The Swamp by A. K. Srikumar

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Demanded Moloy. " "He h a s a p o i n t , " n o d d e d B h a r t i , manoeuvring the boat's tiller. "Let's try, anyway. " "I hope we haven't made a mistake," the girl said apprehensively, when they had progressed in a northerly direction for a while. The mud flats that they had been seeing in the water were gradually petering out. " Moloy was gazing out across the glistening sheet of water. no! " Moloy's apprehension was not misplaced. Even as he spoke, the steady rhythm of the engine turned to an intermittent sputtering.

No," Kanti shook his head. He appeared to have aged in the past half hour, "For one, their boat is too fast. And, as you said, they might harm the children if we tried anything of the sort. " "Let us go back to Raidighi then. " The sun was a smudged orange glow in the Western sky. Shadows were beginning to creep over the delta and the darkening waters stirred under a gentle, persistent breeze. " "He's gone, Kaka. There is nothing we can do for him. " As the Sonkali started the long and depressing journey back to base after her maiden, ill fated adventure, Kanti Mukherjea was trying to goad his brain into action; to think, and to decide how he was going to break the awful news to his brother.

He'll make some sympathetic noises and send a petition to the government in Kolkata like he did the last time. " "What of it? " "You can't blame them entirely. They are not permitted to chase those pirates across the border. " "That's a load of bull! " "Come, come, now! " This last remark came from Rash Behari. The contractor had come up while the villagers were talking. He waved his polished cane at the assembled men. "Off with you, fellers! Don't crowd around here. Can't you see Kanti Kaka's in a bad way 42 already?

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