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I realized, with a kind of sick horror, that they had carted along our entire refreshment supply with them. And that too just when I was thirsting for a mouthful of that orange juice! I rose and slowly picked my way across a jumble of rocks till I reached a flattish boulder opposite where they were grouped. All had their backs to me; they were now busy aiming pebbles at a blackened tree-trunk on the far bank of the stream. 31 L I glanced down. Frothing water streaked past the boulder, inches from my feet.
He does not. He will use it to keep the old coins he is trying to date or something like that. You know my dad. His study is full of things that look like junk but are really valuable, and he is always sorting or sending off stuff to appropriate places. " T h e y l a u g h e d and c a r r i e d on with their shopping, unaware that while they were enjoying themselves, a crisis was brewing. It was just not her lucky day... * October 20. What a Diwali this was going to be! Ma was laid up with a broken leg and their help, Rukmini, had taken leave to be with her daughter who was expecting her first child.
All of a sudden I became intensely aware of its power, of how swiftly the waters surged past my feet. My knees began to tremble; I drew back a couple of paces, eyes on the water. A twig raced past, spinning madly on the waters. I could almost feel the mighty forces that flung it against the rocks, sent it crashing and tumbling along the torrent before hurling it over that terrifying cataract... " said a gentle voice. As in a dream, I looked up. Biman stood on the other side, barely four feet away.