A shower of young flowers fell upon the child as he entered the grove, and, forgetting his parents, he began to gather the raining petals in his hands. But lo! he heard the cooing of doves and ran towards his parents, shouting, “The dove! The dove!” The raining petals dropped from his forgotten hands.
“Come, child, come!” they called to the child, who had now gone running in wild capers round the banyan tree, and gathering him up they took the narrow, winding footpath which led to the fair through the mustard fields.
As the child entered the shady orchard area, he was greeted by a shower of flowers. He forgot his parents and started collecting the petals that had fell on him. Just then he heard the cooing of doves and was happy to see them. He started pursuing the birds, and in that process, the petals fell from his hand. This shows that as the child got attracted towards the next thing, he forgot what he had been doing earlier.
The parents called the child who was running and playing around a banyan tree. They lifted him and walked down a narrow lane through which they crossed the mustard fields and reached the fair.
Meanings of difficult words:
|Capers||A playful skipping movement.|
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.