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Reading Comprehension 1

Man may not know the right path, but if he has the sincere desire and determination to go forward nothing can prevent him.

Passage

Once there was a sincere devotee. He wanted to visit Varanasi, the holy place of lord Shiva. He did not know the way. In those days men had to travel on foot. He went in the southern direction and lost his way. However, he kept asking for the right direction. In course of time, he was able to turn towards the right direction and found the right path. Finally, he reached Varanasi. His strong desire to visit the holy place enabled him to reach his destination. Determination will always win in the end.

Improve your Vocabulary:
Find the antonym for the words given. These are words from the above passage.

  • Sincere
  • Holy
  • Those
  • Man
  • Lost
  • Loose
  • Right
  • Right
  • Able
  • Strong
  • Win
  • Forward
  • Old
  • Far
  • Tall
SincereXinsincere
HolyXunholy
A ManXa woman
LooseXtight
RightXleft
RightXwrong
StrongXweak
OldXyoung
FarXnear
TallXShort
WhiteXblack
BeautifulXugly
BraveXcoward
PrettyXugly
GoodXbad
RichXpoor
CorrectXIncorrect
IntelligentXFoolish
EasyXTough
FastXSlow
EasyXDifficult
FirstXLast
StartXStop
GenuineXSpurious
ActiveXLazy
OriginalXDuplicate

Reflect and Discuss on the above passage:

  • What does the word ‘pilgrim’ mean?
  • Have you heard of ‘pilgrim centers ‘?
  • Have you visited any holy place?
  • What are the major centers of pilgrimage in your state?
  • Do you think that pilgrimages are meant for old people?
  • What is the other name for Varanasi?
  • Who is the presiding deity at Varanasi?
  • Do you know anyone who has overcome obstacles, while trying to go on a pilgrimage?
  • What are the two factors necessary to attain one’s objective?
  • Have you ever had the desire to obtain or get anything?
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