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NCERT Solutions for Class 12 English Flamingo Prose Chapter 2:The Lost Spring

It is a collection of childhood memories by Anees Jung. This story is an excerpt from the book titled "The Lost Spring" that deals with poor people's hardships and how it slowly leads to child labour. The author here clearly portrays how children are forced to work in the socio-economic condition of the world. They do not receive education; they are made to work under unhealthy conditions in factories that become life-threatening for them. The text heavily criticises this stigma prevalent in society.

Child labour is the worst kind of exploitation. The writer voices the marginalised people forced to send off their children to work in factories. She also appeals to the governments to take strict action against the perpetrators of the law.

The first part of the text, titled "Sometimes I find a rupee in a garbage, " presents the poor rag pickers' story. Their homes in Dhaka have been washed away by storms, and they have migrated to Seemapuri. Garbage that the affluent people throw away from their apartments is a living source for the rag pickers. These peoples' dreams are limited to plastic wastes and debris.

The second part, named "I want to drive a car", depicts the sorry state of 20000 children working in a glass-blowing industry in Firozabad. The children become blind after being long exposed to hot furnaces. Their life starts and ends in the dingy cells of the factories. Children lose their childhood and are forced to carry heavy loads on their tender, impoverished and malnourished shoulders. Since spring denotes the children, the prose title is relevant, but they have lost all the happiness and colours.


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