Madam Rides the Bus Comprehension Passages

Comprehension – I



1.    What was Valla’s favorite pastime?


2.    What was a source of unending joy for Valla’s? What was her strongest desire?


3.    What did Valli find out about the bus journey? How did she find out these details?


4.    What do you think Valli was planning to do?






1.    Valliammai was eight year old girl who was curious about things. Her favourite pastime was to stand in the front doorway of her house and watch what was happening in the street outside. For her standing at the front door was as enjoyable as other games that the children played outside.



2.    Valli enjoyed the sight of street standing on her door. For her the source of unending joy was the sight of the bus that travelled between her village and the nearest town, filled with a new set of passengers each tim e it passed through her street. Her strongest desire was to ride on that bus.



3.    Valli heard conversations of her neighbours and people who regularly travelled on that bus and found out that the town was six miles from her village. The fare was thirty pai se one way. The trip to the town took forty-five minutes. On reaching the town, if she stayed in her seat and paid another thirty paise, she could return home on the same bus. She also gained information by asking them a few questions.



4.    Valli was planni ng to travel on that bus.

Comprehension –     II




1.    Why does the conducto r call Valli ‘mada m’?


2.    Why does Valli stand up on the seat? What does she see now?


3.    What does Valli tell the elderly man when he calls her a child?


4.    Why didn’t Valli want to make friends with the elderly woman?






1.    Valli was trying to behave sophisticated and more mature than her age. She is trying to look overconfident and smart. The conductor tries to tease her and calls her ‘madam’. Everyone is amused at her behavior in the bus.



2.    Villi devoured everything with her eyes but her view was cut off by a canvas blind that covered the lower part of her window. So, she stood up to look over the blind. She saw that the bus was going along the bank of canal and the road was very narrow. On one side of which there was the canal and beyond it were palm trees, grassland, distant mountains, and the blue sky. On the other side, there was a deep ditch and many acres of green fields.



3.    The elderly asked her not to stand in the bus. The elderly man was concerned for her. But Valli was annoyed by his attention and told him that there was nobody on the bus who was a child. She had paid her fare of thirty paise like everyone else.



4.    The elderly woma n sat beside Valli. She found the women repulsive. The elderly women had big earlobes with bigger holes. Valli could smell her chewing betel nut and the betel juice was about to spill out of her mouth. That is why Vaali did not want to make friends with her.

Comprehension – III




1. How did Valli save up money for her first journey? Was it easy for her? 2. What did Valli see on her way that made her laugh?


3. Why didn’t she get off the bus at the bus station?


4. Why didn’t Valli want to go to the stall and have a drink? What does this tell you about her?






1. Valli was very curious to travel on the bus for once. She thriftily saved every coin that came her way resisting herself from every temptation like having peppermints, buying toys and balloons. Sacrificing her childish urges would have been very difficult for her. It is tough to savour a candy or to enjoy a toy for the kids.



2.    Valli saw a young cow whose tail was high in the air, running very fast right in front of the bus in the middle of the road. Valli started clapping in glee. The bus slowed and the driver sounded his horn loudly over and over again. However, the m ore he honked, the m ore frightened the cow became and it kept running faster and faster, right in front of the bus. Somehow it was very funny for Valli and she kept on laughing until she had tears in her eyes. At last, the cow m oved off the road.



3.    The bus reached its destination and everyone got off that bus except Valli. She did not get off the bus at the bus station because she had to go back on that same bus. She took out another thirty paise from her pocket and handed the coins to the conductor. She just wanted to ride on the bus.



4.    The conductor insisted Valli to go and have a drink at the stall but she did not want to go because she did not have any money for that. Even when the conductor offered her a cold drink as a treat, she refused firmly and said that she only wanted her ticket. This shows that Valli had a lot of self will and pride. Possibly, she did not want to take anything for free, particularly from a stranger.