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The Tie That Does Not Bind

“Oh, so you՚re going abroad? Can you bring me back … ?” I՚ve been asked to bring back a vaccine for a course Once I searched the suburbs of Paris for two days for a special brand of ceramic paint. Having spent a lot of money for Cartier lighter refills, I had the dangerous in the air confiscated at the airport just before boarding because the gas might be dangerous in the air.

Now, two months before a trip, I stop talking to people so they won՚t suspect I՚m about to travel. But someone always catches me. I have heard you are going to New York, and I want you to get something for me. It՚s just a little thing you can find anywhere. I don՚t know exactly how much it costs, but it shouldn՚t be much. We՚ll settle up when you get back:

What Gilson asked me to buy was, in fact a little thing: a tie.

But not just any tie. He wanted a tie with a small embroidered G. Any color would do, if it had his initial Look, this is a special flight, 1 explained. We are only staying Saturday through Tuesday. On the day we arrived I didn՚t have time to think about the tie, but strolling around on Sunday I did see ties bearing various letters in more than one shop window. They were cheap, just a dollar but all the shops were closed. On Monday, lunch lasted the whole afternoon. Then it was Tuesday morning, time to leave It was only when I saw our airport bus waiting outside the hotel that I remembered the tie.

I told the group to go on. I would get a taxi to the airport. Ad so I went in search of a nearby shop where I had seen ties. But I couldn՚t find it. I walked further down the street-one, two, three blocks - all in vain. Back at the hotel a bit anxious now, I took my suitcase, got a taxi, and asked the driver to rush to the street where I had seen them. The driver stopped at each shop we passed so I could look from the window. The stores had all sorts of ties, but not the kind I was looking for.

When I finally thought I had located the right shop, I decided to go in and check. The driver refused to wait. Parking was prohibited, he said. I promised to double the fare, jumped out and run into the shop. Was I going to miss the plane just for a damned tie? The salesman was unbearably slow. When I realized that the smallest change, I had was a ten dollar note, I grabbed ten ties of different colors so I wouldn՚t have to wait for change. I rushed out with the ties in a paper bag.

On the street I looked around. The taxi had vanished, taking my suitcase. What is more, I was going to miss the plane. I ran to the corner, and hope flared up again: the taxi was waiting in the next street. Quick to the airport! As I settled down inside the taxi. I sighed with relief Gilson was going to have enough initialized ties to last him a lifetime. When I reached the airport, I paid the taxi driver the double fare and grabbed my suitcase. Panting, I boarded the plane under the reproachful gaze of the other passengers, all primly seated with their seat belts fastened. Ready to take off. Departure had been delayed because of me. “At least I hope you found your tie” said one who knew the story. “I did,” I answered triumphantly. After making myself comfortable, I reached for the paper bag to show the ties. I had left it behind in the taxi.

Question 86 (10 of 11 Based on Passage)

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The following titles summarizes the story. Write the suitable passages under the given titles.

Things are not that easy

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When I finally thought I had located the right shop, I decided to go in and check. The driver refused to wait. Parking was prohibited, he said. I promised to double the fare, jumped out and ran into the shop. Was I going to miss the plane just for a damned tie?

Question 87 (11 of 11 Based on Passage)

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Look at the following situations the writer was in. He could have avoided the situation and saved himself. Glance through the write up again and comment on what the writer should have done in the following situations.

On the day of arrival, the writer had no time to think about the tie.

Explanation

He should have bought the tie when he has a lot of time on the day of arrival

Passage

Shree lives in an apartment at Katpadi Junction. Her father is a taxi driver and her mother is working in a jewellery shop. The parents want that their daughter should learn computers. The computer is Shree՚s friend. She uses it to collect information for her school projects and to send emails.

Shree՚s aunt also lives with them. Everyone calls her Akka. Akka prepares tasty dishes for Shree. She spends a lot of time watching old movies on TV.

On her thirteenth birthday Shree joined Friends Net. She started chatting with her school friends. One day she got a friend request from a girl called Chaitra. Chaitra looked very pretty like a film star. Shree clicked ACCEPT. They became friends.

Shree and Chaitra began chatting online. Chaitra said that her was near Shree՚s school. But Shree could not see any other school near hers. It remained a puzzle for Shree.

Shree was so engrossed in chatting with Chaitra that she lost her appetite. She didn՚t do her homework. One day Chaitra asked Shree to send her selfie. Shree said that she did not have a camera phone. At once Chaitra said that she would give Shree her old camera phone.

Chaitra expressed her wish to meet Shree. She told Shree to come to the railway station when the Bengaluru train came there. She also said that Shree should come all alone.

Shree told Akka about Chaitra. On seeing the profile picture AKKA was surprised. She said that it was the photograph of a film actress by name Madhoo. The snap was taken when she was in school. Now she must be much older. She was shocked to hear this.

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Shree was confused to hear everything. The next day she went to the railway station along with Akka. They had a secret plan to find out whether Shree՚s friend was honest. Akka talked to the station manager. He promised to help them.

The train from Bengaluru pulled in. Saree was looking for Chaitra. But no one like Chaitra was seen there. She could not see Akka also.

At that time a man who was her father՚s age walked towards Shree. He was smiling. He called her “Hello Shree!”

Shree was shocked to see him. The man called himself uncle. He said that he wanted to make friends with young girls. Saree was bewildered to see the uncle-who-is-not-Chaitra. She shouted for help.

At once Akka came running to her along with the station manager.

Akka hit the man with her handbag. The train started moving. The man ran towards the moving train. The station manager ran after him but the man jumped into the moving train and disappeared.

Akka and Shree gave a complaint to the police. The Cyber Police took up the case. A cyber-crime officer went through Shree՚s computer.

Within hours they nabbed the imposter in his office at Bengaluru. Shree decided to chat only with her friends in her own school.

Question 88 (1 of 5 Based on Passage)

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What were the online activities given in this story? (Marks 2)

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Playing games, chatting, and sending profiles and photographs are the online activities given in this story.

Question 89 (2 of 5 Based on Passage)

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How did Shree՚s aunt save Shree from the man who pretended to be Chaitra? (Marks 2)

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Shree՚s aunt accompanied Shree to the railway station. She got help from the Station Manager. She hid herself when Shree waited for her friend. When a stranger approached Shree, her aunt appeared suddenly and hit him with her bag. When the man escaped, she gave a complaint to the police.