Chhutki shuts her
eyes. When she opens them again after a few moments, she finds
herself and Baadshah standing on a huge mountain of ice and
: Wonderful! I have never seen so much ice and snow
in my life. And , it's so clear and white everywhere you
Baadshah: What we are standing on is a
. Be careful as you walk, for it is very slippery.
This is a huge mountain of ice. When the sun shines here, some
of this ice melts into...
Baadshah: Right! This water collects
at the bottom of this glacier and begins to flow down as a
stream which gets bigger as it collects more water. It travels
down the face of the mountains as waterfalls, like that one
( Pointing to a waterfall in the
: Oh, that looks beautiful!
Baadshah: It really does, and the
water is very clean and pure. The water from the waterfall
flows into rivers which begin up here in the mountains,
then travels many miles down to the plains. When it rains, the
rain water also mixes with this water from its mountains
making the rivers full and wide...
: ...and then, when the sun shines and it gets hot,
water from the rivers evaporates into the air and condenses as
clouds which precipitate and fall as rain and snow. Then on
the mountains, where the temperature is much lower, the rain
and snow harden to form ice and glaciers.... and it's the
whole cycle all over again.
Baadshah: Yes, Chhutki, the water
cycle! It is marvelous indeed. Now I think, you ought to get
back home... you have work to do, don't you?
: Oh yes, there's homework to be done, water to be
filled, the handpump to be greased , the drain to be
repaired . But truly Baadshah , I've had a wonderful time and
I have understood so much. Thank you for
Baadshah: I too enjoyed the trip
and your company. We must plan another soon. For now,
Shut your eyes and
count till three
And very soon at home you'll
: (She shuts her eyes) One, two,
: Wonderful, Baadshah!
For a cause as important as this, all must do their bit. Only
then things can and will get