WHERE HAS ALL THE WATER GONE?
  Water Conservation


CHARACTERS

Chhutki
An eight-year-old girl, who wants to know everything about the world we live in.

Mother: Chhutki's mother.

Pia : A friendly helpful pigeon. A friend of Baadshah.

 

chara.jpg (17598 bytes) Baadshah: A doll. Inm Chutki's dream it turns into a magical old man, cheerful, full of energy and very wise. A good friend of Chhutki.

Riki : A cute, faithful rat. An old friend of Baadshah.

 

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Scene 1
Chutki's home

 

It is a very warm afternoon.  Chhutki is studying .  She looks out of the window at the pooted plants in her little garden.  She gets up, fetches a bucket of water, goes outside, and splash water on the plants.  Her mother enters the room, comes to the window and speaks to her.

Mother : Chhutki, if you water the plants in the evening, they would be able to soak up much more water  than in the daytime when it is warm.

Chhutki : But mother, they look so hot and dry.

Mother: Well, do be careful not to waste water by spilling it all over the ground.

Chhutki : Oh, mother, we have plenty ( she begins to wash her hands ) and then we have the pump ...

Mother : Chhutki, I'm sure you do not need more than a mug of water to wash your hands, or little more than half bucketful for the plants.  So why use more ... or waste it by spilling it all around ?

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Chhutki : But , mother ...

Mother : All I'm trying to say is that water is precious than most of us realize.  While we use so much of it , there are people and other creatures who don't even get enough to drink, let alone bathe or wash things with.

Chhutki : Is that so ?

Mother : Yes it is ! And, if we go using it the careless way we do, I'm afraid there may not remain enough for others.   And, just imagine, what will they do if it gets over ?

Chhutki : Water ... gets over ? I find it hard to believe.

Mother : Yes, but it's not too late to do something about it. Now you finish your work . I'm going down to the bazaar to buy another bucket for storing water. Make sure you fill up some water for drinking in the mean time.

Chhutki : Yes, mother .

( The mother leaves. Chhutki shuts the door and returns to her books.  She spots the morning newspaper nearby, picks it up, and settles down to read.  She then picks up 'Baadshah' from the table and placing it near her, speaks to it.)

Oh, Baadshah!  Can you imagine that ? No water !

It's really quite hard to believe... especially when we have so much of it... . ( She yawns.) Oh, I'm tired . ( She goes through a few headlines in the newspaper and  is rather  startled by them .) Ooh., oh! What's this : 'Groundwater wells in the northern part of the city dries up ', Five seriously hurt in the clash over water ' and 'Villagers can't ...  .' This can't be true. ( She holds Baadshah close to her as she lies among her books and the newspaper on the bed. ) Oh... Baadshah ... what will happen ? ( She    yawns again.) I'm so sleepy... it was a very busy day at school today.  But now I must keep my eyes open... oh well .... ( She falls asleep and dreams.

( In her dream, Baadshah is standing near her and calling out to her.)

Baadshah : Chhutki , Chhutki, look at me !

Chhutki : (Looking up ) Y-yes? Who ... is it ?

Baadshah : Yes, aren't you going to give me a glass of water to drink ? It is rather warm day, is it not?

Chhutki : Er... yes! Yes ! (She runs to get a glass of water .  She returns empty-handed.) I don't believe this, there is not a drop of water left in the house!

Baadshah : But you seem to have watered all the plants outside and even the pavement...

Chhutki : Er... yes ... wait! I'll get some from the pump. (She runs to the pump carrying an empty jug. She returns in a few moments, again with no water.) I don't know what's happening ... There's no water flowing even in the pump and the neighbours say their pumps are also not working!

Baadshah : Don't panic, Chhutki. I think we need to go and find out whats's wrong and where.

Chhutki : But the water ... my mother will be coming ... where are we going?

Baadshah : Don't worry, your mother will be at the bazaar for sometime. You need to relax for a while and then we can take a propet look at the problem.

Chhutki : Anything you say, Baadshah, my friend.

Baadshah : Let's go outside ( They move towards the door ). Shut the door properly, we'll be back in a very short while .


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