What does the writer mean when she says, ‘Saheb is no longer his own master’?


Answer – 

The author intended Saheb to be a carefree youngster who worked and still had time for himself when he was a ragpicker. Yet as soon as he began working at the tea shop, he lost his freedom because he was forced to work for a master and obey his commands. He could no longer act as he pleased. As a result, he was no longer his own master.



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Mention the hazards of working in the glass bangle industry

What forces conspire to keep the workers in the bangle industry of Firozabad in poverty? 

Give a brief account of the life and activities of the people like Saheb-e-Alam settled in Seemapuri.

How was Mukesh’s attitude to his situation different from that of his family? 

“Mukesh is not like the others. His dreams loom like a mirage amidst the dust of streets that fill his town Firozabad”. Justify the statement in the light of contrast in the mindsets of Mukesh and the people of Firozabad. 

Would you agree that promises made to poor children are rarely kept? Why do you think this happens in the incidents narrated in the text?


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