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 snow.
Chhutki : 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 glacier
. 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...
Chhutki : ....water!
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 over there.
( Pointing to a waterfall in the distance.)
Chhutki : Oh, that
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
Chhutki : ...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?
Chhutki : 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 everything!
Baadshah: I too
enjoyed the trip and your company. We must plan another soon. For now, goodbye...
Shut your eyes and count till three
And very soon at home you'll be!
Chhutki : (She shuts
her eyes) One, two, three...
Chhutki : Wonderful,
Both: For a cause as
important as this, all must do their bit. Only then things can and will get better.