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12 O’ Clock (Part XI)

I added, “Some people donate new or old cradles for the kids in the calamity-stricken areas. Some people donate new or old cotton cloth to function as cradles. They perform these acts to accumulate piety.” Bittu naughtily rubbed his belly. Prem understood his gesture, “Beds and clothes are done with. ...

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12 O’ Clock (Part X)

Bittu was thoughtful. Prem asked him, “What are you thinking about?” He asked, “There might be several people affected by these calamities. Will the plastic, we have, be enough for all of them?” Prem counter-questioned him, “Do you want to go into social work? Why are you asking these questions? First, ...

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12 O’ Clock (Part IX)

I told them, “One of my students made a flowerpot out of a large 2-liter cool drink bottle. He cut the neck portion and made plastic strips out of some portion of the bottle. Then, he folded them over toward the outside, making beautiful flowerpots. Similarly, we can use these ...

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12 O’ Clock (Part VIII)

By then Bittu entered the shop again, saying, “Excuse me, Didis.” “I came back to clear one doubt. I have seen the saying, ‘Reuse, Recycle, Conserve’ everywhere. Does it mean we have to return to the same road on a bicycle? Do we have to waste our time that way?” ...

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12 O’ Clock (Part VII)

Bittu entered calling, “Hi, Didis.” He stopped short after seeing me. Sukhwinder introduced me as a sister-like friend. Bittu also began to call me Didi and gave a hand to shake. He was a cute and smart boy. I asked the twins, “How is he in studies?” Prem told me, ...

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12 O’ Clock (Part VI)

The twins asked if I would have some tea. I said, “Why not?” Sukhwinder called the nearest tea stall, “Hello, Bittu, have you returned from school?… Can you bring 3 teas and 3 Rajasthani Bhel?…” I asked, “Is there a Bikaner shop nearby? Where do you get Rajasthani Bhel, here?” ...

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12 O’ Clock (Part V)

When I was about to continue, the clock struck 12 and a middle-aged lady entered the shop, saying, “Hare Krishna.” She had a large packet and a large bag hung on one of her shoulders. The twins welcomed the new guest and served her cool drinks. They introduced her as ...

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12 O’ Clock (Part IV)

Prem took up the narrative, “It was decided that the uterus had to be removed to save Mom’s life. If the surgery was completed, at least there were some chances of her survival. The doctor removed Mom’s uterus on the 4th day after our birth. She was highly sedated. She ...

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12 O’ Clock (Part III)

The quarrels and bickering increased, day by day. The laborer and his wife began to spread that the Sardar becomes insane at noon. Such things spread like fire. I had just about finished the narrative that Sukhwinder’s phone rang. When Prem asked, who it was; she said, “Mom.” She also ...

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The Dumb Teacher (Part II)

That class was one of the naughtiest in the school

Continuing with the narrative about the Dumb Teacher, Gauri, I would like to share a couple of incidents that happened with her in another school. She was the class teacher of one division of the eighth standard. This was one of the naughtiest classes in the school. By the time ...

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