No Smoke From The Chimneys – Four Levels | Adventures In English Vol II

chimneyNo Smoke From The Chimneys
Four Levels | Adventures In English Vol II
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Management Notes

Unit : Seven (Life and Death)
Written By : Siddhicharan Shrestha(21 May 1912 – 4 June 1992) was one of the most prominent writers of Nepal. He contributed to the struggle against the autocratic Rana regime (1846-1951) through his writings. His revolutionary poetry aroused freedom fighters, and he was sentenced to 18 years in jail for his literary activities.
(Translated by Michael Hutt)

Literal Comprehension:

The poem “No Smoke from the Chimneys” is written by famous Nepali poet Siddhicharan Shrestha (1912 – 1992) and translated by Michael Hutt into English. In this poem the poet has expressed a freedom fighter as the speaker. The speaker tells that he is busy wiping up blood from a broken head so that Death not to call him. The people who are engaging in the protest against the monopolized political entity are seriously injured, but they are not afraid. The people are not caring to food for freedom and justice; they have no time for cooking. Therefore, nothing including the Lady’s (Death’s) calling can stop the speaker’s advancing feet or distract him from taking part in the protest.

Interpretation:

The speaker of this poem may be trying to express that freedom is more important than food or fear of death. Therefore, people do not get diverted or stop when they once have come out of their house to the streets.This poem beautifully captures the picture of peoples’ movement for democracy, against Ranas.The speaker reminds us of our great martyrs who sacrificed their life for the people and nation.We ,people of this new generation, should understand how people fought for democracy and nourish this system, democracy.

Critical Thinking:

I like this poem very much as it tells about the freedom and democracry but some of the ideas in this poem are questionable.

  • Why does the speaker call a particular lady there an obstacle?
  • Are / were women against democracy?
  • Why does he confuse that lady with death?
  • In first stanza, Death is the villain. In second stanza, a lady is the villain. Why does he equate death and that lady?
  • Did people really quitted food at the time of revolution?

Assimilation:

By reading this poem I understood how the Nepalese people fought against the autocratic rule for the freedom. The death could not discourage them from establishing democracy in the country. Otherwise, my generation would not have been enjoying the freedom.I have now understood very well how martyrs fought for democracy in Nepal.I will also try to speak for peoples’ right, freedom of speech etc.I won’t keep quiet at the face of injustices.

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