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The underlying theme of the story " The Lost Child " is the universality of a child's desire for everything that he claps his eyes on . All that the child witnesses from the toys lining the street , to the dragon flies in the mustard field to the snake swaying to the tunes of a pungi obsesses the child .It is a visual assault on his senses . He looks at everything in wonder , his senses almost rejoicing being alive.His parents on the other hand are like a parental control filter , abstaining him from the lures of the illusionary world as if secretly knowing that what he needs most is entirely something else . A quiet reminder that the child must learn to prioritize whats important and whats not in life . In the end when the child loses his parents he understands what his parent's silent gestures and reprimands were trying to teach him . He realizes now that what he wanted most was his parents . He continuously refuses everything that the kind stranger offers to console him with - exactly the very same things he was goading his parents for moments ago . Within minutes his life changes and offers him an entirely new perspective of looking at life and understanding it for what it really is .

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There a several themes that can be found in the book "The Lost Boy." These include coming of age and finding love and acceptance.

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The Lost Child – Mulk Raj Anand

Mulk Raj Anad, an Indian writer in English is well known for his depiction of Indian society. The lesson, The Lost Child vividly depicts Indian rural village with all its charm, pomp and gaiety especially during festive season.

The main theme in this lesson is a child’s agony and desparte cry when he is suddenly lost in a crowd and realizes that he doesn’t have the warm protection of his parents. The child is taken by the parents to a fare during spring season. The child is filled with joy on seeing the fun and grandeur around him. He wants to stop at every shop and every stall to enjoy the colourfull scenes. But as the parents find the child lagging behind they keep shouting for him and the child is alerted. He has to keep moving lest he is lost in the crowd. Constanly the parents are monitoring the child because they know the risk of losing the tiny child amidst the crowd that have flocked to enjoy or carry on their business in the fare.

As is common with kids this child too keeps pestering the parents to buy for him everything he comes across – the sweets, the flowers, the balloons and all other colourful things he sees in the fare. The child also knows that it is going to be a stern ‘No’ from his parents. So he keeps moving. At the merry – go – round the child is determined to have his share of joy. He stubbornly asks his father for a round of merry – go – round. He realizes that his parents are nowhere near. The child is speechless and helpless. The child feels that the protective hand is taken off him. Fear overpowers the child and he starts crying frantically trying to search for his parents. The only words that escape the child’s choking throat admist uncontrollable tears is ‘Mother ‘, ‘Father’.

A stranger who sees the lost child picks him and tries to pacify. He offers the child the sweets, balloons, flowers and all the beautiful things that the child had earlier pleaded for. But now the child doesn’t even look at them and firmly declines. All these things which had appealed so much to the child are no longer attractive. The child is crying only for his parents.

The child psychology is very effectively portrayed through this simple incident by the author.

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