One day she spoke to Jumman, “My son, it is now obvious that I am not wanted in your house. Kindly give me a monthly allowance so that I can set up a separate kitchen.”
"My wife knows best how to run the house. Be patient,” said Jumman shamelessly. This made his aunt very angry and she decided to take her case to the village panchayat.
For many days, the old lady was seen talking to the villagers explaining her case and seeking their support. Some sympathised with her, others laughed at her and a few others advised her to make it up with her nephew and his wife. At last she came to Algu Chowdhry and spoke to him. “You know, Chachi, Jumman is my best friend. How can I go against him?” Algu said. “But is it right, my son, to keep mum and not say what you consider just and fair?” pleaded the old lady. “Come to the panchayat and speak the truth,” she said. Algu didn’t reply, but her words kept ringing in his ears.
The aunt knew that she was not wanted in the house anymore.
The aunt couldn't tolerate the mistreatment
She decided to talk to Jumman regarding the topic. She asked Jumman to give her a monthly allowance. Since she wasn't getting enough food, she said that she would set up a separate kitchen. This, she believed, would help her to take care of herself.
Jumman's aunt suggested that she should put up a separate kitchen
However, Jumman was quite shameless when he responded. Not only was he unsympathetic towards the aunt's situation, he was quite sure that he and his wife were right in mistreating the aunt. He told her that his wife was responsible for the house and knew how to deal with the matters.
Jumman's behaviour towards his aunt was bad
Jumman's aunt became very upset and angry at Jumman's response. She then decided to take the issue to the village panchayat. She spoke with the village people seeking their support. But none of them were willing to help her out because Jumman was an important person in the village.
Aunt seeking the support of the village people
Finally, the aunt asked Algu Chowdhry to help her out. Although Algu sympathised with her, he was hesitant to help her because of his friendship with Jumman. Since Jumman was his best friend, Algu didn't want to do anything that would upset him.
However, the aunt pleaded and reasoned. She said that it was wrong to remain silent when something bad was going on. Although Jumman was Algu's best friend, Algu should speak up the truth. She left after requesting Algu to speak the truth at the panchayat.
Although Algu didn't agree to the aunt's request, he kept thinking about her words. He knew she was right and that her situation was sad. But he was also worried about ruining his friendship with Jumman.
Algu kept thinking about the aunt's situation and her words
Meanings of difficult words from the paragraphs:
|Obvious||Something evident or clear|
|Allowance||A sum of money paid regularly to a person to meet needs or expenses|
|Patient||Able to accept or tolerate problems|
|Seeking||Trying to find something|
|Nephew||A son of one's brother or sister, or of one's brother-in-law or sister-in-law|
|Pleaded||An act of asking politely or formally for something|
Enrich your vocabulary with the following words from the explanation:
|Unsympathetic||Lacking sympathy or understanding|
|Mistreat||To treat someone badly; to hurt someone physically or mentally; to ill-treat someone|
|Not ready to do something|
|Reasoned||The act of looking at the logical and the reasonable side of an argument|
|Right||Correct or justifiable|
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2006). Honeysuckle. Fair Play - Premchand (pp. 84 - 90). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.