Pia lands softly on the ground behind a dry bush.
Baadshah and Chhutki quickly jump off her back.
Baadshah : Now, Pia, you
fly off and look for anyone in trouble nearby. We'll then see how we can help. Meanwhile,
we'll search for water. ( Pia flies off.)
(Baadshah then puts his hands to his lips and whistles, three times.)
Chhutki : What are you
doing, Baadshah ?
Baadshah : Another little
surprise for you . I'm just calling our next little means of transport. Look!...
( Out of a hole in the parched
earth nearby pops a furry little head with large eyes and a cute pink nose. Soon also come
out four little legs and a long pink tail.)
Meet another good old friend , Riki the rat.
Riki : Baadshah! How are
you ? You still whistle like a young boy of 10! Ha, ha! ( They laugh.)
Baadshah : Riki, meet
Chhutki, another very dear friend.
Riki : Delighted to
meet you, Chhutki.
Chhutki : Glad to meet you
too, Riki. Baadshah, you do have the most amazing friends, truly!
Riki : Now tell me, what
brings you both to this dry, deserted place ? There is not even a drop of water around to
Baadshah : That's exactly
why we are here: to find the sources of water.
Chhutki : We must find some
soon, or many people and other creatures will be in great trouble.
Riki : Oh yes, we must. But
how can I help?
Baadshah : First, take us
underground, as deep as one can go. Then , we will look for a place to dig further
down. Maybe we can find the water -
table ... we must try atleast.
Riki : Earlier, I had to
dig only a couple of metres to reach the water-table, but now, even after 8 to 10
metres, I don't seem to find it. I haven't dug thaqt deep for many years now, but
dig I can, and there's no harm in trying. So hop on to my back, hang on tight, we'll
travel downward as far as these deserted rat tunnels can take us.
(Chhutki and Baadshah quickly climb on
to Riki's furry back and hang on tight. Riki then runs into the nearby rat hole and
beginsto travel through the underground tunnels, downwards.)