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     About a foot and a half tall, its bald head was fringed with a crown of shocking pink feathers while the rest of its plumage was in various shades of the muddiest sludgiest brown. Its curved beak was sunflower-yellow and its eyes were the colour of cola held to sunlight.
     ‘This is Zigzag! Announced Visu with a flourish. ‘His full name is Ziggy-Zagga-king-of-the-Tonga. How I’m going to miss him! So beautifully he talks! He can even recite French Poetry!’
     The object of all this praise was standing cool and unmoved, with an expression of almost-human grumpiness in his cola-coloured eyes.
     Arvind, finding that Zigzag was sulkily refusing to say a word despite all their efforts at striking a conversation, dashed into the kitchen to return with a plate heaped hurriedly with juicy fruit slices and some nuts.
The narrator gives a brief description of Zigzag; it was about \(1.5\) inches tall, with a bald head, and there were some pink feathers on it, like a crown. The rest of its feathers were a muddy, sludgy brown. And, Zigzag had a sunflower-yellow curved beak and its eyes resembled the colour of cola when exposed to the sun.
Mr. Krishnan had already given a brief description of Zigzag. It was Cook Visu's turn, and he started to brief Krishnan's family about Zigzag. Visu rushed to introduce Zigzag to Krishnan's family, saying its full name was Ziggy-Zagga-king-of-the-Tonga and that he was going to miss him since he was leaving him with Krishnan's family. Further, he also informed Krishnan's family that Zigzag could speak beautifully and could even recite poetry in French. However, Zigzag did not seem to respond to any of Visu's compliments. It stood cool like a statue, and its eyes looked drowsy with an irritating human expression.
Krishnan's family made their best efforts to make Zigzag speak, and when it did not work, Arvind ran into the kitchen quickly, returning with a plate filled with juicy fruit slices and some nuts for Zigzag to eat.
Meaning of difficult words:
S. No.
FringeA decorative border
Plumage Layer of feathers covering a bird's body
GrumpinessIrritating sensation
Heap A great pile of something
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2018). Term 1 English Standard-10. Zigzag - Asha Nehemiah (pp. 50-55). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.