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    1. Wake Up; Neha's Alarm Clock
    2. Noses
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    4. Why?
    5. Don't be Afraid of the Dark
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    1. A Tale of Two Birds
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    1. Who did Patrick's Home Work
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    1. Three Questions
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    15. The Story of Cricket

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    1. The Best Christmas Present
    2. The Tsunami
    3. Macavity: The Mystery Cat
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    1. The Lost Child
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    7. The Last Leaf
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    1. A triumph of Surgery
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  • CBSE Class 11, "Snapshots"
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    1. The Portrait of a Lady
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    5. The Ailing Planet
    6. The Browning Version
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    6. Poems by Milton
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    2. The Tiger King
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    4. The Enemy
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    6. ontheface
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  • English Class 8

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    It So Happened

    The Comet 2, Part 1.

    Duttada is invited to the secret conference.
    How to change the course of Comet Dutta is the scientists' hidden agenda.
    Duttada and the Defence Advisor become close friends, and share a secret.

    BY the time they finished their deliberations and Sir John dropped him at his hotel off Regent Street, it was 1 a m There was hardly any crowd on the street but when James looked up from his window a star-studded night sky greeted him. Somewhere amongst these stars was Comet Dutta heading for a collision with the Earth. It was hard to believe the calamity of the future on such a peaceful night. For a moment James wondered if he had done his sums right.

    Whatever doubt James may have had about Sir John's efficiency were quickly dispelled when he reported for the conference and found that all the experts listed by him were there. Astronomers, computer scientists, nuclear physicists, space technologists, biologists, all were there. And as Sir John's special invitee was present the man who had started it all --- Manoj Dutta.

    The conference lasted one week and went on under total cover of secrecy. First the experts checked and rechecked James Forsyth's calculation with the latest observations of Comet Dutta. He was right: there was no escape from the direct hit predicted by him. There was a small chance that the comet may just graze the atmosphere of the Earth and not collide. In that case the loss of life and property would not be total. But this slight respite was hardly reassuring enough for taking no action.

    Having decided that some action was needed, what form should it take? The experts dismissed defensive measures like living in underground bunkers. It was simply not a practical proposition. So the only course was to take offensive action. Comet Dutta could be marginally deflected from its path by giving it a push.

    The experts calculated that the bulk of destructive nuclear power available on the Earth would be needed to achieve this mammoth task. A gigantic nuclear explosion suitably placed, suitably directed and suitably timed could do the trick. This could be done by placing the nuclear payload in a spaceship, sending it to intercept the approaching comet and detonating it by remote control. Success or failure, secrecy must be preserved. Finally a time-table was drawn up for the operation which was code-named 'Project Light Brigade'. The important dates in it were:

    October 10: Despatch the spacecraft with the payload unless by then the comet is already destroyed by natural causes or has changed its path due to unforeseen reasons. November 15: Rendezvous with the comet and detonation of the payload.

    December 15: If the experiment failed this was the day the comet would hit the Earth. If it succeeded, this was the day the comet would pass by at a near but safe distance. The success of the experiment depended on how massive the comet was. Nobody could estimate; everybody hoped that it was not very massive.

    "Do you think we will succeed?" Duttada asked Sir John Macpherson for his opinion. During the week the two had developed considerable affinity for each other.

    "Mr Dutta, I will give you an honest answer! I am not buying any Christmas presents till December 15."

    Duttada toured the British Isles for two weeks after the conference and he had a pleasant time visiting observatories and exchanging views with amateur as well as professional astronomers. On his return he was greeted by the inevitable vast crowd of friends, social leaders, students and the usual hangers-on. Loaded with garlands and bombarded by questions from the press he somehow made his way to the waiting car.
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