“Mumma, Mumma”, shouted little Adi in excitement as he entered the house.
His mom was busy in making cool summer drinks for her children. Adi was the youngest and naughtiest of her three children. “I am in the kitchen”, she shouted. She wiped the sweat on her forehead with her saree pallu (pleated end of the saree) and said aloud to her help, “It is just April and it is so hot already!”.
Adi ran to her and said, “I saw something weird and fascinating today”.
“What is it? Tell me.”
“We were playing hide and seek and I hid behind a tree. Just when I was about to touch the seeker brick (base) placed at the center, I heard someone call out my name from above. I looked up and there was nobody. I thought Ram must have climbed the tree and hid on the top. So I climbed up the first branch and saw a well-dressed monkey sitting there. It was the same one that had put a show on the street yesterday. I guess it has escaped from its owner and was hiding on the tree. I brought him home to take care of him. Can we please keep him, Mumma?”
“No, We cannot have monkeys in our home!”
“He is different, please Mumma”, begged Adi.
She opened her mouth to deny and froze as she heard the monkey say, “Please keep me, I will not trouble you.”
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