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The Lost Child
By- Mulk Raj Anand
Introduction of the lesson- THE LOST CHILD
‘The Lost Child’ is one of the famous stories of Mulk Raj Anand. This story shows the working of the child’s mind. It shows that a child has great love for his parents. In this story, a child goes to see the village fair in the company of his father and mother. He is attracted by different things in the fair. He asks his parents s, again and again, to buy him something or the other. But they don’t buy anything for him. By chance, the child gets separated from his parents. He starts He runs here and there shouting for his parents. A kind man sees him. He tries to console the child. He takes him to different shops. But the child goes on weeping. Now he has lost interest in everything. He only cries, “I want my mother, I want my father!”
(`The Lost Child’ मुलक राज आनंद की प्रसिद्ध कहानियों में से एक है । यह कहानी एक बच्चे के मन की कार्यप्रणाली को दर्शाती है । यह दर्शाती है कि बच्चे को अपने माता-पिता से बहुत प्यार होता है । इस कहानी मेँ एक बच्चा अपने माता-पिता के साथ गॉव का एक मेला देखने जाता है । वह मेले में बिभिन्न वस्तुओं की तरफ आकर्षित होता है । यह अपने माता –पिता को बार –बार कहता है कि वे ड़से कुछ खरीद दें । मगर वे उसके लिए कुछ नहीं खरीदते । संयोगवश बच्चा अपने माता-पिता से बिछुड़ जाता है । वह रोना आरम्भ कर देता है । बह अपने माँ-बाप के लिए चिल्लाता हुआ यहाँ-वहाँ दौड़ता है । एक दयालु व्यक्ति उसे देखता है । बह बच्चे को साँत्वना देने का प्रयत्न करता है । बह उसे कईं दुकानों पर ले जाता है । मगर बच्चा रोता रहता है । अब उसकी प्रत्येक वस्तु से रुचि समाप्त हो गई है । वह केवल चिल्लात्ता है, “मुझे मेरी माँ चाहिए, मुझे मेरे पिता चाहिए ।’ )
Young children get attracted by little things around them and often press their parents with demands to buy those things. However, their real happiness lies in being with their parents. “The Lost Child” is a story about one such boy who cannot be tempted by anything in the absence of his parents.