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Is taken to Amritsar

Book 5

Rishi Harrison

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2018


“Saminder” is a delightful story for children of life set in the post-colonial Indian state capital Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills, one of many tales written by Rishi Harrison in this series. She is well known to younger readers since 2010, when she published many short stories. Her own sympathy with the instincts and longings of the child’s heart reflecting Indian society following the days of the British Raj is shown in her portrayal of Saminder’s Short Stories. A record of the early life of an Indian child amid the beauties of her passionately loved mountain home.

The winter’s end dragged on in the Himalayan mountains and the hills and meadows around Shimla had recently thawed into a cool spring before the bright glad summer arrived. The young girl Saminder was still as light-hearted and happy as the birds, and looked forward with more delight each day to the sunny hot summer, when the warm south wind would roar through the fir trees and blow away any remaining snow near the summits of the mountains. She looked forward to the warm sun enticing the red and orange flowers to show their heads, and the long days out on the mountain would come again. It seemed to Saminder the greatest joy that the earth could give was the freedom of the outdoors and exploring Shimla’s inclines and incredibly beautiful panoramic views.

Saminder was now in her eighth year; she had learnt all kinds of useful things from her Baba; she knew how to look after the goats as well as anyone, and they would follow her like two faithful dogs, and give out loud bleats of pleasure when they heard her singing. Twice during the course of this last winter Sunil had brought up a message from the schoolmaster, who sent word to Amir-Uncle that he should be sending Saminder to school, as she was the right age for learning. Uncle had sent word back each time that the schoolmaster would find him at home if he had anything he wished to say to him, but that he did not intend to send Saminder to school, and had faithfully delivered his message.

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