Class X CBSE


A Shady Plot – Elsie Brown – Introduction

A beautiful lady ghost enters John Hallock the fiction writer's study and threatens him of the manipulation of Ouija Board. She said that because people are engaged in calling ghosts for fun they had lost peace. John agrees to discourage his wife from using the Ouija Board but within hours after his promise he was forced to join his wife's Ouija party.

Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Balthazar made a beautiful cage for a boy in the village. In fact the boy had not informed his miserly father of this. When Balthazar brought the cage to sell to the boy, his father scolded the carpenter for not discussing the business with him as father. When the boy's father finally refused the cage, Balthazar gave let the boy have it for free.

Best Buys for Health

In developing countries, more than 13 million children die each year before their fifth birthday. At least 70 per cent of these deaths can be avoided by simple, low cost interventions that would have a positive impact on maternal and infant health.

Dust of Snow – Robert Frost

Why should we allow rueful thoughts to ruin our happiness? Something went wrong but that should not mean that we should go after that. Leave that behind, shake off the stress.

Fire and Ice – Robert Frost

The poet speaks like one who is very much sure of the earth's end. He sounds like one who awaits the destruction. He has no awe at the sight of the impending disaster of the earth in which he will also be part. Besides, he talks like someone who justifies the end of the earth.

Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare – CBSE Class 10

Julius Caesar was a great leader. He won the confidence on the nation but a few powerful Senators thought that popularity would bring Rome to another disaster. So, they decided to kill him in front of the people.

Nationalism in Indo-China

Why did the French occupy Vietnam? Why did Vietnamese begin resistance? How long did the French hang on? Did the Vietnamese get them out? Who led them in their nationalist movement? What led to one of the bloodiest wars in history?

Nelson Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom

"It was this desire for the freedom of my people to live their lives with dignity and self-respect that animated my life, that transformed a frightened young man into a bold one, that drove a law-abiding attorney to become a criminal, that turned a family-loving husband into a man without a home."

Ozymandias – PB Shelley – Intro

A powerful king got his huge statue sculpted and eructed at the entrance of his fortress. At the feet of the statue, it was written, "I am Ozymandias, king of kings. You mighty kings, look at my works and feel uneasy!" Three thousand years later, a traveler happened to reach the spot of this statue. What did he see there? Do you think the statue survived the passage of time and withering?

Patol Babu, Film Star – Satyajit Ray

Patol Babu was a theatre artist years ago but life had been harsh with him and killed the actor in him. After a long break, he got an opportunity to act again - not in a drama, but in a film! All he had to play was to walk absent mindedly and bump against the hero and exclaim, "Oh!"

The Dear Departed – Stanley Houghton – Intro

Abel Merryweather was an old man, widower and stayed with his daughter Amelia. One morning Amelia found her father dead in his bed. Instead of calling the doctor, she confirms her father's death. She calls her sister's family to divide their father's property.


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