Kathmandu Class 9 Textbook Questions and Answers CBSE English Chapter 10 NCERT Beehive


(Textbook Questions)


Thinking about the Text

Answer: Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhnath Stupa



Answer: marzipan and corn cob



Answer: With flutes tied on top of a pole with flute seller



Answer: the reed neh, the recorder, the Japanese shakuhachi, bansuri of Hindustani classical music, breathy flutes of South America, Chinese flutes which having high pitched sound



Answer: The methods of selling their wares is different. Hawker shout a lot about the items they are selling. The flute seller slowly and meditatively plays the flute to attract buyers.



Answer: Near the temple there is a shrine on stone platform. It protrudes towards the Bagmati river. It is said that when the shrine emerges fully, the Kaliyug will end on the earth.




1. A group of westerners wearing saffron clothes, try to get into the temple

2. Two monkeys start fighting

3. A princess come to temple. Everyone bows and makes way for her




1. A corpse being created at the bank of river Bagmati

2. Tibten immigrants selling bags, prints and jewellery

3. A person selling flutes




1. The sound monkeys fighting with each other

2. Film songs being played loudly

3. Sound of car horns and bells of bicycles



Answer: At Pashupatinath temple a notice was written that only Hindus are allowed to enter. Priests, monkey, hawkers, cows, pigeon etc. were roaming around the temple. Devotees were pushing each other to get ahead of each other and to draw attention of main priest. When a royal princess came there everyone bowed and made way for her. Some Westerners, wearing saffron coloured clothes were arguing with policemen to get into the temple. Two Monkeys were fighting with other. The situation was of ‘febrile confusion’.

At Baudhnath stupa there was total silence.  The huge dome had a road alround it. There were many shops at the outer edge of the stupa. Many of the shops were owned by Tibetans. They were selling felt bags, Tibetan prints, sliver jewellery. There were no crowds and over all the atmosphere was of heavenly stillness and quietness.



Answer: Kathmandu is a brilliant and colourful town. People are business oriented, they are religious. The town has many small places of worships. The Gods or Goddesses in these shrines are decorated with flowers. The streets are busy and narrow. Hawkers sell fruits, flutes and postcards. Some shops sell cosmetics made in western countries. Film rolls, chocolate, utensils made in copper and things made in old Nepalese style are also sold in these streets. 

Film songs are loudly played in the streets. There is sounds car horns, bells of bicycles and hawkers shout about the things they are selling.

Author finds many things to eat and drink like marzipan, corn cobs, Coca Cola and some sharp smelling orange drink.



Answer: Author thinks that everybody loves music. The music of flute is similar in all cultures. Though different type of flutes prevail in different cultures. Somewhere it is reed neh or recorder type of flute. In Japan it is called shakuhachi. In Hindustani classical music it is called bansuri. The flute of South America is very neat and one has to blow lot of wind to play. The flutes of China have high pitched sound. The place of fingers and the range of flute is different.

In spite of these differences the person playing flute has the same task of blowing wind into it. One will need to stop for a while to catch breath. The combination of the type of flute, its fingering technique and its range produce similar music.

Thus the author says that too hear flute is to be drawn into commonalities of all mankind.



Thinking about Language

Column A Column B
(i)   break out (a)  to come apart due to force
(ii) break off (b) end a relationship
(iii) break down (c)  break and enter illegally, unlawful trespassing
(iv)  break away (from someone) (d) of start suddenly ( a fight, a war or a disease
(v) break up (e)  to escape from someone’s grip
(vi)  break into (f)   stop working


(i) and (d)

(ii) and (a)

(iii) and (f)

(iv) and (e)

(v) and (b)

(vi) and (c)


Verb Noun
Cremate Cremation
Act Action
Exhaust Exhaustion
Invent Invention
Tempt Temptation
Immigrate Immigration
Direct Direction
Meditate Meditation
Imagine Imagination
Dislocate Dislocation
Associate Association
Dedicate Dedication




(i) Mass literacy was possible only after the invention of the printing machine.

(ii) Ramesh is unable to tackle the situation as he lacks imagination.

(iii) I could not resist the temptation to open the letter.

(iv) Hardwork and dedication are the main keys to success.

(v) The children were almost fainting with exhaustion after being made to stand in the sun.




A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal

(Textbook Questions)


Thinking about the Poem

Answer: The poet is very sad because of death of his loved one. He feels a bitter sorrow. He is not able to accept the death of his loved ones.




She seemed a thing that could not feel

The touch of earthly years.



Answer: Poet thinks that she will become part of the Mother Nature. Poet does not imagine her as a person living in a happy state. We understand these from following lines

Rolled round in earth’s diurnal course

With rocks and stones and trees.



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