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     IT was the festival of spring. From the wintry shades of narrow lanes and alleys emerged a gaily clad humanity. Some walked, some rode on horses, others sat, being carried in bamboo and bullock carts. One little boy ran between his father’s legs, brimming over with life and laughter.
     “Come, child, come,” called his parents, as he lagged behind, fascinated by the toys in the shops that lined the way.
The story is set in spring. As the winter season had just ended, all the people came out of their houses. They were joyful as the chilling cold weather had ended. People travelled through different modes of transport like by foot, horses, bamboo carts, and bullock carts. A little child ran eagerly and often hit into his father’s legs. He was full of life, enthusiasm, and laughter.
The child was attracted to the toys which were exhibited at the various stalls. As he was left behind, his parents called him to come with them.
Meaning of difficult words:
Wintry shades of narrow lanes and alleysIn the winter season, the narrow lanes were full of shade.
EmergedCame out.
Brimming overTo be full of something.
Lagged Was left behind.
Fascinated byAttracted to.
Lined the wayWere set up along the way.
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2006). Moments. The lost child - Mulk Raj Anand (pp. 01-06). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.