Now, they pass huge buildings. This is the court, this is a college, and that one is a club. Quite a large number
of boys must be studying in such huge colleges. Not all of them are boys, sir; some of them are men, really! They have
big moustaches - they have grown old, but are still studying. How long will they continue to study, and what will they
do afterwards? There are two or three big boys in Hamid's class. They are dullards, and get caned by the teacher every
day. There could be such kinds of boys here too. Magic shows are held in the clubs. I have heard they have a race of
human skulls, but no one is allowed inside. The "sahebs" come here in the evenings to play, and the "mems" also play.
If my mother is given that thing - what do you call it? a bat, yes - she will not be able to hold it; she will collapse
under its weight if she tries to swing it.
Mahmood said, "My mother's hands will shake. Really!"
Mohsin said, "Pooh, she can grind mounds of wheat. How can her hands quiver holding a little bat? She can draw
scores of pots of water - my buffalo alone drinks five pots of water. Any "mem" will see darkness beneath her eyes if
she is asked to lift a pot of water from a well."
Mahmood: But our mothers cannot run, cannot hop and skip.
Mohsin: Yes, they cannot hop and jump. But yesterday, our cow ran loose and entered Chaudhary's field. My mother
ran so hard that I could not keep pace with her. Really."
As the group went further, they came across a row of sweetmeat shops. The shops were especially decorated and
illuminated today. Who can eat so much sweets? Just see, every shop has tonnes and tonnes of sweets. I have heard
that djinns come late in the night and buy them off. Father says that a person arrives at the shops at midnight and
takes away all the sweets that have remained unsold. He pays real money for them; exactly like the money we have.
Hamid was not convinced. From where could djinns obtain real money?
Djinns have no dearth of money; They can easily obtain money from anywhere, even iron doors cannot block their
way, Mohsin argued. Mister, you are ignorant of their abilities. They have stores of diamonds and gemstones. If they
are pleased with someone, they offer baskets laden with gemstones as gift. One moment they are here, and in five
minutes they can reach Kolkata.
Hamid was curious. They must be very tall, he said.
Mohsin: Each of them is as tall as the sky. If they stand here on the ground, their heads touch the sky. But if they
wish to, they can make themselves so small that they can enter a small mug.
Hamid: How do people please them? If someone tells me the secret, I will please a djinn.
Mohsin: I don't know how this is done, but Chaudhary saheb has many djinns under his control. If there is a theft
somewhere, Chaudhary saheb can at once tell where the stolen goods have been hidden. He can even tell the names of the
thieves. Jumrati's calf did not return home for three days. It could not be found anywhere. Finally, Chaudhary saheb
had to be approached. He, at once, informed that the calf could be found at the animal pound. And, true, it was
found there. The djinns come and tell him all that is happening in the world.
Now Hamid realised why Chaudhary had so much wealth and why he was respected.