“How did you get here, child? Whose baby are you?” the man asked as he steered clear of the mass. The child wept more bitterly than ever now and only cried, “I want my mother, I want my father!”
The man tried to soothe him by taking him to the roundabout. “Will you have a ride on the horse?” he gently asked as he approached the ring. The child’s throat tore into a thousand shrill sobs and he only shouted, “I want my mother, I want my father!”
The man headed towards the place where the snake-charmer still played on the flute to the swaying cobra. “Listen to that nice music, child!” he pleaded. But the child shut his ears with his fingers and shouted his double-pitched strain: “I want my mother, I want my father!” The man took him near the balloons, thinking the bright colours of the balloons would distract the child’s attention and quieten him. “Would you like a rainbow coloured balloon?” he persuasively asked. The child turned his eyes from the flying balloons and just sobbed, “I want my mother, I want my father!”
As the man got the child out of the crowd, he asked him how he had reached there and what were his parents’ names. The boy cried even more and repeated that he wanted to go to his parents.
The man tried to comfort the child by taking him to the roundabout swing. He offered him a ride, but the child wept more loudly that he wanted his parents.
The man started walking back on the same route which the child had taken. So he took the child to the snake charmer. He asked him to listen to the music being played by the snake - charmer. The child shut his ears with his fingers and cried aloud that he wanted his parents. The man took the child to the coloured balloons, hoping that he might get happy by seeing them. He offered a balloon to the child, but he turned away and wept for his parents.
Meanings of difficult words:
|Double - pitched strain||Usage of a lot of force.|
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.