The Sinhala-Hindu New Year is around the corner.
The boys in the lane have planned New Year games this time.
They have been collecting money to buy the gifts for the winners.
“Uncle Erik was so generous” Tarun told his father.
“He gave three thousand rupees” he informed.
“All the others gave thousands and five hundreds” Tarun added.
Father sat down.
“You should not judge people by the amount they gave” he told Tarun.
“These are tough times” father explained to them.
“People must be having financial problems” he said.
Tarun thought for a few seconds.
“But Thaththa there are some people who are just stingy” Tarun said.
“For instance that Uncle William has three vehicles” he explained.
“But he gave only five hundred rupees” Tarun added.
“Some people may not be generous” he agreed.
“But remember something is always better than nothing” he concluded.
Tarun nodded his head.
“Yes five hundred rupees is better than nothing” he agreed.
What did the boys in the lane plan for the New Year?
According to father, why shouldn’t Tarun judge people by the amount they gave?
What did Tarun finally say about the five hundred rupees given by Uncle Williams?