How the Camel Got His Hump | Class 8 CBSE English | It So Happened
20 Aug 2023
Rudyard Kipling wrote this poem. It’s a story. This is the story of a lethargic camel. He refused to work and would just remark, ‘Humph!’ to everyone who asked him to. The horse, dog, and ox approached him and asked him to work. But he didn’t pay attention.
As a result, all three had to work double shifts. As a result, they decided to protest to the Djinn of All Deserts about the camel. When the camel refused to listen to the Djinn, he was punished by giving him a hump. A camel may now work for three days without eating or drinking thanks to this hump.
The poem tells the story of how the camel obtained his hump. According to the poet, everything was fresh at the beginning of time. The creatures had just recently begun to labour for humans. The plot revolves around a camel who lives in the heart of the Howling Desert. He ate sticks and thorns and refused to work for anyone. He would yell ‘Humph!’ whenever someone spoke to him.
The horse came to him on Monday morning. He instructed him to run out there. However, as usual, the camel said, “Humph!” The horse informed the man of this. After a while, a dog approached the camel and requested that he work. But the camel muttered, ‘Humph!’ once again. Afterwards, the Ox approached him. The camel responded to him with a ‘Humph!’ as is his custom.
The guy called for the ox, dog, and horse. He inquired about the camel. The three animals informed him of what had occurred. Even after hearing them, the man demanded that they work extra shifts to compensate for the camel’s labour. This angered and irritated all three of them. They agreed to hold a panchayat meeting. The Djinn of Many Deserts appeared in the panchayat.
At the panchayat, the horse grumbled to the Djinn about the camel. He informed him that the camel would not operate and would constantly exclaim, “Humph!” The Djinn assured them that he would repair the camel.
The Djinn found the camel in the desert, where he was looking at his reflection in the water. He asked the camel to work, but as usual, the camel said, ‘Humph!’. As soon as the camel uttered these words, he saw his beautiful back puff up. This was very strange. The camel was very proud of his beautiful back, but now it was ugly.
The Djinn explained to the camel that the hump was his own. He is solely to blame since he did not work. The Djinn now requested the camel to work, but he refused because of the hump. He informed the camel that because he had not worked for three days, he could now work for three days without eating or drinking. The camel has had a hump since that day, but it has yet to learn to behave.
In Kipling’s “Just So” story, which takes place at a time when the world was still very young, an irritable and unproductive camel changes his “humph” into a “hump.” The lesson to be learned from this experience is that boredom can bring out the worst in people (and animals, for that matter).