Seeing her pale face, her mother asked – “What happened?”
Minu replied in a low voice – “Tomorrow is Tanisha’s Birthday and she has invited me on her birthday party.”
Her mother smiled and said – “Then you must be cheerful and happy, because tomorrow is 15th august too.”
Minu said – “But we are very poor and so can not purchase any gift for her.”
Her mother thought for a while, went into another room and brought a national flag in her hand.
Minu asked surprisingly – “But will she like national flag as a gift.”
Her mother had a wide grin on her face, and said happily – “You just give her and see.”
Next day after celebrating Independence Day in school, she went to Tanisha’s house.
Tanisha was looking like a Fairy in her white silk gown. She was surrounded with her friends and was accepting gifts with a wide grin.
Seeing big boxes wrapped in coloured papers, Minu hesitantly moved towards her with her flag.
She said – “Happy Birthday” and gave her national flag.
Tania looked at national flag and kept it on the table in an ignored manner and did not look at Minu again.
Minu’s eyes were full of tears and her throat was almost choked. She went and stood in the corner.
Then children started birthday games and they were laughing and giggling loudly but only Minu was standing in a corner with tearful eyes.
Everybody was enjoying the party and no one paid attention towards Minu except Tanisha’s father.
When the games were over, Tanisha cut her magnificent cake which was beautifully decorated with 11 candles.
Everyone clapped and sang birthday song and had Delicious cake.
Tanisha’s father kissed gently on Tanisha’s forehead and asked – “Why are you avoiding Tanisha and not talking with her.”
Tanisha shrugged her shoulders and replied – “My all friends have given me expensive and beautiful gifts except Minu. She has given me a flag which costs only 1 rupee.”
His father, who was a military officer did not like her reply, but he remained quiet.
After thinking something, he said loudly – “I like to gather all children in a circle and tell a story.”