NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English_Hornbill Chapter 1 The Portrait of a Lady

In The Portrait of a Lady by Khushwant Singh, we have the theme of innocence, friendship, love, connection, kindness, selflessness, respect and acceptance. The image of the grandmother emerges from the portrait of a lady is very religious. She believes in teaching scriptures and about God in school. She had tremendous mental stability, and that's why she accepted the separation. The Portrait of a Lady is the story of the author. He describes his relationship with his grandmother over the years. He pens down her daily activities and how she evolved as a character as time passed by. He explains her appearance, which helps create an image in the reader's mind. After the return of the author, the grandmother celebrated his homecoming for an entire night and consequently fell ill. However, she could not recover from her illness, and she died chanting the name of God, with the rosary in her hand.