Read the passages given below and answer the questions that follow:
I find it difficult to tear myself away from the square. Flute music always does this to me : it is at once the most universal and most particular of sounds. There is no culture that does not have its flute — the reed neh, the recorder, the Japanese shakuhachi, the deep bansuri of Hindustani classical music, the clear or breathy flutes of South America, the high-pitched Chinese flutes. Each has its specific fingering and compass. It waves its own associations. Yet to hear any flute is, it seems to me, to be drawn into the commonality of all mankind, to be moved by music closest in its phrases and sentences to the human voice. Its motive force too is living breath : it too needs to pause and breathe before it can go on.

(a) Why is the writer unable to tear himself away from the square?

(b) Why does the writer consider flute music ‘the most universal’?

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


(a) The writer is charmed by the flute music. So, he is unable to tear himself away from the square.

(b) Every culture has its flute. Therefore, the writer considers flute music ‘the most universal’.

(c) Commonality.