In the following passage there are blanks each of which has been numbered These numbers are printed below the passage and against each five words are suggested one of which fits the blank appropriately Find out the appropriate Find out the appropriate word in each case
In an upper class drawing room in Mumbai a dozen or so (166) the city's was a live-wire party an hour ago Poets editors writers filmmakers all card carrying members of the rich and powerful not at this late hour on their ninth drink are (168)in what Indians are best known to do media bashing armchair criticism and name-calling
Inevitably the talk turns to Tehelka and its managing director and editor in chief Tarun Tejpal and the party quickly degenerates into an orgy of guilt and shame and that peculiar habit of the Indian intelligentsia passing the buck with everyone present attacking his neighbour for not supporting Tejpal more It is a trait Tejpal is (169)with and has been telling me about in the weeks preceding this interview
Often at parties when someone (170) me great job carry on what you are doing and showers with me staggering praise staggering love staggering (171) just smile and let it pass as i don’t want about to score a brownie point and say and what about you boss what will you do ?
This lightly tossed sentence with the slightest hint of a dark chuckle is the only time I have seen Tejpal allow for bitterness though I have been (172)him for weeks for signs of it Because for man who has been the victim of the most (173) government witch-hunts in recent years Tejpal is astonishingly devoid of (174) you expect him to rage to spew fire to heap scorn and anger at his enemies and instead what you encounter is a man in whose eyes you see only compassion and a weary understanding of the nature of the beast
The abiding irony in all this is that unlike his armchair supporters in the middle class who rave and rant on his behalf but do nothing else Tejpal displays forbearance The fact that i am essentially a literary animal and literature has helped i’m not a black and white person I;m a (175) who understands the greys he says to me at a coffee shop over tea.

Question 166


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