Since morning, Kavya had been looking out the window to check if Uncle Rakesh had arrived. Every year, Uncle Rakesh would visit from Dubai, and bring Kavya her a unique gift.
“Mummy, Uncle Rakesh is here!” Kayva called out to her mother excitedly, when she saw a cab stop outside the house.
Kavya ran to open the door. Rakesh too was excited to see his favourite niece. He gave her a big hug. They both sat down on the sofa, while Kavya’s mother brought a cup of hot tea and some onion pakoras.
“Kavya has been eagerly looking forward to your arrival. Ever since she got up this morning, she has been looking out the window,” said Kavya’s mother.
Rakesh laughed and said, “That is because I am her favourite uncle! And as always, I have brought a gift for my favourite niece.”
Kavya’s eyes widened with excitement as he took out a gift from his bag.
“Thank you, uncle! Can I open my present now?” asked Kavya impatiently.
“Of course!” he replied.
Kavya immediately unwrapped the present and found a beautiful pink umbrella inside.
“Wow! What a beautiful umbrella!” she exclaimed. “It even has ears and eyes! I shall take it to school every day.”
“I am happy that you like the umbrella,” replied Rakesh.
Next day, Kavya carried her new umbrella to school. She showed it to all her friends. They were happy for her.
Soon, Kavya started carrying the umbrella wherever she went—to school, her friend’s house, the market, and even the garden outside.
One evening, when Kavya returned from her friend, Disha’s house, her mother said, “Kavya, I need to go out for a couple of hours. May I borrow your umbrella as mine is broken?”
“Sure, mom,” said Kavya and went to get her umbrella from her room.
“Oh no! I think I left it in the auto-rickshaw while returning from Disha’s house,” she said and began to cry.
“Don’t cry. We will try and find it, Kavya. Till then, you can use your old umbrella,” consoled her mother.
“But mom, it was a gift from Uncle Rakesh,” said Kavya sadly.
“I know it was your favourite. Let’s see if we can find it,” said her mother.
Kavya calmed down a bit but she was still sad that she had lost her favourite umbrella.
Just then, the doorbell rang. Kavya’s mother opened it and saw a man wearing a khaki dress standing at the door.
“Ma’am, my name is Ramu. I dropped a little girl here in my auto-rickshaw a while ago.
I found this umbrella in the seat and I think it belongs to her,” said the man.
On hearing him speak, Kavya rushed to the door and saw the man holding her new umbrella. She was beaming with joy. “Thank you very much, uncle!” she said with a big smile. “But how did you know it was mine?”
“You were my last passenger before lunch after I dropped you, I went home. When I reached to take out my umbrella from behind the seat, I saw yours. That is when I remembered seeing it in your hand when you got into my auto. So, I immediately came here to return it,” he explained.
“Thank you, sir. It was very nice of you to come all the way back to return the umbrella. Kavya was very sad thinking that she had lost it,” said her mother.
Kavya and her mother fed the uncle some tea. Kavya was happy to have her umbrella back and also to know those good people are always there in this world.