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This is a feeble translation of a story by Munshi Premchand. The objective is merely to exhort readers to read the original or a better translation. This is a humorous story about five friends who set out to sell a play to a theatre group. As is usual in any business transaction, the friends try to convince the owner that their product is the best; they exaggerate and use clever strategy to impress the owner but the latter turns out to be a tad cleverer than them.
There was a hockey stadium near my house where I lived as a youngster (we have since moved to a different place). Various hockey tournaments were held; the matches were played late in the afternoons. For a greater part of the day, in fact for a greater part of the year, the stadium lay idle. It was an ideal venue for fitness freaks to exercise, and local lads to practise hockey.
It is bright sunshine outside but I am seeing stars! There are exactly 33 stars that seem to be winking at me. Nothing like a good story book on a Sunday. I was reading one, but Partho came and interrupted me. He had a piece of paper with all these stars or asterisk marks I told you about. He thrust the paper at me and said, "Solve it." I can't make anything out of it, so please help me solve it.
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