1. What is the problem in Shahkot, India, and what are some of the ways the people think to try and solve the problem?
There is a heat wave in the town of Shahkot, India. Everyone in the country is obsessed with the temperature, praying for a monsoon. Innovative suggestions are offered: Vermaji of the university invents a giant fan to bring in the monsoon clouds; the police offer to sponsor a frog wedding to be performed by temple priests; and jets could fly in special formations that would drive the clouds--just to name a few.
2. What does Mr. Chawla do about his wife’s pregnancy? What does his mother suggest, and what does Kulfi do?
Mr. Chawla buys books on babies and follows his wife around telling her how to take care of herself--to exercise and take vitamins for the baby's health. Kulfi pays no attention to him. Amma gives her other advice--to sing and take herbs. Kulfi ignores her as well, filling her time by drawing pictures of food all over the floors and walls and even the ceilings of their small house.
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