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I love painting. I have a box of paints. The paints have become dry. I will never throw away the box of paints, because my Uncle gifted it to me when I was a small child.
I would always carry the box with me. I would never leave it anywhere. It is my most valuable possession.
It is a token of my passion for drawing and painting.
I have two very valuable possessions.
One pen is an old one. It belongs to my Grandfather. It looks unique. It seems this was the only pen that he used throughout his life.
There is another pen; the one that my father used to write his thesis.
Now, I have two very valuable pens. I should keep them carefully.
They are ink pens. One has a gold nib.
They are so beautiful and precious that sometimes I think that they are fit to be kept in a museum.
Let’s start speaking
What is your most valuable possession?
It can be ………….
A wrist watch
A book of moral stories
An ink filler
precious dear old antique illustrated primitive
hard bound expensive simple brand hand written congratulatory
prized priceless black and white reel outmoded rare interesting simple
Guided tours and Individual tours:
I think individual tours are much better than guided tours or package tours.
When we travel on our own, we have greater leisure and freedom to visit places.
We can not only choose which place to visit but also have the liberty to spend as much time as we please without any restrictions.
However, guided tours have their own advantages.
Travelling in groups can be educative, informative and enjoyable.
You get a bird’s eye view of the important places.
It is time saving as you are forced to adhere to the schedule.
If you are in a new place, it helps to take a tour package. There is greater safety.
Sometimes, it may also work out to be cheaper.
In the long run, it all depends upon the priorities of the individual concerned.
A visit to a historical place:
Recently, I went to Hyderabad .
I went to attend a seminar .
The university is an outstanding reminder of the Nawabs’ taste for grandeur and elegance.
The Charminar is the centre of attraction. The shops in the vicinity are full of curious onlookers and buyers.
The city is famous for pearls.
Hyderabad Biryani is well known.
There are a number of wonderful palaces, now converted into hotels
The Salarjung Museum, is really great.
The Golconda fort though not preserved in a proper manner is a landmark for visitors and tourists.
The cell in which Ramadas the Revenue Officer was imprisoned draws a large number of people.
The Tank Bund as it is popularly known is a major drew for both locals and tourists.
Today Hyderabad is both a historical as well as an IT hub.
Outstanding = prominent
Vicinity = surroundings
Draws = attracts
Fantastic = wonderful
Mesmerising = attractive
Hectic = busy
Think of any place that you have visited.
When did you visit the place?
Why did you visit the place?
What did you do?
How long did you stay there?
Did you do any sight seeing?
How was the trip?
One of the most memorable days in my life is writing my Mathematics paper in class X.
It was a bright sunny day.
Just as I was about to enter the hall, I had a sudden misgiving.
I checked my bag and got the jolt of my life.
I had forgotten my hall-ticket.
My heart missed a beat.
Panic stricken, I ran towards the gate.
I dashed into my father who having seen the hall ticket on the table brought it to the college.
I heaved a huge sigh of relief.
It took me a couple of minutes to get back to my normal self.,
I can never erase from my memory the mixed feelings of anxiety, shock, and relief whenever I look back to that day.
I was able to compose myself take the exam and I came out in flying colors.
I am now extra cautious and double check my bag whenever I step out.
Vocabulary and phrases:
Misgiving = doubt / suspicion
Jolt = jerk / shock
Panic = terror / horror
Dash into = move very quickly to
Erase = wipe away
Get back = to return to a place / state
Compose = create
Composed = become calm
Flying colors = publicly successful
Cautious = careful / alert
Check = ascertain / make sure
Restrain = to keep under control
The person I like / admire the most is my father / grandfather / uncle.
He is very methodical.
He is a strict disciplinarian.
He is however very jovial, loving and knowledgeable.
He makes it a point to check out our daily activities.
He is very observant. He keeps an eye on all the members of the family.
He does not poke his nose into our affairs.
He is not very particular about food, but insists on healthy food.
He goes for a walk and is health conscious.
He encourages us to have healthy discussions on life around us.
His very presence makes us feel secure and comfortable.
He is hardworking and helps all of us in our studies.
He has gone through a lot of difficulties.
He is very patient and never loses his temper.
He is an avid reader and fond of music.
He insists on etiquette and basic manners.
The person I like / admire the most is my mother /grandmother / aunt.
She is my friend, guide and philosopher.
She is always cheerful and positive in her outlook.
She takes care of every minute thing in the house.
She is very orderly and neat.
She has a knack of making us tell the truth.
She is very outspoken and does not hesitate to call a spade a spade.
She is good at cooking and makes mouthwatering dishes.
There is no food wastage and we have to eat anything that is put on the table.
She is fond of gardening.
The kitchen garden has to be looked after by all of us.
She has a flair for music and painting.
(Gender equality is enforced through equal participation by all in all activities.)
She always lends a ear to all the stories we have.
She encourages us to be self-confident and self-dependent.
She insists that time should be spent in a proper manner.
(There is no water tight division between duties for boys and girls.)
What I admire most in her is her cheerful countenance.
She never gets ruffled.
She expresses her disapproval through silence.
(Silence is often harder to bear than chastisement.)
The person I am closest to is my sister.
She encourages me in all my activities.
She is just three years elder to me.
There is no sibling rivalry between us.
However, both of us have different temperaments.
She is frank, outspoken and clear in her views.
I am quite reserved and often unable to take a proper decision.
She never imposes her views upon me, but makes me understand what is good or bad.
I depend on her whenever I have a problem.
AS A FAMILY – WHAT WE DO TOGETHER:
We have dinner together. We share our thoughts on what we have done during the day.
In the weekends and during holidays we make it a point to work together and assist in cleaning, washing and cooking.
We relax and have healthy discussions on different topics.