They move through the clouds,
downwards at great speed along with the rain drops. Using his magic,
Baadshah makes them both land very gently, though with a splash, in
a large puddle of water on the ground.
Chhutki : (Quickly
getting out of the puddle and helping Baadshah as well.)
goodness! That was some trip!
Baadshah : Yes,
indeed! My beard is quite out of shape. ( He brushes his beard
Tell me, Chhutki, do you know why we came down
Chhutki : Yes, I do.
Cloudy told me. It is because of the gravity of the Earth which
pulls things towards it .
Baadshah : Correct. It
is what prevents things from flying off the ground.
Chhutki : That means,
if the Earth did not have gravity we all would be floating in the
Baadshah : Yes, and
without my magic, we would have landed down here much
(They both have a good
Chhutki : (Looking
at the puddle of water.)
You know, it,s amazing to think
that as it rains, this little puddle gets bigger and bigger, and
soon joins nearby puddles to form a pool of water.
Baadshah : These pools
of water flow into drains or small canals in the cities, and into
streams and lakes in the countryside. As more water collects, it
flows from these drains and lakes into rivers. The rivers
travel great distances before they finally flow into big
Chhutki : That's a lot
Baadshah : Well,
two-thirds of the Earth's surface is covered with water
rain stops and the sun comes out.)
Chhutki : Baadshah, is
that puddle of water going to evaporate now?
Baadshah : Yes, as it
becomes hotter with the sun shining, most of it will
Chhutki : My teacher
told us about the water cycle today. Now I understand what it is all
Thus, putting it briefly, when it gets hot, water
turns into vapour by the process of evaporation.
As these clouds get heavier they reach the point
of precipitation, and fall as rain...
Chhutki : ....so then,
what if it is not hot enough and very little evaporation takes place
or very little rain falls?
Fortunately, there are other sources of water too. Underground water
and water from melting glaciers in the mountains.
Chhutki : Underground
water and glaciers? That sounds interesting! Can we go there,
Baadshah : Of course
.Where shall we go first?
Chhutki : Let's see.
We have just been up, so let's go down this time!
Baadshah : Right! But
before that ...
Shut your eyes, count ten in
And soon we'll both be very small.
(Chhutki shuts her eyes and counts
till ten. When she opens them she is amazed to find that both she
and Baadshah have become very, very tiny.)
Chhutki : Gosh,
Baadshah what has happened to us? Where are we ? Where have these
huge rocks and this sea of water that is all around us come from
(chuckles ) Heh -heh-heh, Chhutki. We have become very
small indeed. These rocks are actually grains of sand and the sea
you talk about is actually that little puddle of water.
Unbelievable! But...what's happening! Why are we moving so
Baadshah : Hold my
hand tightly and don't worry. We are being sucked down into the
ground through one of the many holes in it, along with the