Oral Comprehension Check

Page no- 86

1.What are the elders in God nostalgic about?

Ans. The elders reminisced about the old Portuguese days. They were also nostalgic about the Portuguese and the loaves of bread which was quite famous. Though the loaves eaters have vanished, but the makers were still there.

2.Is bread-making still popular in Goa? How do you know?

Ans. Yes, bread making is still very popular in Goa.

We got to know this by various instances from the text. The eaters of loaves have vanished but the makers were still there. The mixers, the moulders and those who bake the loaves were still there. Those old-aged, time furnaces were still there. These bakers were known as ‘pader’ and the name prevailed in the present time as well.

3.What is the baker called?

Ans. The baker is known as ‘pader’.

4.When would the baker come every day? Why did the children run to meet him?

Ans. He used to come at least twice a day. When he used to set out in the morning on his selling round and again when he would return back, there was the jingling thud of the bamboo that woke up the people from sleep and the narrator would ran to him, wish and greet him.

They ran to him as the children loved those breads, especially the sweet breads, a lot.

Oral Comprehension Check

Page no- 87

  1. Match the following. What is a must
  2. As marriage gifts?                        – cakes and bolinhas
  3. For a party or a feast?                 – sweet bread called bol
  4. For a daughter’s engagement? – bread
  5. For Christmas?                             -sandwiches

Ans. (i) as marriage gifts- sweet bread called bol

(ii) for a party or a feast- bread

(iii) for a daughter’s engagement- sandwiches

(iv) for Christmas- cakes and bolinhas

2.What did the bakers wear: (i) in the Portuguese days? (ii) when the author was young?

Ans. The bakers used to wear:-

(i) a dress named kabai. It was a single-piece dress long frock reaching to the knees in the Portuguese days.

(ii) when the author was young, the bakers used to wear a shirt and trousers which were shorter than full-length ones and longer than half-pants.

3. Who invites the comment —- “he is dressed like a pader”? Why?

Ans. Anyone who wears a half-pant which reaches just below the knees invites the comment that he is dresses like a ‘pader’.

This is because when the narrator was young, the bakers used to wear such dresses.

4.Where were the monthly accounts of the baker recorded?

Ans. The monthly accounts of the baker were recorded on some wall with the help of a pencil.

5.What does a ‘jack-fruit-like appearance’ mean?

Ans. The bakers used to have a plump physique as they had a profitable profession. They always looked happy and prosperous. So, any person having such physique is said to have a ‘jackfruit-like appearance’.

Thinking about the Text

Page no- 88

  1. Which of these sentences are correct?
  2. The pader was an important person in the village in old times.
  3. Paders still exist in Goan villages.
  4. The paders went away with the Portuguese.
  5. The paders continue to wear a single-piece long frock.
  6. Bread and cakes were an integral part of Goan life in the old days.
  7. Traditional bread-baking is still a very profitable business.
  8. Paders and their families starve in the present times.


(i) Correct

(ii) Correct

(iii) Incorrect

(iv) Incorrect

(v) Correct

(vi) Correct

(vii) Incorrect

2. Is bread an important part of Groan life? How do you know this?

Ans. Yes, bread is an important part of Groan life.

The narrator said that marriage gifts have no value without the sweet bread which is known as the ‘bol’. Party or a feast too is meaningless without bread. Cakes and bolinhas are also quite essential items for Christmas. By this way, we get to know that bread is an important part of Groan life.

  • Tick the right answer. What is the tone of the author when he says the following?
  • The thud and the jingle of the traditional baker’s bamboo can still be heard in some places. (nostalgic, hopeful, sad)
  • Maybe the father is not alive but the son still carries on the family profession. (nostalgic, hopeful, sad)
  • I still recall the typical fragrance of those loaves. (nostalgic, hopeful, naughty)
  • The Tiger never brushed his teeth. Hot tea could wash and clean up so nicely, after all. (naughty, angry, funny)
  • Cakes and bolinhas are a must for Christmas as well as other festivals. (sad, hopeful, matter-of-fact)
  • The baker and his family never starved. They always looked happy and prosperous. (matter-of-fact, hopeful, sad)


(i) nostalgic

(ii) hopeful

(iii) nostalgic

(iv) funny

(v) matter-of-fact

(vi) matter-of-fact