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12 O’ Clock (Part XIV)

Bittu asked me with a naughty smile, “I have another doubt. Can I ask you about it? This is about Hindus. That is why I am asking you.” I told him, “Go ahead.” He said, “Always there is small quarrel that is happening in our house. My Dad has a ...

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12 O’ Clock (Part XIII)

I asked Bittu, “We have told you everything till export. Are you satisfied now?” He replied, “I have one doubt, now. Close to our home, there is an Arya Samaj Hall. Every Thursday, ladies perform Havana over there. In other temples, I have seen men performing these Havanas. What exactly ...

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12 O’ Clock (Part XII)

Bittu asked, naughtily, “Import is over. What is the facility for export?” I told him, “This is also a good query. It is a very difficult activity during calamities. Some or the other disease spreads due to animal and human filth present everywhere. Doctors visit such places in camps to ...

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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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