The Villagers Curiosity
a) The nature of the villagers: The villagers were very curious about the visitors and their way of living. They are surprised if the habits of the visitors differ from their habits. They were surprised about the meal habits of the author. His bachelor hood was also a subject of frequent comment. The way he ate, his personnel matters as answering calls of nature and the daily bath were not outside the public domain. They want to know the work of the visitor. They think that, their places and language are the best in the world. They treated the writer with utmost respect because he returned from England acquiring vast knowledge of men and events. The head man of the village showed great respect by addressing him Vedamurthi. They believed in their age old culture and customs. They are ready to reform and change their culture and habits.
b) Narrow mindedness of the Villagers: The villagers believed that all intelligence and beauty were concentrated in Mysore state. They told the author that as one neared the borders of the state people became darker and uglier. They support this view by saying that Mysoreans were better looking than their neighbours.
c) Attitude of the author: The author like the plain behaviour of the villagers. He prevented his village friends from visiting him in Mysore. He felt mean about shutting them out. So, he tried to make his behaviour by being extra cordial to them after returning from each trip to Mysore. He invited them to snacks and coffee.
d) Privacy of the author: Since the villagers were eager to visit the author's house and meet his people, he determined to avoid them. He kept his Mysore visit a secret from the villagers because of the villager's pervasive curiosity and their frequent and untimely visits. He told many lies to escape from them. But they are friendly and helpful to the visitors.
1. In some respects the villagers were proverbial frogs in the well. "What example of narrow mindedness of the villagers does the author give?
What ideas on the nature of the villagers do you get from the essay 'The villager's curiosity'?
(Or) In 'The Villager's curiosity', what do you think is the writer's attitude to the behaviour of the villager?
What is the writer's attitude to the behaviour of the villagers? Did he admire them? Did they disgust him? Did he feel sorry for himself that he was not a part of their life?
The writer was kind and hospitable to the villagers. He did not admire them. The villagers disgusted him by asking many silly questions. He did not feel sorry for himself that he was not a part of their life.
The author says that the villagers are by and large narrow-minded. To illustrate his view point he refers Nadu Gowda that all intelligence and beauty were concentrated in Mysore state. He listed out some of the names of the administrators of which some do not belong to Mysore at all.
In support of his view that Mysoreans were better looking than their neighours he told the author that as one neared the borders of the state people became darker and uglier. Another villager asked him whether Kannada was not spoken in England.
2. You must have noticed that though the author once belonged to the village he had become a stranger there. What made him feel like a stranger? As the author had grown out of the village life, he had become a stranger there. The villagers curiosity to know the urban life, his methods of eating, bathing and such other things made him feel like a stranger.
3. What was the attitude of the villagers towards the autor? Did they consider him to be a stranger?The villagers were kind and respectful towards the author. They were prepared to help him in any way he required from them. They did not consider him to be a stranger, but a person of their own village.
4. The villagers treated the writer with utmost respect. Why?The villagers treated the writer iwht utmost respect because he had grown up out of the village atmosphere and had visited the village coming from England. He also sought their help in preparing notes for his research work. They treated the writer with utmost respect because he returned from England acquiring vast knowledge of men and events. The head man of the village showed great respect by addressing him Vedamurthi.
5. Though the writer belonged to the village once, why didn't he feel free with the people in the village. Was it bacause his job demanded him to behave like a stranger? Was it because he had out grown village life?Though the writer belonged to the village once, he did not feel free with the people in the village because he had out grown village life.
6. 'By and large, villagers took an intellectual interest in their culture' (A) What is the intellectual interest? How is it different from other kinds of interest? What kind of interest did the writer have in the culture of the villager (B) What idea of the culture of the villagers do you get from this essay?(A) Intellectual interest was an interest shown by villagers in knowing about the English way of life and pass theirs to England. Owing to this interest they felt a little proud and showed much interest in helping the author.
This kind of interest seemed to be strange to the writer, but they are interested in him. Their culture and life were quite different from the life he was spending.
(B) The culture of the villagers was innocent but interesting. In each of their thoughts, they seemed to have displayed some superiority to others.
7. Why had M.N. Srinivas to stay in the village? What was he nature of his work? M.N. Srinivas had to stay in the village as he was collecting some information regarding the people and their customs.
8. In 'The Villager's Curiosity', why did the writer feel guilty when he returned from his visit to Mysore? What did he do to get rid of the feeling? The writer would avoid the visitors from the village when he is in Mysore on some pretext or the other. To do away with the sense of guilt after returning from each trip from Mysore, he becomes extra nice to them.
9. What picture of the villagers does M.N. Srinivas gives us in 'The Villager's Curiosity? M.N. Srinivas represented the villagers as being interfering in nature. They unnecessarity interfere in others affairs. The fallacious notions of them about the mysterious beguile their ignorance.
10. Why did the headman's son offer to steal the old woman's hen? What effect did he think this would have? (June 2000) The headman's son in "The Villager's Curiosity" offered to steal the old woman's hen in order to provoke her to display her mastery over the vocabulary of curses and abuse.
He thought this wuld give some idea to the writer about the village women about whom the writer could describe in his notes.
11. Why did M.N. Srinivas, the writer, keep his Mysore visits a secret from the villager's?The writer, M.N. Srinivas was already busy engaging the villagers at the village. He wanted to have some free time to recuperate and relax after four or five weeks of his field work. So he did not want anyone to come to him to Mysore and disturb him. So he kept his Mysore visits a secret from the villagers.
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