In a moment they land in a huge
pool of cool, clean water collected in a cavern. They
get out of the water, take off their rain suits and shake them dry.
Chhutki looks around in wonder . She licks her lips, tasting the
Chhutki : This truly a
beautiful place and the water is so clear, clean and
Baadshah : Tasty, yes.
That is because along the way it also picks up some particles called
salts which are good for health and give water a good taste . Now,
can you tell me how people on the surface of the Earth get to use
Chhutki : I know.
Through wells and handpumps! We have one next to our house.We use it
to pump out water for drinking, cooking and washing, and even
for the plants.
Baadshah : Yes , also,
depending upon how high or low it lies, this ground water makes its
way through the soil, rocks and passages into streams , lakes and
oceans. And, speaking of handpumps, would you like to see one? Meet
Chhutki : Oh, I
certainly would! Meet one, did you say?
Baadshah : Come with
(They walk a short distance till
they come upon a huge column rising from under the water till the
roof of the underground cave. This is actually the underground pipe
of a handpump.)
We must stand near it. Now hold my hand
and don't worry at all. Just keep your eyes shut till we reach the
top, and don't be afraid.
Chhutki : As you say,
( She holds his hand. Together they enter the
water and stand near the mouth of the pipe.)
: Now we have to wait a few moments
till someone up on the ground begins to pump
the water out. (They wait a few moments.
Soon there is a loud booming and chugging
sound, which comes from the pipe. She grips
Baadshah's hand and tightly shuts her eyes.
Then there is a loud swashing sound and they
are sucked up into the pipe, along with a
huge amount of water. Upward they keep going,
when suddenly the pumping sound stops. They
float up to the opening till they are thrown
out of the pump through its mouth at the top.)