you were with Vikram Seth on his visit to Pashupatinath temple, and you were noting down all that you saw and did there, so that you could write a travelogue later. Record in point form

what you see when you reach the Pashupatinath temple

what you see happening inside the temple

what you do when inside the temple

what you see outside the temple

what your impressions are about the place.

Answer:

21st March, 20XX

Dear Diary,

Today I feel pleasure to note down my experience of the visit to Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu with Vikram Seth. The visit was indeed exciting for me, though there was an atmosphere of ‘febrile confusion’ at Pashupatinath Temple. I saw crowds of priests, hawkers, devotees, tourists at the temple. We offered some flowers to God. Inside the temple, I saw a large number of worshippers trying to get the priest’s attention and some of them were elbowed aside by others who were pushing their way to the front. Outside the temple, I saw a party of saffron- clad westerners struggle for permission to enter the temple. The policeman did not allow them to enter the temple because they were not Hindus. There is no doubt that the place is worth visiting. We feel aesthetic satisfaction by visiting such religious place.

Priyanshu

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