How I spent last Sunday
Sunday is always a holiday in our school; and although I like holidays, I sometimes do not know what to do with them. For my home is too far for me to go there and come back in a day, and I have no friends any nearer whom I might visit. Sometimes I go out for a picnic with some of my school friends, but last Sunday they were all away, and I had nothing to do.
But I had an unexpected treat. Just as I had made up my mind in the morning to go to the bazaar to buy some pencils and a notebook which I wanted, my hostel superintendent sent for me, saying a visitor had come to see me. And when I went to his room, there was my elder brother, whom I had not seen for two years. He is a good deal older than I am and is an Extra-Assistant-Commissioner, stationed at a town a long way from my school, and also a long way from my home. He had always been very kind to me, and we were great pals; so I can tell you I was very glad to see him. He said he had a few days’ holidays, and so he had come to see how I was getting on.
Well, I took him to my room in the hostel and we sat and talked for a time. He asked me all about my lessons and my games, and I asked him about his work. In the end, he saw the Headmaster, and got his permission to take me out for the whole day until nine o’clock; and we set out to see the town, for he wanted to see the shops and buildings.
We have some fine zoological gardens. So I took him there, and we spent several hours looking at the lions and tigers and monkeys; and then had a jolly meal at the refreshment room nearby, which of course he paid for. Then he wanted to see a famous old tomb a few miles away, for he is interested in such things; and he took a tonga and we drove out there. The old tomb is surrounded by beautiful gardens; and we sat there, and talked, and ate fruit, which he bought.
But the greatest treat came in the evening when he took to the Cinema. I was very excited because as a rule we boys were not allowed to go, and I enjoyed it immensely.
When that was over, he came back with me to the school; when he said goodbye, he gave me a present of Rs. 20.
So I had a very happy Sunday indeed.