“Driving from my parent’s home to Cochin last Friday morning, I saw my mother, beside me, doze, open-mouthed, her face ashen like that of a corpse and realised with pain that she was as old as she looked but soon put that thought far away,...”

Question: “Driving from my parent’s home to Cochin last Friday morning, I saw my mother, beside me, doze, open-mouthed, her face ashen like that of a corpse and realised with pain that she was as old as she looked but soon put that thought far away,...”


Q. Where is the poet at present?

Answer: The poet is on her way to Cochin Airport from her ancestral home. She is travelling in a car with her mother sitting beside her.


Q. How does she describe her mother?

Answer: Kamala Das describes her mother as old, pale and senile. As she was asleep, the poet noticed that her mother looked as pale and colourless as a dead body. She seemed to have lost the vitality of life.


Q. What thoughts had she given away?

Answer: The poet has put away the haunting thoughts of losing her mother.


Q. Mention the poetic device used here?

Answer: Simile e.g. face ashen like that of a corpse.


“Driving from my parent’s home to Cochin last Friday morning, I saw my mother, beside me, doze, open-mouthed, her face ashen like that of a corpse and realised with pain that she was as old as she looked but soon put that thought far away,...”


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