Descriptive Essay ICSE 2014

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Descriptive Essay ICSE 2014

Describe an early morning walk through your city or town in winter. Give details of the smells, sights, sounds and feelings you experienced. (ICSE 2014)

Early morning walk in Mallital, Nainital

  • Sound of hoofs of mules, thick fog, scene at sunrise
  • Deserted market, school going children, hawkers and porters
  • The sceneric beauty of the Nainital Lake

Sunrise heralding the arrival of a new day, bringing with it new hopes and aspirations

‘Clank, clank,’ the sound of hoofs on the concrete road, followed by someone bellowing “Jara hat ke bhaiya.” jolted me. I moved towards the pavement in the narrow street, that wound its way steeply, descending towards Mallital, on the other side of Nainital Lake.

The day being a holiday I ventured out for an early morning stroll towards the lake, despite being a habitual late riser. A thick fog hung around the valley, which seemed to deny daybreak. The golden haze of the Sun drifting through the fog, spread its golden light on the lush green mountain slopes, making it look heavenly.

The otherwise crowded street in the market seemed to be gradually coming out of slumber. Porters with heavy baggage slung on their backs with tourist in toe, were shuffling on the street. The spicy aroma of samosas and jelabis wafted through the air, from a nearby roadside dabha.

The owner seemed to be doing brisk business, serving hot steaming tea and snacks to the tourists crowded around makeshift tables and chairs. The enthusiastic yelling of ‘chai, chai’, by the attendant, seemed an aberration to the otherwise serene surroundings. The newspaper hawkers with newspapers stacked on their bicycles, raced on the street shouting ‘paper, paper’. Small shops selling milk and bread were doing brisk business.

Walking down the steep road, I sat on a bench facing Nainital Lake, which seemed to be extremely quiet and peaceful. The eerie silence being broken by the splashing of waves, stalking the muddy shores. This was divine music to my ears, which I had never before experienced. The tranquility however was short-lived, for soon a flock of birds descended on the lake chirping shrilly in search of prey. The gentle breeze brought forth the pungent smell of stagnating weeds, which forced me to return home.

The sun had successfully pierced through the dense cloud, clearing the mist and fog. The streets had also suddenly come to life. Small children with bright coloured school uniform, held on to their mothers’ arms, as they unwillingly trudged to school. The honking of horns, whistling of porters and the trotting of mules on the streets, had heralded the arrival of a new day, bringing with it hopes and aspirations.


You have gone to a circus along with your friends. Describe your experience during the visit.

Think of a time when you found yourself in an embarrassing situation. Narrate how you got into that situation, how you dealt with it and the lesson you learnt from it. (ICSE 2014)

The sound of cloth tearing, as I found a big tear in my pant

  • In great hurry I jumped over the four feet boundary wall of the playground which tore my pant!
  • Greatly embarrassed as friends poked fun. They escorted me to the Principal’s office for help.
  • Principal directed me to the NCC office for lending me a pant for the day.
  • Felt like the proverbial ugly duckling in class, on recounting my story to the teacher.

Taught me an important lesson of following rules and the truth in the adage ‘Act in haste and repent at leisure.’

‘Chirrrrrrr….,’ the sound of cloth tearing made me come to an abrupt halt. I instinctively put my hand behind my bottom, to find a big tear in my pant. For a while I was stunned not knowing what to do. Somehow gaining my composure, I pulled out my handkerchief and placed it behind me to hide the tear, but it seemed insufficient.

I had just finished my lunch in the recess and seeing my friends play football in the school playground, rushed to join them. In great hurry I jumped over the four feet boundary wall of the playground, instead of going through the gate. I cleared the wall, but in the process my pant unable to bear the strain of the jump, developed a big tear, which left my bottom exposed. To add salt to injury my friends came flocking around, poking fun at me.

After their share of fun at my expense, Rohit offered me a safety pin to hold the tear, but it was of no help. Thereafter, we decided to approach the Principal for help. Escorted by my friends, who tried to cover my behind, we made our way to the Principal’s office. Students and some teachers in the corridor, grasped in astonishment as the unusual procession passed them, which further accentuated my embarrassment.

“Tore your pant, Ahh” said the Principal, “How did you manage to do it?” he asked.
I related my woeful story which he listened with gleaming eyes and a mischievous grin on his bespectacled face.
“Boy you could have broken your limbs. Walls are not for jumping. Now what do you want me to do? Should I give you my pant.?” he said teasingly.
“No sir,” I said blushing with embarrassment.
“Can I go home?” I entreated.
“No you may not. Go to the NCC office, they probably will lend you a pant for the day,” saying this he got engrossed on his laptop.

We trooped out of the office and headed towards the NCC room. The NCC master was very sympathetic and after hearing my story lent me a khaki pant for the day. On returning to class, I felt like the proverbial ugly duckling, as everyone stared at me. The teacher wanted to know what happened and when I told her about it, the entire class burst out laughing.

Ever since that day I was identified in school as the boy who tore his pants. Recalling the incident makes me even now blush with embarrassment. It however taught me an important lesson of following rules and not doing anything in haste, for there is much truth in the adage ‘Act in haste and repent at leisure.’


  • Narrate an incident that brings out the importance of a positive attitude.
  • Narrate a heart touching incident and the impact it had on you.