Lesson 3: Friendship

Harry’s Restaurant

Gulzar loved telling jokes that were not too funny, but his friend Harry thought that they were hilarious. Harry always laughed so hard that tears rolled down his cheeks.

One day Gulzar asked his friend, “Do you want to hear a new joke?” Harry’s thoughts were far away and he didn’t reply. Again Gulzar asked, “Do you want to hear my new joke?” Harry replied sharply, “Tell it to me later. I’m rather busy right now.”

“What could be more important than hearing my new joke?” thought Gulzar and shook his head sadly. Harry continued, “I’m planning to open a restaurant. It will be very hard work”. Harry did become busy with work after that. He organized the kitchen and bought furniture, plates and bowls and glasses and cutlery. Harry even made his own menus. Gulzar sat alone, in their favourite spot, under the shade of a tree.

The restaurant was a great success. It was filled with customers all day. Harry continued to work enthusiastically: He chopped vegetables, sliced mangoes and bananas and squeezed lemons and oranges all day. He ran backwards and forwards from the kitchen to the tables. By the time he closed each night, he was exhausted. The next day was just as engaging and so was the next.

However, by the end of the week, Harry was not just tired but also miserable and ill-tempered. He had become too busy to enjoy himself. That night, he cried. He felt that everything was going wrong. He was proud of his restaurant, but it was too much work for one person. And the worst thing was that his best friend seemed to have drifted away from him. Gulzar had been his only real friend!

The next day Harry was lost in thought when he heard Gulzar say, “Do you need anything?” Harry looked up at him. Gulzar said a joke and then another. They weren’t funny, but Harry immediately roared with laughter. The customers started to laugh, too. At the end of a long day, the two friends sat under the stars and told jokes and stories. “Would you like to hear my new joke?” asked Gulzar. “Yes, please,” replied Harry. Gulzar said with a grin, “I am busy right now. You’ll have to wait until tomorrow.”

A) Exercise 1:  Fill in the correct form of the verb in brackets in present tense.

  1. I ____ to open a café. (To plan)
  2. My friend___ to go to college. (To plan)
  3. I ___ five oranges for juice each morning. (To squeeze)
  4. After running each day, Harry was always thirsty. He ___two lemons and ___ them. He adds sugar and water to the juice. (To slice, to squeeze)
  5. My sister is making her famous soup. She ___ the onions and the vegetables. (To chop)
  6. My friend ___ the apple in half. (To slice)
  7. I can _____an onion thinly to make pakodas. (To slice)

Talk To Me!
Tell me why you’re crying,
Tell me why you’re sad,
Tell me why you’re silent,
Tell me what’s so bad.
Talk to me, I’ll listen,
I’m sometimes lonely too,
Together we can beat it,
Together – me and you.