NCERT Solutions

Working with the Poem

(NCERT Pages 97 and 98)

  1. Fans don’t talk, but it is possible to imagine that they do. What is it, then, that sounds like the fan’s chatter?

Ans. The noise created by the fan’s motor due to lack of oiling was being compared to the fan’s chatter.

  1. Complete the following sentences.

(i) The chatter is electrical because ……………….. .

Ans. the fan functions on an electrical motor and the noise was being produced by its motor

(ii) It is mysterious because ……………….. .

Ans. The poet was unable to comprehend what the fan was saying

  1. What do you think the talking fan was demanding?

Ans. The talking fan seems to be demanding some attention. It was demanding oiling. The moment it was oiled, it fell silent.

  1. How does an electric fan managed to throw so much air when it is switched on?

Ans. An electrical fan comprises of three blades and a whirling motor. The moment it is switched on, the motor starts and begins to rotate, forcing the blades to move in circular  movement. This generates a lot of pressure, which forces the air downwards in all directions.

  1. Is there a talking fan’ in your house? Create a dialogue between the fan and a mechanic.


Yes: There is a talking fan in my house, which perhaps requires some oiling.
A: Hi, l just realised that you are a talking fan.
Talking Fan: Oh great! Finally! I had been waiting for someone to pay attention to my chatter.
A: Why so? I never knew you were trying to seek attention.
Talking Fan: Of course, I was. What else am I expected to do when nobody worries about my maintenance. My parts are in a wretched state. They need some oiling to function smoothly. Alas, nobody is bothered.
A: Is that what’s troubling you? I’ll make sure that I ask mom to call a mechanic for you. The mechanic would take care of your problem and offer solution.
Talking Fan: Thank you so much. That would indeed be kind.