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Summary of Lost Spring- Stories of Stolen Childhood


Summary of Lost Spring

This lesson is a citation from Anees Jung's book entitled Lost Spring Stories of Stolen Childhood. We will cover the summary of Lost Spring in this article. The author analysed the poverty and traditions which torment the lives of innocent children. Whether he is Saheb of Seemapuri or Mukesh of Firozabad, every child labour leads a life of misery and want. Each of them shares the same life, poverty, dirt and exploitation. 

Summary of Lost Spring 

1. Searching for gold in the garbage

 Anees Jung meets Saheb every morning. He usually can be seen scrounging for gold in the garbage dumps. He came from Dhaka. He does not even remember his old home. He is not admitted to a school. There is no school in his neighbourhood. "Saheb-e-Alam" the full name of Saheb. It means lord of the universe. But he does not know its meaning. Roaming on the streets with his friends is his regular job. They have an army of barefoot boys. They can be seen working in the morning, they disappear in the noon. They are so poor that they can't even afford shoes. Other young boys wear shoes but ragpickers like Saheb remain shoeless. 

Most of these ragpickers live in Seemapuri. It is a place on the outskirts of Delhi. There is no development and progress in this area. The houses are made of mud. Mainly the roofs are of tarpaulin and tin. There is no drainage or sewage in this area. More than 30,000 ragpickers are living in this area for 30 years. In 1971, they came here from Bangladesh. They are living illegally. They do have ration cards which let them buy food. For these ragpickers, food is more important than identity. 

Women move around in torn sarees. Children are brought up in poverty and dirt. From a young age, they become partners in survival. Survival means ragpicking in Seemapuri. Through years it has acquired the status of art. Garbage to them is gold. Sometimes a child may find a silver coin in the garbage. There is always a hope of finding something. Garbage is wrapped in wonder for Children. For elders, it is a means of survival. Summary of lost spring class 12.

One morning the author sees Saheb standing in front of the fenced gate of the club. Two young men dressed in white are playing tennis. Saheb is also wearing tennis shoes. They are the discarded shoes of some rich boy. There is a hole in one of them so he refused to wear them. For Saheb, even a hole in shoes is a dream come true. By now Saheb started working in a tea stall. He has been paid 800 rupees and all his meals. Now he is no more carefree. He is carrying a burden over his shoulder. The steel canister seems heavier than the garbage bag that he used to carry on his shoulder. The bag was his,. The canister belongs to the tea shop owner. Saheb is no longer his own master. Summary of the lost spring. A short summary of lost spring class 12. 

2. Mukesh insists on being his own master

Mukesh is from the family of bangle-makers in Firozabad. He wants to be a motor mechanic. He wants to learn how to drive a car. But his dream looms like a mirage. He lives in the smudged streets of Firozabad. Firozabad is famous for its bangles. Most of the families are engaged in making bangles. Firozabad is the centre of India's glass-blowing industry. Families here spent generations making bangles for women. Mukesh's family is one of them. 

20,000 children are working illegally in the glass furnaces at high temperatures. They live in the dusty and stinking lanes. They are choked with garbage. Their homes are hutments with deteriorated walls. They have no ventilation. These hovels are crowded with a population of humans and animals. The elder of the family is a poor bangle maker. He can't even get his house renovated. He is not even able to send his two sons to school. He has no skills other than the art of making bangles.

Mukesh's grandmother has seen her husband go blind with the dust from polishing the glass. But they cannot give up 'God-given lineage'. They have been born to be a bangle maker. In every other house, in every street of Firozabad, one can see the bangles of each and all colours. Handcarts are piled of these bangles. These handcarts are pulled by men. Boys and girls can be seen sitting in dark hovels with their mother and father wielding pieces of coloured glass into the circle of bangles. The bangle symbolises the suhaag of Indian women. They are auspicious. A brief summary of Lost Spring. 

Not much has moved in Firozabad with time. From years the mind-numbing toil has killed the initiative of the youngsters. They cannot organise themselves into a cooperative. The brokers exploit them. They have no leader. There are two worlds. One is the world of bangle-makers who has been toiled in poverty for years. The other world is of money lenders, brokers and police who fleece them. But you can see hope in Mukesh's eyes. He is different from others. He wants to be a motor mechanic. The narrator asks him if he dreams of flying an aeroplane. He says no. He content with his dream of driving cars that move down the streets of Firozabad. Few planes fly over Firozabad. Summary of Lost Spring Flamingo class 12. 

Main Points 

  1. The narrator encounters Saheb every morning. 
  2. Saheb is a ragpicker who lives in Seemapuri at the border of Delhi. 
  3. He has come from Bangladesh. He searches gold in the garbage dumps. 
  4. He has never gone to school. His actual name is Saheb-e-Alam which means Lord of the Universe. The army of ragpickers roams on the street barefoot. 
  5. They can be seen in the morning. There is no drainage or sewage in the colony. 
  6. These ragpickers don't have any identity. 
  7. They do have ration cards which let them buy grains.
  8. Ragpicking is the only source of survival in Seemapuri. 
  9. Saheb sometimes finds a rupee, even a ten rupees note. Saheb started working at a tea shop. Now he is no longer his own master. 
  10. Mukesh is from the family of bangle-makers. 
  11. He insisted on being his own master. He wants to be a motor mechanic. 
  12. Mukesh lives in the stinking and dusty streets of Firozabad. 
  13. Every other family in Firozabad is engaged in bangle-making. 
  14. They live in hutments with crumbling walls. 
  15. They know nothing except bangle-making. 
  16. All kinds of bangles are made in Firozabad. 
  17. Most of the youngsters are losing their eyesight before becoming an adult. Young men have no initiative and the ability to dream. 


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