SAVING THE RIVER
  Water Pollution


CHARACTERS

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

Mother: Chhutki's mother.

Woody: A talking tree.

Turtle: A turtle in the river.

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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.

Fishy: A fish who lives with his family in the river

 

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Down the river

 


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Chhutki : This is simply unbelievable! I am actually riding a fish!

Baadshah: The water upstream is so pure and fresh !

Fishy : True. But sadly , it won't be the same as we go further. But hold on tight. Enjoy the ride while the water is good.
( He speeds on in the water, bobbing up and down. They chatter and laugh along the way. Suddenly Chhutki hears a strange sound, like the rumbling of thunder, coming from way ahead.)

Chhutki : Can you hear that thunder -like sound coming from a distance ?

Baadshah: And look, the water is no longer clean.

Chhutki : It's beginning to look a bit green and brown.

Fishy :  Yes friends, that is because the water downstream becomes polluted.  Fishes take oxygen from water . But as the water gets polluted, oxygen levels in water come down drastically. Fishes do not have a choice and have to take in some polluted water and their gills get blocked with pollutants. They die because of this. This water is not safe for me.

Baadshah: Stop right here, Fishy. You must not risk your life. We will go ahead on our own. Chhutki grab that huge leaf floating nearby. I'll get a stick. We shall use them as a boat and an oar. They will get us to places we need to see.

(Chhutki grabs a huge leaf floating nearby.  Baadshah finds a floating stick. Carefully he gets off Fishy's back and on to the leaf. He then helps Chhutki on to the boat.)

Chhutki : Well done, Fishy! Thank you for the most enjoyable ride I've ever had. Now you must go back to where it is safe. Goodbye!

Fishy : My pleasure !The place you need to see, lies just up ahead, where the river turns sharply to the left. Goodbye and good luck to you both ! ( He turns and swims off; they wave goodbye.) 


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