NCERT Class 8 English Solutions for Exercise Think about it in Chapter 2 - Chapter-2 Children At Work

Question 17 Think about it
  1. Is Velu a smart boy? Which instances in the text show that he is or isn’t?

Yes. Velu seems to be a smart boy.

He ran away from home because of bad circumstances. When he reached Chennai, the girl, who was a ragpicker, tried to help him. Initially, he thought of not taking her help. However, he was smart enough to realize that he was very hungry and did not know where to go. Therefore, he followed the girl. He knew how to read Tamil. When the girl told him to eat the banana that she found in the garbage, he refused at first. However, he quickly realized that he was very hungry and therefore, ate it. Even though he found the place and the girl very strange, he continued to walk along with her. He tried to understand why she collected rubbish. He knew that he had not come to the big city to collect rubbish; however, he adjusted to the circumstances and decided to do the same work till he found a better job.

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