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Children At Work
Why had velu run away from home?
Velu had run away from home because he was beaten every day by his dad and grabbed the cash he won. He was no longer able to withstand it. So he ran away from home.
“If you are not careful, you will soon be counting bars there,” the girl said.(i) What is she referring to? (ii) What does she mean when she says “If you are not careful...”? (She says something a little later which means the same. Find that sentence.)
Where did the girl lead Velu to?
What did they get to eat?
What work did she do? Think of one -word answer.
What material are the 'Strange hunts made out of?
Why does Velu find them strange?
What sort of things did Jaya and children like her collect and what did they do with those things?
Is Velu happy or unhappy to find work? Give a reason for your answer.
Is Velu a smart boy? Which instances in the text show that he is or isn't?
Do you think Jaya is a brave and sensitive child with a sense of humour? Find instances of her courage, kind nature and humour in the text.