[Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of Independent India was born on November 14, 1889. His birthday continues to be celebrated in India as Children's Day.
But for the majority of the nearly 300 million children in India, the day is practically devoid of meaning.]
She is nine. The lamb is her pet, her friend. She plays with it, cuddles it, and sometimes even goes off to sleep hugging it.
Her elder sister looks after the goats. She feeds them, milks them, cleans their shed and ensures the lambs get enough milk.
The sister is getting married in spring. She will then inherit the responsibility of looking after the goats.
The lamb will cease to be her friend. It will become her livelihood; the creature that stands between her family and poverty.
She is just a child. But her childhood will soon be snatched away.
A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.