She opens her eyes, and is amazed
to find Baadshah and herself standing in the middle of such
beautiful , huge, white and fluffy clouds as she could ever imagine.
Suddenly, a big cheerful round face pops out of the
clouds. It is Cloudy , the king of clouds. He wears a
little golden crown.
Cloudy : Hello,
Chhutki! I am Cloudy, the king of clouds. Welcome to cloud
: ( She can hardly believe her eyes, a talking
cloud! What next...?) Er..hello! How do you
know my name?
( Cloudy smiles broadly and nods his
head as if to say, "Well, I know everything." He winks at Baadshah
who winks back with a smile)
Baadshah : I think
I'll take a little walk while you talk. (He moves off.)
Baadshah) Come back soon !
(She turns to Cloudy) I'm so happy to
meet you, Mr. Cloudy. There is so much I have to ask
Cloudy : Go on. What
is it that you wish to know?
Chhutki : Well how is
that during raining season, the clouds look so thick and dark
from where I stand down on the ground? Up here,
everything is so bright and white.
Cloudy : Good
question! Let me explain . As you know, down on the ground
when the sun shines brightly it becomes hot. Water from the
rivers and lakes, or where ever it has collected, evaporates.
That is, it turns into water vapour which is
Chuttki: Ah, and so it
rises up. Doesn't it ?
Cloudy : You are
clever, Chhutki! Because vapour is very light in weight, even
lighter than feather, it rises upwards, goes higher and higher till
it reaches the sky. As it is much cooler up here, these
vapours turn into tiny droplets of water or condense as
clouds. When a huge number of droplets collect, clouds get thicker
and heavier, much like a thick quilt. When the sun shines over
the clouds, the rays cannot pass through their thickness easily.
Therefore, they appear dark. But up here, on the upper side of
the clouds, everything looks bright and white because the sun's rays
are reflected towards you from the surface of the clouds.
Chhutki: Oh, I see! So
that is it. Now tell me Cloudy, when is the time for rain to
fall on the ground?
Cloudy : As you may
have noticed, it is much cooler up here than on the ground.
Because of this, the vapour condenses faster, till it becomes too
heavy or reaches the point of precipitation.
At this point the condensed droplets of water in the clouds,
which become too heavy to stay up here, fall to the ground as
rain. Rain falls on the Earth because of the force of gravity
that pulls things down towards it.
( There is a sudden,
bright flash of lightening followed by a very loud crash of thunder.
Taken by surprise , Chhutki jumps into the arms of King Cloudy for
safety and clings to him tightly. Just then, Baadshah comes
Baadshah: Chhutki! Are
you all right ?
(chuckling) Oh yes, she is fine, just a little shaken
(He gently puts her down )
That was unbelievable. The light... the sound...ooh!
lighting and thunder, the music of the clouds...right
Chhutki : But, how
does it happen ?
Cloudy : Good question
again! You see, electricity which you use for lightening your homes
and cities, and to listen to the raadio , is produced when
negatively charged particles move in your electric wires. These
particles are so tiny that you cannot see them with your eyes but
you know that they are there by the way things happen. Like on
the Earth, up here in the air, we have millions of such particles.
They come together in large numbers when thick clouds cluster
together. These positive and negative particles always have a
strange way of attracting or finding one another. When they do two
things happen. One, a bright flash of light is formed and two, a
loud sound we call thunder is heard.
Chhutki : It sounds
just like what happens when my two neighbours quarrel with one
another. I think I'll call them "thunder" and "lighting".
(All three have a hearty
Thank you , Cloudy! That was very
Cloudy : I am glad I
Baadshah : Just as the
lighting and thunder say it may be time to rain, I must say it is
time for us to leave and continue our journey.
Cloudy : Why don't you
go down with the rain, then you can see everything all the way to
Chhutki : Great idea!
Could we, Baadshah?
Baadshah : Certainly!
But first, we must put on our rain suits to protect us from getting
wet, for there is going to be a lot of water down there.
(He gives her a rain suit to put on
and puts one on himself. They bid Cloudy goodbye and