Seeing us drift by in the current, Kari, who was usually slow and ponderous, suddenly darted down like a hawk and came halfway into the water where I saw him stretch out his trunk again. I raised up my hand to catch it and it slipped. I found myself going under the water again, but this time I found that the water was not very deep so I sank to the bottom of the river and doubled my feet under me and then suddenly kicked the river bed and so shot upwards like an arrow, in spite of the fact that I was holding the drowning boy with my hand. As my body rose above the water, I felt a lasso around my neck. This frightened me; I thought some water animal was going to swallow me. I heard Kari squealing, and I knew it was his trunk about my neck. He pulled us both ashore.
Usually, Kari was slow because of his heavyweight. On seeing both of them, Kari understood that they were in trouble. He suddenly moved like a hawk and came halfway into the water by stretching out his trunk. The narrator raised his hands to hold it, but he got slipped. The narrator noticed that he was drowning under the water again, but this time he found that the water was not so deep and he was floating at the bottom of the water. Then, he doubled his feet and shot upwards like an arrow.
The narrator and little boy were drowning
Surprisingly, he was holding the drowning boy with his hand. The narrator felt something like a round was coming around his neck and he got scared. He thought that some water animal was trying to swallow him. Finally, he heard Kari's squeal and realised that it was Kari's trunk. He pulled both of them back to the river bed.
Kari saved the narrator and the young boy
Meanings of the difficult words:
|Hawk||A type of large bird that catches and eats small animals and birds|
|Lasso||A long rope tied in a circle at one end that is used for catching cows and horses|
|Sinking||To go down or make something go down under the surface of liquid or a soft substance|
|Swallow||Consuming any kind of food item without chewing|
|Squealing||Making a loud noise because of fear, pain or excitement|
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2007). Bringing up Kari- Dhan Gopal Mukherji(7-14). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.
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