They land up in a big
splash of wash just in time to see a woman carrying away a bucket of
water she had filled from the hand pump.
Ooooh... that was close.
Yes, Baadshah. We almost got carried away in that bucket of
Yes, but think of the terrible fright that poor woman would have got
had we turned back to our original size in the bucket
(They laugh heartily. They also hear laughter behind
them. This is Happy, the handpump.)
: Ha-ha! That was funny indeed! Hello there, Chhutki,
and Baadshah! How was your trip all the way up?
Chhutki : A
talking handpump! I truly must be dreaming!
Happy : May
Baadshah please return us to our original size before we get into
Right you are!
Shut both your eyes , just
And soon we'll both be small no more!
( When Chhutki opens her
eyes, they are back to their normal size.)
That's much better, thanks. And yes, hello, Happy, pleased to meet
you! The journey was short, but of great fun,
Nice to see you again I must say, Happy, though your joints do need
oiling. It was very noisy down there.
( They enjoy a good
Well, yes, I could do with a good oiling, but who would do it for
Why, I'll be glad to do it tomorrow. And, by the way , why is there
so much water standing around here? It is quite dirty and smells
: I'm sorry , Chhutki. But as you can see most of the
bricks and plaster at my base are quite old and broken. The drain is
also damaged. That is why water collects like this all around me. I
hate it but I cannot do anything about it. Also, this water is
always full of rubbish and smells terrible. Mosquitoes and other
germs breed here.
These can cause serious illness and diseases to people. When this
water seeps into the ground it is sucked through me even before it
can be naturally filtered, because it is so close to me. This means
that the water seeps into the ground it is sucked through me even
before it can be naturally filtered, because it is so close to me.
This means that the water that is pumped out could also be
with germs, and people could be infected with diseases like cholera,
typhoid and jaundice. I just wish someone would clean up the place
Don't worry, Happy. I shall speak to my parents and get your broken
base replastered and the drain repaired so that it will carry the
dirty water far away from you to a safe place.
Thank you, Chhutki. That would make me very happy indeed.
True to your name, my friend. Now we must leave as we have to
continue our journey.
Where are we going?
I'll give you a clue: to where the drinking water first begins to
Chhutki : I
know, the mountains!
( Handing her a warm shawl and a woolen socks)
Here , first put these
( Chhutki puts on the
socks and wraps the shawl around her. Then they both bid
goodbye to Happy and get ready to leave.)
( To Chhutki)
Now shut your eyes.
Now we both travel ,
Straight up to the mountain