I am going to tell a story There was a dense forest With monkeys chattering, deer jumping elephants munching and trees whispering There was also a beautiful pond in the forest A small and a big pond Hey pond! Tell your name The myth of the pond is that all the dew drops came to a meeting They joined and became a pond The pond has small and big fishes in it There are weeds in the pond There are trees peeping into the pond There is a sky in the pond too And there are clouds in the sky All of them dancing in water And now Malli is also in the pond Malli is the Queen of the forest She will take a royal bath Guess what Malli will do after the bath Only when I close my eyes, I can see a beautiful dream A blouse like the red coloured flowers A skirt with the colour of green grass with lots of white dots And a stole like the blue sky I will get transformed into a new Malli and dance What is that? Hey, dear friend
Have you come with your mother? Why are you staring at my dotted skirt? Oh! You have no dots like my green silk skirt has Don’t feel sad for that I will give you some dots so that your whole body will be dotted Then you will become a beautiful dotted deer You will be happy then Oh! A forest fire! The deer.. is trapped I have to save it I run through the fire The fire is growing all round Burning trees are falling down A nest is in flames I am searching for the deer It is missing I hope it is safe! There the deer, scared and shivering in a corner I went close to it and lifted it Thank God! It is not hurt Don’t be afraid I will save you I carried it to the river Water till my neck, I swam across the river The deer was safe I left the deer free and told him to go safely The deer smiled and thanked me “No need to thank”, I said You go home and be safe with your family The deer went saying goodbye I too said goodbye Shall I open my eyes? No don’t open Shall I open my eyes? No don’t open This dream will disappear, and even I will The dream is over and I am opening my eyes Malli is going to leave now Now we shall race That tree is the finishing point We should start only after I count 3 Not before that.. okay No cheating. You also 1.. Why are you in a hurry? Come back, stand in a line 1..2..3 Oh, God I lost The forest is celebrating the young bear’s wedding Elephants erected the tent Deers are invited too Cuckoo.. What? You deserve it Muthu You can’t take care of yourself The officer left you responsible for his daughter She is always running away I wish she leaves home soon after the holidays Hey! Malli, come here I said come here Come here at once Did you see Cuckoo? If not at home, she should be with you Why are you nodding? Where is she? She should be with you only I know she is your friend Tell me, where is she? She is not here Tell me where is she now She is really not here – Really? Come on, tell me Don’t beat me Come on, tell me She is protective about me I like her very much
You know how we first met? We looked at each other I got angry, and began to sing loudly The sparrow had a big moustache It adorned a big garland of flowers The sparrow beat the drums It got married and had a concert Later I asked her name My name is Malli. Your name? I then realised that she can’t hear and can’t even speak Then I saw her again after few days Now I am like Cuckoo I also can’t hear Grandma, the poachers are shooting again I saw them They also killed one animal By cutting the trees man is incurring the wrath of nature By killing the animals he earns the loss of the animal clan On the whole he earns only sins This is your mother’s letter It is only about you She keeps running away with Malli always Finding her is becoming very difficult Cuckoo, this is a forest There are wild animals here Don’t loiter alone Listen to Muthu Okay! ..Okay! Good! This stone is a useless stone
Just an ordinary stone This stone is a useless stone There are ordinary stones and extraordinary stones This stone has a power in it Whoever puts on this stone, will run fast like a rabbit Grandma. Grandma. Grandma Grandma, I have made a garland of these stones I want to give it to Cuckoo before she leaves Person wearing this will lead a life without sickness Is it so? Is there any stone to make a person speak? Yes Which one? – There is one Peacock God’s blue stone Where will I get that stone? – You can’t get it Grandma, I need that stone Come, I will show you – Okay I want that blue stone – Don’t be in a hurry You can’t get that blue stone so easily There is a big story behind it Know that first Tell me soon Long time ago, this forest perished in fire and became a desert There was no water to drink The animals that survived too could not even whisper Then what happened? All the animals flocked together and decided to go and see the Peacock God They prayed to the Peacock God The Peacock God appeared before them The animals who cannot speak, how did they communicate? Among them a small rabbit alone could speak The Peacock God out of mercy, gave them the blue stone Then they got back their voices How does the Peacock God look like? Wait, I will tell you Hey! Malli, come here Lift that up Put it on your head You are roaming like a confused chicken Do you have wheels on your legs? Where have you been? I – Where? To the Peacock God tree – There? All alone? No, with Moyar grandma – With that old witch? Don’t talk like that, aunty She is a nice old lady When whole village talks about her, why do you support her? You nicely cook up your own stories Come home, I will complain to your mother Sister, she talks too much It’s because of your pampering Though I’m quiet, aunty is fighting with me She is scolding you as you are idle Help us to do our daily chores and stay at home. Okay?
It’s a long time since her vacation started Have you picked up your books and read or atleast dusted them? For our sake your father is away and earning He will be happy only if you study well He will then buy whatever you want “Little brother, you should be born soon! I, your sister will carry you We should sing and dance together” You will carry only little brother! What you’ll do, if it is little sister? Little baby, you should be born soon! I, your sister will carry you We should sing and dance together “Like the sky that is so high, I will also grow so tall.” “Like the sky that is so high, I will also grow so tall.” “The trees grow as if to touch the sky.” “The kites are flying high to reach the sky.” “The burning fire too tries to reach the sky.” “Even the birds crave to touch the sky.” “The smoke also tries to do the same.” “Like the sky that is so high, I will also grow so tall.” Postman uncle, do you have my father’s letter? If it comes, I will bring it home Why are you roaming like a forest officer? When is your school reopening? Next week Are there only Gandhiji’s snaps on these stamps? Several other people’s snaps are also there You are working here since many years Why is your face not there on a stamp? For that just a face alone is not enough Perseverance too is required – Postman uncle One should have served the nation One should be a great leader Only then will they print it on the stamps. Understood? One day my face too will appear on it Now I am seeing Malli on it On the letter? And I’m putting a seal on Malli Uncle! a secret We are going to the Peacock tree He will come and give a blue stone All the voices in the forest arise from Him only He has a great power in him Tonight myself and Cuckoo are going there When you meet Him, ask your Peacock God to recommend for my transfer too No, first let Cuckoo’s work get done Hey! where are you going? – To the Peacock God tree At this hour? Has the old lady cast a spell on you? Just go back to bed Our daughter is fine She likes this forest and nature They make her happy When she’s happy, she forgets her drawbacks and laughs
Muthu takes good care of her At times he finds it difficult to manage her She keeps your letters carefully and reads them before going to bed She keeps them under her pillow I forgot to tell you She has a friend here named Malli A tribal girl She likes her a lot I will bring her back before her school reopens It’s difficult to keep her here due to my office commitments Half my time is wasted in washing myself and my clothes Cycling all the time has punctured my body Other than the bears and lions, I’ve given letters to all I should first take a transfer and leave this forest Don’t know when which animals will come Here comes the little cat Have you received a letter from my father? Yes. Where were you? I just gave a letter in your house What has my father written? He has enquired about all, including your expected brother I see the addresses and hand over the letters there Only in your house I read and write letters What did mummy ask you to reply? She has asked him to come back soon as she wants him to be near her when she delivers I have written all over the letter except the address space I want a nice skirt Write that also I will give you honey Trying to bribe uncle? I have already stuck the letter So nothing more can be written Uncle! please write in a new letter Okay, I will write a new letter and post it Okay Blouse in maroon colour Skirt in grass green colour should have dots in it like the deer The stole should be sky blue in colour Write these without forgetting I will write – Please write, okay? Fine, Malli Do write – I will write, dear Hey! Cuckoo.. I am going No, we should not go there That’s a veterinary hospital No Cuckoo, let us not go there Someone may scold us Listen to me. Don’t go there Our magazine’s next issue is “Animals special” As a veterinary doctor, can you tell us your experiences? I am not working for publicity, but for the animal’s welfare When I was young, we had a dog named Jimmy
One day it fell ill My father hesitates to buy medicines even for his own people So the dog was not taken care of I felt the dog pleading to me for its treatment I was helpless then I was only eight years old But now I am a veterinary doctor and they are all my friends Why this sudden affection towards the animals these days? Every media seems to enquire about only animals? These days spotted deer, black buck have acquired national importance Don’t go Cuckoo. Listen to me No. No, Cuckoo Anyway you people hunt for news Come in. Come Meet my new friend Oh deer! Do you own it? No. I’m only treating it One day while going by my jeep, I saw this deer lying wounded So I brought it home and I’m treating it It will be alright in just three days Then I will set it free in the forest Had you been in such a situation what would’ve been your reaction? Are you a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian? Non vegetarian We should be human to all animals I am sorry, come out We should safeguard them Most of them don’t do that You have beautiful dots Can you stand still without moving? I will count and tell you the number of dots you have Hey! who are you? How did you come here? Not me Cuckoo – Go away There is an old saying “The buildings will grow taller than the trees Man will be more cruel than the animals There will be a day like that” Nowadays nature can be seen only on T.V Write this also -Thanks a lot, sir Sir, she was hurting the deer – Did you harm the deer? I did not harm, but was only counting Hey, don’t lie It pains you when I hurt you, right? Then why did you hurt the deer? I was only counting the dots Lie. Don’t lie Hereafter you will not do that, okay? Go now. Go. Take her Cuckoo is there – Just go away Cuckoo is there – Go, run away Don’t you dare to come here again – I won’t go without taking cuckoo I will show you where it is. Come on – Cuckoo is there Go, run away. Get lost. – I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything Cuckoo always does something and gets me into trouble Get lost Grandma – Who? Is it Malli? This is Cuckoo The blue stone is for her I am taking her to the Peacock God tree
Today is an auspicious day to go there It is believed that the Peacock God will come on this day Be awake and pray nicely Before sunrise He will appear like a lightning Ask Him for the blue stone without fear “Oh God you are the almighty! All belongs to you.” “Oh God you are the almighty! All belongs to you.” “The river is singing because of you.” “The sparrow sings because of you.” “The river flows because of you Cuckoos sing because of you.”
“The voice of the forest is all because of you.” “If you bestow the blue stone, Cuckoo will be able to speak.” “If you bestow the blue stone, Cuckoo will be able to speak.” “Oh God you are the almighty! All belongs to you.” Cuckoo Sir..sir Sir..sir What? – Cuckoo is near the Peacock tree Why did you take her to the Peacock tree? Papa Papa
Papa Cuckoo – Cuckoo Malli always takes away Cuckoo with Peacock tree’s stories She is not well Avoid further problems while she is being sent back They are children. They play together, go here and there You are creating a big issue of it Measure fast, I have my duty – Wait sir, I wanted to ask you You give me letters daily, but never give me a money order I can give you one only if you get one Looks like you will demand one from my salary Smart Alec! Only during festival time we can make money What happened? Why are you quiet today? Uncle, no one understands me I feel like crying First you finish crying Then I will tell you a good news Okay, I will not cry Tell me the news No, you finish crying – Tell me uncle Your dad wants the measurements of your skirt Only if you send that, he can get you one Soon, Malli will get a new skirt Tailor, take her measurements Malli will get her skirt before the school reopens She will wear it and go to the school like a Queen All will give you a surprised look The whole village will be awe struck to see you Now, I can see Malli with a silk skirt I feel like laughing as well as crying Is this route safe and short? My horoscope says that I have a danger due to wild animals Uncle, don’t be afraid No one will harm you I will take care of you I want to tell you one thing That day when I and Cuckoo went to the tree to see the God and get the blue stone Cuckoo got caught there But I saved her. Had you seen that Enough of what I see in the forest now Should I see that also? You cook up good stories It is not a story, uncle It is true That’s nothing It’s a tiger roar You are saying it as if a baby is shouting I don’t want this route – Don’t be afraid, uncle I am there. Don’t panic Nothing will happen What? Malli is not here She has gone out What do you want? Should I give this to Malli? I will give it. You go The cost of the doll would provide us food for ten days They are rich, can afford it Nothing, you go Uncle, shall I tell you a story?
Looks like you won’t allow me to do my duty today The story is very interesting I’m also there in this story In a forest, a few hunters caught a deer Malli is also one of those hunters They gave me a knife to kill the deer I slowly walked with the knife The deer is also scared of me It does not know me I went close to the deer and I cut the rope The deer runs away happily I too escape from them” Funny girl! Will my dad get my dress? Did you write to my dad? I wrote about everything Soon, you will get one letter I will also get one A letter for postman? A letter from the department A transfer letter Then, when Cuckoo goes to the town, I will also meet her “Postman uncle came and got me a mango. It tasted sour Instead he gave me tamarind I don’t know after that I know Postman uncle did not come That Officer’s daughter What’s her name? Cuckoo! She had come – Did Cuckoo come? What did she say? – She gave you this She is going back home Going back home? – Yes She is going back home Malli, where are you going? Malli. Malli Uncle, Cuckoo is leaving I have to meet her We will talk later – We can’t talk later I got my transfer I have to leave immediately Cuckoo Cuckoo Cuckoo Grandma – Keep quiet We will speak later Let me talk to Malli first Grandma, Cuckoo has left I did not get the blue stone I sat near the Peacock tree with Cuckoo But He never appeared You lied and cheated me I will not go to the tree again Wait, I know you never saw the God But God has seen you Go to the river side Pray to make some offerings to God
If you stay awake and pray, you will surely get the blue stone Go..Go I will drop Cuckoo at the railway station and be back in an hour Before I return clear the fence from Mayor area It’s a hindrance to the movement of animals Appoint two watchers there Cuckoo, how did you come here? Where are you taking me? Cuckoo Cuckoo Cuckoo, let us not stay here You will be afraid Someone will search for us Cuckoo Cuckoo Someone is there Cuckoo Cuckoo Grandma, Cuckoo is angry with me
Shall I give her this necklace? It does not have the blue stone It is not going to cure her That’s okay grandma I will give her this as my remembrance before she leaves She will forget her anger and smile at me I am going People who are affectionate have a right to get annoyed She must be thinking about you always Don’t feel sad Everything will be fine The temperature is high Call the doctor, we have to take her there Where did you go? Your dad has come He was asking for you My child – Father How are you, Malli? Are you going to school regularly? Where is my dress? – Dress? I had told postman uncle to write to you No. I was only asked to come home soon Why didn’t postman uncle write about my dress? It’s alright. Here, take this Next year Malli will grow big I will get you a beautiful dress then Now smile Sir, where is postman uncle? Who, the old postman, Periasami? He got his transfer and left giving a big salute to the forest and me What do you want? My name is Malli Uncle was my best friend So, you are the friend he felt bad for not meeting? Yes Take care of her Mr. Raja She has strained herself a lot in the forest She needs rest more than treatment Give the medicines properly Okay, doctor – Don’t let her go outside Okay, I will take care of her – Okay. Thank you The flora and fauna are happy in this forest But I You’ll feel bad if I tell you Dad did not buy me a dress I was cheated Why didn’t postman uncle wrote about that? Cuckoo refused to speak to me, as she was annoyed with me I made that necklace for her only But she never even looked at it, and threw it And she went inside the house I felt like crying What does she know about the forest? I screamed only to save her from danger She never understood that Humans are greedy and confused
and hence the blood in the pond What will happen if potable water is polluted like this? Pond will get purified. Don’t worry Listen to what I say You have to collect the dew drops early in the morning and pour it in the pond Only then the pond will be purified “Beautiful little dew drops.” “Dew drops that bloom from the little grass.” “Twinkling little dew drops.” “Let the sun’s rays not destroy you.” “Soon I shall collect you.” “Now, the pond is your home.” “And it shall be purified by you.” “Come, pretty ones Come, my little drops.” “Come, pretty ones Come, my little drops.” Malli. Malli Malli, postman uncle has sent you a parcel Take this and sign here Hey butterflies! Don’t look while I’m changing Hey! Wait there Where are you going? I want to show my new dress to Cuckoo As she is sick she is sleeping Enough of problems due to you Go away now Just once – I say get out I want to show my new dress to everyone
But no one saw it, not even Cuckoo You really don’t have dots Well, see the beautiful dots on my skirt Where is the deer without dots? Even that has disappeared Don’t worry, I will not give up I will take you safely. 1.. 2.. 3 Who is it..? Who is it..? Thank God, the bullet has just scraped through
You seem to be in a state of shock Don’t worry I will do a saline dressing You will be okay then You have a strong life line One who has brought you here should be thanked I can save you. Don’t worry You will be fine and start jumping around in another week Come here. How dare you How dare you come inside the house? My deer – Came to steal the deer now? I carried and brought it here Look at my skirt It’s all a lie. Get away from here – No I am not lying What’s the chaos here early in the morning? She is the same girl who came the other day My deer – Shut up I told you not to come here that day. What is it again? Take here away – No, it is my deer. It’s mine A hunter shot at it, I carried it here all the way It is my deer I have to take it back Hey! Go away or I’ll beat you I tore my skirt and tied up his wound I don’t want to hear any story – It’s mine I will take him – You concoct stories I have to leave it back in the forest It’s in my story – Shut up Started your stories again? – No Go away Go away. Naughty girl. Leave Get lost Don’t come here again She ran away Where is she? – I chased her away Hey stop! Hey stop! Stop! The little one has spoken the truth We failed to understand her Sometimes few mistakes of older people go unnoticed Sometimes we failed to recognise the good deed of small people If she had not brought the deer here on time it would have been a sad state for the deer What we believed was a myth
has been proved true by you God has rewarded you for your true faith Cuckoo. Cuckoo – What is it? Where is Cuckoo. I want to meet Cuckoo – Why? Where is she? Tell me soon – She has already left She must have reached to station by now She will not come back Her school has reopened Stop! Stop!
Malli is going to close her eyes now Now I am having a new dream