Lesson 26: A Healthy Lifestyle

The Kumar family tried to eat nutritious meals for a very long time, but found it difficult to keep up the habit.

Mr and Mrs Kumar work long hours at a hospital. They are exhausted when they reach home. They have three young children who need a lot of care and attention. Their son Arun is ten years old, their daughter Supriya is eight, and the baby Kabir is one.

Mr and Mrs Kumar know how important it is to eat fresh, homemademeals, no matter how tired they feel in the evening. So now the family cooks together.

Arun and Supriya wash and chop the vegetables. Mr Kumar makes the chappatis. He kneads the dough, rolls it into small balls, and then uses a rolling pin to make the chappatis. Mrs Kumar makes the dal and rice, and also puts together the salad. For dessert, they have fresh, seasonal fruit.

Arun lays the table. He puts out the plates, katoris and spoons. After the meal is over, Supriya clears up everything and washes the dirty dishes. Everyone in the family except Kabir has a role to play. No time is wasted and everyone works quickly because they are very hungry! As they perform their allotted tasks in the kitchen, they talk, laugh, and joke. Then they sit down and enjoy a delicioushomecooked meal.

A) Vocabulary

Habit – a pattern of behaviour or a routine that is followed regularly
Exhausted – to feel tired; to feel drained of energy and strength
Nutritious – providing nourishment; healthy
Knead – to work with dough (atta), clay, or other material by pressing, folding, pulling, and stretching it
Dough – flour or atta combined with water, milk, oil, etc. into a mass for baking into bread, cake, etc.
Seasonal–related to the seasons; fresh
Allotted – divided, distributed, or shared between two or more people
Delicious – very pleasing to the senses, especially the sense of taste; delightful

B) Make sentences with the words given below. The sentences must show that you understand the meaning of the word.

Healthy
Meal
Habit
Hospital
Exhausted
Care
Attention
Difficult
Nutritious
Balanced
Routine
Worried
Important
Fresh
Homemade
Vegetable
Knead
Dough
Rolling pin
Salad
Seasonal
Allotted
Task
Kitchen
Delicious

B) Read the story out aloud. Pay attention to the words in bold. Do you know how they are pronounced?

C) Discussion Points

  1. What do the Kumars do for a living?
  2. How many children do the Kumars have?
  3. How did the Kumars find a solution to their problem?
  4. Who does what in the kitchen?
  5. What do they cook for dinner?
  6. Do you think they will continue to eat homemade food?
  7. Why do you think the Kumars have fruit for dessert?
  8. What is the typical evening meal that the family prepares?
  9. Can you make a Sunday dinner menu for them?

D) Written Exercise

Write a short paragraph about your favourite dish. Describe what you like about it. Do you cook it yourself?