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Phulwa runs and gives the rifle to Senior Thakur. He looks at Phulwa and whispers that it is a bad omen in this Kaliyug, and hoped that a relation would not be formed between Phulwa and the rifle. (I had understood wrong last night). The Thakurs walk away. Phulwa's friend's Father urges Manohar (Phulwa's Father) to wash Phulwa's hand. Manohar pulls Phulwa towards the river and rubs her hand vigorously, asking her never to touch a rifle again. He tells her that only mehndi looks good on a girl's hand and not any arms. He then washes his hands. Phulwa cups water and drinks it. She is about to do so again when Manohar stops her. Phulwa says that she is thirsty but Manohar says that the Chambal River is cursed; it's water will quench thirst but will start the fire of rebellion in ay individual. He tells Phulwa that he will get drinking water for her from somewhere else.
They go to the well inside the village. Manohar is drawing water from the well when Phulwa tells him that today both of them have been slapped. Manohar asks her who had slapped her. Phulwa tells him that Ramdai Kaki has slapped her when she had gone to meet her favourite neem tree. Manohar asks Phulwa to wait till the next morning when they would go to the city court, and then both that land as well as the neem tree would be theirs, and then Phulwa would be able to meet the neem tree everyday. Phulwa also says that once the judgement is passed, then their relation with Ramdai Kaki as well as her son, Lakhiya would improve and they would be able to stay together as a family. While the two are talking there is a huge commotion. A young man on a bike, followed by several other bikes as well as men, appears on the scene. Another man is tied to his bike and is being pulled along with. The man stops the bike near the well and pulls the other man up and asks him why he was passing on news to the dacoits? The other man says that he is not an informant.
Sensing trouble, Manohar picks up Phulwa and turns around. But the young man spots him and stops him. This is actually Lakhiya. He tells Manohar to stop daydreaming about the land and to forget going to the court the next day. Manohar tells him that, as per his discussion with his brother (Lakhiya's Father), the issue can be solved amicably. Lakhiya tells him that he has also learnt from his Father that if need be, any relation can be severed. And that Manohar will never get the land. Both Phulwa and her Father are sad.
At home, Phulwa's Mother and elder sister, Champa are cooking. Manohar settles down to eat. Phulwa is playing with another sister while her brother is also eating. Phulwa's Mom gives some malai to Manohar, but he passes on the bowl to Champa saying that she needs it more, cos she's getting married. Champa gets shy but accepts the bowl of malai.
Phulwa asks her Mother whether dacoits are good or not. Her Mother answers that anybody who fights, who kills others and snatches away their land and other property, can never be good. She then asks her son how his studies are going on. Phulwa tells her that he is doing everything but studying and that today, he had beat the sons of the Brahmin Thakurs in a game of kabaddi. Manohar is upset and advises his son to concentrate on his studies and not fight around with the other boys. His wife, however, tells their son that if the fight is for a right purpose, then he should not be afraid and that he needs to be strong and healthy. Phulwa listens to all these. However, her Mother also adds that education is necessary as well.
It is nighttime. Lakhiya goes to the river bank and loosens the iron bindings of the boat. He then releases the rope tying the boat from the post. The boat floats till a short distance and then sinks. He thinks that now without the boat, Manohar Chacha will not be able to go to the city and not be present in the court to hear the final verdict.
The whole family is sleeping in their cots. Phulwa is sitting on the terrace, in front of a fire urn, counting the coins. Champa comes up and asks her why she is counting the coins. Phulwa tells her that she is separating the money so as to buy stuff for various people, including Champa. She adds that once Champa decks up, then she would look very beautiful and her brother-in-law would be happy. Champa gives some money to Phulwa and asks her to buy some stuff for her as well. The sisters hug each other and Phulwa tells Champa that she is a very good sister. Champa, in turn, tells Phulwa that she is a very intelligent girl and that is what separates her from the others. And that Phulwa tries to find out solutions for every problem encountered. Their Mother calls them to go to sleep; Phulwa urges Champa to sleep and tells her that she will wait for the dawn, since she doesn't want Father to leave for the city, without her.
Phulwa's Mother wakes her husband up. They find Phulwa standing ready to go to the city, and are amused at her exuberance.
While walking towards the river bank, Phulwa asks her Father whether they would go shopping first and then to the court. Manohar tells her that first they would go to the court, hear the good news and then go to the market to buy the various items. He says that once the land is theirs, then he would work hard on it. Phulwa agrees to help him in farming the land.
They reach the shore but find no boat over there. Phulwa's Father is distraught as this would mean that they can't go to the city. Phulwa asks him whether they go by road; Manohar answers that they have no transport and that if they start walking, even then they would take 3 hrs to reach the city. He breaks down and starts crying.
Phulwa looks all around, thinks for a while. She then picks up the small bag that she was carrying and runs to the bier and jumps into the water. Manohar is shell-shocked; but he gathers his wit and jumps into the water as well. He looks all around but is unable to trace his daughter.
Back at home, Champa is doing some household work when a trying-to-be modern lady walks towards their house, all decked up. Champa is happy to see her and tells her Mother that Sona Kaki has come. The lady admonishes her and tells her not to call her Kaki. They all go inside the house and sits down. Sona looks all around her and then finally blurts out that she has not been feeling well when she heard that someone's boat has sunk in the river. Phulwa's Mother is surprised because they are the only family in the village with a boat. She is also worried about her husband and tells Sona that he has not returned as yet. Sona is also surprised.
Meanwhile, Manohar tries to find his daughter. He finally manages to find Phulwa swimming desperately a few feet before him. He starts swimming towards her but after a while, she again disappears. Manohar is frantic and tries to swim all around, to find Phulwa. Unable to do so, he finally reaches the other bank. He sits down and starts crying, his hand on his head. After a while, a small hand clutches his shoulder. He turns back to see Phulwa standing behind him, the bag in her hand. The girl has a smile on her face and asks her Father whether they could go to the city now. Manohar smiles and gets up.
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