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Short Story – The Pinata Party

Mind your own business,” Ravi snapped. Vivek had offered to help Ravi fix his cycle chain, and was shocked at his rudeness.
I just dont understand him,” Vivek told Sunil and Partho, joining them on the playground. Hes the only one at our cricket camp who is so unfriendly

Oof. Ive had enough of him too. He doesnt respond to anything I say,” Partho added.

As the days passed, they continued to be puzzled by Ravis behaviour. They tried talking to him, ignoring him and even teasing him, but they didnt get any response.

Some of them were planning a Pinata Party. The highlight of the party was a pinata contest. Parthos grandfather had promised a box of special motichur laddoos from his store to each person in the winning team.

Lets invite Ravi,” Sunil suggested, as they made plans for refreshments.

The others turned to him in surprise. He doesnt even speak to us. How do you expect him to join our party?” asked Vivek.

We should give him a chance,” Sunil insisted. So the others finally agreed.

The party turned out to be a great success. After the games and snacks came the much-awaited pinata competition. Both the teams quickly got their members to form a pyramid-ladder, but when it came to getting the last boy on top, they got stuck. The boys who tried to climb to the top couldnt make it.

Suddenly, Ravi, who had been sitting in a corner, offered to climb. He clambered up and broke the pinata. Confetti streamed on the team as they cheered.

Ravi blushed as everyone congratulated him, and seemed to enjoy the attention he was getting for the first time.

My sister was killed in a road accident last month,” he confided in Partho later. And it hurt when people asked me to play. Plus I didnt want any-one to ask about it. Thats why I avoided talking to anyone. But now I know that was a silly way to deal with the tragedy

Sunil smiled and munched a laddoo. He was glad they had invited Ravi. They would help him to heal.

-Nisha Daniel

Teacher’s Corner

Summer holidays are a great time for teacher-student bonding.
You could arrange a Fun Party where teachers and students get together for games and enjoyment.

Plan some special activities like magic tricks or quick crafts which your students would enjoy.

Teachers and students can get to know each other better as they gear up for the next academic year.

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