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.)
My goodness! That was some trip!
Baadshah : Yes, indeed! My beard is
quite out of shape. ( He brushes his beard into place.)
Tell me, Chhutki, do you know why we came down so fast?
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 air.
Baadshah : Yes, and without my magic, we
would have landed down here much harder.
(They both have a good laugh.)
Chhutki : (Looking at the puddle of
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 oceans.
Chhutki : That's a lot of water!
Baadshah : Well, two-thirds of the
Earth's surface is covered with water
(The 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 evaporate.
Chhutki : My teacher told us about the
water cycle today. Now I understand what it is all about.
Baadshah : Thus, putting it briefly,
when it gets hot, water turns into vapour by the process of condensation. 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?
Baadshah : 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?
Baadshah : Of course .Where shall we go
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 all.
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 ?
Baadshah : (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.
Chhutki : Unbelievable! But...what's
happening! Why are we moving so fast?
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 water.