Lesson 4: A man who loves trees
At the farthest (outermost, furthermost, extreme) corner (angle, turn, junction, place) of Bangladesh there is a village called (named, characterized, titled, entitled) Tarapur. In this village there lives a man named Kartik Poramanik. He is a hair dresser by profession (occupation, work, job, career, business), but a nature (environment, countryside, wildlife) lover at heart (emotion, mood, sentiment, mind, nature). His passion (hunger, thirst, desire, hunger) is to plant saplings (trees, plants, seedlings), which grow (produce, cultivate, raise, nurture, develop) into gigantic (huge, enormous, vast) trees. He started planting trees when he was only 10 years old. He remembers (evokes, recalls, recollects) what his father once told him, ” My son (spawn, lad, child), you can earn (receive, produce, get, make) the blessings (dedications, approvals, sanctions) of God by planting trees. He has never forgotten (overlooked, gone, disremembered) what his father told him. At present he is 63 years old. He has planted hundreds of trees in his village. Many of the trees are now 35-40 years old.
Once there were hardly (scarcely, barely) any trees in this village. Kartik used to go to different (dissimilar, unlike, changed, altered) houses for his job. At times he would get tired (exhausted, sleepy) in the scorching (boiling, burning, baking) sun, but there were no trees under which he could sit and rest for a while. Thinking how people suffer in the heat, Kartik began his tree planting mission (duty, assignment, task, job). Kartik would wake up early in the morning, take one or two laborers with him and set out to plant trees. He would walk long distances to plant trees, carrying with him some dry food and water. He would pay all the expenses (expenditures, payments, costs) from his own pocket. Kartik has planted trees beside (near, alongside, by, nearby) the roads, in and around (round, everywhere) the bazar, schools and colleges, open fields and many other places. At times it so happened (occurred, materialized, changed) that Kartik would go to water his plants at 10 or 11 p m.
People asked him, “Kartik, are you mad? What are you doing so late at night?” Kartik would smile and say, “What to do, sir. I have to work hard the whole day to earn money for my family. I don’t get time during the day. But my trees would die if I don’t water them. So I come late at night to look after them.” Even today this old man continues (remains, stays, lasts, endures) planting trees as many as he can. A man, who can hardly (barely, scarcely) sign (mark, symbol, indication) his name, is leaving (departure, exist, good-bye, separation) his signature all around in nature.
1. Read the story again and now write the answers of the following questions.
a. Where does Kartik Poramanik dwell?
b. Where is the village situated?
c. What type of people is he?
d. What is his passion?
e. From when did he start planting?
f. Who encouraged him to plant?
g. According his father’s suggestion, how can he achieve the blessing of God?
h. Who many trees has he planted still now?
i. Why did he go to different houses and what was his purpose?
j. Why would he get tired at that time?
k. Why would he walk in a long distance?
l. Where has he planted the seedlings?
m. Why do people think Kartik Poramanik becomes mad?
n. Why does Kartik Poramanik smile when people ask him so many questions?
o. How can he change the society?
p. ‘Kartik Poramanik is a different person from others’ do u agree with us if yes, why and if no, why not?
q. What is the source of the story about Kartik Poramanik?