‘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!”
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.
The story is based on the theme of the close bond that children share with their parents. The lost child forgets all about his desires and yearns deeply for his parents when he fails to find them. Everything else loses its significance and the only thing that matters is his wish to be reunited with his parents.
A child looks at this world with wide eyes. He is attracted towards most of the things he comes across in daily life. The child wants to possess all things that he is attracted to. But very often, the parents are not able to fulfil the wishes of the child. This may be due to two reasons. Either they are not able to afford it or they feel that a particular thing is not good for the child. The child may not understand this and may even feel angry. But the child understands the worth of his parents in their absence. He longs for his parents and cries for them. In this story we find the child crying for his parents when he gets lost and nothing else matters to him.
“The Lost Child” describes an episode in the life of a child who gets lost in a fair. All the incidents in the story are about this child. The writer focuses his attention on the contrast in the behaviour of the child before and after getting lost. The writer’s understanding of the psychology of little children, especially during the absence of their parents, is reflected in this story. Hence, the title is very appropriate.
Justification of the Title (2)
A child goes to a festival along with his parents. The child is fascinated by the things he sees on the way. There are many attractions in the air like toys, merry-go-round, eatables etc. The child asks his parents to buy these things for him but his parents refuse. Then he gets attracted to a roundabout. Suddenly, he turns around and finds his parents are not there. He is lost. Panic-stricken, he runs in different directions to find his mother and father. Since the story deals with the child who loves his parents and get lost in the fair, the title is appropriate.
Festival = day or period of religious or other celebration त्योहार ; lanes = narrow roads =सड़क ; alleys = narrow passages = तंग गलियाँ ; emerged = to come out of place = बाहर आया ; gaily = gay =प्रसन्नता से ; clad = dressed = सुसज्जित ; humanity = the human race = मानवता ; bamboo = a tall plant=बाँस; bullock carts= oxen carriers = बैलगाड़ियाँ ; brimming = to be so full of a liquid = लबालब
Lagged behind = to go too slowly =पीछे रह जाना ; fascinated = attracted = आकर्षित हुआ ; obedient = willing to obey =आज्ञाकारी; lingering = to stay fora time = रुककर ; receding = to move backwards =पीछे हटता हुआ ; suppress = to put an end to by force =दबाना ; refusal = the action of refusing = I इंकार ; tyrant = cruel ruler =क्रूर ; tender = have a tender heart =कोमल ; mustard field = mustard (plant) field = सरसों का खेत ; dragon-flies = an insect with a long thin body =तितलियाँ ; bustling =moving here and there= इधर –उधर उड़ना ; gaudy = too bright =भड़कीला ; purple = a flower = बैंगनी रंग ; flapping = to swing=फड़फड़ाते हुए ; abreast = side by side =साथ–साथ ; insects = small creatures = कीट ; teeming = full of = परिपूर्ण ; grove = a group of trees= वृक्षों का झुण्ड ; banyan =a plant = बरगद का पेड़ ; whirlpool= a place in a river or the sea where there are strong currents moving in circles=भंवर ; repelled =pushed=नफरत करना
Murmured = a low sound =धीरे से कहा ; pole = a long thin piece of wood or metal = खंबा ; overwhelming =very great=शक्तिशाली ; possess = to have रखना ,लेना ; farther = more distant in space = और आगे ; roundabout = swing = झूला; shrileked= to give a sudden shout = चीखा ; dizzy =unable to balance =पागलों जैसा
|1. What is the theme of the story "The Lost Child"?|
|2. Who is the author of the story "The Lost Child"?|
|3. What is the central conflict in the story "The Lost Child"?|
|4. How does the author portray the relationship between the lost child and his parents in the story?|
|5. What is the significance of the fair in the story "The Lost Child"?|