November 2013

Science: The ozone hole that forms each year in the stratosphere over Antarctica was slightly smaller in 2013 than average in recent decades, according to NASA satellite data. Read more ....

At least 441 new species of animals and plants have been discovered over a four-year period in the vast,under-explored rainforest of the Amazon, including a monkey that purrs like a cat. Read more ....

Life-threatening blood clots can form in anyone who sits on a plane for a long time, is confined to bed while recovering from surgery, or takes certain medications. Read more .....

Examination of the Martian atmosphere by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover confirms that some meteorites that have dropped to Earth really are from the Red Planet. Read more ....

Planets rich in carbon, including so-called diamond planets, may lack oceans, according to NASA-funded theoretical research. Read more ....


Mister Nooray's lawyer met with a much better end. A distinguished lawyer could not be made to sit on the floor or on the shelf. Two nails were driven into the wall some distance apart. A piece of wood was carefully placed over the projecting nails. The top of the wood was covered with paper to serve as carpet. Lawyer saheb sat on this perch looking magnificent. Nooray began the practice of fanning him with a bamboo fan - the lawyers in the courts had electric fans revolving over their heads all the time; should his lawyer not have even an ordinary fan? It cannot be said with certainty whether it was due to the force of the breeze or whether the bamboo fan actually hit him, but lawyer saheb toppled from his perch, and that was the end of him.

Now let's turn our attention to Mahmood's policeman. The policeman was entrusted with the responsibility of guarding the village. He was no ordinary policeman and, so, could not be made to walk while discharging his duties. He had to be carried in a palanquin. One basket was employed for the purpose. Some red-coloured rags were stuffed into the basket so that the policeman could travel in a degree of comfort. Nooray picked up the basket and began making rounds of the courtyard. His two younger brothers chanted in chorus, "Wake up, sleeping people", on behalf of the policeman. Mahmood stumbled and the basket dropped from his hands. The policeman was thrown out of the palanquin, and broke a leg. Mahmood realised that he was a good doctor, and he set about setting the leg back with some paste. The operation, however, is unsuccessful. The other leg is also amputated so that the policeman can at least sit comfortably; he would not have been able to walk or sit with one leg. The policeman has now turned into a hermit. He sits at one place all the time and guards the village.

Now, hear about Mister Hamid's situation. When Hamid arrived at the doorsteps, Ameena hurried to meet him. She lifted him up and showered kisses on him. Her eyes fell on the tongs and she was taken by surprise.

"Where did you find this pair of tongs?"

"I bought it."

"How much did you pay for it?"

"Three paise."

Ameena was astonished. What a foolish boy! It is late in the afternoon; he had not eaten anything but brought along a pair of tongs! "Could you not find anything else to buy at the fair?"

Hamid said guiltily, "Your fingers get burnt while removing rotis from the tawa, so I bought the tongs."

The old woman's anger at once turned into affection; it was affection that could not be expressed in words. It was mute affection full of sweetness. The boy was so selfless, he had so much wisdom and he was full of good faith. He must have yearned for the toys and sweets; how could he have overpowered his yearnings? He remembered his old grandmother even at the fair. Ameena was overcome with affection for the boy.

Then a strange thing occurred. Stranger than Hamid's tongs! The little boy had acted the part of a grown-up man, and now old Ameena became a child. She began to cry like a child. She kept blessing Hamid all the time, and shed large tears. How was Hamid to understand the meaning of this strange behaviour!


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