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Boys Without Names
Transcript of Boys Without Names
Book By: Kashmira Sheth
Project by Pranav A. Doradla
Map and Picture
Gopal is the main character of Boys Without Names. He is an Indian boy who grows up in a rural town in India. He is clever, kind, hardworking, and selfless. All throughout the book all he wanted was to help his family and make sure his family was safe.
Naren is Gopal's little brother. He is inquisitive, playful, and always excited. He is also really innocent and is sometimes oblivious to the true bad nature of some things. Naren also sometimes interrupts at storytime.
Sita is Gopal's little sister. She and Naren are twins. She is curious, playful, and excited like Naren, except she is a little bit more mature than him.
Baba is what Gopal and his siblings call their dad. In the book, it doesn't really say his real name, but instead shows Gopal calling him Baba. He is responsible, caring, and strong. He is kind of like the backbone of Gopal's family. Just because he wasn't there, Gopal's family was torn up and, later on in the rest of the book, Gopal worked in the sweatshop.
Aai is what Gopal and his siblings call their mother. She is caring, hardworking, and a little bit sensitive. She has a lot of love for Gopal, Naren, Sita, and Baba.
Jama is Aai's brother. He is really caring, giving, and nice. He lets Gopal's family stay at his house and provides for them. He also helps when they are looking for Gopal.
Scar is the name that Gopal gives the sweatshop owner. He is cruel, superstitious, and cowardly. He always beats the boys and gives them almost nothing. He is not a nice person.
Amar OR Dimpled Chin
Amar the youngest boys in the sweatshop. He is very innocent, shy, and nice. He is sensitive, and his feelings can be hurt easily. Towards the beginning of the book, Scar never beats him.
Barish OR Thick Fingers
Barish is the leader of the boys. Towards the beginning he and GC are always teaming up to make Gopal's life miserable. He was really mean until Gopal started telling stories and the boys bonded. Later in the book he became kind, respectful, and acted how a leader should.
Kabir OR Gray Cloud/GC
Kabir is a really mean bully at the beginning. He hates everyone and doesn't participate in storytelling. He especially hates Gopal. Later in the book, he opens up and becomes nice. He even becomes friends with Gopal and helps when they are escaping.
Sahil OR Rocking Boy
Sahil is nice, clever, and laidback. He always rocks in his chair, and taps on the floor with his fingers when he gets nervous, and while he works. He is nice to Gopal and really helps him a lot throughout the book.
Roshan OR Night Chatterer
Roshan is really quiet, sensitive, and shy. He always tries to avoid trouble. Even though he barely speaks in the daytime, he makes noises while he sleeps. He isn't mean to anyone but also doesn't help others too much because of his fear of Scar.
In the exposition you learn that Gopal is an Indian farmer boy who is going to move with his family to Mumbai because they are losing money. The tax collectors are after them and they have lost their huge farm. Gopal is a kind and imaginative boy.
In the rising action Gopal's family get out of the country and are on their way to Mumbai. They have a long adventure with the buses and streets, and when Baba goes out to get to Jama's house, he gets lost. After a long time of waiting, Gopal, his mother, and his siblings give up and try to figure out how to get to Jama's house. They get there but Baba is not there. Gopal has many encounters with different people, until one day he meets a boy named Jatin. Jatin tells him that his uncle works at a factory, and that Gopal could work there. Gopal jumps to the offer and asks Aai. She says no, and to tell Jatin that. When Gopal goes, Jatin drugs his tea and drags him to the sweatshop. Gopal works in the sweatshop, meets the boys, and at the end gives the help message to the mithai shop, or sweets shop owner.
In the climax, after waiting a long time, something finally happens that might have something to do with the message to the sweet shop owner, and it does. The boys hear Scar talking to some men. Scar ties up the boys and puts rags in their mouths, and hides them behind crates. Policemen come in and check the sweatshop, and almost leave. One of the policemen sees a flashlight flashing, which is Gopal's and investigates it. Since Gopal flashed the light, the policemen see it and then see the boys.
In the falling action, Scar gets arrested and the boys get saved. The policemen take the boys and try to find homes for them. The boys who still have family somewhere went there, while the others would probably be adopted into some family. Gopal got to go home, but the friends decided to meet again someday.
In the resolution, Gopal is home and his family greets him with tears of joy. They all hug and everything is back to normal. Baba has also made his way to Jama's house and he greeted Gopal too.
This book takes place in modern-day India. At the beginning it is in a small rural Indian village. Later, it is in Mumbai, a big Indian city. The sweatshop is in Mumbai, in a more run down area. India is a very diverse country and is the second most populous country with over 1.2 billion people. In India, there are many different food dishes from different regions. A lot of the dishes are vegetarian, and include many spices. Various types of clothing are popular including: Sari, Salwar-Kameez, Dhoti, and Kurta Pajama. There are 22 official languages spoken in different areas of India. The most widely spoken language is Hindi. There are many people with different religions. All of the religions of the world are in India, though Hinduism is the most common. Cricket, Soccer (called football), and field hockey are common sports played in India. In India, there are many, many kids who work in sweatshops and other forced labor places.
Goodbye! Thanks for watching!