In her dream Chhutki finds Baadshah standing
before her, smiling as usual.
Chhutki : Baadshah, my friend, you are
just the one I wanted to see!
Baadshah : Chhutki! Is something
wrong? You seem rather upset .
Chhutki : I am , Baadshah! My friends
are in trouble. Dipu is down with jaundice, Lata has a body rash, Usha has an eye
infection, and a noumber of fish and turtles have also died in the river. Do you know what
has caused all this?... Water!
Baadshah : Water? But that's
strange. I'm sure something was wrong with the water.
Chhutki : I don't know, Baadshah . My
friends are in trouble and I can't do much to help , at least to prevent these things from
Baadshah : Wait a moment, Chhutki.
The water by itself can't be the cause of so much trouble. Something went wrong somewhere
and we must find out. Maybe we could take a trip to the river an see things for ourselves,
after all the river provides us with all the water we need.
Chhutki : That sounds good!
Baadshah : Just shut your eyes and
on the dot , We'll soon be at a hillside spot.
(Chhutki shuts her eyes, then opens them again to
find that they are standing beside a sparkling clean river, flowing through green hills
with beautiful trees, flowers, insects, birds and small creatures, all living in harmony.)
Chhutki : This is the most beautiful
place I have ever seen!
(A voice from behind startles her. It is Woody the
tree, an old friend of Baadshah. She turns around in surprise.)
Woody : Hello Baadshah! Nice to
see you again, Woody. This is Chhutki, a very dear friend. Chhutki, this is Woody, a very
Woody : Nice to meet you, Chhutki.
Chhutki : Wow! I've never met a talking
tree before. Pleased to meet you, Woody.
Woody : Well, we trees do whisper. But
no one cares to listen to us most of the time.
Chhutki : Oh, it's lovely, clean and
fresh up here.
Baadshah : Especially the air and
water (pointing to the river nearby).
Woody : It is very sad that this
beautiful river does not remain the same as it flows on.
Chhutki : Meaning?
Woody : It gets dirtier, duller
and polluted as it moves on through towns and cities. MAny of my town-dwelling
fellow trees who lived long ago the riverside have died. Others are very ill. All because
of the polluted water.
Chhutki :We are really sorry to know
that. But how does this happen? If we could take a look, maybe we could think of a
way to stop it.
Woody : That is really kind of
you, though I wonder what can be done. But you can certainly take a trip down the river
with Fishy. I'll just call him.
Chhutki : Fishy?
Baadshah : Yes, Chhutki, he's
another old friend - a fish - who lives with his family in this river. Here he is.
(A large fish with big, brown eyes, smiling,
brightly, swims towards them.)
Fishy :Hello, everyone!
Chhutki : Hello! Fishy, I'm Chhutki. You
are beautiful! It's a pity that your home, the river , is in so much danger.
Fishy : Glad to meet you ! Woody just
told me why you're here. I'll be very happy to take you and Baadshah down the river....if
only... you weren't so big.
Baadshah : But of course, I can
settle that. Right, Chhutki?
Chhutki : Right!
Baadshah : Just take a deep
breath, shut your eyes,
And soon we'll both be small in size.
(When Chhutki opens her eyes, the sees that they both
are now much smaller than Fishy.)
Woody : That's a very good trick,
Chhutki : Yes, and he can make us big
Fishy : Superb! Now you both can ride on
my back. Hop on! (They climb on Fishy's back.)Hold on to my fins tightly. I'll swim close
to the surface of the water so you won't get too wet. I'll swim close to the surface of
the water so you won't get too wet. I'll take you as far as it is safe to go. I hope
that's all right with you.
Baadshah : That will be just fine,
Fishy. Let's go!
Chhutki : Goodbye, Woody!
Woody : Goodbye, Chhutki and Baadshah!
Fishy, hope to see you again somtime.
(They wave to one another. Fishy begins to swim down
the riverwith his two passengers.)