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 water.
Chhutki : This truly a beautiful place
and the water is so clear, clean and tasty!
Baadshah : Tasty, yes. That is because
along the way it also picks up some particles called minerals
and 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 this water?
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 one, perhaps?
Chhutki : Oh, I certainly would! Meet
one, did you say?
Baadshah : Come with me.
(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, Baadshah .
( She holds his hand. Together they enter the water and stand near the mouth of the
Baadshah : 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 aloud swishing 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.)