Your class was taken to visit an old age home where you spent half a day with the inmates. This Informal Letter was asked in ICSE 2010 board exam. You can find Previous Year Informal Letter Writing asked in ICSE board exams.
Informal Letter Writing ICSE 2010
3, Anand Vihar,
Lucknow – 226001.
22nd March, 2010.
Last Saturday my class teacher took us to ‘Cheshire Homes’ an old age home located in the outskirts of Lucknow. We were initially quite apprehensive about visiting such a place, instead of the zoo or going on a picnic, which could be great fun. However, since nothing could be done, I packed some magazines and books to escape boredom and set off to school.
The ‘home’ was about half an hour’s drive from school on the Rai Bareilly National Highway. A dusty driveway led to a moderate size whitewashed building with a porch. On one side of the driveway was an immaculately maintained lawn with green grass and flowerbed.
We were greeted by the warden, who offered to take us around informed that there were 25 inmates in the home, most of them over 80 years old. Some were from very good families,where they were not looked after.
On entering the common room the sombre silence was broken by the excited voices of about a dozen seniors, who greeted us warmly. They were playing cards around a table with total disinterest. On seeing us, they threw down the cards and called out to us. One elderly lady bent with age, clutching a stick came up to me, wanting to know my name and interests. Seeing the book and magazine in my hand she was overjoyed. I immediately decided to give them to her. She called out to her husband, who thanked me profusely, kissed my forehead and showered blessings. Their warmth and affection moved me to tears.
We then went around to the cafeteria and the lawn, talking to some seniors on the way. Their face lighted up on seeing us. Some of them gave us chocolates, while others shook our hand warmly and patted us lovingly. Few of them even thanked us for coming, so great was their feeling of isolation and neglect.
I returned from the visit with an indelible impression in my mind. How could anyone be so cruel, to keep parents away from the family, they so lovingly nurtured? The thought troubles me no end. I now have a new found respect for my grandparents and try to make them happy and comfortable. This is the least I can do for them, in their sunset years.
Your class was taken to visit an orphanage where you spent some time with the inmates. Write a letter to a friend telling him/ her what you saw, how you felt and in what way you have changed since the visit.