The Flight- PDF NCERT Solutions from its so happened class 8 chapter 6

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Embark on a journey through the captivating pages of "The Flight," chapter 6 of the class 8 book, "It's So Happened." Unlock the secrets within its enthralling narrative and expand your knowledge with the help of free PDF NCERT solutions. Delve into the remarkable tale that unfolds, as courage takes flight amidst adversity. Discover the profound lessons that await, inviting you to explore themes of resilience, determination, and the triumph of the human spirit. Let the words transport you to a world of imagination and inspiration, as you navigate the intricacies of "The Flight" and uncover its hidden treasures. Embrace the opportunity to soar through knowledge with these invaluable resources at your fingertips.

The flight class 8 summary

The story "The Fight" is written by Ruskin Bond. The story is about a fight between two boys named Ranji and Suraj. Ranji had recently moved to Rajpur with his family. One summer day, he encountered a pool in the forest.

Then Ranji jumped into the pool and enjoyed swimming in the coolclear water. The next day Ranji revisited the pool to enjoy swimming. Later, while resting on a rock, he saw an older and well-built boy (named Suraj) glaring at him. Ranji invited Suraj to join him. But Suraj, who identified himself as the Warrior, refused and told Ranji that the pool belonged to him. Ranji responded by claiming that he was a Fighter.

The exchange of words resulted in an argument and eventually led to a fight. After five minutes of furious fighting, both stood exhausted and agreed to continue the fight the next day. In the evening, Ranji went to the bazaar and saw Suraj. Neither of them spoke to the other. The next day, Suraj challenged Ranji to swim the length of the pool. Ranji accepted the challenge and dived straight into the water. Suraj was impressed to see Ranji diving well and asked Ranji to teach him how to dive. They made a deal, Ranji would teach Suraj how to dive, and in return, Suraj had agreed to make Ranji a Wrestler. Finally, Ranji and Suraj became friends.

The flight class 8 questions answers from "Its so happened chapter 6"


Questions (Page No. 49)

(Comprehension Check - I)

Question 1. In what way is the forest pool different from the one which Ranji knew in the Rajputana desert?

Answer: The forest pool was very clean and cold and inviting, whereas the one in the Rajputana desert was known to be sticky and muddy where buffaloes wallowed and women washed clothes.

Question 2. The other boy asked Ranji to ‘explain’ himself.

a.     What did he expect Ranji to say?

b.    Was he, in your opinion, right or wrong to ask this question?


a.     The other boy expected Ranji to apologize to him for entering the forest pool without seeking his permission. He wanted Ranji to leave the pool immediately.

b.    He was wrong to expect and ask Ranji to leave the pool because the forest pool was open to everyone and he did not have personal right to its property.

Question 3. Between Ranji and the other boy, who is trying to start a quarrel? Give a reason for your answer.

Answer: The other boy actually started the quarrel between him and Ranji. This is evident from the fact that when Ranji saw the other boy in the pool, he did not try to pick a fight or say a word to him. It was the other boy who deliberately came to fight with Ranji, even when he tried to be friendly with that boy. However, Ranji was taken aback by the hostile behaviour of that boy who strongly demanded that the pool belonged to him and others needed to obtain his permission to use it. Soon enough after saying all this, he started a fight with Ranji and referred to himself as a ‘Warrior’, to which Ranji replied that he himself was a ‘Fighter’.

Question 4. “Then we will have to continue the fight,” said the other.

a.     What made him say that?

b.    Did the fight continue? If not, why not?


a.     When both Ranji and the other boy fought for a long while, Ranji refused to leave the pool and the fight ensued. When that boy saw that Ranji did not accept defeat and was not listening to his words, he said that the fight between them would continue the following day.

b.    Apparently, the fight did not continue on the following day as both of them had a bitter experience the previous day and were not willing to continue this fight any further. Although they thought they would continue fighting, neither of them took the initiative or interest to pick a fight again. When the other boy named Suraj, saw that Ranji could dive into the water, he was amazed and asked him to teach him how to do it. Suraj promised that he would help Ranji to become a wrestler if he taught him how to swim and dive into the water just like him.

Questions (Page No. 53-54)

(Comprehension Check - II)

Question 1. What is it that Ranji finds difficult to explain at home?

Answer: When Ranji reached home, he found it difficult to explain the cuts and bruises that showed on his face, leg and arms. It was difficult to conceal the fact that he had been in an unusually violent fight with Suraj. Therefore, his mother insisted on his staying at home for the rest of the day.

Question 2. Ranji sees his adversary in the bazaar.

a.     What does he wish to do?

b.    What does he actually do, and why?


a.     When Ranji saw his adversary in the bazaar, he tried to avoid him by turning away and looked elsewhere. He was so angry at that boy that he felt like throwing the lemonade bottle at his enemy.

b.    Ranji did not do anything. He just stood his ground and scowled at his passing adversary. He did not want to pick unnecessary fights with the other boy in the market. Even that boy said nothing either but scowled back with equal ferocity.

Question 3. Ranji is not at all eager for a second fight. Why does he go back to the pool, then?

Answer: Although Ranji was not at all eager for a second fight with the other boy, he left his home unwillingly. He remembered that he had accepted the challenge and he had to defy his enemy in order to gain respect. If he gave up, this meant that he had acknowledged his defeat to the other boy.

Question 4. Who was the better swimmer? How do you know it?

Answer: Ranji was definitely a better swimmer. This is evident from that fact that when the other boy made fun of Ranji if he would be able to swim across the pool. Hearing this, Ranji dived straight into the water and surfaced towards the other end of the pool quickly. The other boy named Suraj was amazed at Ranji’s feat and asked him how did he do it so smoothly. He then asked Ranji to teach him how to dive and swim under water and in return, he would help Ranji to become a wrestler.

Question 5. What surprises the warrior?

Answer: When Ranji dived into the water perfectly, Suraj was amazed to see this. Ranji was able to swim under water as he circled Suraj and came up from behind him. This surprised Suraj and he admired Ranji’s swimming skills.

Question 6. Now that they are at the pool, why don’t they continue the fight?

Answer: Although both the boys were at the pool together, they were not fighting with each other. Suraj, the warrior was taken by surprise when he saw Ranji’s skills like diving and swimming under water. He wanted to learn these skills from Ranji.

Question 7. Ranji’s superiority over the other boy is obvious in the following:

physical strength, good diving, his being a fighter, sense of humour, swimming under water, making a good point,
willingness to help.

Underline the relevant phrases.

Answer: Good diving, sense of humour, swimming under water, willingness to help.

Question 8. What, according to you, makes the two adversaries turn into good friends in a matter of minutes? Explain it as you have understood it.

Answer: The two adversaries turned into good friends in a matter of minutes when they started admiring each other’s skills and decided to learn those skills from each other. When the other boy, Suraj saw how well Ranji dived and swam under water, he almost forgot about the fight and asked Ranji to teach him these swimming skills. Suraj had a well-built physique and when he noticed that Ranji had a lean body structure, he said that he would help him to become a good wrestler if Ranji taught him swimming skills, to which Ranji readily agreed to help. Finally, the two claimants gave up their fight and became good friends.

Questions (Page No. 54)


Discuss the following topics in small groups.

Question 1. Is fighting the only way of resolving differences of opinion? What else can be done to reach a mutually acceptable settlement?

Answer: No, fighting is never the only way to resolve differences of opinion. Any differences between two parties or people can be resolved in a coolhead manner through discussion. Even if the difference of opinion continues, a middleman should try to resolve the conflict between the two parties peacefully.

Question 2. Have you ever been in a serious fight only to realize that it was unnecessary and futile? Share your experience/views with others frankly and honestly.

Answer: Yes, it is in human nature to pick a fight on minor issues sometimes. However, such fights or arguments can be resolved through discussion and respecting each other’s point of view. Once both the parties agree to resolve the conflict, they can do it peacefully without hurting each other’s emotions and sentiments.

Question 3. Why do some of us find it necessary to prove that we are better than others? Will you be amused or annoyed to read the following sign at the back of the car in front of you?

“I may be going slow but I am ahead of you.”

Answer: It is common in human nature when one person tries to pull down another by exhibiting one’s superiority over the other person. We should avoid ego clashes and misunderstandings from creeping into our relationship with other people.

In my opinion, I would be amused to read the sign “I may be going slow but I am ahead of you.” and take it on a lighter note and laugh it off.

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