Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

1) The Mario Vargas Llosa telling the story is obviously older than the “Marito” who is living it . . . How would you describe the tone? What is the attitude of the narrator to the young man he was? 

Mario Vargas Llosa writes the story as if his younger self was as mature as he is now and the tone stays the same throughout the book. He doesn’t seem to condescend or criticise his younger self and makes it seem as if his younger self made decisions the same we he would now. The tone is quite neutral and he doesn’t seem to disagree with anything.  

2) If every other chapter, basically, represents one of Pedro Camacho’s serials —if they didn’t happen, in other words, what is the point of spending so much time on these characters/events/conflicts?

I think the point of this is to show that Pedro Camacho is quite lonely and to make up for this isolation and loneliness he creates his own world, through his stories, where he is in control and it can be whatever he wants it to be. The stories and characters he makes up are his ‘friends’ and company on a daily basis, they are the people who get him through the day and never stop listening, the people who aren’t too busy to be with him.

3) If a story is basically, “one time, in one place, something happened” then it’s not really literature —it’s journalism or history or maybe even just gossip. Literature is usually thought to express something timeless —something true in a bigger sense. What might this novel be saying about life?

This novel is talking about how one’s life has so much going on, all at once, to the point where people don’t get a break. It shows how life can take you to different and unexpected places and throw unprecedented things at you. This novel really shows how life is timeless and so are the events that occur during life.


Hindi Answers

१) सेवक राम मसीही ईसाई धर्म का प्रचार करते थे|

२) हेडमास्टर कलीराम ने स्कूल मैं बालक ओमप्रकाश को स्कूल के अंदर और बहार झाड़ू लगाने का काम दिया था|

३) लेखक की कहानी “बैल की खाल”  मैं पत्र के मुँह से गाली दिलवाने के कारण हिंदी के कई बड़े लेखकों ने नाक  भौं सिखोड़ी थी|

४) बरला गाँव में कुछ मुस्लमान त्यागी भी थे| त्यागियों को भी तगा  कहते थे| मुस्लमान तगाओं का व्यव्हार भी हिन्दुओं जैसा था| कभी कोई अच्छा साफ़ -सुथरा कपडा पहनकर यदि निकले तो फब्दिया सुन्नी पड़ती थी| ऐसी फब्दिया जो बुझे तीर की तरह भीतर तक उत्तर जाती थी| ऐसा हमेशा होता था| साफ़ सुथरे कपडे पहनकर कक्षा मैं जाओ तो साथ के लड़के कहते , अबे चूड़े का , नए कपड़े पहनकर आया है | मैले -पुराने कपड़े पहनकर  स्कूल जाओ तोह कहते , “अबे चूहड़े के , दूर हट, बदबू आ रही है”|


Season 3 – Summary of CAS

For season 3 I have chosen to join 2 more activities, Badminton and Track. I thoroughly enjoy both these activities and have fun playing them. I got into the badminton A team which I was very pleased with and the trainings are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The track team trainings are on Monday and Friday. This does make my weekly schedule more busy as I have less time to play squash, which I make up for on the weekend, as well as less time to do homework and study. I am still continuing with OWES service, which is every thursday from 3-4:30.

Kobe Bryant Ad

In class, we looked at a few advertisements for Kobe Bryant’s shoe. In these advertisements, we didn’t see the shoe at all but we saw a few ‘successful’ and famous people, such as Kanye West, Richard Branson, etc. I believe the main focus of the advertisement was too sell Kobe Bryant and his brand rather than just the product. By not showing the shoes throughout the ad, it made the audience more curious and interested in seeing the product, which is quite an interesting marketing strategy. A lot of Nike’s shoes are extremely and unnecessarily expensive and to a lot of people this gives them less incentive to buy them, but by doing this Nike ends up selling shoes which would have been previously considered expensive. By showing such popular and famous people in this ad, it seems to target quite a large range of people, those who aim to be successful in life and seeing people like Kanye, Kobe, etc, just makes them more interested in the product. Women, however, may view this differently due to the fact that most of the successful people shown were men and this may upset a lot of women.

Activity Reflection 3

Over the past month I have been training quite regurarly, around 3-4 times a weeks. I have been working on my fitness and on getting more matchplay practice. I had been preparing the new season and the upcoming tournaments but most of them have been cancelled due to the virus. I have been chosen to play Grade C squash for the Safra club in the National Squash League which begins mid-april. I am looking forward to that as I will get to play some high quality matches. I hope to be able to train regurarly and avoid any injuries this year

Creativity Reflection 2

Over the past month, I have been working on a couple of different projects in pottery. I have learned new methods and techniques of molding clay and also learned how to use different types of equipment. I feel that pottery has really helped me become more creative and it really is a stress reliever. I enjoyed my time doing pottery but I will not be continuing it and feel like I should pursue something else.

Service Reflection 4

The past couple of weeks have been quite hectic and dissapointing for our service due to the coronavirus which has caused all events to be cancelled till the end of the school year. Our service depends on events such as family festival, school plays etc. and now that they are all cancelled we have no events to participate and make a difference in. We have decided to improve our service portfolio and other aspects of our service to help it become more popular and clearer for people to understand what our aim in the service is. We have been working on that for the past weeks and plan on doing this for the next few weeks.

बंटी की जिज्ञासा

किताब के दौरान बंटी अपने माता-पिता के बीच तलाक को लेकर बहुत उत्सुक था। पहले तो उसे पता ही नहीं था कि क्या हो रहा है और बस यह मान लिया गया कि यह बहुत बड़ी बात नहीं है और सिर्फ एक छोटी सी बात है। लेकिन जैसे-जैसे कहानी आगे बढ़ी बंटी को यह एहसास होने लगा कि वह जितना सोचती थी, उससे कहीं ज्यादा गंभीर थी। जब उन्होंने महसूस किया कि यह एक गंभीर मुद्दा है, तो उनकी जिज्ञासा उनके लिए बेहतर हो गई और इसके परिणामस्वरूप उन्हें अपने माता-पिता की बातचीत और इस तरह की अन्य बातों को सुनने के बारे में डर लग रहा था।

आपका बंटी – Purpose

आपका बंटी, मनु भंडारी द्वारा लिखित एक उपन्यास है। फिल्म की कहानी बंटी नाम के लड़के के इर्द-गिर्द घूमती है, जो 8 साल का है। उनके माता-पिता तलाक ले रहे हैं और पहली बार में बंटी ने क्या किया है, इस पर भरोसा नहीं करता है लेकिन समय के साथ वह समझने लगता है कि यह एक गंभीर मुद्दा नहीं है। पुस्तक का उद्देश्य एक युवा लड़के और उसके जीवन पर तलाक का प्रभाव दिखा सकता है। यह पुस्तक वह है जो बहुत से विभिन्न प्रकार के लोगों से संबंधित हो सकती है जो समान परिस्थितियों से गुजरे हैं और जीवन में बाद में भी इससे जूझ रहे हैं।
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