Understanding the Text: Main ideas
1. Laughter and Bells of happiness constantly rang from house no.22
2. The inmates of House no.22 were always together and joyful.
3. It was a happy family and it had drawn a rainbow of happiness on the street.
4. The narrator got a chance to pull himself beside Mr X from house no.22 without any congestion charge.
5. Mr.Karan Patel was a fine Indian gentleman who held a prestigious Chief executive position in an American Company.
6. He wanted bring up his daughter on his own.
7. Meera loved eating bananas and Patong in Thai means ‘the forest filled with banana leave’. So Meera had chosen Patong beach located in Phuket.
8. Her mom said to her that she was missing both of them and wanted them to be with her; but the time was not right.
9. Tsunami, a giant monstrous wave about thirty feet high consumed the earth.
10. A young girl of about thirteen years was lying on the bed next to Karan Patel.
11. Karan Patel found his daughter in Kamala Beach.
12. The religion of Munira was Islamic.
13. The religion of Karan Patel and his family was Hinduism.
Looking at language: vocabulary by Phrasal verb
1. Moved into – take possession of new house
Ex: Victoria moved in with her new boy friend.
2. Pull up- Come to a halt
Ex: he pulled up outside the cottage.
3. Brought up- to bring up
She was partly brought up by her maternal grandparents.
4. Make of- Make something into
Cricket bats are made of willow.
5. Look for- attempt to find
Ravi is looking for you.
6. Get up- rise
Get up early in the morning.
7. Rushed off- be very busy.
Ex: I was rushed off on Sunday.
8. Ran down: reduce in size
Ex: the battery has run down.
9. Looked up: He looked her up when he was in his area.
Literary Concept: Theme
1. Yes, I agree with Mrs.Wellington words . The three of them were always together and joyful and had drawn a rainbow of happiness in their street.
2. Premonition means a strong feeling that something is about to happen especially something unpleasant. Premonition has give prior intimation to Karen Patel that unavoidable situation is going to happen but they may turn up safely.
3. It’s Happy New Year to Karen Patel as it has given him new life to him and to his daughter and added a new member in his family.
4. ‘Tsunami Religion’ differs from common man’s notion of religion and religious beliefs. It creates a society where there is no place for caste, creed, and religion and people of this society work together with coordination and cooperation.
5. Act of adopting Munira is a spontaneous reaction. Munira was a girl of thirteen years who lost her family members in Tsunami. Mr.Karan Patel was also separated from his only daughter from Tsuanmi. During this time, he came across Munira who was next to his bed and weeping continuously for her helpless situation. Mr. Karan had found resemblances of his daughter in her and his heart felt both for his daughter and Munira. When he found his daughter and Munira in Kamala beach, he decided to adopt Munira and treat her as his own daughter.
6. He had understood the true meaning of life. After the death of his wife, he searched happiness in his daughter and decided to bring uup Meera on his own. Ever after the tragic happening of Tsunami , he did not lose his will and with confidence he searched for his daughter. He learned to live cheerfully and joyfully.
7. Yes, we support the decision taken by Mr.Karan Patel. If he had remarried , he would have concentrated on new and he would have neglected his daughter. The personality of a child does not depend either she is brought up by a single parent or both but it depends upon the affection and concentration they show on baby.
8. It enhance our religious and social values.
It gives us an opportunity for re-union of family members and friends.
9. People of Thailand are sympathetic to the victims of disaster.
Two instances that exhibit the sympathetic attitude of the people of Thailand-
a) Karan was helped by the volunteers in search of his daughter.
b) His daughter was taken care by the volunteers and they were eagerly trying to pass on the information to her relations.
10. The area was effected badly by Tsunami. Houses were flattened and people were scavenging through leftovers. Only little remained to cater the needs of the survivors.
11. If I was Karen Patel, I would have done the same. Religion, caste and creed are the walls built by mankind. One should not confine oneself to these boundaries.
Literary Concepts: Simile.
1. Simile is a figure of speech that describes something by comparing or establishing its similarity to something else. Some examples with their meanings:
1. As cool as cucumber – cool headed.
2. As gentle as lamb – Gentle- non reactive.
3. To drink like fish - to drink a lot.
4. To sleep like a log - to sleep soundly.
5. As wise as an owl - very wise.
Literary Concepts: Personification
1. The alarm clock screams at me every morning.
2. Art is a jealous mistress.
3. The sun was playing hide and seek with the clouds.
4. My computer hates to do my homework
5. Season off mists and mellow fruitfulness close bosom- friends of the maturing sun(Ode to Autumn)
Literary Concepts: Metaphor
1. Expressions like ‘angel’ and ‘puppet’ convey his affection for his daughter. It takes time for Mr.KaranPatel to use such expressions to Munira as she is not his own daughter and adopted by him after the devastating situation.
1. She is shocked and preoccupied with the pain of Munira.
2. The short story titled ‘Man from Kabul’ by Rabindra Nath Tagore is similar to this story. In ‘Man from Kabul’ , there was a man known as Kabuliwallah. He had left his family behind in Afghanistan to make his way through life and during this time he began longing to see his daughter. Then one day he came across a young girl named Mini whom he felt resembled his daughter and become attached.
In ‘Tsunami Religion’ Karan Patel had lost his daughter in disaster for sometime and during this time he came across Munira who was separated from her family members. Karan had seen his daughter in Munira and got attached to her and so he adopted her .
3. Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments. This world is a huge stage and we all people are the actors playing own roles. We people do not leave our natural life rather always in constrain of relationship and bound to act accordingly. And this constrain is a bond, binds all persons together. Mrs. Anjali Prashar has brought out clearly this emotionally sensitive relations in her essay ‘Tsunami Religion’
This story brings out the lovely attachment between daughter and father and it shows how that affection culminated in creating new bond. Karan, a fine Indian gentleman, held a position of an executive officer in American Company. His wife died from a brain tumour . He decided not to remarry and brought up Meera on his own. Then he was separated from his only daughter for some days in disaster. During this time, he happened to meet Munira, who resembles like his daughter. His heart had melt for Munira. Even after he was reunited with his daughter, he adopted Munira and treated her as his own daughter.