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Alice's Adventures in Glassland

Indira Menon

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank and of having nothing to do: once or twice she peeped into the book her sister was reading. It was a dull-looking document called ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’. ‘What’s the use of a book without pictures or conversations?’ sighed Alice as she lay down sleepily on the grass. Suddenly she heard something scurrying past and looking up, she saw it was her dear old friend the White Rabbit. She called out to him, but he did not hear her. ‘1 do wish the White Rabbit were not always in such a hurry,’ she said, ‘Why you might as well try to catch a Bandersnatch, than try to keep pace with him.’ Alice associated the White Rabbit with adventures, so she jumped up and ran after him. As’she ran, she noticed that he was wearing a bright T-shirt with Factory Inspector’ printed in bold letters at the back. She was about to ponder over that mystery, when she saw him disappear down a large rabbit-hole. ‘0h dear! There he goes again, down the rabbit-hole’ she exclaimed in dismay, but decided to follow him. Down she went hurtling through a dark well filled with smoke. When she got used to the dark, she saw cupboards and shelves along the sides, glistening with glass-there were heaps and heaps of beautiful rainbow-coloured bangles and glittering chandeliers, jugs, wine glasses and drinking glasses of various shapes and sizes. ‘I wish I could stop and try on some of those lovely bangles’ she said as she sped along. After a long while she stopped with a thud and found herself in a furnace. At least the place looked as bright and felt as hot as a furnace. She picked herself up and began to look around. There were little boys swarming around her, carrying rods of red-hot glass. ‘Oh, do be careful, ‘she cried to one of them as he came close to her, ‘you’ll burn my dress’. But he was so absorbed in his work that he did not hear her at all. His face was pale and pinched and he looked as If he hadn’t eaten for days. She was about to address him again when she felt someone tap her on her shoulder and looking up, she saw the ...

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