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THERE was once a wrestler called Vijay Singh. A tall man with
massive shoulders and muscular arms, he towered over
others like a giant. Vijay Singh, people said, was a born
wrestler and could beat all other wrestlers in the world.
This pahalwan had but one shortcoming which often
landed him in awkward situations. He was fond of boasting.
One day, he was sitting in the market-place surrounded by
several young men. After drinking many glasses of milk, he
• Everybody believed that Vijay Singh, the famous wrestler,
was unbeatable.
• Vijay Singh was a bit boastful at times.
• Once he took it upon himself to fight a ghost.
I
2020-21
Page 2


THERE was once a wrestler called Vijay Singh. A tall man with
massive shoulders and muscular arms, he towered over
others like a giant. Vijay Singh, people said, was a born
wrestler and could beat all other wrestlers in the world.
This pahalwan had but one shortcoming which often
landed him in awkward situations. He was fond of boasting.
One day, he was sitting in the market-place surrounded by
several young men. After drinking many glasses of milk, he
• Everybody believed that Vijay Singh, the famous wrestler,
was unbeatable.
• Vijay Singh was a bit boastful at times.
• Once he took it upon himself to fight a ghost.
I
2020-21
44/A Pact with the Sun
suddenly proclaimed, “Why are people afraid of ghosts? I am
not. I wish I met a stout ghost. I’d teach him a lesson.”
There were murmurs of applause as well as apprehension
among the young men. “If you walk alone at night through
the Haunted Desert,” one of them said, “you are sure to meet
ghosts. They roam there freely. Strange shrieks and moans
can be heard all over the place. Travellers have been looted
and killed. Would you really want to go there?” Vijay Singh’s
mighty heart missed a beat or two. Why did he have to boast?
“Yes, I have heard of the Haunted Desert,” he said
nonchalantly. “I think it’s just a fairy tale.”
“Oh no”, said one of his admirers, “it’s true. This place is
ten miles to the west on the road to Jaisalmer. The landmark
is an ugly black rock that looks like the head of a camel.
Beyond that there is nothing but sand and wilderness and,
of course, ghosts.”
Almost the entire
village turned up that
evening to bid farewell to
Vijay Singh, who was
ready to set out west.
Just then an old woman
came forward and thrust
a small packet into his
hands, and Vijay Singh
started walking into the
red sunset of the desert.
• Vijay Singh set out to find a ghost in the Haunted Desert.
• An old woman gave him a small packet containing an egg and
a lump of salt.
• Vijay Singh met a ghost who claimed he was his friend, Natwar.
2020-21
Page 3


THERE was once a wrestler called Vijay Singh. A tall man with
massive shoulders and muscular arms, he towered over
others like a giant. Vijay Singh, people said, was a born
wrestler and could beat all other wrestlers in the world.
This pahalwan had but one shortcoming which often
landed him in awkward situations. He was fond of boasting.
One day, he was sitting in the market-place surrounded by
several young men. After drinking many glasses of milk, he
• Everybody believed that Vijay Singh, the famous wrestler,
was unbeatable.
• Vijay Singh was a bit boastful at times.
• Once he took it upon himself to fight a ghost.
I
2020-21
44/A Pact with the Sun
suddenly proclaimed, “Why are people afraid of ghosts? I am
not. I wish I met a stout ghost. I’d teach him a lesson.”
There were murmurs of applause as well as apprehension
among the young men. “If you walk alone at night through
the Haunted Desert,” one of them said, “you are sure to meet
ghosts. They roam there freely. Strange shrieks and moans
can be heard all over the place. Travellers have been looted
and killed. Would you really want to go there?” Vijay Singh’s
mighty heart missed a beat or two. Why did he have to boast?
“Yes, I have heard of the Haunted Desert,” he said
nonchalantly. “I think it’s just a fairy tale.”
“Oh no”, said one of his admirers, “it’s true. This place is
ten miles to the west on the road to Jaisalmer. The landmark
is an ugly black rock that looks like the head of a camel.
Beyond that there is nothing but sand and wilderness and,
of course, ghosts.”
Almost the entire
village turned up that
evening to bid farewell to
Vijay Singh, who was
ready to set out west.
Just then an old woman
came forward and thrust
a small packet into his
hands, and Vijay Singh
started walking into the
red sunset of the desert.
• Vijay Singh set out to find a ghost in the Haunted Desert.
• An old woman gave him a small packet containing an egg and
a lump of salt.
• Vijay Singh met a ghost who claimed he was his friend, Natwar.
2020-21
As he walked, the night deepened. The moon was bright
and the stars shone clearly in the Rajasthan sky. Still a few
miles short of his destination, Vijay Singh remembered the
old woman’s packet. He opened it and found nothing but a
lump of salt and an egg. The old woman was well-known for
her eccentricities.
As Vijay Singh stepped into the Haunted Desert, he heard
a voice. “Vijay Singh, Vijay Singh! You will get lost in the desert.
Come this way. I am your friend, Natwar.” At once Vijay Singh
realised it was not his friend but a ghost. Trying to sound
brave, he called back, “Where are you, my dear Natwar? It’s
dark and I cannot see you. Come here and show me the way.”
Like all good wrestlers, Vijay Singh wanted to size up his
enemy.
Soon the ghost appeared at his side. Vijay Singh peered
into his face and declared, “You are just a plain, lying ghost.
Anyway, now I don’t have to walk all night. I was longing to
meet you.” Not used to insults, the ghost was taken aback.
People generally started back in horror when they met him.
A Strange Wrestling Match/45
2020-21
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THERE was once a wrestler called Vijay Singh. A tall man with
massive shoulders and muscular arms, he towered over
others like a giant. Vijay Singh, people said, was a born
wrestler and could beat all other wrestlers in the world.
This pahalwan had but one shortcoming which often
landed him in awkward situations. He was fond of boasting.
One day, he was sitting in the market-place surrounded by
several young men. After drinking many glasses of milk, he
• Everybody believed that Vijay Singh, the famous wrestler,
was unbeatable.
• Vijay Singh was a bit boastful at times.
• Once he took it upon himself to fight a ghost.
I
2020-21
44/A Pact with the Sun
suddenly proclaimed, “Why are people afraid of ghosts? I am
not. I wish I met a stout ghost. I’d teach him a lesson.”
There were murmurs of applause as well as apprehension
among the young men. “If you walk alone at night through
the Haunted Desert,” one of them said, “you are sure to meet
ghosts. They roam there freely. Strange shrieks and moans
can be heard all over the place. Travellers have been looted
and killed. Would you really want to go there?” Vijay Singh’s
mighty heart missed a beat or two. Why did he have to boast?
“Yes, I have heard of the Haunted Desert,” he said
nonchalantly. “I think it’s just a fairy tale.”
“Oh no”, said one of his admirers, “it’s true. This place is
ten miles to the west on the road to Jaisalmer. The landmark
is an ugly black rock that looks like the head of a camel.
Beyond that there is nothing but sand and wilderness and,
of course, ghosts.”
Almost the entire
village turned up that
evening to bid farewell to
Vijay Singh, who was
ready to set out west.
Just then an old woman
came forward and thrust
a small packet into his
hands, and Vijay Singh
started walking into the
red sunset of the desert.
• Vijay Singh set out to find a ghost in the Haunted Desert.
• An old woman gave him a small packet containing an egg and
a lump of salt.
• Vijay Singh met a ghost who claimed he was his friend, Natwar.
2020-21
As he walked, the night deepened. The moon was bright
and the stars shone clearly in the Rajasthan sky. Still a few
miles short of his destination, Vijay Singh remembered the
old woman’s packet. He opened it and found nothing but a
lump of salt and an egg. The old woman was well-known for
her eccentricities.
As Vijay Singh stepped into the Haunted Desert, he heard
a voice. “Vijay Singh, Vijay Singh! You will get lost in the desert.
Come this way. I am your friend, Natwar.” At once Vijay Singh
realised it was not his friend but a ghost. Trying to sound
brave, he called back, “Where are you, my dear Natwar? It’s
dark and I cannot see you. Come here and show me the way.”
Like all good wrestlers, Vijay Singh wanted to size up his
enemy.
Soon the ghost appeared at his side. Vijay Singh peered
into his face and declared, “You are just a plain, lying ghost.
Anyway, now I don’t have to walk all night. I was longing to
meet you.” Not used to insults, the ghost was taken aback.
People generally started back in horror when they met him.
A Strange Wrestling Match/45
2020-21
46/A Pact with the Sun
Questions
1. What was Vijay Singh’s weakness?  Which awkward
situation did it push him into?
2. Was the old woman’s gift to Vijay Singh eccentric? Why?
3. Why did Vijay Singh ask the ghost disguised as Natwar
to come closer?
4. What made the ghost speechless?  Why?
5. Why did Vijay Singh say “Appearances can be deceptive”?
They often fainted. But here was this unfeeling creature
claiming he wanted to meet a ghost. It didn’t make sense.
“Really, I don’t know why you longed to meet me,” the
ghost said.
“That proves,” said Vijay Singh in a bored voice, “that you
are a stupid ghost. The least a ghost can do is to read a
man’s thoughts. However, a worthless ghost like you is better
than no ghost. The fact is, I am tired of wrestling with men. I
want to fight a ghost”.
The ghost was speechless. Marshalling his ghostly wits,
he made an attempt to look Vijay Singh scornfully in the eye.
“Frankly,” he said, “you don’t appear all that strong to me.”
“Appearances can be deceptive,” Vijay Singh said. “Take
your own case. You claim to be Natwar, though actually you
are a rascal of a ghost. If you doubt my strength, let me give
you a demonstration of it.”
2020-21
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THERE was once a wrestler called Vijay Singh. A tall man with
massive shoulders and muscular arms, he towered over
others like a giant. Vijay Singh, people said, was a born
wrestler and could beat all other wrestlers in the world.
This pahalwan had but one shortcoming which often
landed him in awkward situations. He was fond of boasting.
One day, he was sitting in the market-place surrounded by
several young men. After drinking many glasses of milk, he
• Everybody believed that Vijay Singh, the famous wrestler,
was unbeatable.
• Vijay Singh was a bit boastful at times.
• Once he took it upon himself to fight a ghost.
I
2020-21
44/A Pact with the Sun
suddenly proclaimed, “Why are people afraid of ghosts? I am
not. I wish I met a stout ghost. I’d teach him a lesson.”
There were murmurs of applause as well as apprehension
among the young men. “If you walk alone at night through
the Haunted Desert,” one of them said, “you are sure to meet
ghosts. They roam there freely. Strange shrieks and moans
can be heard all over the place. Travellers have been looted
and killed. Would you really want to go there?” Vijay Singh’s
mighty heart missed a beat or two. Why did he have to boast?
“Yes, I have heard of the Haunted Desert,” he said
nonchalantly. “I think it’s just a fairy tale.”
“Oh no”, said one of his admirers, “it’s true. This place is
ten miles to the west on the road to Jaisalmer. The landmark
is an ugly black rock that looks like the head of a camel.
Beyond that there is nothing but sand and wilderness and,
of course, ghosts.”
Almost the entire
village turned up that
evening to bid farewell to
Vijay Singh, who was
ready to set out west.
Just then an old woman
came forward and thrust
a small packet into his
hands, and Vijay Singh
started walking into the
red sunset of the desert.
• Vijay Singh set out to find a ghost in the Haunted Desert.
• An old woman gave him a small packet containing an egg and
a lump of salt.
• Vijay Singh met a ghost who claimed he was his friend, Natwar.
2020-21
As he walked, the night deepened. The moon was bright
and the stars shone clearly in the Rajasthan sky. Still a few
miles short of his destination, Vijay Singh remembered the
old woman’s packet. He opened it and found nothing but a
lump of salt and an egg. The old woman was well-known for
her eccentricities.
As Vijay Singh stepped into the Haunted Desert, he heard
a voice. “Vijay Singh, Vijay Singh! You will get lost in the desert.
Come this way. I am your friend, Natwar.” At once Vijay Singh
realised it was not his friend but a ghost. Trying to sound
brave, he called back, “Where are you, my dear Natwar? It’s
dark and I cannot see you. Come here and show me the way.”
Like all good wrestlers, Vijay Singh wanted to size up his
enemy.
Soon the ghost appeared at his side. Vijay Singh peered
into his face and declared, “You are just a plain, lying ghost.
Anyway, now I don’t have to walk all night. I was longing to
meet you.” Not used to insults, the ghost was taken aback.
People generally started back in horror when they met him.
A Strange Wrestling Match/45
2020-21
46/A Pact with the Sun
Questions
1. What was Vijay Singh’s weakness?  Which awkward
situation did it push him into?
2. Was the old woman’s gift to Vijay Singh eccentric? Why?
3. Why did Vijay Singh ask the ghost disguised as Natwar
to come closer?
4. What made the ghost speechless?  Why?
5. Why did Vijay Singh say “Appearances can be deceptive”?
They often fainted. But here was this unfeeling creature
claiming he wanted to meet a ghost. It didn’t make sense.
“Really, I don’t know why you longed to meet me,” the
ghost said.
“That proves,” said Vijay Singh in a bored voice, “that you
are a stupid ghost. The least a ghost can do is to read a
man’s thoughts. However, a worthless ghost like you is better
than no ghost. The fact is, I am tired of wrestling with men. I
want to fight a ghost”.
The ghost was speechless. Marshalling his ghostly wits,
he made an attempt to look Vijay Singh scornfully in the eye.
“Frankly,” he said, “you don’t appear all that strong to me.”
“Appearances can be deceptive,” Vijay Singh said. “Take
your own case. You claim to be Natwar, though actually you
are a rascal of a ghost. If you doubt my strength, let me give
you a demonstration of it.”
2020-21
II
VIJAY Singh picked up a piece of rock from the sand. “Take
this,” he offered it to the ghost, “and squeeze it hard. It is
filled with fluid. See if I am wrong.” While the ghost tried to
squeeze the rock first with one hand, then with both, Vijay
Singh stealthily took out the egg from his pocket.
Vijay Singh snatched the rock from the ghost and placed
it between both hands and squeezed. At once the yellow yolk
oozed from around his
fingers, and the crackling
of the egg-shell created
the illusion of the stone
being crushed. The ghost
was so astonished he did
not notice Vijay Singh
bending to clean his
hands with sand and
disposing of the tell-tale
shell. Vijay Singh then
picked up another piece
of rock and gave it to the
ghost. Without a word
the ghost took it, felt it,
and peered at it. Vijay
Singh put his hand into
his pocket to take out the
lump of salt.
• Vijay Singh demonstrated his strength by crushing what the
ghost thought was a piece of rock.
• The ghost avoided a wrestling bout with Vijay Singh but decided
to conquer him through cheating.
• He invited Vijay Singh to be his guest for the night.
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