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Nishad gave Mr. Nath a bar of chocolate. He did so because he was very upset about Mr Nath’s gaunt appearance and was sure that he was starving.
The strange thing about Mr Nath's Sundays was that almost every Sunday, Ramesh carried two lunches to Mr Nath's room and the same man was with him each time. He was tall, fair, stout, and wore spectacles. Ramesh said that his visitor talked a lot, unlike Mr Nath who hardly spoke.
Nishad and Maya got a holiday because of a heavy downpour. The monsoons broke and dark clouds accompanied by blinding flashes of lightening and roaring thunder burst with all their fury. The streets were flooded due to the rain. Since no traffic could move through the flooded roads, they got a holiday.
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Ramesh told Nishad that Mr Nath was not very particular about what he ate. It was always the same food-two chapattis, some dal and a vegetable. He used to have this food in the morning and in the evening. Mr Nath would drink tea once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Ramesh said that Mr Nath would pay in cash and was also a generous tipper.
Maya thought that Mr Nath was a crook because like all criminals he had a strange but ordinary appearance. He had scars which he probably got during a shootout with police or something. He did not work but always had money to order his meals from restaurants, and even gave tips. The tenants at Shankar House said that he was mad, strange and unfriendly. He didn’t talk to anyone, was manner less, didn’t receive any letters and both kids and adults were scared of him. He sat in his room all day, and nobody except a spectacled, fair, fat man visited him. He had no friends and she thought that it was so because he feared someone might recognise him and inform the police. She thought that the Sunday visitor was his accomplice in crime. She said that the visitor perhaps kept all the loot, and would come now and then to give a part of it to his partner for expenses.
No, Nishad did not agree with Maya about Mr Nath. He wanted to find out why Mr Nath was so thin and so lonely. He also wanted to know why he did not have any friends and lived alone. When Maya said that he did so because he feared someone might recognise him and inform the police, Nishad responded by saying that perhaps no one had ever tried to make friends with him. He felt that he couldn’t be such a bad man if he gave Ramesh such generous tips. He finally said that he liked Mr Nath and was going to try and be his friend. Maya's theories did not make any impression on him.