1. What are the things the wind does in the first stanza?

Ans.     In the first stanza, the wind breaks the shutters of the windows, scatters the papers, throws down the books from the shelf, tears the pages of the books and brings rain.

  1. Have you seen anybody winnow grain at home or in a paddy field? What is the word in your language for winnowing? What do people use for winnowing? (Give the words in your language if you know them)

Ans.     Yes, I have seen people in a paddy field winnowing in my language that is in Konkani it means ‘fafdup’, ‘asdap’. People use a winnowing basket to winnow. It is called ‘soop’ in Konkani or ‘challan’.

  1. What does the poet say the wind God winnows?

Ans.     The poet says that the wind God winnows the weak crumbling houses, doors, rafters, wood, bodies, lives and hearts, and crushes them all.

  1. What should we do to make friends with the wind?

Ans.     To make friends with wind we need to build strong homes with firm doors. We should also practice to make our bodies and hearts stronger.

  1. What do the last four lines of the poem mean to you?

Ans.     The last four lines inspires us to be determined and face all the hardships or obstacles coming in life courageously. Those who stay determined and make sincere efforts are the ones who become successful.

  1. How does the poet speak to the wind – in anger or with humour? You must also have seen or heard of the wind “crumbling lives”. What is your response to this? Is it like the poet is?

Ans.     The poet speaks to the wind with anger. Yes, strong winds cause damage and destruction of life and property. Strong winds up root trees bring down houses tear down electricity poles. But I feel the wind is responsible for bringing rain, it cools the land and makes the climate pleasant. So it also helps and not just ‘crumbles lives’.