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Is Velu a smart boy? Which instances in the text show that he is or isn't?

Answer

1). Velu is not a smart boy. He has come to Chennai but he does not know what to do. He just sits on a bench with his head on his knees.

2.) Velu is too slow to decide:  when jaya offer him to find food if he goes with her, he takes too much time to think.

3). Too Hesitant: Jaya had to drag him across theroad. He was hesitant and could have been run over by a vehicle. Even when Jaya gives him a sack and a stick to go with her to work, he scratches his head. But for Jaya, he would have either starved to death or would have been counting bars in jail.