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Grade 8 (Unit 12) Nepal's Bird Man (Reading I)

 Unit 12

Reading I (page 145)

Nepal’s Bird Man

A. Learn these words and complete the sentences with them.

[mentoring, diversity, nurturing, enhanced, genteel]

a. Nepal is known for her diversity of people, still there is ………….. in them.

b. Despite being successful, Krishna is an example of a ………….. lifestyle.

c. The food was tasty! They ………… the flavour of food items by adding natural herbs.

d. She encouraged women to start formal ………….. programmes in their companies.

e. All the family members helped her in ………….. her newborn baby.


a. Nepal is known for her diversity of people, still there is harmony in them.

b. Despite being successful, Krishna is an example of a genteel lifestyle.

c. The food was tasty! They enhanced the flavour of food items by adding natural herbs.

d. She encouraged women to start formal mentoring programmes in their companies.

e. All the family members helped her in nurturing her newborn baby.

B. Choose the correct alternatives to fill in the gaps.


a. Kazi Dai was a famous birder.

b. Parasar N. Suwal has earned his Ph.D.

c. The writer became interested in becoming a birder while returning to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

d. Which of the following is a false statement?

The writer never got the opportunity to work together with foreigners.

e. Which of the following organizations did Kazi Dai not work for?


C. Answer these questions.

a. What made Kazi Dai a friend of Parasar Narayan Shrestha?

b. Was the journey to Pokhara a memorable one for the writer? How can you say so?

c. Name the personality with whom the writer worked except Kazi Dai.

d. Mention the areas BCN is working in at present.

e. Who is the donor of the Lumbini Crane Sanctuary?

f. Do you like Kazi Dai? Why?


a.The shared love of the wilderness and exploring the jungles of the Terai made Kazi Dai a friend of Parasar Narayan Shrestha.

b. Yes, the journey to Pokhara was memorable for the writer. It was a turning point in shaping their interest in birds and they received mentoring from Kazi Dai.

c. The name of the personality with whom the writer worked except Kazi Dai was Karna Shakya.

d. The areas BCN is working at present are bird documentation, photography, research, and conservation.

e. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal, in partnership with International Crane Foundation and Lumbini Development Trust is the donor of the Lumbini Crane Sanctuary.

f. Yes I like Kazi Dai because he is a respected and influential figure in the field of ornithology and bird conservation in Nepal. He was highly regarded for his knowledge, passion, and willingness to mentor and share his expertise with others, including the writer. Many young naturalists are inspired and nurtured by his guidance.

D. Can birdwatching be a good hobby for a Nepali student like you? Discuss with your friends.


Of course! Birdwatching can be a good hobby for a Nepali student like me, just as it can be for anyone around the world. Nepal is rich in biodiversity, and its diverse ecosystems provide a habitat for plentiful bird species. Here are some points to discuss why birdwatching can be a good hobby:

Biodiversity in Nepal: Nepal is home to a wide variety of bird species, ranging from the lowland areas to the high Himalayas. Birdwatching offers a unique opportunity to explore and appreciate this rich biodiversity.

Educational Value: Birdwatching is an educational hobby that allows students to learn about different bird species, their behavior, habitats, and migration patterns. It can complement classroom learning and foster a deeper connection with nature.

Scientific Exploration: Birdwatching can spark an interest in scientific exploration and research. Students might develop a curiosity about bird behavior, ecology, or even contribute to citizen science projects.

Community Engagement: Birdwatching can be a social activity. Students can join local birdwatching clubs or groups, participate in birdwatching events, and connect with like-minded individuals. This fosters a sense of community and shared interest.

Conservation Awareness: Engaging in birdwatching can raise awareness about the importance of bird conservation. Students can become advocates for protecting natural habitats and preserving the environment.

Cultural Significance: Birds hold cultural significance in many societies, including Nepal. Learning about the local birds can deepen one's understanding of cultural connections with nature.

Photography Opportunities: Birdwatching often goes hand in hand with bird photography. This can be an exciting aspect for students interested in photography, allowing them to capture and document their birdwatching experiences.

Accessible Locations: Nepal offers various landscapes accessible to birdwatchers, from the lush forests of Chitwan to the high-altitude regions of the Himalayas. This means that students can explore a variety of environments and bird species.

Cost-Effective: Birdwatching doesn't require expensive equipment. A pair of binoculars and a field guide are often sufficient to get started. This makes it a relatively cheap hobby for students.

Outdoor Exercise: Birdwatching encourages spending time outdoors, promoting physical activity and a healthier lifestyle. It can be a great way to take a break from studies, reduce stress, and enjoy the natural beauty around.

Encouraging students to take up birdwatching can have numerous benefits, both personally and academically, while fostering a greater appreciation for the natural world around them.

Grammar I

Gerunds and Infinitives

B. Choose and copy the correct answers.

a. I don’t like ……….. (going/go) out at night.

b. She learned ……….. (to tell/telling) stories.

c. I would like ………..(coming/ to come) to the party.

d. My grandfather enjoys people ……….. (asking/ask) what he wants.

e. She kept on ……….. (talking/to talk) during the film.

f. I am learning ……….. (speaking/to speak) English nowadays.

g. Do you mind ………. .(giving/ to give) me a hand?

h. Munal helped me ……….. (carry/ carrying) this load.

i. I dislike ……….. (waiting/ to wait) for people.

j. They’ve finished ……….. (preparing/ to prepare) food – come and eat!


a. I don’t like going out at night.

b. She learned to tell stories.

c. I would like to come to the party.

d. My grandfather enjoys people asking what he wants.

e. She kept on talking during the film.

f. I am learning to speak English nowadays.

g. Do you mind giving me a hand?

h. Munal helped me carry this load.

i. I dislike waiting for people.

j. They’ve finished preparing food – come and eat!

C. Fill in the gaps with the correct forms of the verbs given in the brackets.

a. Joan loves ………..(listen) to music.

b. Tina usually goes ………..(fish) at the weekends.

c. We usually go ………..(swim) on Saturdays.

d. He hates ………..(write) emails.

e. Would you like ………..(talk) to the manager?

f. Excuse me, I’d like ………..(pay) the bill.

g. I like ………..(call) her in the evening.

h. She avoided ………..(talk) to her neighbor.

i. Mr. Thakuri agreed ………..(pay) the debt on time.

j. He admitted of ………..(steal) the money.


a. Joan loves listening to music.

b. Tina usually goes fishing at the weekends.

c. We usually go swimming on Saturdays.

d. He hates writing emails.

e. Would you like to talk to the manager?

f. Excuse me, I’d like to pay the bill.

g. I like calling her in the evening.

h. She avoided talking to her neighbor.

i. Mr. Thakuri agreed to pay the debt on time.

j. He admitted of stealing the money.


Write an essay on My Hobbies and Interests. Include the answers to these questions.

a. What are your hobbies and interests?

b. Why have you chosen them?

c. How are you going to achieve them?

d. What support do you need to pursue them? (Are there any barriers stopping you?)

e. What changes might they bring to your life?


My Hobbies and Interests

In the mixture of life, my hobbies and interests paint vibrant strokes that define the canvas of my existence. Among the myriad options available, a few passions stand out distinctly. One of the passions of my interests lies in the world of photography. The art of capturing moments in time and freezing them into visual stories holds a profound appeal. Photography allows me to preserve memories, find beauty in the mundane, and communicate perspectives beyond the limitations of language.

Each of these pursuits is a deliberate choice, a reflection of my intrinsic desires and aspirations. Photography, with its ability to freeze moments in time, appeals to my fascination with the transience of life. It transforms ordinary scenes into extraordinary memories, fostering a heightened sense of awareness and appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us daily.

For photography, I plan to immerse myself in the technical aspects of the art. Attending photography classes, experimenting with different genres, and learning from experienced photographers are crucial steps. Regular practice, coupled with an openness to critique, will refine my skills and broaden my visual storytelling abilities.

In photography, having access to quality equipment, mentorship from experienced photographers, and a supportive community for constructive feedback are essential elements. Overcoming potential financial barriers to acquire necessary gear might pose a challenge but can be mitigated through careful planning and resourcefulness.

Photography, as a visual language, encourages mindfulness, heightens observation skills, and provides a unique outlet for storytelling. It transforms my perception of the world, fostering a deeper appreciation for the beauty inherent in fleeting moments.


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