Describe A Story Or A Novel That Was Particularly Interesting To You

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a story or a novel that was particularly interesting to you.

You should say:

What story or the novel was?
Where you came to know about it?
When you read it?
Explain how you felt about it?

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answer 1:


What story or the novel was?

  • Here I am going to talk about Pinjar which is based on a novel written by Amrita Pritam.
  • In fact, a movie has been made on this novel.
  • Amrita Pritam was a famous Punjabi writer

Where you came to know about it? and When you read it?

  • My friend lent me this novel, when I was in senior secondary.
  • Her mother reads a lot of Punjabi novels by Amrita Pritam and Nanak Singh.
  • The novel is based on the plight of women during the partition of India.
  • It also reveals the religious tensions during that period.
  • Pinjar literally means a skeleton.
  • It is the story of a young Hindu girl Puro, who lives with her family happily.
  • She is engaged to Ramchand.
  • One day Puro is kidnapped by Rashid.
  • He kidnaps her as a revenge.
  • Actually Puro’s uncle had earlier kidnapped Rashid’s aunt.
  • Rashid is not basically a bad man.
  • After kidnapping Puro, Rashid falls in love with her.
  • One day Puro somehow escapes and comes back home but her family does not accept her because they think she is not chaste any more.
  • She returns to Rashid and gets married to him.
  • Puro is very unhappy with her life and becomes a Pinjar, Skeleton.
  • Then partition is announced.
  • Rashid gives her the option to go to her family in India but she refuses, because she has fallen in love with Rashid.

Explain how you felt about it? and Conclusion:

  • The novel ends on a happy note.
  • The film is also very good.
  • The lead roles are played by Urmilla Matondkar and Manoj Bajpai.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a story or a novel that was particularly interesting to you”.

1. What kinds of stories do children like to learn?
Children like to read fairy tales, stories of kings and queens, stories with animal characters and stories with pictures.

2. How often do people in your country read novels?
India is a diverse country and people have varied interests. Those who like reading novels read them very often, in fact every day. Others read novels occasionally. Some do not like to read novels at all.

3. What kinds of novels old people like to read?
Old people like to read fiction, biographies, autobiographies and so on.

4. What are the benefits of listening to stories or reading novels?
Such activities improve imagination and creativity. They develop language and communication skills.

5. Are you a good storyteller?
I think I am. I tell stories to my younger cousins when they visit us. They are glued to me when I tell them stories. So, I suppose I am good at story telling.


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