Summary:

The cabuliwallah is from Kabul. His real name is Abdur Rahman. He works as a peddler in India. He goes to Kabul once a year to visit his wife and little daughter. In the course of selling goods, once he reaches to the house of writer, Rabindranath Tagore. Then his five years daughter, Mini calls him ‘Cabuliwallah! A Cabuliwallah’. When Cabuliwallah goes to visit Mini she is afraid because he is wearing loose solid clothes and a tall turban. He looks gigantic. When the writer knows that Mini is afraid, he introduces her with him. The Cabuliwallah gives her some nuts and raisins. Mini becomes happy from next day, the Cabuliwallah often visits her and he gives her something to eat. They crack jokes and laugh and enjoy. They also feel comfortable in the company each other. The writer likes their friendship. But Mini’s mother doesn’t like it. She thinks that the peddler like Cabuliwallah can be child lifter. However, Mini and the Cabuliwallah becomes intimate friend.

The Cabuliwallah sells seasonal goods. Once he sells a Rampuri shawl to a customer on credit. He asks him for the money many times but he doesn’t pay. At last he denies buying the shawl. The Cabuliwallah becomes very angry and stabs the customer. Then he is arrested by police and taken him to the jail. He is jailed for eight years. When he is freed from jail at first he goes to visit Mini surprisingly. It is the wedding day and he isn’t allowed to visit her. When he shows the finger of a piece of paper to the writer, he permits to meet Mini who is in wedding dress. The writer knows that the Cabuliwallah has no money to go back to his house so the writer cuts of the wedding expenses like a light and bands and gives one hundred rupees to the Cabuliwallah and sends him to Kabul.

Interpretation:

The writer may be trying to show the attitude of peoples towards the foreigners and poor peddler. Although the Cabuliwallah is very simple and honest, writer’s wife suspects him as a child lifter, also tries to cheat him by not paying his money. The story also shows the plight of the people due to poverty. If the Cabuliwallah had enough money, he would not come to India leaving his wife and daughter in Kabul. The writer seems to shows that temper ruins anyone. If Cabuliwallah didn’t stab the costumer, he wouldn’t have to go to the jail. This story is also full of feelings of humanity. The writer cuts off the wedding expenses and helps the Cabuliwallah.

Critical Thinking:

Although this story is full of the feeling of humanity, some ideas of the writer are skeptical. Does a man leave his children freely with a stranger? Does a peddler give things to others children freely every time? Does the Cabuliwallah stab the costumer? Can we find anyone who helps others by cutting off weeding expenses? So, I don’t agree with the writer totally.

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Debbani Bose
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Debbani Bose

its good! shows a mixture of humanity, temper, friendship…etc.

Syed Ibrahim Maaz
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Syed Ibrahim Maaz

It is Kabuliwala actually. Please correct. Other than that its alright!!!
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Thomas G.
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Thomas G.

Like sannia said, this is good for students. Good job.

sannia
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sannia

Perfect way for student!

Natasha F.
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Natasha F.

Ya of course

amna saqib
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amna saqib

Great work

Ahmad Jibran
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Ahmad Jibran

very helpful… and its really interesting …

Mirra
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Mirra

Really helpful… and easy to understand😊👌

Deyron S.
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Deyron S.

this is very helpful

Keerthana seha
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Keerthana seha

Good😊

C. Tode
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C. Tode

Its really helpful!!
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Smridh Varma
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Smridh Varma

Not bad …………….

Krisveen
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Krisveen

Nice and easy to understand

ARAVIND KUMAR
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ARAVIND KUMAR

story of feelings!!!!! also its super sad

Muhammad Kamran Marwat
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Muhammad Kamran Marwat

Yes!! A man can leave his children with any stranger only when he feels that he is not stranger..Yes,of course,a peddler gives things freely to others children often if not everytime..
I’m totally agree with the writer and he is not skeptical regarding his ideas..

Mosese
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Mosese

What are some style used by the narrator?

Bhargavi
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Bhargavi

Its is a nice story

Ishmam
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Ishmam

Awesome

Mohammad Aslam
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Mohammad Aslam

I am from the same language as was kabliwalla.Our pashtoon people even now give things free and sometimes with low price to forgners and espically to children.It always happens to me, whenever i go to my villiage. when my small sister asks for any thing at shop esp in town’s shop it is given free.So having skeptical remarks about kabliwallah is not right.The more you go past the more were the people generious and showed more affection to children in particular.

Hriti B.
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Hriti B.

Not bad, but need more detail

Lavenia Baleitamavua
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Lavenia Baleitamavua

its really good