Visiting My Gramer Bari in the Rainy Season
It was Nabeel’s school holidays, and one day his father suddenly had an idea. It was time to visit his village home. Nabeel’s father wanted to teach Nabeel how to live in different places and get used to different ways of living. “Everyone should go to their gramer bari* at least once a year.” he said, and he started to clean their car for the trip.
The next day, Nabeel and his parents headed out very early, as if they were going on an exciting adventure. They thought they would arrive at 11:30 am, but as the road was free and a little less crowded than usual, they reached the village early, at exactly 10:57 am. After arriving, Nabeel took a long breath and shouted “At last!!!!!!!!! We made it!!!” He was so excited to be there after the long car trip.
After greeting everyone, and then settling down again, Nabeel felt very tired, so he did not visit any other place that day. The next day, he felt less tired, so he visited more of his relatives who lived in other parts of the village. That was a really good day! He got to eat a lot of pitha* and Nabeel felt that he had been treated like a prince* the whole time. Just like that, the day was over.
On the second day of their visit, Nabeel went fishing with his father. He also bathed in a pond* which was owned by his grandfather. That day it rained a lot, but Nabeel didn’t mind. He bathed in the rain too. Unfortunately, Nabeel caught a light fever as he bathed outside in the rain for a long time. His relatives in the village treated him with medicine made from the plants that grew in the village, and he soon felt much better. He went to bed and slept deeply all night long.
The next morning, Nabeel woke up and found that his fever was gone and he felt much better. He went out of the house, and very soon he became friends with many of the village children. They played many games that he did not know about, but he enjoyed playing with them. He had so much fun, that he kept playing with them all night, until the sun came up the next day. He was tired after that long night, so he slept a lot the next day.
Painting by HOSSAIN Abrar Zain, 12 January 2018
The following day was Eid and so it was a festival* day. Once again, Nabeel got to eat very tasty*, good food, such as firni* and polau*. Nabeel could smell ghee* everywhere as the villagers cooked special food. It was a very tiring day, because there was so much going on, but it was the most enjoyable day of all for Nabeel.
Soon it was the last day of their trip and the time came for them to leave for Dhaka. Early in the morning, they packed up everything and got ready to leave. Nabeel and his parents waved goodbye to everyone and set out for home. “I had such a great time. I want to come again next year.” said Nabeel to his father as they drove away, and his father smiled.
Later, when Nabeel told me about his trip, I thought it really is a good idea to take some fresh air sometimes by visiting your village home. In the city you can’t really breathe fresh air because of all the cars and pollution*. I agree with Nabeel’s father. If you get the chance, you should visit your gramer bari, your village home, at least once every year.
Words from the high frequency second 1000 General Service Word List. These words are very common in English, so you should learn them before the other words listed here.
breath (noun)/breathe (verb)
|cooked||fun||lot (a lot of)||shouted||treated|
Glossary: These words are not so common in English so it is not important to learn these yet.
- festival = (noun) a special day when people often mark the day by eating special food and taking part in special activities
- pollution = (noun) when a place has been hurt or spoiled because of rubbish or dangerous or poisonous materials
- pond = (noun) a small body of water, smaller than a lake
- prince = (noun) a man or boy who has a royal title. The son of a king or queen.
- tasty = (adjective) describes food that feels good to eat when you put it into your mouth.
List of non-English words:
- Eid = a Muslim festival, treated as the biggest festival time in Bangladesh
- Gramer bari = village home
- pitha = a traditional Bengali food, sort of cake
- firni = a traditional Bengali sweet dish
- polau = a traditional Bengali rich food, a sort of fried rice
- ghee = clarified butter
Comprehension Questions (Give your answers in English.)
- Remembering: Why did Nabeel’s father want to take Nabeel to his gramer bari?
- Understanding: Why did Nabeel feel that he had been treated like a prince?
Critical Thinking Questions (Give your answers in English.)
- Applying: If you had a whole day to yourself, and you could do anything you wanted, what would you do? Why did you choose to do that?
- Applying: Would you bathe (or have you ever bathed) in a pond outdoors on a rainy day? Why/Why not?
- Analysing and Evaluating: What holiday activities are good to do on a sunny day? What holiday activities are good to do on a rainy day? What activities can you do on both a sunny and a rainy day? (Make three lists.) Which activities are more fun and why?
- Evaluating: In your view, which is better, a holiday in a village or a holiday in the city? Why?
- Creating: Make a class book with the title “Things to do on Rainy Days”. Each student should make one colourful page for the book, in English. Each page should have the following…
- information about a rainy day activity (everyone should choose something different). Say what it is, where and when people can do the activity, and how to do it.
- a drawing or picture of someone doing the activity
- some sentences saying why the student chose this activity. (Start with…“I chose this activity because…”)
- the student’s name
Students should present their pages to their classmates (in groups or to the whole class). If possible, someone should copy each page (enough for one for every student), put the pages together, make them into books, and give one to each class member. If that is not possible, make one class book, and place it in your class ‘library’ so that everyone can read it. If making a book is not possible, ask each student to present their information (in groups or to the whole class) as a short talk, in English.