The Adventures of Hanchi: A Kannada Cinderella Summary Notes

The Adventures of Hanchi: A Kannada Cinderella About the Author

Attipate Krishnaswami Ramanujan (16 March, 1929-13 July, 1993) also known as A. K. Ramanujan, was a poet, scholar, philologist, folklorist, trans lator, and playwright. His academic research ranged across five languages: English, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Sanskrit. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award posthumously in 1999 for his collection of poems, ‘The Selected Poems’.

The story deals with the trials and tribulations Hanchi feces in her life. It shares the characteristics of a typical Indian folk tale with innumerable twists and turns which keeps the reader engrossed.

The Adventures of Hanchi: A Kannada Cinderella Summary

The Given Short story “The Adventures ofHanchi: A Kannada Cinderella” is by A.K. Ramanujan. Attipate Krishnaswami Ramanuj an (16 March, 1929-13 July, 1993) also known as A. K. Ramanujan, was a poet, scholar, philologist, folklorist, trans lator, and playwright. His academic research ranged across five languages: English, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Sanskrit. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award posthumously in 1999 for his collection of poems, The Selected Poems’.

The story deals with the trials and tribulations Hanchi faces in -.. her life. It shares the characteristics of a typical Indian folk tale with innumerable twists and turns which keeps the reader engrossed.

Once there lived an old woman with her son and daughter. The girl had beautiful golden tresses. As they grew up the girl turned out to be a beautiful young women. Her brother was enamored by her ’ beauty and fell in love with her. He decided to marry her. The old woman was horrified at his unethical and unnatural request.

She did not disclose her feelingsdo him but cleverly asked him to go to the near-by town and purchase all the things needed for the wedding After he left for the town, the aggrieved mother called her beautiful daughter and told her that she was too beautiful to live in the house and it was better she went away to a safe place. That night the old woman gave a potter a gold pot and purchased a clay mask to fit her daughter’s face. Later that night she asked her daughter to wear the mask and warned her not to remove the mask until it was safe enough to show her real face.

When the poor girl left her house, the old women committed suicide by poisoning herself. The son returned to find his mother dead and his bride – sister was no where to be seen. He was so shocked at the incident that he bst his mind and became of wandering madman.

The poor girl moved from place to place until the food that her mother had packed for her lasted. She changed her name to Hanchi. When she came to a place far away from her home. She befriended an old woman who gave her food and shelter. The old woman came to know that a ‘Saukar’ of the town needed a maid – servant and sent her to work there.

Hanchi was an expert – cook, and could make excellent sweet-rice dishes. One day, the Saukar decided to host a banquet and asked Hanchi to prepare her dishes of sweet rice. When everybody in the house-hold was enjoying the feast, Hanchi decided to take quick oil – bath before they came back.

She removed her mask and undid her golden tresses and started bathing. While she was bathing, the youngest on of the saukar’s sons, came back home, and called for her. She could not hear him and did not answer him He came in search of her and saw her in all her beauty. He ran away quickly before Hanchi could notice him. He fell in love with her glorious hair and immediately decided to marry her.

The young man told his mother about his resolution and she, wondered why he was fascinated by the dark maid-servant. She advised him not to be foolish enough to marry a dark and ugly girl. She tried to convince the young man saying that she would find him a pretty bride from a rich family.

The mother and son argued for a long time, but the young man held fast to his resolve. He took her to Hanchi, pulled off her mask and threw it away. His mother was stupefied at the natural beauty of Hanchi, crowned by her splendid golden tresses. She understood why her son had Men in love with Hanchi. After she heard Hanchi’s strange story she liked Hanchi much better thanbefore.Hanchi and the young man were married at the first auspicious occasion.

The newly married couple was as happy as two doves in love. But fate had other things in store for Hanchi. The rich man had Chief Counselor named Guruswami. He was known for his practice of‘secrete lore and black art’ (Black Magic). He lusted for Hanchi. Hanchi’s mother-in-law was eager for a grandson by Hanchi. She confided this with Guruswami. He assured her that he could make Hanchi conceive through magic art. He asked her to bring him plantains, almonds, betel leaves and nuts for the ritual.

When Guruswami found an auspicious day for the ritual, he summoned Hanchi. He placed the fruits and nuts in front of him and put a magic spell on them, praying that Hanchi should become his. He gave them to Hanchi and asked her to eat them. If Hanchi had eaten them she would have been hypnotized into obeying him. But being a clever girl, she knew the evil work of wicked magicians.

She hood-winked him by eating another banana which she had brought with her, while she dropped the enchanted banana into the pot. The wicked Guruswami went back to his room, believing that his magic would draw her to him. He lay on his bed, with lustful thoughts and dreams.

But to his predicament; a buffalo ate the enchanted banana and fell in love with Guruswami It was in heat and rushed to Guruswami’s room and pushed at the door. The hapless man opened the door, thinking that it was Hanchibut was bruised by the amorous buffalo.

Guruswami’s failure in getting his hands on Hanchi, made him more determined to ensnare her many a time. He convinced her mother-in-law to send Hanchi for certain rites. He tried to give her enchanted almonds, betel leaves and nuts. But Hanchi was careful not to eat them, and stored them in measures and pots.

When Guruswami eagerly awaited her, the pots and pans were attracted to him and knocked at his door. When he opened the door, instead of Hanchi, the lifeless vessels knocked against him leaving him with bruises. One day, Hanchi threw a nut at a broom-stick. The enchanted broom-stick knocked on his door, he unknowingly embraced the thorny broom-stick.

The wicked man then decided to change his tactics. He went to Hanchi’s father-in-law and entreated him to host another o f his magnificent banquets in the garden. The old man agreed and Hanchi prepared her delicious dishes made of sweet rice. She stayed back at the house.

This time, Guruswami had carefully plotted his plan to ensnare Hanchi. While everyone one was in the garden he excused himself saying he had left his magic books at home and hurried back home. On his way he collected many pieces ofmen’s clothing. He secretly entered Hanehi’s room and hid the cloth pieces there. He also threw some chewed betel and smoked cheroots on her bedroom floor.

After planting the false evidences he hurried back to the garden shouting out breathlessly “Your daughter-in-law is an immoral woman! I surprised her with a paramour (secret lover), just a moment ago. She has forgotten the dignity oilier family, her woman hood. This is sinful; it will bring misfortune to your door! O What wickedness!”

The family believed Guruswami as he was their trusted friend. When they rushed back home Guruswami proved his point by showing them the false evidences he had planted in Hanchi’s room The family was as surprised at Hanchi’s immorality.

She tried to prove her integrity by disclosing Guruswami’s unholy intentions towards her. But they were so enraged they refused to believe her. They beat her black and blue and locked her up in room and starved her for three days. Hanchi remained steadfast and refused to confess to the false accusations.

Guruswami was delighted that his plot has worked. He suggested the family to put her in a big-box and throw her into a river. The family agreed and they put Hanchi in a box and gave it to Guruswami. Guruswami’s plot succeeded and he carried away the box with Hanchi in it, a happy man.

Guruswami ordered the servants to take the box to an old woman’s house nearby and leave it there until the next morning. This old women was none other than the one who had helped Hanchi when she came to the town, by getting her the job of a housemaid. Guruswami told the old woman that the box was full of mad dogs and warned her not to meddle with the box

Later, the old women heard some strange sounds coming from the box. Hanchi had recognised the old woman’s voice and was calling out for her. The old women freed Hanchi from the box and saw her pitiable condition and quickly fed her.

Hanchi narrated her tale of woe to the old woman. The old woman thought of a plan to get rid of Guruswami. She managed to procure a muzzled mad dog and locked it up in the box after carefully removing the muzzle. She asked Hanchi to hide inside a room of her house.

The next day Guruswamy came to the old woman’s house full of lustful thoughts. He ordered her to leave him alone in the room for his evening prayers. He locked the door from inside and eagerly opened the lid of the box. He was horrified when he saw a hideous dog leap at him and mangle him with vicious bites.

The old lady could not rest until she had seen justice done to poor Hanchi. One day she invited Hanchi’s husband and his family to her house. Hanchi prepared her delicious sweet-rice dishes and the old woman served it to them. They were reminded of Hanchi’s sweet-dishes.

They were unhappy because they hadlost her. When they were curious to know who other then Hanchi could prepare such sweet-rice dishes as delicious as Hanchi. The old women presented Hanchi herself in flesh and blood. The family could not believe their eyes because they thought she was drowned in the river. They had wondered why their good friend, Guruswami, had gone mad after he had drowned Hanchi in the river.

The old women revealed the truth about Guruswami’s treachery. The family repented their folly and was ashamed that they had believed such a viper (poisonous snake) as Guruswami. They pleaded Hanchi to forgive them and took her home. “Hanchi’s good days had begun; he luck turned and furnished her with every kind of happiness from that day”.

The Adventures of Hanchi: A Kannada Cinderella Glossary

  • Auspicious: Conducive to success; favorable
  • Amorous: lust fill
  • Gullible: Easily persuaded to believe something credulous
  • ‘Planted’: positioned, placed, stationed
  • Resurrection: Raising from the dead, restoration to life.

The Adventures of Hanchi: A Kannada Cinderella Questions and Answers

Question 1.
What was unique about Hanchi?
Answer:
Hanchi had beautiful golden tresses.

Question 2.
What was the demand of the boy?
Answer:
The boy asked his mother to give his sister in marriage to him.

Question 3.
Why was the mother worried?
Answer:
The mother was worried because her son’s wish to marry his sister was unnatural and unethical.

Question 4.
What was Hanchi known for?
Answer:
Hanchi was an expert cook No one could equal her in making dishes of sweet rice.

Question 5.
Where was Hanchi sent to live?
Answer:
Hanchi was sent to the neary-by saukar’s house as a maidservant.

Question 6.
What were the things Guruswami gave to Hanchi?
Answer:
Guruswami gave Hanchi enchanted plantains, almonds, betel leaves and nuts.

Question 7.
Mention the three things that came bacj ti Guruswami by his own magic?
Answer:
The things that came back to Guruswami by his own magic are the measures and bowl sin which Hanchi had stored his enchanted almonds, leaves and nuts. A broom – stick at which Hanchi threw a enchanted nut and a buffallo which ate his enchanted plantain.

II. Answer the Following Questions in About a Page:

Question 1.
What plan did the mother hatch to avoid the marriage of Hanchi with her brother?
Answer:
When the mother heard her son ask her for his sisters hand in marriage, she was shocked and greatly distressed by the unnatural request but she hid her feelings and sent him to the near-by town to bring all the rice and flour and pulses necessary for the wedding. As soon as he left the house, she called her daughter and sadly told her that the time had come for her (daughter) to leave the house.

The mother told her daughter that she was as good as dead to her from that day and that she (daughter) was too beautiful to live in the house in Sofety. She reminded her that no one can gaze at her without desire because of her golden tresses.

She disclosed her plan to her daughter. She told her that she would get a mask made for her (daughter) which will hide her face and save her form further danger. That very night, the old woman went to the village potter, She gave him gold vessel and bought a clay mask to fit her daughters face that very night she sent away her daughter advicing her not to remove the mask from her face until the situation was better, the aggrieved old woman consumed poison and killed herself.

Question 2.
When was Hanchi’s beauty revealed to saukar’s son? What was his reaction?
Answer:
After the girl with golden tresses left her home, she wandered here and there and at last came to a place far away from her home. She changed her name to Hanchi.

She befriended an old woman who gave her food and shelter. The old woman came to know that a ‘Saukar’ of the town needed a maid – servant and sent her to work there. Hanchi was an expert – cook, and could make excellent sweet-rice dishes. One day, the Saukar decided to host a banquet and asked Hanchi to prepare her dishes of sweet rice.

When everybody in the house-hold was. enjoying the feast, Hanchi decided to take quick oil – bath before they came back. She removed her mask and undid her golden tresses and started bathing. While she was bathing, the youngest of of the saukar’s sons, came back home, and called for her. She could not hear him and did not answer him. He came in search of her and saw her in all her beauty. He ran away quickly before Hanchi could notice him He fell in love with her glorious hair and immediately decided to marry her.

Question 3.
What plans did Guruswami employ to entice Hanchi?
Answer:
The rich man’s son, for whom Hanchi worked as a house-maid, saw her in all her glory, when she was having a bath. He was enamoured by her beautiful golden tresses and fell in love with her he married her.

The newly married couple was as happy as two doves in love. But fate had other things in store for Hanchi. The rich man had Chief Counselor named Guruswami. He was known for his practice of ‘secrete lore and black art’ (Black Magic). He lusted for Hanchi. Hanchi’s mother-in-law was eager for a grandson by Hanchi.

She confided this with Guruswami. He assured her that he could make Hanchi conceive through magic art. He asked her to bring him plantains, almonds, betel leaves and nuts for the ritual.

When Guruswami found an auspicious day for the ritual, he summoned Hanchi. He placed the fruits and nuts in front of him and put a magic spell on them, praying that Hanchi should become his. He gave them to Hanchi and asked her to eat them. If Hanchi had eaten them she would have been hypnotized into obeying him.

Question 4.
How did Hanchi outsmart Guruswami?
Answer:
Hanchi’s mother-in-law was eager for a grandson by Hanchi. She confided this with Guruswami. He assured her that he could make Hanchi conceive through magic art. He asked her to bring him plantains, almonds, betel leaves arid nuts for the ritual.

When Guruswami found an auspicious day for the ritual, he summoned Hanchi. He placed the fruits and nuts in front of him and a magic spell on them, praying that Hanchi should become his.

He gave them to Hanchi and asked her to eat them. If Hanchi had eaten them she would have been hypnotized into obeying him. But being a clever girl, she knew the evil work of wicked magicians. She hood-winked him by eating another banana which she had brought with her, while she dropped the enchanted banana into the pot. The wicked Guruswami went back to his room, believing that his magic would draw her to him. He lay on his bed, with lustful thoughts and dreams.

But to his predicament, a buffalo ate the enchanted banana and feU in love with Guruswami It was in heat and rushed to Guruswami’s room and pushed at the door. The hapless man opened the door, thinking that it was Hanchi but was bruised by the amorous buffalo.

Guruswami’s Mure in getting his hands on Hanchi, made him more determined to ensnare her many a time. He convinced her mother-in-law to send Hanchi for certain rites. He tried to give her enchanted almonds, betel leaves and nuts. But Hanchi was careful not to eat them, and stored them in measures and pots.

When Guruswami eagerly awaited her, the pots and pans were attracted to him and knocked at his door. When he opened the door, instead of Hanchi, the lifeless vessels knocked against him leaving him with bruises. One day, Hanchi threw a nut at a broom-stick. The enchanted broom-stick knocked on his door, he unknowingly embraced the thorny broom – stick.

Question 5.
What was the punishment meted out to Hanchi?
Answer:
The family believed Guruswami as he was their trusted friend. When they rushed back home Guruswami proved his point by showing them the false evidences he had planted in Hanchi’s room. The family was as surprised at Hanchi immorality. She tried to prove her integrity by disclosing Guruswami’s unholy intentions towards her.

But they were so enraged they refused to believe her. They beat her black and blue and locked her up in room aind staiyed her for three days. Hanchi remained steadfast and refused to confess to the false accusations. Guruswami was delighted that his plot has worked. He suggested the family to put her in a big-box and throw her into a river. The family agreed and theyput Hanchi in a box and gave it to Guruswami Guruswami’splot succeeded and he carried away the box with Hanchi in it, a happy man.

Question 6.
How did the old woman rescue the girl at the end of the story?
Answer:
Guruswami ordered the servants to’ take the box to an old woman’s house nearby and leave it there until the next morning. This old women was none other than the one who had helped Hanchi when she came to the town, by getting her the job of a housemaid. Guruswami told the old woman that the box was full of mad dogs and warned her not to meddle with the box. Later, the old women heard some strange sounds criming from the box. Hanchi had recognised the old woman’s voice and was calling out for her.

The old women freed Hanchi from the box and saw her pitiable condition and quickly fed her. Hanchi narrated her tale of woe to the old woman. The old woman thought of a plan to get rid of Guruswami. She managed to procure a muzzled mad dog and locked it up in the box after carefully removing the muzzle. She asked Hanchi to hide inside a room of her house.

The next day Guruswamy came to the old woman’s house full of lustful thoughts. He ordered her to leave him alone in the room for his evening prayers. He locked the door from inside and eagerly opened the lid of the box. He was horrified when he saw a hideous dog leap at him and mangle him with vicious bites. He became a lunatic.

Question 7.
‘The adventures’of Hanchi’ is a typical folktale. Discuss?
Answer:
The ‘Adventures of Hanchi’ is a typical folktale broadly based on the very famous English folktale ‘Cindrella’The author A.K. Ramanujan deftly tells the story of Hanchi, a Kannada Cindrella. The story deals with the trials, and tribulations that Hanchi feces in her life. It shares the characteristics of a typical folktale with innumerable twists and turns which keeps the reader engrossed.

A folktale is a traditional story common to a specific culture. They often contain a lesson to be learned. They try to make sense of human existence, help man to cope with the world or explain the orgin of somethmg. Most folktales have a common setting, character, plot, theme and Conflict and style. In a folktale, characters are without liveliness or interest. Most characters are bad.

The hero and heroine are very young. The heroine is very beautiful and has beautiful tresses and she is kind, charitable and caring. The hero is honoroble, courageous, unselfish and caring, One of the characters in the story is an evil magician. The hero or the heroine have special powers and abilities.

In the folktale ‘The adventures of Hanchi’ Hanchi is a beautiful girl with lovely golden tresses. Her mother is a widow who single – handed brings up Hanchi and her elder brother. Hanchi’s brother fells in love with her beautiful tresses and wants to marry her. The conflict is that such a marriage is unnatural.

The mother gets a mask the hide Hanchi’s beauty and sends her away to protect her from her brother. Later she kills herself. Hanchi is a bold girl she wanders aroundand befriends another old women in a fer-off town. The woman gets her employed in a rich man’s house as a house-maid. Hanchi has a special ability. She can cook delicious dishes made of sweet-rice, which no one else can equal. One day, the family is out enjoying a feast in the garden.

Hanchi’s decides to take a bath and removes her mask while she is bathing, the rich-man’s younger son sees her in all her glory and falls in love with her. He marries her. The family’s trusted friend, Guruswami has an evil eye on her. He knows the art of black magic.

He tries to ensure Hanchi, through his black magic, but Hanchi is clever, and dodges all his ploys. The evil man hatches a plan to felsely prove that Hanchi is a immoral woman. The family disowns her. The evil Guruswami has his chance now. He suggests the family to lock her in a box and throw her in the river.

The family agrees and locks Hanchi in a box and give it to Guruswami. He takes the box to an old woman’s house near the river. The old woman is none other than the one who sent Hanchi to the richman’s house as a house – maid. She frees Hanchi and gets a mad-dog and locks it up in the box. When Guruswami comes back and opens the box, the rabid dog pounces and bites him. He becames a lunatic. The old woman, asks Hanchi to prepare her famous dishes made of sweet-rice and invites the rich man’s family for lunch.

She serves them Hanchi’s sweet-rice dishes. They ask her if there was anyone other than Hanqhi who could prepare sweet rice dishes as delicious as Hanchi. The old woman narrates Guruswamis tale of treachery. They are ashamed Mid take back Hanchi. The tale ends on a happy note.

III. Answer the Following Questions in About two Pages:

Question 1.
Bring out the trials and tribulations faced by Hanchi?
OR
Question 2.
Hanchi inspires you to overcome the adversities of life. Elucidate?
Answer:
Yes, Hanchi inspires me to overcome the adversities of life. In the folktale ‘The adventures of Hanchi’ Hanchi is a beautiful girl with lovely golden tresses. Her mother is a widow who single – handed brings up Hanchi and her elder brother. Hanchi’s brother Ms in love with her beautiful tresses and wants to marry her. The conflict is that such a marriage is unnatural.

The mother gets a mask to hide Hanchi’s beauty and sends her away to protect her from her brother. Later she kills herself. Hanchi is a bold girl she wanders around and befriends another old women in a far-off town the woman gets her employed in a rich man’s house as a house-maid. Hanchi has a special ability. She can cook delicious dishes made of sweet-rice, which no one else can equal. One day, the family is out enjoying a feast in the garden ‘Harichi’s decides to take a bath and removes her mask while she is bathing, the rich-man’s younger son sees her in all her glory and fells in love with her.

He marries her. The family’s trusted, friend, Guruswami has an evil eye on her. He knows the art of black Magic. He tries to ensure Hanchi, through his black magic, but Hanchi is clever, and dodges all his ploys. The evil man hatches a plan felsely proves that Hanchi is a unmoral woman. The family disowns her. The evil Guruswami has his chance now. He suggests the femily to lock her in a box and throw her in the river. The family agrees and locks Hanchi inbox and give it to Guruswami.

He takes the box to an old woman’s house near the river. The old woman is none other than the one who sent Hanchi to the richman’s house as a house – maid. She frees Hanchi and gets a mad-dog and locks it up in the box. When Guruswami comes back and opens the box, the rabid dog pounces and bites him.

He becames a lunatic. The old woman asks Hanchi to prepare her famous dishes made of sweet-rice and invites the rich man’s femily for lunch She serves themHanehi’s sweet rice dishes. They ask her if there was anyone who could prepare sweet rice dishes as delicious as Hanchi. The old woman narrates Guruswamis tale of treachery. They are ashamed and take back Hanchi. The tale ends on a happy note.

Question 3.
The women in the story represent resilience and courage of the women folk. Elaborate?
Answer:
Yes the women in the story represent resilence and courage of the women folk-. ,
Hanchi mother is a courageous women. She gives up her life to protect Hanchi. Hanchi herself is a bold and resilent girl. In spite of all the adverties she faces all along she remains resilent and emerges yictrorious in the end. The old women whom Hanchi – be friends is clever and cunning she is Compassionate and protective of Hanchi. She protects Hanchi as if she were her own daughter and saves her from disgrace and death.

In the folktale ‘The adventures of Hanchi’ Hanchi is a beautiftil girl with lovely golden tresses. Her mother is a widow who single – handed brings up Hanchi and her elder brother. Hanchi’s brother Ms in love with her beautiful tresses and wants to marry her. The conflict is that such a marriage is unnatural.

The mother gets a mask the hide Hanchi’s beauty and sends her away to protect her from her brother. Later she kills herself Hanchi is a bold girl she wonders around and befriends another grand old women in a far-off town the woman gets her employed in a rich man’s house as a house-maid. Hanchi has a special ability.

She can cook delicious dishes made of sweet-rice, which no one else can equal. One day, the family is out enjoying a feast in the garden. Hanchi’s decides to take a bath and removes her mask while she is bathing, the rich-man’s youngerson sees her in all her glory Mid fells in love with her. He marries her.

The family’s trusted friend, Guruswami has an evil eye on her. He knows the art of black magic. He tries to ensure Hanchi, through his black magic, but Hanchi is clever, and dodges all his ploys. The evil man hatches a plan felsely proves that Hanchi is a immoral woman. The family disowns her. The evil Guruswami has his chance now. He suggests the femilyto locks her in box and throw her in the river.

The family agrees and lock Hanchi in a box and give it to Guruswami. He takes the box to an old woman’s house near the river. The old woman is none other than the one who sent Hanchi to the richman’s house as a house – maid. She frees Hanchi and gets a mad-dog and locks it up in the box. When Guruswami comes back and opens the box, the rabid dog pounces and bites him.

He becames a lunatic. The old woman asks Hanchi to prepare her famous dishes made of sweet-rice and invites the rich man’s family for lunch. She serves them Hanchi’s sweet-rice dishes. They ask her if there was anyone who could prepare sweet rice dishes as delicious as Hanchi. The old woman narrates Guruswamis tale of treachery. They are ashamed and take back Hanchi. The tale ends on a happy note.

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