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    At The Partq

    "I won't, I won't, I won't. He's a greedy glutton
    and I won't take him to the party," said Leeladidi*
    stamping her feet as she stormed out of the room.
    But she didn't forget to hit me hard on the head
    with her knuckles when she swept past me.
    I screamed and began to cry. Amma** came
    out of the kitchen.
    "Leela, come here!" she shouted. Leeladidi
    didn't stop. "Did you hear me? Come back!"
    Amma commanded in a louder voice.
    heeladidi turned unwillingly and slowly walked towards Amma. I stopped wailing and watched them anxiously. Amma started scolding Leeladidi, but she kept denying she had done anything.
    She argued, she pleaded, but it didn't work.
    Amma gave her an ultimatum. "Leela," she said
    sternly, "either you take Sudhir to the party or
    you too don't go."
    Leela didi agreed reluctantly, "All right, but if
    he behaves like a greedy wrorm, I'll never, never
    take him with me. No, never again in my life."
    "Elder sister.
    "Mother.
    I was happy I had won. I was about to smile
    when Amma turned her angry gaze on me.
    "And you, mind you, if you don't behave properly I'll give you a nice thrashing, understand?"
    I just lowered my eyes and nodded. "You will
    not touch any cakes or biscuits or chocolates without my permission! Promise?" Leeladidi wanted
    to be absolutely sure I'd behave. I hesitated.
    "Promise?" Didi asked again.
    I k she was trying to trap me. "And. . . and
    supposing you don't permit me at all?" I asked.
    "Oh, I will."
    "But suppose you don't then?" I persisted.
    "I will, stupid," Leela didi was getting impatient.
    "But supposing you aren't near me or you are
    talking to someone, then?"
    "Then?.... then you just remember that whenever someone offers you something, you mustn't
    grab a handful. You should say 'no thank you' at
    least twice or thrice, understand?"
    I was still doubtful, but I promised.
    "Come on, let's get you ready and dressed for
    the party,' Didi said and dragged me away. She
    pulled me and pushed me and deliberately
    held my arm so tight that it hurt. She pushed and
    pinched even when she helped me put on my
    shirt and shoes. I suffered all this in silence. But
    when she pressed both my cheeks with her left
    95 hand and ran the comb hard through my hair, it

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    became unbearable and I let out a loud whine.
    "Do you want to come with me or not?" she
    threatened and asked me to shut up. At last after
    dabbing a little powder over my face, she finished.
    When we left the house, she once again made
    me promise I would behave and would not take
    anything before refusing it three times. She nagged all the way and stopped only when we entered the nicely decorated hall where the party
    was being held. There she met her friend Shyama
    and immediately started telling her a lengthy
    secret. I k it was about me because every now
    and then, they kept looking at me.
    After a few minutes Shyamadidi came to me
    and whispered in my ear, "Sudhir, remember your
    promise and behave yourself, okay?"
    They made me sit on a chair and vanished into
    the crowd. A lot of boys and girls had gathered
    now. They were laughing and talking. All round,
    there were balloons and streamers. I alone was
    unhappy. For I was supposed to sit quietly in a
    corner.
    At one end of the room was a large table with
    all the eatables arranged nicely on it. In the centre was a huge cake. It had pretty pink marzipan
    flowers on the icing and plenty of small silver
    sugar beads all round. A single red candle stood
    96 in the centre waiting to be lit. It was beautiful.
    I kept gazing at it and soon my mouth started
    watering. Then, suddenly, everybody was getting ready to watch the cutting of the cake

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