Read the passages given below and answer the questions that follow:
Kathmandu is vivid, mercenary, religious, with small shrines to flower-adorned deities along the narrowest and busiest streets; with fruit sellers, flute sellers, hawkers of postcards; shops selling Western cosmetics, film rolls and chocolate; or copper utensils and Nepalese antiques. Film songs blare out from the radios, car horns sound, bicycle bells ring, stray cows low questioningly at motorcycles, vendors shout out their wares. I indulge myself mindlessly; buy a bar of marzipan, a corn-on-the-cob roasted in a charcoal brazier on the pavement (rubbed with salt, chilli powder and lemon); a couple of love story comics, and even a Reader’s Digest. All this I wash down with Coca Cola and a nauseating orange drink, and feel much the better for it.

(a) What type of place is Kathmandu, according to the writer?

(b) Mention some of the things that one can buy in Kathmandu bazar.

(c) Find a word from the passage which means ‘clear’.


(a) According to the writer, Kathmandu is a vivid, mercenary and religious place.

(b) In Kathmandu bazar, one can buy postcards, cosmetics, film rolls, chocolates, copper utensils and Nepalese antiques.

(c) vivid.