Binya is a
poor little girl living with her mother and an elder brother, Bijju, in a very
small hilly village of Garhwal. One day while herding her two cows back home,
she stumbles upon some city people enjoying the picnic in the valley. She is
enthralled to see them rich and well-groomed. She craves to be one like them
and among many other things of their, a blue frilly umbrella catches her
attention. She begins craving for it. On the other hand, the city people get
attracted by her innocent beauty and the pendant in her neck. The pendant
consists of leopard’s claw – which is considered a mascot widely in the hills.
Binya trades her pendant off with the blue umbrella.
umbrella is so much beautiful that soon it becomes a topic of conversation for
villagers and children adore her umbrella so much that every time they feel
like to touch or hold it. Binya is on seventh heaven and rarely closes it
because she believes it looks charming when it is opened.
runs a smal…
K. A. Abbas
was a master at writing short stories, presumably influenced by O. Henry. His
work presents a different picture of India and is mainly based on humanity. He
was the contemporary writer of that colonial India when the cinema used to run
in black and white. Reading K.A. Abbas means exploring the old culture of
a brilliant short story. Once, the story ‘Sparrows’ was conscripted in the
world’s best stories along with ‘The Lost Child’, written by Mulk Raj Anand.
A bit about
the protagonist, is a stolid figure, almost devoid of emotions. He lives alone
and the whole village is fearful of him because he brutally beats children and
men on slightest pretexts. With time, he has grown so obtrusive and rough that
streaks of humanity have left him. Why is he like that?
magnificence of his youth there was no one who could compete with him in the
wrestling and other sports. It's his deepest desire to join Circus folk. In
The Lost Child
is a riveting short story by Mulk Raj Anand. A little boy and his parents are on
their way to a village fair on account of a spring fair. The alley leading to the
fair is alive with a vivid combination of colours and people.
The boy is
happy and chirpy and walking between the big limbs of his father, between the
long strides. As he can see there are toys in the shops lined along the way. He
is captivated by the colourful toys of different sizes and shapes but in his
observation he lags behind. So he runs ahead to be with his parents. When he
expresses the desire to own one of the toys hanging from the shops, a cold
stare from his father breaks his heart.
break his attention from the lingering toys, his mother tenderly shifts his
attention to the swaying muster field, which seems to be full of golden ripples
– moving to and fro. The boy enters the field and begins chasing butterflies,
black bees and dragon flies. But soon he is called back.