Kerala SSLC English Notes Chapter 3 The Castaway Unit 5

Kerala SSLC English Notes Chapter 3 The Castaway Unit 5

You may download the PDF notes for The Castaway, a short story, from the 10th grade chapter of the SSLC English Kerala Syllabus. Learn English chapter 3 of Unit 5 "The Castaway" notes from the 10th class SCERT SSLC curriculum in pdf format. Rabindranath Tagore was the author of the poem "The Castaway." The narrative follows the emotional journey of a young actor named Nilakanta. By accident, Nilakanta found his way to Sharath's home. The household gave him a warm welcome. The boy's entry into the family's life was a blessing. Later, it turned into a curse for the family. The boy's emotional state is amply described in the story.

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Board SCERT, Kerala
Text Book SCERT Based
Class SSLC 
Subject English Notes
Chapter Unit 5 - Chapter 3
Chapter Name  The Danger of a Single Story (Speech)
Category Kerala SSLC

Kerala Syllabus SSLC Class 10 English Notes Unit - 5 Chapter 3  The Castaway (Short Story)

Chapter 3  The Castaway (Short Story)


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, (born September 15, 1977, Enugu, Nigeria), a Nigerian writer whose work focused on the Biafran war in Nigeria in the late 1960's. At a young age, Adichie, the fifth of six children, moved with his parents to Nsukka, Nigeria. A diligent student from an early age, he discovered Things Fall Apart by novelist and co-founder Igbo Chinua Achebe. After studying medicine for a while in Nsukka, in 1997 he moved to the United States, where he studied communications and political science at Eastern Connecticut State University (B.A., 2001). Dividing his time between Nigeria and the United States, he obtained a master's degree in writing writing from Johns Hopkins University and studied African history at Yale University.


In the Chandemagore village, severe rain and storm raged amid thunderbolts and lightning one evening. It was as if gods and devils were fighting one other. The Ganges River erupted under a torrential downpour. Sharai and Kiran, a husband and wife, were having a verbal spat in one of the village's riverbank bungalows. Kiran had become dangerously unwell, and everyone in the village encouraged her husband Sharat and mother-in-law to send her to her house for a change of scenery. They did, however, take her to a riverfront cottage in Chandernagore hamlet for a change of scenery. Kiran believed she was fully recovered after spending many days in the riverside house and desired to return to their native hamlet. For her, living in the riverfront house alone and doing nothing was a strain. Sharat and his mother, on the other hand, wanted her to stay a bit longer because she hadn't totally recovered. This was the point of contention between them. Then they heard a call, and Sharat hurried outdoors to find a young boy in the garden. He was a survivor of a riverboat that had capsized. Kiran extended her generosity by allowing the boy to change his clothing and sip milk. He was Nilkanta, and he was a member of a theatre troupe. They were on their way to a nearby village when their boat capsized in the river. 
Only Nilkanta escaped, and he had no idea what had happened to the rest. Sharai and his mother were overjoyed since Kiran would be able to spend more time there with Nilkanta. However, the child quickly formed a bad bond with the community's mischievous boys and adopted a village mongrel dog as a pet. I le and his pals caused all kinds of havoc, and Sharai and his mother wished he would leave the house. Nilkanta entertained Kiran with a variety of theatrical performances, and she appreciated his presence. Kiran showed Nilkanta motherly and sisterly love and care, which made him extremely happy. She encouraged all of his misbehaviour, whilst Shara! resisted him and punished him. Meanwhile, Satish, Sharai's younger brother, had come to spend his holiday there. Kiran and Salish were about the same age, and they were always laughing and having a good time. Nilkanta was enraged and resentful because he felt Kiran had ignored him. He wanted Satish to pay him back, so he stole Salish's favourite inkstand and threw it into the river. Salish argued with Nilkanta over his lost inkstand and referred to him as a "thief." Both Kiran and Nilkanta were hurt by this incident. 
Finally, the family made the decision to return to their hometown. Kiran wanted to bring Nilkanta along, but the others were against it. Because they were going to their native town without Nilkanta, Kiran wanted to surprise him with some gifts. When she opened the box to arrange the surprise gifts, she was taken aback by what she saw. When she opened the box to put the surprise items inside, she noticed Satisb's missing inkstand. She sat puzzled for a long, unsure of what to do. Meanwhile, Nilkanta arrived and discovered Kiran clutching the inkstand in his chamber. He realised he had turned into a thief in Ki's eyes and that he would never be able to establish his innocence. He sneaked out of the building. He hasn't been seen or heard from since then. Even the police were unable to determine what had happened to the youngster.

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