Ya. This is a light bulb.Shipli looked at the bright happy face drawn on the face of the bulb. Reema had well pro portioned it and given it a red collar. What a splendid idea! And then Reema and little Mini left. Shipli felt a sudden twinge of sadness. Did your mama say that she’ll drop you tomorrow? She’d asked. “No dear. It was just for today.” Said the old girl honeyed in complexion with sparkling eyes and a cheerful smile as she escorted her younger sister away.
Oh it’s time to help Allah Rakha with the bricks . And she ran off to fetch a brick or two to be cemented.
The construction of some 25 additional classrooms had started in full swing. Labourers were there all the time , some slept in the scaffolding that ran around the needed area,some with haversacks strung around them to hold babies much like the ones that tea plantation workers wear.They deftly caught each brick that came flying down from nowhere so to speak.
One commotion there. A little bird he had got in between the scaffolding. Ramji ran off to fetch Kaka who was busy perpetrating the day’s dinner. He came back with Kaka who took a little stick and shifted one of the wobbly planks ever so slightly. It fell clumsily thankfully landing over to the side. But what happened to birdie? There it was,fallen among some dusters with a soft thud slightly wounded. Shipli ran to pick it up. “No”. Admonished Kaka. If you a ever touch a bird it will never again be accepted by its parents. He then took a sheaf of leaves which he had formed by shuffling them together and slowly eased the little creature onto it. “I am just going to leave it by the side . It’s mother will find it. He should be fine.” The duster must have protected the arboreal and sure enough when Shipli went to the spot the next day it had indeed flown off.
Presently Shipli’s grandfather came to fetch her. She was proud of her granddad. He was a freedom fighter. This was year 1970. But he hadn’t got the award yet that they distributed during the republic day parade. He will probably get it the folowing year.