Theory:

Meanings of difficult words from the lesson "A Childhood in Malabar: A Memoir":
  
No.
Words
Meanings
1
cyclonea tropical storm
2
trivialordinary, of little value
3
oraclea priest who gave people wise but often mysterious advice from God
4
paddyrice before threshing or in the husk
5
purgativea medicine tending to facilitate evacuation of the bowels
6
processionas part of a ceremony
7
churnshake (milk or cream) in a machine in order to produce butter
8
glidemove with a smooth, quiet continuous motion
9
galea very strong wind
10
swirledmoved in a twisting or spiralling pattern
11
belligerentlyaggressively
12
sobcry noisily
13
glimmeredshine faintly
14
slammedshut forcefully and loudly
15
mattressa fabric case filled with soft, firm, or springy material, used for sleeping on
16
makeshiftacting as a temporary arrangement
17
drenched wet thoroughly, soaked
18
unmindfulnot conscious, unaware
19
waila prolonged high-pitched cry of pain, grief, or anger
20
whirlwinda storm with a violent wind
21
whiningthe making of a long, high-pitched cry or sound
22
gunny baga sack made of thick material like jute
23
casualtiespeople injured in an accident or event
24
daybreakdawn, sunrise
25
fowla domestic cock and hen
26
buck teethan upper tooth that projects over the lower lip