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Munshi Premchand's book 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.

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Peanuts stuff!

Laughing face 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.

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Seeing stars!

Cryptarithm problem 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.

Please solve

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