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    That Sunday Morning

    My father was posted in Patna. On the first
    Sunday there, my brother and I decided to
    do a little exploring on our bikes. It was still very
    early in the morning, and only a few people were
    about. The roads were good and the trees lining
    them were shady. There were no imposing buildings or monuments as there are in Delhi, from
    where we had just come. After cycling for about
    half-an-hour, my brother got bored and said,
    "Come on, I'll race you to that corner. The loser
    treats the other to a chocolate, okay?"
    "Okay, one, two, three!" I said, and then we
    were off.
    This was not the first time we had raced. Only
    my brother had invariably beaten me and then
    crowed about it for days. I was determined to win
    this time. I pedalled as fast as I could. My legs
    ached and my skirt billowed out, threatening to
    hit my face. The trees on either side of the road
    had become one green blur. My hair blew behind
    me and my lungs were bursting for air. Soon I drew
    level with my brother and then gradually I moved ahead. I could see the corner, in a haze. I was
    104 starting to whoop with glee, but the whoop froze
    on my lips. There, right in the middle of the road,
    stood a lone cow!
    I jammed on the brakes and the cycle stopped abruptly, but I could not stop the momentum
    of my own body. I flew over the handlebars and
    landed smack on the back of the unfortunate
    animal. The cow, startled by this sudden attack,
    reared up and started running. I clung to her for
    dear Me, as she charged up the road and round
    the corner.
    As we turned, I spotted two rows of resplendent Cavalry officers, mounted on their magnificent horses coming towards us. They obviously
    belonged to the governor's bodyguard. I could
    only cling helplessly as the frightened cow charged straight at the horses. The horses panicked and
    scattered. There was a regular stampede. The
    cow managed to fall into a ditch and in the process, dislodged me, and I landed on the soft earth
    bordering the ditch. I sat up with a groan and saw
    that the Cavalry horses were still out of control.
    Some of them were running like mad in circles,
    while their riders tried to bring them under control. Two horses were nowhere to be seen, and
    one horse threw its rider right in front of my eyes.
    The poor man landed in the ditch just next to the
    cow. The cow thinking this was another attack,
    bellowed loudly and, lowering its head, charged

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    at the unfortunate man. The poor fellow scrambled out of the ditch, tearing his pants at rather an
    awkward place. Realising this, he sat down on the
    road with a thump and would not get up.
    I saw my brother approaching with my bike in
    tow, coming up to me with a grin on his face. I
    felt like hitting him.
    "You looked such a sight on top of that cow,"
    he said and started laughing. Then he probably
    realised that I might have been hurt and asked,
    "Are you all right?"
    "Of course, I am," I said haughtily and got up
    at once. Nothing on earth would have made me
    admit to him how frightened and shaken I was.
    Just then my brother spotted one of the horseriders coming towards us with a thunderous scowl
    on his face. Behind him was the man to whom,
    in all probability, the cow belonged. My brother
    gave them an uneasy glance and said, "I think it
    would be nice if we moved quickly from here.'
    I looked round and saw that if both of us did not
    move fast enough, we would be called in for a
    lot of explanations. With one accord we got onto
    our bikes and beat a hasty retreat.
    The morning had already been rather eventful
    and we did not want to add another unpleasant
    episode to it.

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