When Chhutki opens her eyes, she
finds herself and Baadshah standing in a street of a town rather like her own.
Chhutki : My ! This place
looks quite nice, almost like where I live. I'd like to meet some of these people.
Baadshah : I'm not so sure
Chhutki : Why ?
Baadshah : ( Pointing
to a man drinking water from a tap which flows freely. ) Most of the water falls to
the ground, in a big pool.
Chhutki : Oh dear, he is
wasting so much water ! Why can't he use a mug to drink , or atleast not spill so much
water on the ground ! ( The man leaves. ) Look , he has walked off wihout even
turning the tap off!
(She calls out to the man.) Oh!
Sir, wait, the tap... you've left it running ...! ( The man ignores
her call and walks off.) How odd, how rude, how unconcerned!
( She goes to the tap and turns it off.)
Baadshah : Now , take a
look across the street.
(She looks across the street and sees
two small small children bathing and two women washing clothes near another open tap.)
Chhutki : ( Running
across to them ) Oh ! please, you must not waste so much water like this . Use that
bucket and a mug for bathing the children and also for washing clothes. Don't let so much
water be wasted . ( There is no response
from them , as they continue their activity. She returns to Baadshah. ) This is very
sad indeed. They just don't seem to listen . They just don't seem to listen. They don't
seem to care! ( She looks very upset .)
Baadshah : Come,
Chhutki! Let us walk on. ( As they walk on, they are almost drenched
as water from a large overhead tank suddenly pours freely on to the street near them.)
The tank is overflowing.
Chhutki : Goodness! Just
look at the water that is being wasted.... and there are people who don't even have enough
to drink! ( She bangs on the door of the house to which the tank belongs.) Please!
Please! Your tank is overflowing! Water is being wasted! Do something! ( There is no
Baadshah : I don't think
they will even listen to you. Let's go on.
Chhutki : This is a truly
Baadshah : Yes, indeed! But
there is only one way of doing something about it.
Chhutki : What?
Baadshah : Begin by doing
it yourself. Everything that you want others to do or not to do , begin it yourself.
Others will notice and will follow you.
Chhutki : I'll do anything
to be able to stop this dreadful
waste of water. Don't people realize, water cannot be there always if they go on using it
Baadshah : Sadly, it seems
people may only realize its worth when they don't have it any more, or, will that be too
Chhutki : No, it must not
be. I will do all I can and also ask my friends to help as well.
Baadshah : A good
beginning. But first, you must get back home and fill up some water, right ?
Chhutki : But there is no
Baadshah : Try again.
Chhutki : All right, I
will. Goodbye for now, Baadshah , and thanks for everything I have learnt on these
wonderful trips with you.
Baadshah : You are mast
welcome, anytime . Goodbye for now, my little friend.
Shut your eyes and count till three
Soon safe at home , you'll be.