NCERT Class 11 English Hornbill

NCERT Class 11 English: Hornbill

NCERT Class 11 English Hornbill entails some of the best and remarkable works of literature that improve learners writing and reading skills. It makes learners familiar with the writing flair of the notable writers from the country and across the world.

In the syllabus of Class 11 English Hornbill inspires students to pursue the discipline and to be familiar with the depth of the discipline and make a career in that direction. The book helps students to understand abstract ideas and exercise the power of thinking to develop their own perception.

NCERT Class 11 English Hornbill also gives students an emotional ride by exposing them to various real-life situations and human values like empathy, compassion, love, care and to correlate with their own perspectives as well as to discover the nerves of human to human relationship.

The NCERT class 11 Hornbill includes eight Lessons, five poetries, and several writing skills eloquently elaborated with logical sequencing of the subject matter and proper placement of the concepts.

Writing Skills like Note-making, Summarising, Sub-titling, Essay-writing, Letter-writing, and Creative Writing is also an integral part of NCERT Class 11 English Hornbill.

  1. The Portrait of a Lady

This is a real story of the writer Khushwant Singh’s grandmother. Khushwant Singh has beautifully narrated the story of his childhood that he had spent with his lovable grandmother. This story briefs us about the life of the writer with his grandmother and all the beautiful, emotional, and memorable moments that he had lived with her.

  1. We are not afraid to die if we can all be together

This is the tale of the splendid bravery and skills showcased by Gordon Cook. The story is a thrilling and inspiring journey of Gordon Cook’s family and the crewmen, who are in a war with seawater and the harsh waves for their existence. Learners do get a thrilling ride in learning how did they tackle the Southern Indian Ocean which is also known as one of the world’s coarsest oceans.

  1. Discovering Tut: the Saga Continues

A.R. Williams, the writer, describes the tale of the last heir of the great Pharaoh Dynasty, Tutankhamun. The story reveals how, when Tutankhamun died in his teenage after ruling for 9 years, his death also gave birth to a mystery. A. R. Williams discusses about all the possible mysteries and gives you all the stories, facts, and actual information about the death of Tut.

  1. The landscape of the soul

Nathalie Trouveroy, in this lesson, talks about how different the Chinese Art form is, from other art forms and especially the European art form. There are two stories in the chapter to make a contrast. This chapter is a must-read in Class 11 English Hornbill to take a dive into Chinese art and the artist’s spiritual and inner voice.

  1. The ailing planet: the green movement’s role

This chapter emphasizes the causes that are responsible for the worsening health of our planet Earth. This chapter is actually a form of an article written by Nani Palkhivala. The Indian Express’ published this article on the 23rd of November, 1994. Nani Palkhivala in this chapter eloquently deliberates about the Green Movement. It’s very hurting as well as thought-provoking when Nani describes that how a zoo called out humans as “world’s most dangerous animals”.

  1. The Browning Version

In this play, the story revolves around the attitude of teenage students towards their teacher. The Teacher is hated and often seems awful because he is states facts on the face. The story also tells how a student mimics the voice of Mr. Crocker-Harris and would always call the man practically inhuman. Students are fearful of the teacher and their promotion depends upon the quirk or goodwill of Mr. Crocker-Harris. The character of Mr. Crocker- Harris, in order to make students like him, seems to hate people. The play describes a damaging description of a teacher and reflects the hopeless and pathetic quality of the teacher.

  1. The Adventure

The story revolves around a historical event with the Historian, Gangadharpant, who is a protagonist. Jayant Narlikar the writer of the story shows us how Gangadharpant also is known as Professor Gaitonde, time travels. He wonders about the fate of India if the Marathas had not allowed East India Company to stay in Mumbai. He also believes that the error of Maratha soldiers (as he points out) during the battle of Panipat cost a great deal to our country. This is in fact one of the excellent lessons in Class 11 English Hornbill which exhibits a perfect blend of history and science.

  1. Silk Road

This lesson is the author’s journey from the slopes of Ravu to Mt. Kailash to complete the kora. Thus, the lesson gives us a compendious account of the journey he experiences. Consequently, we learn about the author’s journey and his experience through the Silk Road. He beautifully describes how the people in hilly areas apart from being tough, are actually very sensitive. The author meticulously elaborates on the beauty of Darchen and Lake Mansarovar. The writer also describes the difficulties that he had to face during his journey faces and despite all the odds how did he manage to complete his pilgrimage.


  1. A Photograph

A Photograph is an emotional ride and tear-jerker poetry that focuses on the relation of a daughter and her mother. Poetess describes a photograph of the childhood of her mother when she went for a sea holiday with the company of her two cousins.  The poetess contrasts between nature’s slow, calm pace and the fast-changing human life. Poetess recalls how her mother laughs at the photograph and feels disappointed at the loss of her all the sweet childhood joys. Poetry brings tears in the eyes every time when the reader reads her lines remembering her mother.  She also describes how the mother’s death of her mother still brings great sadness and a dire sense of loss, a void in the heart that can never be filled. The painful ‘silence’ of the situation describes by poetess leaves its readers without words. This one is also one of the best pieces of work in NCERT Class 11 English Hornbill.

  1. The Laburnum Top

This poetry is written by Ted Huges. The poem revolves around an old Laburnum tree and a small Goldfinch bird. The poem has been built around the selfless relationship between the two. The poet describes how the tree comes to life as soon as the bird starts chirping even when they seem dry. After the arrival of the mother goldfinch, the tree, its leaves, branches, the nestlings, everything would start chirping and become alive. She keeps flying in and out all day to feed her young ones. Thus, when she finally leaves, the tree once again dons its saddening silence.

  1. The Voice of the Rain

The Poet of The Voice of the Rain narrates a conversation he had with the raindrops. In the poem, he asks, that who’s art is the rain on which the rain answers and calls itself “the poem of the Earth.” Readers come across in the poem that how can a scientific process of cloud formation be described in the literature by playing beautifully with words. The poet also equates his role in making this “song” as he refers to the poem as a song. He writes that this “song” is born from his heart.

  1. Childhood

The poet Marcus Natten, in this poem, describes his thoughts over his lost childhood. He wonders about those moments where he lost and almost forgot the innocence and realized that the world is now no more what it seemed to be during his childhood days. Poet is now able to recall and figure out the hypocrisy of the people around him. He finally settles down to the idea that his childhood has long gone to some forgotten place and is actually hidden in the face of an innocent infant he sees.

  1. Father to Son

Elizabeth Jennings, in this work, describes the unheard and untold relation of a Father to Son. It deals with the anguish of a father who doesn’t have a good relationship with his son. His son, as an adult when becomes busy in life and the father is always a bit more bitter regarding the generation gap and the relationship gap between him and his son. He becomes anxious by a feeling of separation from his own son. The father in the poetry helplessly accepts that he does not know much about his son and there is no sign of understanding between them. The father wishes that his relationship with his son to be just like when the son was a loveable child. He tries his best for the betterment of the relationship with his son but with no success, they are drifting apart. This one is also one of the best pieces of work in NCERT Class 11 English Hornbill.

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