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OCTOBER (SECOND) 2009
Detective Stories Special
COUNTRY BUMPKIN SONIT'S SPYING BANK ROBBERY THEFT IN THE COMPANY SECRET OF SKULLS 22 28 4 8 14 SECRET OF DAMDAMA HOUSE HAWKER, THE GANG MEMBER 79 75
CHEEKU 44 GRANDPA AND SNAIL 64
VICTORY OF CHINTOO 37 SNAG IN HELICOPTER 52 CHHUK CHHUK EXPRESS INTERESTING NEWS 60 70
CHAMPAK CHEKERS IT IS FUNTIME WHO AM I? 41 48 59
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by Shantha Nagarajan
UNTY BEAR and his family spent a few days at their relative’s house at Madhuvan. While returning to Champakvan, they brought Meeku Rabbit along with them, as he agreed to serve them as their domestic help. Poor Meeku had never in his life moved
out of his hamlet in Mathuvan where he was born and brought up. So, for Meeku it was his first journey by train. No wonder, he was full of excitement during the journey. It was fun watching his stupid acts and listening to his childish talk. As soon as they boarded the train, the wonderstruck Meeku exclaimed, “Oh my god, this train is so long! Bunty saab, tell me, are the other coaches also going to the same station? What about the next coach? To which place is it going?” Bunty and the others burst into laughter. “Fool, all the coaches are connected to each other. How can each one go to a different place?” As the train started running faster, Meeku shrieked, “Saab, how strange are the things outside — the huts, trees, shops, everything is moving.” There was a roar of laughter in the compartment. Bunty explained, “Stupid fellow, when we are in a moving train the trees and all the things outside us will appear to be moving in the opposite direction but they are not actually moving.”
unty’s sons — Billu Bear and Chillu Bear — were amused by the very sight of the clownish villager. “Papa, how are we going to manage this stone age creature? He is so ignorant.” Meeku watched everything in wonder — the call phones, the walkmans with which Bunty was listening to music, the colourful stalls in the stations. Billu and Chillu enjoyed his comical expresOctober (Second) 2009 5
sions and taunted him as a good for nothing fellow. In the night, to everyone’s amusement, Meeku spread a dirty towel on the floor to lie down. “Hey Meeku, why are you lying here? Go up. The upper berth is for you,” Bunty lifted him. “Saab, in the hut I have always slept on the mud floor. I never slept on a cot or a cushioned cot.” “Ugh! That is not cot, that is sleeper birth. We have paid for it.” With trembling legs, he climbed up. But lo, in the midnight, when everyone was asleep, Meeku, who used to roll in the mud floor at home, did the same in the upper berth. Thud! He fell down and hurt the leg of Bunty’s wife who was lying in the lower berth. Oh! There was a commotion. Meeku, who was hurt, started weeping. The rest of the night, he lay on the floor. “Papa, what sort of country bumpkin we have brought along with us? He will be of no use to us. The junglee is unfit for working in our house,” Chillu muttered.
“Oh! His muddy chappal and running nose are sickening. Send the fool back to his hamlet,” Billu advised. The train was nearing Champakvan station. It was raining heavily. They learnt from the passengers that Champakvan had been flooded due to continuous rain. They were correct. When the train reached Champakvan, they could not step out of the station, as the whole area was flooded. “Oh! It is dangerous to step into the deep water. We cannot go home.” While Bunty Bear and the others were
wondering what to do, Meeku suddenly dived into the water. “Saab, floods are not new to me. We are used to a hard life, we know how to overcome hardships. We, in the hamlet cross the river daily to reach the other side. So, do not worry. I shall help you.” Meeku looked around. He suddenly dived into the water and swam a little distance. He saw a log of wood floating some distance away. After a search he got 2 wooden poles. Hurray, Meeku sat on the wooden float and rowed it using the poles as oars. One by one Bunty and his family reached the nearby taxi stand with the help of the float, rowed by Meeku. Billu and Chillu who ridiculed and condemned Meeku as a good for nothing bumpkin, were dumbstruck by the courage, skill and presence of mind of their new servant.
hen they reached home, Bunty patted Meeku thankfully. He said, “Sons, the ignorant jungle folks too have skills. We may know all about gadgets, machines and modern life but often we do not know how to deal with life’s problems. These simple folks, who live a hard life, manage them better. “See, today when we saw the heavy floods, we stood helplessly and it is this jungle folk who found a quick solution. “Now do you realise that Meeku would be of great help to us?” Billu and Chillu nodded their heads and happily welcomed the country bumpkin into their house. ●
The Detective Monty and the Fake Scientist
A cheat posed as a scientist and claimed in the market that he can cause a rain with the help of his newly invented machine. The clouds thus made by will roar and will emit lightning. The Dectitive Monty caught his lie. How?
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Ans: Because lightning never roars and the lightning in the atmosphere will only cause lightning.
by Anil Satija
ODAY, SONIT had got up early in the morning. His father was a milkman. He said to Sonit, “Take this cans. I have filled milk in them.” “Yes Papa,” Sonit replied and put both the cans on his cycle. Though his father did this work everyday but today he was not feeling well so Sonit was going to distribute milk. Father had given him the list of all his customers. These days they were running tight. The milk
business was not fetching good money. On top of that it was difficult to pay the school fees and other household expenses. Sonit had decided to give up studies. Sonit left for work. His village was 3 km away from the town. Sonit was passing through a lonely stretch on the highway. He saw a truck standing in the middle of the road. It was probably off road. Two people were trying to repair it with the bonnet open.
s Sonit passed from there, the chain of his cycle gave way. He got down and got at a side of the road. He saw that some wild dogs were barking madly at the 2 men. One of them, who was bald, got angry on them. The men picked up some stones and threw on the dogs. But the dogs kept barking. 'Why are the dogs barking so much on them? There is surely something wrong. The truck is covered from all the sides too,' coming near the truck, Sonit thought. 'Oh, there is some foul smell of animal coming from the truck like the horse of Jumman uncle. If I am not wrong, there is some horse-like animal locked up in the truck,' Sonit was just guessing as the other man came to him. “Hey you boy, what are you searching here?” the man chided. “Nothing, it was just my cycle chain that fell. I am just picking it up,” Sonit said fearlessly and picking up the chain from the ground, started putting it back on the cycle. “Come on, vanish from here soon,” the bald man said.
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Sonit moved on. “The men appear to be criminals by face. How rudely the man talked. Surely, there is something fishy.” Sonit reached the town in no time. He was thinking of Inspector Prashant. Father went to his house daily to supply him milk. Sonit straight went to his house instead of going anywhere. Prashant was at home and getting ready to go out. Sonit told him everything. “You did a good job by coming here first. Last night a special horse named Sikander was stolen. He always came first in races. Thieves have stolen him so that they can earn great money by selling him.” “Look, there is a news in yesterday's newspaper. His owner Manik Lal Mehta has filled a complaint and is very upset. If Sikander is not found, he will bear loss of lakhs of rupees.” And Prashant went towards the phone, Sonit gave him milk and went away, as he had to supply milk to others also. Soon, he returned home tired. Next morning Sonit got ready to go to school. Father had left home to supply milk. Sonit had almost forgotten yesterday's episode. He had just stepped out of his house
when a police jeep halted at his gate. Everyone in the village was surprised to see a jeep. A crowd collected immediately. A smiling Inspector Prashant got down from the jeep and came near Sonit, “Keep it up Sonit, you have helped nabbing the thieves of Sikander. Soon, after talking to you, I sent mobile police vans to the highway because of which both the thieves were caught. Sikander was found lying unconscious in the truck. They had given him a tranquilising injection after stealing him. “Mr Mehta is also very happy with you. He has decided to reward you one lakh rupees.” Sonit, along with his family, were very pleased. All their worries were now over. Sonit could go to a good school. They had tears of happiness in their eyes. ●
HA! HA! HA!
Manish: Suresh, you had a colour TV. Then how did it change into a black and white one? Suresh: See, there are so many advertisements for washing soaps coming in the TV. They have changed our colour TV into a black and white one.
* Teacher: If it takes 15 men 12 hours to build a wall, how long will it take 5 men? Mohan: No time at all. The 15 have already built it. —Amrit Singh, Mumbai. *
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S JACKY Dog entered his office, his mobile rang. “Hello, Jacky speaking,” putting it behind his ears’ he said, “Hello sir, I am Bhola Bear, the manager of Hanmani Bank,” a nervous voice from the other side spoke. “Tell me, Mr manager, is all well?” Jacky asked. “No sir, everything is disordered.” “Why? What is wrong?” “A bank robbery has taken place. The robbers have fled with 2 crore rupees. Come soon, I am sure you will be able to nab the miscreants,” Manager explained. “I will just be there,” Jacky replied. He thought for a while. Then he sat in his car to head for Hanmani Bank. Jacky was the Sherlock Homes of Champakvan. He had solved many difficult and complicated cases earlier too. So for any mishappening the animals remembered him. When Jacky reached the bank, Inspector Chetu Leopard was already present there. His men were taking down fingerprints. “Yes, tell me inspector, did you find any proof?” Jacky asked Chetu.
by Dr Rajiv Gupta
Bank Robber y
“We have not found any proof, Mr Jacky. The robbers were very clever,” Chetu said, a little disappointed. “Don't worry. It is very easy for us to provide proofs,” and Jacky immediately went to Bhola Bear, the bank manager of Hanmani Bank to gather some important information. “It was sharp 11 o’clock when the robbers entered the bank. All had pistols in their hands. As soon as they entered, they covered everyone and very easily filled 2 crore rupees in the suitcases they were carrying and fled. Some of their associates were sitting in the waiting Balero,” Bhola informed. “Could you not see anyone's face,” Jacky asked.
“No, they were all masked,” Bhola answered. Jacky collected some more information from Bhola. For some time he kept seeing left and right carelessly in the bank, then said, “If nobody has seen the robbers’ faces, how can we catch them,” and he left in his car. Everyone present was surprised with Jacky dog's behaviour today. Chetu Leopard was busy trying to nab the robbers. Finally, not reaching anywhere, he closed the bank robbery file.
wo months passed since this case. Sonu Donkey a well known businessman of Champakvan, was somewhat wonky by nature. He believed in lucky numbers. Once he advertised in the newspaper that if anyone was in possession of one thousand rupee note numbered XY 532161, he may come and give him the note and take away 10,000 rupees from him. Coincidently, Chaplu Rabbit had this number note. Chaplu came to Sonu and happily took away 10,000 rupees after giving him the same numbered note. Again after 4 days, Sonu took out another advertisement in the paper saying, “If anybody has a thousand rupee note numbered XX 324709 can come and give it to me and take away 20,000 rupees as it is my lucky number.” In the evening, Kalu Jackal met Sonu Donkey secretly, “Is XX 324709 really your lucky number?” “Yes, if it was not so, why should I have given 20,000 rupees for 1,000 rupees? A famous saint has told me about this number,” Sonu said. “I have a note of this number. Take it and give
me 20,000 rupees. But don't let anyone know about this.” “Why?” “Matters of Income tax.” “Oh, so that is the matter. Why should I tell anyone about it? I just want my lucky number at any cost,” and giving Kalu 20,000 rupees, he took the 1,000 rupees note from him. Kalu was very happy getting 20 thousand rupees for a thousand rupees note. He thought that Sonu Donkey was a fool to throw money like this for lucky numbers. Counting the money, he kept them in his pocket and went home. He had just entered his house when Jacky Dog along with Chetu Leopard and the police nabbed him. “But what have I done?” Kalu was surprised. “Two months back you along with your gang had robbed 2 crore rupees from Hanmani Bank.”
Jacky pointed a pistol towards him. Kalu was petrified. When his house was searched, loads of money were found. “Where have you kept more money?” arresting him, Inspector Chetu asked. “My men have them,” Kalu accepted. Soon, the police nabbed his associates Chalu Fox, Langda Dog, Tonu Jackal and Laggu Hyena and put them in jail. “Good, you have laid a smart trap to nab the robbers with the help of Chaplu Rabbit and Sonu Donkey,” Inspector Chetu thanked Jacky. “Yes, I had taken numbers of the stolen notes from the bank manager. Then I included Sonu and Chaplu too in my plan so that the robbers may not doubt and they may fall in our trap.” “You are surely Champakvan’s Sherlock Homes,” Chetu complimented Jacky. Jacky smiled. ●
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Detective Teenu and The Thief
Once a car thief ran away with a stolen car. Police gave a hot chase to the thief, but the car hit the tree on the next turn and the thief escaped. Little later the police caught 3 thieves. Detective Teenu came and he identified the real thief. How?
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Ans: He found a feather on the car's seat, which was from the cap worn by the thief.
Theft in the Company
HERE WAS a big company named 'Teddy & Son' in Satpuravan. Many animals of the forest worked in the company. Since past few days the owner of 'Teddy & Son' Teddy Bear was very upset. His office was being burgled constantly since many days. But today somebody had used his computer and it hung. He remembered his friend Cheeku Rabbit. Cheeku worked in a private detective agency in Satpuravan. He was very clever and intelligent. He had helped the police in nabbing many known criminals. Teddy went to Cheeku's office to meet him. Cheeku was very happy to see Teddy at his office. He asked, “What brings you here, friend?” “I have come to you for a very important work. Hope, you will solve the matter as soon as possible. Or I will be destroyed,” Teddy cried. “Tell me what is the matter? How can I help
by Aparna Majumdar
you?” Cheeku consoled. Teddy said, “For the last many months my company's documents are being stolen. But it was a limit today when my computer too hung because of which I had to bear a loss of crores of rupees. If my computer is not repaired, I will finish.” “Do you have any enemy or you suspect anyone?” Cheeku tried to inquire. “In the corporate culture everyone is each other’s enemy and friend. Therefore, I cannot say
anything for sure,” Teddy said. “Is there anyone in your company whom you suspect?” “No one, because all employees are old and trusted, hard working and honest.” “In that case, it is very difficult to say anything,” Cheeku said. He pondered, “I have a plan.” “What plan?” Teddy asked surprisingly. “Yes. Do as I tell you,” Cheeku explained his plan nicely to Teddy. According to the plan, Teddy Bear employed Cheeku Rabbit in his company and introduced him to all his employees as a labourer. After meeting the employees, Cheeku Rabbit
came to know that company's manager Bhiku Jackal was the oldest employee in the company who had turned too old and so Teddy Bear was sending him home on retirement. One day, after all the employees left, Cheeku Rabbit hid behind the door. It was then that he saw Bhiku Jackal. Cheeku Rabbit thought as his eyes fell on him, 'What is Bhiku Jackal doing here at this time? All have gone home. Maybe, he has some work that is why he is here.' But he became alert when he saw Bhiku enter Teddy Bear's cabin slyly. Cheeku too went behind him to Teddy's cabin and opening the door a little, tried to peep in. Bhiku was fingering the computer. Cheeku then entered the cabin. Bhiku got nervous seeing Cheeku inside. He quickly tried to shut down the computer. “In the absence of the master what are you doing here?” Cheeku asked in a stern voice. Bhiku did not reply. Then Cheeku introduced himself and said, “This is the last time that I am asking you, what are you doing here?”
hiku Jackal was utterly frightened seeing Cheeku Detective in front of him. Asking apology with folded hands he said, “I am going to retire in a few days. After retirement I want to start a small business of mine. Since last many years I have put in lot of hard work in this company but could not collect that much money as to start my own business.” “Suddenly one day, I met the owner of Chakmak Company. He assured me that if I get him
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documents and internal information about 'Teddy & Son' Company, he will give me 10 lakh rupees. I was ready to do this for so much money. Please forgive me.” “My work is to find out the culprit. Your master will decide whether to punish or forgive you,” Cheeku Rabbit said. He rang up Teddy from his mobile and called him, “Here is your culprit.” Teddy Bear said, “If you needed money, you should have told me. I would not have given you so much money but I would have helped you to start a business. But you have deceived me by getting greedy. You have hurt my faith. You should be punished for it.” Teddy Bear called the police and handed Bhiku Jackal to them. ●
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Who robbed Jungle Bank?
Somebody robbed the Jungle Bank at night. One of the animals reported that he had seen the hill tiger coming out from the bank. Another animal reported that he saw the leopard running with a bag in the area. Whereas the 3rd animal said that he saw the puma running away with the bag. Despite 3 different versions about the robber, the Detective Doggy feels that the bank robbers are not 3 different individuals, but only one fellow. Why?
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Ans: Because hill tiger, leopard and puma are the names of the same animal.
Secr et of Skulls
by Jamshed Azmi
HERE WAS an old tree on the way from Sundervan to the city. According to the elderly birds and animals, the tree was more than 400 years old. At night, the tree appeared very scary. Generally, animals and birds passing were frightened at seeing it. Taking advantage of this fact, Baddy Jackal and Laddy Fox made their home in the thick leaves of the tree and decided to scare the innocent animals and birds with the fear of ghost.
One night, Jumpy Monkey was returning home with some money when he crossed the ghostly tree. Suddenly, Baddy and Laddy, who were sitting on the tree, suspended 2 skulls from the tree making them dance in front of Jumpy like puppets. Seeing 2 skulls right in front of him, Jumpy was terrified. He screamed, “Ghost ... ghost. There is a ghost on the tree. Help.” “Now you cannot be saved. You are in our clutches. You cannot even move without our wish,” and one of the skulls laughed loudly. Jumpy tried running away but his feet froze with fear. He shook and fell down. He pleaded, “Please ghost, let me go. I promise that I will never pass from here again.” “This cannot happen. You are bound to take this way. This is the only way that connects the city to the jungle,” said the other skull dancing.
addy who was sitting on top said, “But all animals and birds pass from here on a condition. They will have to pay tax to us. You too can put 200 rupees in the skull's nose and move on.” “It is ok. Money is not as important as my life,” and Jumpy inserted 2 notes of 100 rupees each in the skull's nose. The skulls danced and said in one voice, “Good Jumpy, you have acted sensibly. Now you may go. But do tell everyone about our tax.” Jumpy fled for his life. Reaching among his friends he informed them, “Friends, 2 ghosts have made the old tree their home. I have somehow saved my life from them.”
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“What? How can that be? The tree looks scary being thick and old. But we must not believe in ghosts and such things,” Meeku Dog asserted. “Yes, Meeku is right. Dogs too are scared passing from there though I don't believe in ghosts,” said Whity Goat. When Jumpy Monkey heard this he avered, “Believe me, even I have seen 2 skulls dancing. I am just coming after paying a tax of 200 rupees to the ghosts.” “Ha... ha... ha, somebody has made a fool of you and extracted money,” and everybody had a hearty laugh. “Don't believe me. When you will experience, you will know,” and Jumpy left frustrated.
ays passed and everything was forgotten. On the tree Baddy and Laddy were now waiting for their next prey. For many days when no one came by, Baddy said, “Laddy, it seems that our skulls are not scary enough. In spite of scaring Jumpy so badly, the animals of the jungle are not frightened.” “You are correct. Probably our plan has flopped,” Laddy Fox said. “But we must still wait. Maybe the animals are just acting brave,” Baddy Fox tried being optimistic. Then, suddenly, they heard sounds of some footsteps. Both got ready with the skulls in their hands. Chimpu Mouse was coming. As he passed from under the tree, the skulls hung down and started dancing in front of him. “Ghosts, ghosts have come in the jungle. I
should not have returned from the city,” Chimpu Mouse screamed with fear. “Now as you are here, put 200 rupees in the nose of the skulls or we will drink your blood,” the skulls tried scaring him. In order to save himself, Chimpu stuffed 2 notes of 100 rupees in the nose of the skull. “Now go and warn everyone in the jungle that if they want to live longer, they better start giving money. Or we will finish them,” a voice came out of the skulls. “I have understood,” and Chimpu ran away as fast as he could. Chimpu soon reached the jungle and informed everyone about this happening. Pulling his leg Jumpy said, “Chimpu too has become a prey. Wish you believed that these ghosts are for real.” “Yes, now we have also started believing it somewhat. We will go and see ourselves. If the ghosts are really there, we should not mind giving t h e m 200 rupees,” wiping sweat from their heads the animals said. All animals reached the ghostly tree. The skulls hung down
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and started dancing. They took a promise that every animal passing from under the tree will give 200 rupees to the ghosts. Baddy Jackal and Laddy Fox were extremely happy at this. This went on for a year. Baddy and Laddy became moneyed, acting as ghosts. Their life became very comfortable. Suddenly, one day, Sheelu Hippo, returning from the town, passed from under the old tree when the skulls again hung down before him. “What is this trouble?” Sheelu Hippo stepped back with surprise. “We are ghosts. If you want to stay alive, put 200 rupees in the skulls' nose or...” the skulls danced and said. Sheelu thought for a while. He whispered, “Surely, this is someone’s mischief who is extracting money out of innocent animals. After all, why should a ghost require money? I should give them money in order to know the truth.” Running his eyeballs across the tree Sheelu Hippo said, “Dear ghost, I do not want to die. I am coming to put money in your nose.” Sheelu went near them and inserted the notes in the nose. As he waved his hand on top of them, he touched the nylon wires with which the skulls were suspended and were invisible. “Oh! So this is the matter. Now wait and watch how I teach these ghosts a lesson,” Sheelu whispered to himself and went inside the jungle. He called everyone and said, “Brothers, I have just met the skull ghosts and come. It is their birthday today. They desire that all animals should
burn red chillies under the tree and worship them with the smoke. Otherwise the ghosts will get angry and create havoc in the jungle.” “No, we cannot afford their anger. We will get red chillies just now from our homes.” “All the animals got bags full of red chillies and went with Sheelu to worship the ghosts. On the other hand, seeing Sheelu come with bags along with a great crowd, Baddy Jackal was excited, “Look Laddy, all animals are getting bags full of notes.” “Yes, it seems we are going to get lucky today.” By then the animals reached the tree and piled up chillies under the tree. Without delay Sheelu Hippo put a spark to the pile.
ire broke out quickly in the pile of chillies. Baddy and Laddy were choked of breath and burst out coughing. They tried to save themselves from the smoke but soon felt suffocated. Their eyes started burning. Both could not balance and fell with a thud on the ground with the skulls. “Oh! They are Baddy and Laddy. They have skulls in their hands. That means they were scaring us by acting as ghosts,” all animals were angry. Everyone jumped on Baddy Jackal and Laddy Fox and beat them black and blue. In order to save themselves Baddy and Laddy came out with the truth. By then the police came and arrested them. All the animals then thanked Sheelu for opening the secret of skulls and enjoyed a tasty feast in the evening. ●
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The duck was swimming in the swimming pool. Her complaint is that hippo had stolen her necklace. The hippo’s contention was that he had gone to swim in the sea. But the Detective Tortoise knew that the Hippo was the thief. How?
Ans: If the hippo had gone to swim in the sea, on his return he would carry the sand on his feet from the sea beach, which was missing. Thus Detective Tortoise caught the Hippo.
by Yugal Kishore ‘Chintit’
V ictory of Chintoo
INKOO, Chintoo and Minkoo Rabbits had just arrived in Champakvan. There was a large pond in the middle of the jungle. There was a huge ground spread till far. Many more rabbits lived
there too. They were in a bad shape, as they did not have enough food to eat. One day, Chintoo Rabbit gathered his neighbour rabbits and said to them, “This place is so good. There is land and a water pond too. Why don't we get together and do some farming, grow crops and make our lives happier.” “Chintoo brother, you are absolutely correct. But you are new in this jungle. The king's son Sheru is very mischievous and arrogant. He will not let us do farming,” Cheeku expressed worry. “At least, start working. I will see him,” confident Cheeku said.
he next day all the rabbits reached the ground with spades in their hands and started digging. Sheru was strolling there. Hearing some digging sound, he went to the ground. “Why are you digging the ground?” Sheru asked. “We want to grow crops in the field, brother Sheru,” Chintoo Rabbit said respectfully. “”Is the land yours?” “No, it is Champakvan's land and Champakvan is for all the animals,” spoke Tinkoo. “Look, my father is the king of Champakvan. I will not let you do farming on this land,” Sheru said arrogantly. “We consider you the king of this jungle. If we grow crops on this land we will pay you tax, Your Majesty,” Meeku Rabbit spoke some good words. Sheru quickly replied, “Ok, then we will keep half part of the crop as tax.” “Well, Your Majesty, will you tell us which part
of the crop will you keep as tax. The part above the land or the part below it?” Tinkoo Rabbit asked. Sheru thought, ‘What will I do of the part below the ground in the sand?’ “Listen, I will take the part above the ground,” Sheru ordered. “It is ok with us,” Chintoo agreed. All the rabbits including Tinkoo, Chintoo and Minkoo started digging. They toiled hard and grew crops. Sheru too came when the crops were ready. “Your Majesty, please take the part of the crop above the ground,” and Chintoo dug out a carrot from the ground and extended its leaves to Sheru. He kept the carrot in his bag. Similarly, other rabbits too broke the leaves of carrots, raddish, potato, and onions and keeping
the fruits in their baskets and offered the leaves to Sheru. Sheru could not say anything. He had a pile of leaves in front of him. He thought for a while and said, “Chintoo, next time you sow a crop, I will take the part that grows under the ground,” and stamping the leaves Sheru left.
fter some time, another crop was ready. Sheru was on the field. The rabbits were also there. This time they cut wheat and gram sticks and put them in their bags and gave the stems to Sheru. Sheru just kept gaping. He again thought for a while and screamed, “Next time, you pile up the whole crop and I will chose whichever I want.” “Ok, Your Majesty,” Chintoo said happily and Sheru moved on angrily. After some months, the crop was again ready. Sheru came to the field. He saw 2 piles. The smaller pile was that of grains and the bigger one was that of husk. “Here, Your Majesty, this is the bigger pile,” pointing towards the husk pile Chintoo said. Sheru thought, 'What will I do of this big pile.” He smiled and coming near to Chintoo said, “I am a non-vegetarian. What will I do of this crop. All of you are hardworking and sensible. You have won. This land is yours. Now you will not have to pay any tax. From today, you all are my friends.” All the rabbits were very happy. Chintoo’s cleverness made them the winners. Sheru too became friend and their poverty was removed by hard work. ●
Rules of the Game
You can start the game when you get 1 on your dice. If you don't have a dice then, you can pick up your Champak magazine. Now with your eyes closed, open the magazine, count and move boxes as per the count of the last digit of the right hand side page number, such as 1, 3, 5, 7, 9. Before starting the game each player has to select the colour of his choice. While following the rules of the game throughout, the player who reaches the end point first, shall be the winner.
Wait for 2 turns.
Move when you get 5. Start again. Start again.
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Move when you get 1.
Wait fo 1 turn
Wait for 2 turns.
Move when you get 5.
ove n you 1.
Move when you get 5.
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DABOO SPORTS A COAT AND A HAT AND BECOMES A DETECTIVE. HEY! YOU ARE REALLY LOOKING LIKE A REAL DETECTIVE. HE HAS BINOCULARS AS WELL.
SUDDENLY, A VIXEN EMERGED OUT OF THE BUSHES.
WHERE DABOO HAS GONE?
NOW, I DON'T HAVE TO HUNT AROUND FOR THE WHOLE DAY.
HIS HAT AND BINOCULARS ARE HERE. IT MEANS SOMEBODY HAS CAUGHT DABOO.
WHO HAS KIDNAPPED DABOO?
SHE WOULD NOT HAVE GONE TOO FAR.
FROM THE FOOTMARKS IT SEEMS IT IS THE VIXEN WHO HAS CAPTURED DABOO.
LET US SEE FROM THE TREETOP.
YES, SHE IS RUNNING AWAY WITH DABOO. NOW SHE HAS ENTERED A CAVE.
HURRY UP! WE HAVE TO SAVE DABOO. BUT HOW WE BOTH WILL FIGHT WITH THE VIXEN?
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CHEEKU MADE A ROPE WITH SOME CREEPERS.
YOU HOLD THIS ROPE.
WE WILL FIGHT AND BREAK HER LEG.
I GOT IT. THIS STICK WILL ALSO BE HELPFUL.
CHEEKU PLACED THE HAT IN FRONT OF THE DOOR AND KNOCKED THE DOOR.
WHO IS THERE? HOW COME THIS HAT IS LYING HERE?
THE MOMENT THE VIXEN MOVED AHEAD TO PICK UP THE HAT, CHEEKU AND MEEKU PULLED THE ROPE. THE VIXEN FELL FLAT.
MEEKU, HIT HER WITH STICK SO THAT SHE DOES NOT GET UP.
O.K. NOW SHE IS UNCONSCIOUS. WE HAVE TO GET AWAY FAST WITH DABOO.
I TRIED TO BE A DETECTIVE, BUT YOU ARE THE REAL DETECTIVE.
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Mummy to her daughter: Yesterday, you went to sleep, the moment I began singing the lullaby. Did you like my lullaby very much? Daughter: No Mummy, I slept off quickly out of fear that I might have to listen to the whole lullaby.
* Sunny: Mannu, today I saved 10 rupees.
Mannu: Really, but how? Sunny: I ran after the bus and reached the school. Mannu: Then you suffered a loss. Sunny: How? Mannu: If you had run after a taxi, then you would have saved 100 rupees. —Naresh, Kolkata. * Rahul: My cat can tell her name.
Raju: And what is name of your cat? Rahul : Meeyaooo.
fellow, Uncle. He cries as if he has learnt crying for many years.
—Shruti Singh, Uttrakhand.
* Mummy: The one who listens to me, I shall give him the toys. Son: Then you better give the toy to Papa.
* Mohit: What are you doing? Ranjit: I am doing the homework. Mohit: But why are you doing it so slow? Ranjit: Because my teacher is in the habit of reading slowly.
* Hunny: Papa, have not you lost your wallet anywhere? Papa: No, I don't think so. Hunny: Just check, it might be lying somewhere. Papa (checks his pocket): No, my wallet is in my pocket. Hunny: Then please give me 50 rupees out of your wallet.
* Neighbour: Hey Raju! You have a new born member in your family, how is he doing? Raju: He is not a new
* Mummy: Son, get ready fast for the school, or else you will be late for the school. Son: Never mind Mummy, the school is open till evening.
—Arjun, Uttar Pradesh.
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by Jamshed Azmi
Snag in Helicopter
U N D E R VA N was prospering under the rule of King Sher Singh. He always thought of the prosperity of the jungle and worked his best to see it prosper. Because of this attitude, some animals had become his enemies. The enemies wanted to kill him and take the reigns of the kingdom in their hands so that they could themselves become rich by
looting the wealth of the jungle. One day, Sher Singh was touring his jungle in a helicopter when the helicopter started shaking. He told the pilot, “Our helicopter is shaking badly. You must soon control it or we all will be dead.” “Your Majesty, I am trying my best but it is not coming under control. Probably, there is a serious snag,” and he tried controlling it. By then it was too late. The helicopter was descending with great speed towards the ground. Sher Singh and the pilot were frightened and jumped out of it with the parachute. The helicopter fell on the earth and with a loud explosion broke into many pieces.
fter some time, Sher Singh bought a new helicopter. For some days everything was good. But one day that too fell from mid air and crashed. This time also Sher Singh barely escaped. One by one, 6 helicopters were destroyed which worried Sher Singh. He came to conclude that somebody wants to kill him. Sensing danger, he stoped flying. One day, he called his loyal minister Jonny Bear and said, “Jonny, till now 6 helicopters have been targeted down. I guess some enemies want to kill me.” “Your Majesty, you must stop believing animals around you blindly. If something happens to you, the whole jungle will finish,” Jonny Bear said. “I have to have faith on someone at least. I alone cannot fight the enemy. Someone who can target my helicopter can do anything,” Sher Singh said. “You are right. You will have to be cautious till the enemy is caught. I am there with you. One of
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my friends is a well known detective of the town. He has solved the most complicated cases. I will ring him up and call him,” Jonny Bear assured. “Good, well thought. If the spy is from the town, nobody will know him. Call him soon,” Sher Singh was happy. Jonny asked spy Billu Monkey to come to Sundervan. The monkey happily came. Jonny and Sher Singh met at a secret place.
n hearing Sher Singh's case Billu said, “The matter is really serious. Don't worry, Your Majesty. I will soon catch the enemy and hand him over to you.” “I expect that from you,” Sher Singh said. “By the way how many helicopters do you have right now? Where do they stand and who looks after them?” Billu Monkey asked. Right now I have no helicopter. My helicopters stand on the helipad at the airport and the workers there are responsible for their safety and repair,” Sher Singh informed. “So now you may buy a new helicopter and park it on the helipad at the airport so that I may reach the enemy,” Billu Monkey said. All the 3 then left. After reaching his palace, Sher Singh immediately ordered a new helicopter. From the next day, Billu Monkey dressed up as a sweeper, started watching the workers at the airport. He suspected some animals and birds because of their behaviour. After some days, he saw a new helicopter standing at the helipad. Now Billu became alert. One day, Lallu Jackal was strolling near the helicopter. Billu murmured to himself, “Lallu
appears very smart. His standard of living is also better than others. Surely, he only must be fingering the helicopter. But on whose instructions?” Billu got after Lallu. One day, he saw Lallu going with Foreign Minister Jhaptu Wolf to his house. Billu started following him silently. Lallu Jackal went to Jhaptu's house and returned after 10 minutes with a packet. Billu sitting on the
tree, was watching. Seeing a packet in the hands of Lallu, his doubt turned into belief. Lallu hid the packet in his house and started towards the airport. In the afternoon, seeing no one near the helicopter, Lallu Jackal put pebbles in the helicopter's petrol tank. Billu saw this. He was very excited knowing who it was, “So this is it. Sher Singh's helicopter is falling due to pebbles in his helicopter's tank. This means Jhaptu Wolf is Sher Singh's enemy. I must soon tell the king about it.” He then ran to the palace and told Sher Singh everything. The king was very angry. He called Jonny Bear and got Lallu Jackal and Jhaptu Wolf arrested and produced them before the king. The king wildly roared seeing the traitors in front of him, “So you both wanted to kill me. “I was fortunate enough to escape the death. Now both of you will get punishment for this.” “Your Majesty, I am your faithful servant. Why will I take your life? Perhaps, somebody has poisoned you against me,” foreign minister Jhaptu Wolf said. “Yes, Your Majesty, Jhaptu is right. Jonny Bear is your enemy and our's too. Earlier too he tried to bribe us. I did not listen to him so he poisoned your ears,” Lallu Jackal tried to make up. Sher Singh was highly annoyed with the aspersions cast on Jonny. His eyes went red. He
shouted at Lallu and Jhaptu badly. Then Billu spoke, “Your Majesty, I have seen them putting pebbles in the helicopter tank. We must get the pebbles out by calling an engineer or this helicopter too will be destroyed. It is necessary to question Lallu strictly. He will ogle out all truth if he is bashed up nicely.” The king immediately ordered Lallu to be beaten up black and blue. “Oh, don't beat me, please. Let me go. I had put pebbles inside the helicopter tank on Jhaptu's instruction. He was paying me heftily for the work. I had become greedy. Please forgive me,” Lallu screamed on getting beaten up. Jhaptu started trembling with nervousness when Lallu came out with the truth. He tried to flee but could not succeed. Sher Singh put both of them behind bars. Then he thanked Billu Monkey and appreciated his spying. He also gave him lots of money. Billu and Jonny were on top of the world. ●
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Inspector Kharag Singh found an impression of a thief's hand. Where is the impression of the thief's other hand?
Answer : 7.
1. My 1st colour symbolize vigour, My 2nd colour symbolize peace, My 3rd colour symbolize prosperity, And Ashok Chakra symbolize dynamism. 2. Man gave me eyes but I cannot see. Man gave me mouth but I cannot speak. Man gave me legs but I cannot walk. Yet I am loved by all.
Who Am I ?
3. Slim is my body, made of bamboo. I am sad, as I have lot of holes. Though I am sad, but I have beautiful sound. Smart you are, if you guess me right. 4. Alive only in water But cold as dead Never thirsty but ever drinking Can you guess me quickly?
How Much Do You Know?
1. Which is fastest animal on the Earth? (a) Cheetah. (b) Tiger. (c) Rhinoceros. (d) Deer.
2. In which city you can find the Kutab Minar? (a) Jaipur. (b) Kanpur. (c) Delhi. (d) Agra. 3. Who said ‘Aaram Haram Hai’? (a) Mahatma Gandhi. (c) Chandrashekhar Azad.
(b) Jawaharlal Nehru. (d) Subhash Chandra.
4. A. R. Rehman is associated with which field? (a) Arts. (b) Science. (c) Music. (d) Sports. 5. The river 'Kaveri' flows in which state? (a) Tamil Nadu. (b) Gujarat. (c) Rajasthan. (d) Sikkim.
Who Am I? : (1) National Flag. (2) Doll. (3) Flute. (4) Fish. How Much Do You Know? : (1) a. (2) c. (3) b. (4) c. (5) a. October (Second) 2009
HHUK CHHUK Express was a good train that moved with great speed. It started from Sheesham Nagar at 7 am and travelled a long distance to Sagvanpur in 25 hours. It passed stations of Karanj, Saal and Kachnar of Champakvan during the late night. The train was always crowded and some cases of theft were reported from the train lately. These thefts
generally took place between Karanj and Kachnar stations. The thieves kidnapped little animals too who were never found later. King Sher Singh got worried. He summoned Gaj Elephant, the head of Railway Police. “Chhuk Chhuk Express is the pride of Champakvan. All rumours should immediately stop.
by Dr Suresh Mohan Prasad
Criminals should be arrested as fast as possible,” ordered Sher Singh. Gaj Elephant called a meeting of the officers. “Gangs of thieves are active. We must arrest them,” Inspector Bhalu Ram spoke of the urgency of a special operation. Cheetah Nand suggested, “We should travel in plain clothes.
Chhuk Chhuk Express
Geffu Giraffe too had an idea, “Patrol parties should be deployed.” The meeting went on till late. It was a long drawn mission. They were preparing for ‘Operation Chhuk Chhuk Express’ with full seriousness. The train had started from Saal station. Some animals entered the train running, as it started. Cheetah Nand was in the same coach. He had been travelling since many days and was equipped with mobile and wireless set, though he was in plain clothes. Wrapped in a blanket he used to lie quietly on the top berth. Some doubt crept in his mind and he became alert. They were thieves. The thieves quickly switched off the lights on entering. Whispers could be heard in the coach. Cheetah Nand tried straining his ears to hear their talks. Some of their friends were already present in the coach earlier. The thieves were wearing monkey caps and had pistols in their hands. Some of the looters were made to stand on the door. Cheetah Nand was constantly watching them.
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“Put all the cash and jewellery in the bags,” the masked men started looting with their torchlights on. Some thieves were putting small animals in sacks. There was panic in the coach everywhere. When the thieves came to Cheetah Nand, he quietly put his wrist watch, ring and cash in their bag. The thieves then went to another coach. Cheetah Nand immediately contacted his team. A troop of monkeys was travelling along in another coach. The train was nearing Kachnar station. Thieves pulled the chain to stop the train and as the train stopped, they got down and ran. The troop of monkeys was ready. They too jumped off. There were
more than 50 thieves who were looting in different coaches. Soon, all the thieves were caught. Small animals that were trapped too were freed. They were terribly frightened. The thieves were arrested and brought to Sagvanpur. Inspector Bhalu Ram and Geffu Giraffe were present on the station. Laptu Fox and Leo Leopard were involved in the thefts. The criminals were photographed and handcuffed The loot deposited at the station, as the travellers had to be given their things back. Operation Chhuk Chhuk Express was successful and such thefts did not take place in future. ●
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GRANDPA, WHAT IS THAT SHINING LINE ON THE FLOOR.
A SNAIL HAS JUST PASSED THAT WAY.
GRANDPA AND SNAIL
BY VENU VARIATH
WHY IS IT THAT SHINING?
SNAILS FIND IT DIFFICULT TO MOVE ON A DRY, ROUGH SURFACE. SO THEY PRODUCE A SLIMY LIQUID CALLED MUCUS AND APPLY IT AS THEY MOVE ALONG. IT IS THIS MUCUS THAT SHINES.
THEN THEY EASILY SLIDE ALONG THAT.
THE SNAIL ALSO HAS A SHELL, LIKE A TORTOISE.
THE SHELL PROTECTS THE SNAIL FROM EXTERNAL HEAT, IT IS JUST LIKE A SHIELD.
WHEN THE HEAT INCREASES, THE SNAIL WILL SHRINK ITSELF INTO THE SHELL.
THEN IT WILL CLOSE THE OPENING OF THE SHELL USING A THIN MEMBRANE. NOW, THE SNAIL IS SAFE FROM HEAT.
HO, THE HEAT IS UNBEARABLE.
THEN, LET US CLOSE THE DOOR.
CAN THE SNAIL SEE AND HEAR JUST LIKE US.
THE SNAIL DOES NOT HAVE THE SENSE OF HEARING .
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WE OFTEN SEARCH OUR FOOD USING OUR SENSE OF TOUCH OR SMELL... ...BECAUSE OUR EYESIGHT IS VERY POOR.
HOW MANY ‘FEELERS’ DOES A SNAIL HAVE?
TWO PAIRS. RATHER, THEY ARE CALLED TENTACLES, ONE PAIR LARGE AND THE OTHER SMALL.
THE LARGER ONES ARE LONGER TOO. THEY HAVE A SINGLE EYE ON EACH OF THEM. THE SHORTER TENTACLES ARE USED AS FEELERS ONLY.
DO SNAILS HAVE ANY LEGS.
YES, OF COURSE.
THE SNAIL HAS ONLY ONE LEG.
SNAILS LAY EGGS. DON’T THEY?
YES, BUT THERE IS ONE PECULIARTY. BOTH THE MALE AND FEMALE LAY EGGS.
THE SNAIL MAY LAY EGGS IN A PROLIFIC MANNER– UPTO 1,200 EGGS AT A TIME.
HOW LONG CAN A SNAIL LIVE? ABOUT 15 YEARS.
THERE ARE DIFFERENT SPECIES OF SNAILS. THE LARGEST ONE IS THE GIANT LAND SNAIL SEEN IN AFRICA. IT MAY HAVE A LENGTH OF 39 CM. AND WEIGHT ABOUT 900 GMS.
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Star Night in Ahmedabad
HE WORLD of children is full of colours. They decorate their colourful imagination with great enthusiasm and gusto. On the morning of September 1, 'Champak Story Writing Competition' was organised in Sacred Heart Primary School situated in Shahi Bagh in which children from primary to class 7th took part. Their faces were gleaming with the thought of putting down their imagination on paper and pencil and winning prizes. Principal of the school A. Chawla said, “It is the first time that a magazine group is organising Story Writing Competition. It is very encouraging and this has made us too identify jewels of our school.”
A teacher of the school, Simar, said, “It was a commendable effort from the side of Champak to have organised such a competition. Children have come out with their best. It is through stories that we come to know about their observation of things around them. Such competitions develop skills of writing and reading in them.” The credit of getting children of Sacred Heart School to write stories and prepare them went to Madam Anne Sequera and Madam Jasmeet Sanghera. Mr Shashi Kapoor of ‘All Fresh’, who was the sponserer of ‘Champak Story Writing Competition’ encouraged children to do well. Winners were, Nishit Vasant Kumar, Harit Gulshan Kapoor, Sadagi Devendra Kumar Jain, Khushboo Kushal Kumar Oswal, Smit Hitesh Kumar Jain. Consolation prizes went to Isha Prakash Kumar Jain and Kritika Sohan Lal Jain.
LACKY BEAR in Nandanvan had worked hard to make his den deep and spacious. He lived there with his family happily. His son Gabdu was a small fat, naughty and clever baby bear. One day, Gabdu said, “Papa, the big tree on which Jumpy Monkey uncle lives with his family, its branch has been let out to Darky Crow to make his nest. Now Darky is the tenant and Jumpy is the landlord. Why don't you also give a part of our big den to some animal on rent and boss
around being the landlord.” Blacky liked Gabdu’s idea. The next day itself he let out a part of his den to Piggu Pig who was searching for an abode as his tenant and himself became the landlord. Vendor Jacky Jackal everyday delivered Jungle News newspaper
by Balendu Badola
Inter esting News
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in the morning at Blacky Bear's den. Piggu Pig told Jacky Jackal to supply him newspaper everyday. As Piggu started calling for a paper for himself, Blacky Bear stopped the paper for himself. He would send his son Gabdu to bring paper from Piggu and read it
the whole day. For some days, Gabdu would ask Piggu for the newspaper but after some time he would get it without asking. A day came when before the newspaper could land at Piggu's door, Gabdu would pounce upon the paper and take it for himself. Till both the father and son read the paper page by page, they would keep it with them and poor Piggu would just see them helplessly. The newspaper taking crossed limits when Gabdu Bear took away the day's newspaper in the morning and instead kept the past day's newspaper in its place. Frustrated Piggu had no choice but to go through the old newspaper. Landlord Blacky and his son, on the other hand, enjoyed reading
fresh news and get their general awareness updated. Poor Piggu could not muster courage to check them in decency. He did not want to annoy the landlord too. He found himself helpless. One day when Gabdu was not at home, landlord Blacky himself went to Piggu for the newspaper. That day, after many a days, Piggu was able to go through the latest newspaper. After wishing good morning to Piggu, he sat down near him and involved him in talks. For a long time when Piggu did not leave the newspaper, Blacky by the way asked, “You are too engrossed in reading news, Piggu. Is there something interesting?” Turning the pages of the newspaper Piggu Pig said, “Yes, there is an interesting news, listen,” and with his eyes dug into a corner of the newspaper he cooked up a news and read aloud, “Champakvan, 30 March. In the jungles of Jhurmut Talaiya a wild boar from the animal colony killed his neighbour great bear Richu by attacking him with his elongated canines. This was because the wild boar was annoyed as great bear used to take away his newspaper everyday.” Suddenly, Blacky got up to go saying, “I will leave.” “Take the newspaper,” offering the newspaper to Blacky, Piggu smiled. “No thanks, I am reminded of an urgent work,” and Blacky, disappeared quickly. From that day, Gabdu never came to take the newspaper. ●
Who Stole the Necklace?
A necklace was stolen from a hotel in Paris. Detective 007 doubted 3 tourists staying in the same hotel. The 1st tourist is from Arab but he contended that he had gone to see the Eiffel Tower. The 2nd tourist is an African, who claimed that he had gone to see the art gallery. The 3rd tourist is from China, whose contention was that he had gone to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Detective 007 immediately nabbed Chinese tourist and recovered the stolen necklace from him. Can you tell how Detective 007 identified the real thief?
Ans: Chinese tourist was lying when he said that he had gone to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which was not in Paris but was in Italy.
UTSIDE THE village was a thick forest. There was an old building in the jungle which was in a dilapidated condition. Its plaster had come off from many places and spiders had made large webs everywhere.
by Rajiv Saxena
Secr et of Damdama House
The villagers called it Damdama House. It was actually an arsenal during British times and used to store weapons, guns and artillery here. But nobody knew when was the house built and who built it. There were many mango and blackberry trees outside the house. Children would often climb on the trees and play. Sometimes they would also go to the basement of the Damdama House.
ne day, Samarth was on top of the blackberry tree breaking its fruit. He thought, 'Why not go to the basement of Damdama House?' He said to his friends, “Come, let us go into the basement of the house.” “No, I have heard that it is haunted,” Dharya replied. “There is no ghost at all. It is just a superstition,” Samarth tried clearing his doubt. “But there are lots of snakes and scorpions inside the Damdama House.” “If you don't want to come with me, it is all right. But I will surely go,” Samarth was adamant. He got down the tree and went inside the basement. It was dark underneath and there were bats suspended from the ceiling. Samarth became nervous. His foot suddenly hit upon something hard. He had got a mobile with him from home. With the torch in his mobile he saw that it was something hard, like an old machine. He soon got the machine outside. It was an old compass that was used by earlier boatmen and pirates.
He looked at it under the sun. It was written with tiny letters 'Captain Raymond, 1920.' Truly, this compass of Captain Raymond was a rare thing to be found. Samarth thought, 'Captain Raymond and compass! What could Captain Raymond have done of this compass? I should ask grandfather.' Samarth ran to his house with compass and asked grandfather, “Who was Captain Raymond?” “Captain Raymond was a British officer?” “Did you see him?” “Yes, I remember vaguely. He often came along with 10-12 friends on their horses. All had guns and some horses had heavy iron boxes on their backs. I used to hide behind
bushes and watch.” “Raymond and his friends did not appear good men. They stayed at Damdama House for many days. There were parties,” grandfather told Samarth about Captain Raymond. Suddenly, Samarth thought, 'Was Captain Raymond a pirate? Possibly he came to Damdama House to hide all the things he looted from the boatmen and ships. ‘If Captain Raymond was a pirate, he would have surely hidden his treasure somewhere in Damdama House.' Samarth immediately opened his computer and sent some e-mails.
ne day, a team of officers from the Archaeological Department arrived at the Damdama House. They were there on the information given by Samarth through e-mail. The officers team had many labourers who were carrying spades and other digging equipments with them. They started digging the house. Many iron treasure boxes came out from the earth which were filled with gold coins. This was Captain Raymond's treasurer which he had hidden in Damdama House. The officers were very happy when they found it. They congratulated Samarth and thanked him for telling them about the treasure. He was awarded a medal by the government. The secret of Damdama House was revealed. But he was happier finding the compass which actually could make him conclude that Captain Raymond was not a government officer but a leader of the pirates. ●
Hawker, The Gang Member
by Anil Satija
RYAN WAS about to leave for his school, when his mother said, “Aryan, after the school, sell off these old newspapers to the hawker.” “Ok, Mummy,” replied Aryan. On returning Aryan asked his mother, “Mummy, I don't see the old newspapers?” “Oh! Yes, the hawker had come in the afternoon and he bought all the old newspapers at the rate of Rs. 10 per kg.” “Rs. 10 a kg. But the market rate for the old newspapers is Rs. 7 per kg?” Little later, Aryan went to play at his friend
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Harsh's house. His mother was selling the old newspapers to the hawker. Aryan asked the hawker, “You bought the newspapers from the house number 174 in the afternoon, is not it?” “Yes, and I had paid the cost of the newspapers.” “Really, then show me your weighing scale.” Aryan asked the hawker. On inspecting the weighing scale he found the weighing scale was fine. The hawker paid for the newspaper to Harsh's mother and asked for a glass of water. “Yes, just wait, I will get the water for you,” said Harsh's mother and she went inside the kitchen. The hawker kept standing and kept looking around in the house. Aryan came out and said to Harsh, “Why the hawker is paying extra price for the newspapers? I have my own doubts.” “You are always in the habit of doubting everybody. Why are you after the poor hawker? Leave him.” Gradually, the days passed by.
hefts had started taking place in the colony at night. The police were also worried. Aryan had asked everybody to remain alert. One day, on their way, Aryan and Harsh came across the same hawker. “Hey, you were not seen in the locality for the past 3-4 days?” asked Aryan. “Yes, yes, I was visiting my house in Jamalpur,” the hawker stammered and he hurriedly walked ahead. “He is telling a white lie. Jamalpur is quite far
away. One can travel to Jamlapur only by train or bus. Nobody can return from Jamapur in 3 days. It takes minimum 5 days to return from Jamalpur.” “Then he must have flown to Jamalpur,” said Harsh who was visibly irritated. “You fool, Jamalpur is a small village. There is no flight to Jamalpur,” Aryan tapped on Harsh's head. “Let us follow him,” suggested Aryan. Harsh and Aryan started following the hawker at a safe distance. After walking a little distance, the hawker took a cab. Both the young detectives also hired a cab and started chasing the hawker. “What is your name?” Aryan asked the taxi driver. “Kundan,” replied the taxi driver and he kept quiet. “You see Harsh, no hawker can afford a taxi,” said Aryan. “You are right. My doubts are confirmed.” After travelling for some time, the hawker got
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down from the taxi in front of an old bungalow outside the city limits. Aryan asked his taxi driver to stop the taxi and wait for them. They took cover in the bushes near the bungalow and began listening to the conversations in the room of the bungalow. The hawker was telling to his boss, “Nobody is suspecting me in the colony. Mishra family in the colony is going out on vacations to Shimla for 8 days. I have seen silver statutes in their showcase. I think they are a rich family.” “Great, then we can have a big loot before leaving this place. You have done a good job, Sarju.”
uddenly, Sarju saw young detectives peeping inside the bungalow. He was surprised and said, “How come these young boys have reached this place? These fellows are keeping an eye on us. Catch them ... Hurry up.” Aryan and Harsh ran to their taxi. The thieves from the bungalow gave them a hot chase. The taxi driver had seen the Aryan and Harsh running towards the taxi. He started the taxi and drove away. Thieves could not catch the young detectives. Aryan immediately called up the police over his mobile phone and appraised them with the latest information about the thieves. Soon, the police raided the old bungalow. The thieves were busy gathering all the stolen stuff. A little delay would have helped them to escape. At the end, all the residents of the colony felicitated Aryan and Harsh for their presence and smart action. ●
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