Unit 18: Immigration And Identity Solution
(Identity crisis in Immigrants)

Ways with words

A. Words from the text to solve the crossword puzzle:


  1. as is certain to happen – inevitably
  2. famous and respected – eminent
  3. a temporary stay – sojourn
  4. knowing everything – omniscient


  1. the state of being preoccupied – preoccupation
  2. anxious or fearful that something bad will happen – apprehensive
  3. a person of mixed white and black ancestry – mulatto

B. Find the meanings of the following words in a dictionary as they are used in the text.

a. melancholy

a deep feeling of sadness that lasts for a long time and often cannot be explained

b. elusive

difficult to find, define or achieve

c. motif

a subject, an idea that is developed in a work of literature

d. disdain

the feeling that somebody is not good enough to deserve your respect or attention

e. fabricate

to produce something false to decieve someone

f. intoxicate

to cause somebody to lose control of their behaviour or their physical and mental abilities

g. resentment

a feeling of anger or unhappiness about something that you think is unfair Homophones

D. Choose the right word to fill in the blanks.

a. Can you bury the box in the back garden? (bury/berry)

b. Alex could not break the branch off the tree. (break/brake)

c. Whose pencil is on the floor? (Who’s/Whose)

d. We have got very few(phew/few) tasks left.

e. Some tribes worship their gods before they prey. (prey/pray)

f. Damn it. Everything is messed up. (Dam /Damn)

g. What a wonderful lesson the professor presented. (lesson/lessen)


Answer these questions. 

a.How is Willie Chandran different from the rest of his family?

Willie Chandran is different from the rest of his family because he feels insecure about himself and his own identity.

b.A Who is the main character of Half A Life? How is he described?

Ans: Willie Chandran is the main character of Half A Life. He was born in India about 40 years ago. His father was the man of high caste but married a girl from lower caste. He is in search of his identity. 

c.Why does Willie leave India? 

Ans: Willie leaves India because he manages to get a scholarship to second-– Rate College in London. 

d.What is the revelation that Willie begin to feel in college and in London? 

Ans: Willie began to understand that Indian rules cannot bound him. He was free to present himself as he wished. He could write his own revelation and he could remake himself, his past and his ancestry.

e. Why does Willie accompany Ana?

Ans: Willie accompanies Ana because she has high status in her colonial world and he thinks that he can also find a complete acceptance there.

f. What is the central issue Naipal has raised in the novel?

Ans: The central issue that Naipaul has raised in the novel is of cultural and racial identity.

Critical thinking

a.What kind of divided identity is depicted in the novel Half A Life? How do characters in the novel try to create new identities for themselves? Explain.

Ans: Identity is the main theme of this novel and can be found represented throughout almost every chapter in the novel. Identity is the reason Willie Chandran’s father rejected his own family and married a woman of low caste. Willie wants to create a new identity for himself as well and leaves India. Later in London, Willie tries to make a new identify in the University. He does not tell truth about his family and says that he is from the Christian community in India. He does not want to be recognized by his father’s identify.

Again he tries to create new identify with Ana. He goes to Ana’s house in Portuguese colony in Africa. He thinks that he will be completely accepted in new land and will have new identity. But once again he proves to be wrong in his decision to settle in Africa. His condition becomes even worse than in London because he has to face the similar situation like in London.

Willie’s father marries a lower caste woman to get new identity. Willie, himself tries to create new identify once in India, again in London and once more in Portuguese colony in Africa. In this way different characters try to create new identify for themselves.

b.Discuss the similaries between the author and the protagonist in the novel? 

Ans: The author of this novel, V.S Naipaul and the protagonist of this novel Willie are similar in the sense that both of them are living the life of immigrants. VS Naipaul was born in Trinidad and Tobago and living in London. The protagonist of this novel, Willie was born in India and living in London Both of them left their motherland to make an identity.


B.Write a review of a book/film you have recently read or watched. 

Book Review

Title of the book: China Harayeko Manche

Author:Hari Bansha Acharya

Year of publication: 2013

Publisher: Fine Print



Book Review

China Harayeko Manche is an autobiography by Hari Bansha Acharya, a famous comedian and senior artist of Nepal. He together with his partner Madan Krishna Shrestha has contributed a lot in the field of Arts and Entertainment in Nepal. The couple is popularly known as ‘MAHA’ in this field. The book reveals the struggle made by Hari Bansha Acharya to reach to present position. The readers can compare his real life and his character with his screen life that is seen in his acting. One can get full of joy and excitement who makes other people laugh all the time,

The book is divided into different sections including the days from his birth, childhood, different incident, career, development, struggle and the height that he has gained at present. The chapter also includes the tragic events, the untimely demise of his wife. Mira whom he used to love a lot. He has described the roles played by ‘MAHA’ in various films and serials, their comedy and satire to the

then Panchayat System and even many incidents of multiparty system. Usually, the programs (radio, stage screen) by MAHA Jodi convey messages to the audience, these things are also mentioned in the book.

He was born in the middle class family in Kathmandu more than fifty years ago. He was named Hari Bansha because he was born after ‘Hari Bansha Puran’ was performed in his house. His parents died in his early age.So he was brought up by his sister. He was not very good at his study. After he failed the SLC he started searching the career in the field of entertainment. He started acting and got fome prizes too. Then he met Madan Krishna Shrestha and started working together. They established a firm ‘MAHA SANCHAR’ and produced telefilms, documentary and dramas. The tragic death of his wife, Mira who was RJ by her profession makes the readers feel sad. Not only this but also the story of his second marriage, how and why he did so these are mentioned in the book. Although this book presents the life story (biography) of Hari Bansha Acharya, every reader can learn something about his her own life. The incident and presentation of the story touch everyone’s heart. A reader does not feel bored while reading this book. I recommend this book to all, who are in search of good book for reading.

-Reviewer XYZ

Name of the film:Wada Number Chha

Director:Ujjwol Ghimire

Script writer:Deepak Raj Giri

Major Characters:Daya Hang Rai, Deepak Raj Giri, Priyanka Karki, Kedar Ghimire, Nir Shah, Jitu Nepal, Sitaram Kattel etc. 

Date of release:18 September, 2015 (Friday) 

Genre: Comedy


The story of the movie ‘Wada Number Chha’ moves in an unspecified village of Nuwakot during Maoist insurgency period in 2058 BS. Though the movie is not centered on Maoist war. It presents how and who were benefitted from the war. The story moves around the five guys, the comedians from the small screen who have been able to attract the audience.


guys have their own character, Daya Hang Rai is a drunkard, Deepak Raj Giri is a graduate who teaches kaji’s daughter, Kedar Ghimire (Magne Budo) loves playing cards, Sitaram Kattel (Netra Prasad) runs after a girl and Jitu Nepal as a Dalit boy are able to hold the audience. Priyanka Karki’s role as a kaji’s daughter is justifiable.

The story typically presents the real picture of village life during Maoist insurgency period. It shows how the villagers had been exploited both from the state and the rebellions. The story has been presented in the entertaining way and the dialogue of the film hold the audience till the climax. Netra Prasad’s desire for love and Magne Budo’s love letter are the funniest parts of the film. Comedy and music are the strong aspects of the movie.”Surke Thaili Khai” is the melodious song liked by almost all the people. It also typically presents untouchability and landlord system. This is a perfect movie for the comedy lovers. The movie attracts all kinds of people. You do not feel bored from the beginning to the end. Don’t forget to watch it.




Change the following into indirect speech.

a. She said, “While I was having dinner, the phone rang.”

She said that while she was having dinner, the phone rang.

b. My friend said, “Where are they staying?”

My friend asked where they were staying.

c. Jamila said, “I travel a lot in my job.”

Jamila said that she travelled a lot in her job.

d. She said to me, “We lived in China for five years.”

She told me that they had lived in China for five years.

e. He said to me, “Do you like ice-cream?”

He told me if I had liked ice-cream.

f. They said, “Hurray! We’ve won the match.”

They exclaimed with delight that they had won the match.

g. He said, “I’d tried everything without success, but this new medicine is great.”

He said that he’d tried everything without success, but this new medicine was great.

h. Sony said, “I go to the gym next to your house.”

Sony said that she went to the gym next to my house.

i. He said, “Be quiet after 10 o’clock.”

He told me to be quiet after 10 o’clock.

j. He said, “I don’t want to go to the party unless he invites me.”

He said that he didn’t want to go to the party unless he invited him.

k. He said to me, “I will see you tomorrow if you meet me.”

He told me that he would see me the following day if I met him.

l. She said, “If I were you, I would give up the work.”

She said that if she were me, she would give up the work.