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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Table For Four

Title: Table For Four
Author: K Srilata
Main Characters: Derek, Sandra, Maya, Parvathi, Prithvi Uncle, Kamalakka and Halim
Description Of One Of The Main Characters: Prithvi Uncle is very mysterious. He doesn't speak much but leaves notes and messages all over his house for people to find. He leaves the empty room on the ground floor of his house for rent, which gets occupied by Maya, Derek and Sandra.
Setting/Theme Of The Story: Maya, Sandra and Derek stay in the ground floor of Prithvi Uncle's house. They all go to college and study together. Finally, when they all have to leave the place to go their own way, Prithvi Uncle gives a send-off dinner. Derek misses the dinner when he gets an urgent call from outside. Sandra, Maya and Prithvi Uncle play a game. Each person gets a chance to open up and reveal their story. Sandra narrates her story about how she had been brought up in an orphanage along with her sister who was physically disabled, and how she had betrayed her sister by getting adopted under a rich couple. She feels guilty. Next, Prithvi Uncle narrates how he had married his classmate first and then had left her for another. He also tells them that he had started avoiding talking directly to people since his second wife died. That is why he always left messages. Just as it is Maya's turn to narrate, Maya refuses to open up. Sandra and Prithvi Uncle do not compel her. Maya bids them goodbye and boards a flight back to Chennai. On the way back, she fells extremely guilty as she recalls her "story". She tells us why she is afraid of the beach. She tells us the story that she was afraid to tell to Sandra and Prithvi Uncle.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Head Of Kay’s

Title: The Head Of Kay’s

Author: P. G. Wodehouse

Main Characters: Fenn, Kennedy, Jimmy Silver, Mr. Kay, Mr. Blackburn, Mr. Dencroft, the Headmaster, Perry and Walton.

Description Of One Of The Main Characters: Fenn was a head of Kay’s. He is an excellent batsman and football player. Jimmy Silver, the head of Blackburn’s, describes Fenn this way:
“Fenn is more good to a side than half a dozen ordinary men. He can do all the bowling and all the batting. All the fielding, too, in the slips.”

Whom I Like And Why: The one I like the most is Fenn. He is super cool as captain of Kay’s and he gives some amount of freedom to  his fags which cost him his position as the Head Of Kay’s. Apart from Fenn, I like Kennedy and Jimmy Silver very much.

Whom I Dislike And Why: I dislike Mr. Kay. He gives no room for any fun to the students of his house. He is the house-master of Kay’s. He prevents Fenn from playing the cricket match between the Kay’s and the Blackburn’s because Fenn addressed him without adding a “sir” in the end!

Setting/Theme Of The Story: The term begins, and Fenn is the Head Of Kay’s, while Jimmy Silver is the Head Of Blackburn’s. Kennedy, from Blackburn’s, Jimmy Silver and Fenn are the best of friends. Everything goes well until one day when the students of Kay’s behave nastily. Fenn comes in to check them and stop the racket, when Mr. Kay, the house-master, comes down himself. He abuses Fenn in front of the fags saying that he was never meant to be a leader. Angry at this, Fenn goes to Mr. Kay and informs that he shouldn’t have scolded in public. But in his anger, he forgets to add a “sir” in the end. So, Mr. Kay doesn’t allow Fenn to play the inter house cricket match. The Kay’s lose the match without their captain and best player. Mr. Kay starts hating Fenn more and more. Mr. Kay assigns Kennedy as the new head of Kay’s and asks Fenn to step down. Kennedy becomes the Head Of Kay’s. But, the friendship between Kennedy and Fenn becomes strained. Fenn starts seeing Kennedy as someone who STOLE his “position”. Jimmy Silver, unable to see his friends turning enemies, tries to unite Fenn and Kennedy. Everything gets all right when Kennedy helps Fenn get out of a nasty trouble. Abominable Mr. Kay gets out of the school and Mr. Dencroft takes op the position. With the support of Fenn, Kennedy becomes the Head Of Dencroft’s. They remain best friends.