105. Reading Skills Comprehension: Noble Purpose

Noble Purpose

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1. A noble purpose gives meaning to one’s own life and if it is benefitted to other. I realised this when researching on and writing about the life of Jamshetji Tata. What gave one man living in a colonised country the vision to advance it in the community of nations? He not only gave India the power of steel and hydroelectric energy, but also an institute of research.

2. He sent an educationist to Europe and the United States to report on what should be the best model of an institute for India. The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore was recommended the model. But Jamshetji made it a point to see that his name was not associated with the university. After his death, his dream came true with the establishment of the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru. It was to be the Fountain-head of Science in the decades to come.

3. There are others too whose purpose in life has made a difference to society. Mother Teresa had a comfortable life at Loreto Convent, Kolkata. On a train journey to Darjeeling, she felt her ‘calling’ and wanted to give up her comfortable life in the convent and serve the poor and the needy.

4. After that, she took a three-month nursing course and returned to Kolkata. She devoted her time to the sick and the homeless. Touched by her sacrifice, some of her students joined her and work began. Not everyone has such a strong calling. When I asked her how one could be sure of one’s calling, she replied, “Deep down in our hearts we know exactly what our calling is, if we are sincere.”

5. One’s purpose I shaped over a period of time, that every noble purpose is based on a feeling for the suffering of others and a desire for alleviating that condition. Some years ago, in Kerala, a young man saw his father join Gandhiji and fought for opening temples to the Harijans. When he grew up, the boy decided to take up agricultural studies, because he had seen the havoc caused by the Bengal Famine. He went to Europe and studied agriculture. On his return to India, he spearheaded the Green Revolution. Dr M.S. Swaminathan demonstrated his purpose intensifies with time.

1 Attempt any eight of the following questions on the basis of the passage you have read:

(i) Bring out the unique character traits of Jamshetji Tata.

(ii) Why did he send an educationist to Europe and the USA?

 (iii) Mention two things about Indian Institute of Science.

(iv) How did Mother Teresa start working for the poverty-stricken people?

 (v) What was the first step that Mother Teresa took?

(vi) How can we sure of our calling?

(vii) Is it possible to find one’s calling within a short period? Why/Why not?

(viii) What do we learn from the life of people like M.S. Swaminathan?

 (ix) Find the word in the para 2, which means the same as ten-years’.


(i)He gave India the power of steel and hydroelectric energy. He also gave India an institute of research.

(ii) He wanted them to report on what should be the best model for India.

(iii) It was established in Bengaluru after Jamshetji’s death. It also became the fountainhead of Science in the coming decades.

(iv) She gave up her comfortable life at Loreto convent, Kolkata. She felt her calling and decided to serve the poor and the needy.

(v) She took a three months nursing course and devoted her time to the sick and the homeless.

(vi) Everyone has a calling deep down in his heart. It is important for him to feel and realise it.

(vii) No, it is not possible because the purpose intensifies with time.

(viii) M.S. Swaminathan took up agricultural studies to fight with situations like Bengal Famine. He was the man behind the Green Revolution.

 (ix) Decades

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