(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question) Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following: -  (a) Book reading, particularly, among the children is a lost habit. Why is it so? How can the reading habit be improved? Discuss with relevant examples. (b) Imagine a situation in which a character from one of your favourite books comes alive. Write an imaginary account of a day spent with this character. (c) While you were waiting, at the railway station of your home town, to receive a friend there was a sudden explosion. Describe the scene elaborately and also narrate your actions and feelings related to the incident. (d) Write an original short story in which a small boy, a detective, an angel and a cache of diamonds play a prominent role. (e) Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what it suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or may take suggestions from it: however, there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition. Question 2
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(a) A friend who has failed in an examination plans to run away from home and has written to you seeking advice and help. Write a letter in reply sating why he/she should not leave home and suggest how you might be able to help him/her. (b) Write a letter to the Director of the Archaeological Survey of India complaining about the damage caused to an historical monument in your city due to negligence. Suggest steps that the civic authorities should take to preserve the monument.
Read the following passage and answer the questions a, b, c and d that follow: A list of articles lost by railway travelers and now on sale at a great London station has been published and many people who have read it have been astonished at the absentmindedness of their fellows. If statistical records were available on...
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