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A Summary of 'The Silver Lining'

A Summary of 'Silver Lining'

Chaman Nahal author of 'The Silver Lining'

Chaman Nahal author of 'The Silver Lining'

The little girl was sitting on his lap

The little girl was sitting on his lap

A Summary of 'The Silver Lining'

The Silver Lining

This piece of literary is written by an Indian English novelist Chaman Nahal (b.1927). He won a ‘Sahitya Akademi Award’ in 1977 for his work ‘Azadi’. Other novels written by him are ‘My True Faces’ (1973), ‘Into Another Dawn’ (1977), ‘The English Queens’ (1979).

‘The Silver Lining’ describes the story of a handicapped child and their parents’ unhappy moments, until a guest who is similarly handicapped brings a ray of hope into their child’s life. His views about judging a man’s outward appearance is that ‘A happy man who puts on an appearance of happiness may be crushed deeply within; while an idiot may be truly happy.’

Chaman Nahal narrates his experiences during his stay at a private guest-house in one of the hill resorts, where one of his friends had recommended. It covered all the facilities that generally lacked in advertisements; and it was a silent resort.

The hostess was Mrs. Bhandari from South, married to a North Indian, huge, dark, with bony limbs; and her complexion dark, yet pleasant looking and kind. They had a daughter, Pramodni, about eight years old with a Chinese crop, dressed in Jeans and high boots. She was the centre of attraction to the author. On arriving at the resort he was welcomed by the warm and friendly affection of Mrs. Bhandari. Pramodni remained aloof and a bit timid. Unaware of the child’s disability, Chaman beckoned the child to him, at which she shook her head and dashed out of the room. That situation brought a painful look on the faces of the Bhandaris. The daughter’s physically handicapped condition was explained to the author.

Apparently, the parents faced such awkward moments every time a guest arrived and the child totally aghast while the situation was being explained. Her only means of communication was the gestures made with her hand.

Chaman suggests the parents to inform every new guest in a typed letter sealed in an envelope. The letter was a brief note on the child’s handicapped situation and had a request that the visitor should refrain from approaching Pramodni and asking her any questions.

Chaman relates the incident, when on one day there arrived a strange visitor Mr. David. He was barely twenty-five, and had an unkempt appearance. After reading the note in the sealed envelope about Pramodini, he had rushed out into the courtyard and darted out towards her. Mr. David’s sudden impulse had shocked the parents, who thought that he was being rude. That moment of curiosity in the air was broken by the sound of a gun-exploding shrill laughter. It was a wonder and amazement for the Bhandaris. David was a youth, who too was deaf and dumb, but sent abroad to an institute where he had learnt the skill of communication and had returned to India to open a school for the handicapped children. He was eager to make Pramodni his first student and disclosing this truth to the Bhandaris, thrilled her parents. Their joy knew no bounds and they were filled with gratitude toward Mr. David.

The story ends with the description of Mrs Bhandari as the happiest woman in the world and her laugh expressed as a carefree girl.

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pranav on September 19, 2020:

Imspiring story

olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on July 23, 2020:

Thank you Anshika, God bless you all students.

Anshika Agrawal on July 19, 2020:

It is very good summary of the chapter because if you visit another site we can't understand the concept of the chapter

Good on July 18, 2020:

Very good

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N on May 28, 2020:

Meaningful summary of the silver linings

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 25, 2019:

Good one. Thanks.

Avneesh on June 02, 2019:

characterskech of Pramodini

oo7 on May 08, 2019:

this was great help doing my homework

Elizabeth on May 26, 2018:

This story was very nice . I love it.

Sweety on May 21, 2018:

A interesting story but give some pictures with story then it becomes more interested

krishnansu shaw on June 11, 2017:

this story is so good

olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on June 07, 2017:

Dear children,

If you need any assignments like character sketch or grammar work indirect speech, kindly do the assignment I shall correct it and return to you. This will enable to build your language.

Want a character sketch can u give on June 06, 2017:

can u give the character sketch of the characters from the story the lining by Naman chahal

Raghuvansh on March 09, 2017:

Tysm....i was in need of it english exam....tysm

Manoj das on January 28, 2017:

This story is really a very heart touching story and i loved it

awesxme.punk on August 14, 2016:

There is one question that I have doubt in. Is this story a true incident? What makes you think so?

olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on June 02, 2016:

Please put down your questions Prince.

prince on June 02, 2016:

Pls give me all answer at the chapter today ...pls urgent sirqus 1 to g

..... on May 02, 2016:

it was gud!!!

olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on March 07, 2016:

Dear Sayantan,

Ans.1 His apology was for the reason: 1. Their daughter did not respond to Mr. Dhanda, when he had called her. Moreover she did not reply to his question when he had asked her, her name since she could neither hear nor speak.

Ans 2.Unlike her spirit of hospitality Mrs. Bhandari felt the note was not appropriate for the guest who would be temporarily lodging at their Guest House. According to Mrs. Bhandari that would be an unkind act.

Sayantan Saha on March 07, 2016:

Can you please answer these questions:

1. Mr. Bhandari squeezed his wife's arm and said, apologetically, 'I'm sorry Mr Dhanda.' Why was he sorry? Give more than one reason.

2. Why do you think the Bhandaris agreed, 'after some trepidation', to try out author's suggestion of a way to deal with the questions of visitors?

Nethra on October 16, 2015:

Inspiring story for handicaps

Srushti bhosle on September 27, 2015:

Subrbbbbbb story

Olga Khumlo on September 22, 2015:

Silver lining is a ray of hope. There was a ray of hope for Promodni and her parents the Bhandaris, since she was going to be the first student for Mr. David's deaf and dumb School.

Atul on September 22, 2015:

Pls help me. What is the relation of the title with the story. It came in exam. Please help fast

olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on July 31, 2015:

Dear Helloooo,

I'm glad I could help you children. God bless you all.

Helloooo on July 31, 2015:

Very touching story it is so nice

You have made a good summary

olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on July 30, 2015:

God bless you yyhs101.

yyhs101 on July 27, 2015:

Thanks a ton!these helped a lot

olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on July 26, 2015:

Dear yyhs101,

Here are a couple of questions:

1.Name the situations that brought painful looks on the faces of the Bhandaris.

2.What did the author suggest the parents to avoid Promodni's humiliation?

3. 'The scene that confronted us was something we least expected to see.'

a. What was the scene?

b. What was the sound of a gun exploding?

c. What was the name of the young man and how did he come to the

rescue of the Bhandaris?

yyhs101 on July 26, 2015:

Nice story.......... Could you please send me a few questions for the revision of this story fir my test

Dipjyoti roy on June 15, 2015:

hiiiiiiii to alllll my friends i hope aii will be good

Ankita das on June 10, 2015:

this is very helpful.......and vry pathetical story ;-):-( awsme.........

sraboni on May 29, 2015:

This story is really very interest and this story helps in my project

rohan raj chauhan on May 28, 2015:

it is heart touching story it is Awesome. if any handicaped person is there we should help them.

olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on May 22, 2015:

Dear ishita, corrections on any script or given assignment.

olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on May 22, 2015:

Dear biku, here are 2 questions: 1. What made Mrs. Bhandari laugh like a carefree girl?

2.Why were the landlord and the landlady disturbed in the beginning and concluded that Mr. David was proud and arrogant?

ishita baidya on May 21, 2015:

Awwwwwwwwwwwssssssooooooomeeeeeeee story my favourite

ishita baidya on May 21, 2015:

Nice story i am goingto write this in my project copy haha.......luv it

Jeba on May 20, 2015:

Its too good and touching story. I liked it a lot!!!!

biku on May 18, 2015:

plz can u send some questions so that can I use it

NishantX on May 18, 2015:

txx need it fr examinations thanks

very much

Sulagna on May 16, 2015:

Thanks for helping me in doing the project

olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on November 16, 2014:

Thomas, kindly send the script I'll make the corrections.

Thomas k roy on November 15, 2014:

give me a script of this story

Sumayya on October 12, 2014:

nice srory

neelu on April 23, 2013:

superb!!!!!!!!story full of emmotions

soumyasrajan from Mumbai India and often in USA on February 03, 2013:

very nice, inspiring and touching article olgakhumlo!

geetanjali on August 07, 2012:

there is always a hope-moral.

geetanjali on August 07, 2012:

it's a heart touching as well as motivating story

arohi on July 22, 2012:

i like this story a lot. it is really touching. is it true or just the imagination??

nisha on May 14, 2012:

yes this story is really very touching which is of four persons and also one child which is written by c nahal.

muneeza on May 14, 2012:

i like this muneeza by.

love this

very nice

nisha also love this lol

the silver linning


souravmay choudhury on May 09, 2012:

this story is the story of millions Indian who yet to find a Mr. David.

anoynomous on December 11, 2011:

Yes, this story is touching. Very. Love it . i have an e-2 exam tomo, & what could be better than this ? :D

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