It was a Saturday. I had seen the movie on TV the previous night that was telecast from 11.30 PM to 1 30 AM. I went to sleep after 2 AM. My mother had prepared breakfast and was taking her bath. She had thought that I was getting ready in my room.

She was surprised when she saw me sleeping as she came out She woke me up with great difficulty. I prepared myself hastily and rushed to the bus stop. There was no student waiting for the school bus.

I realised at once that I would have to reach the school by the local bus. The buses were overcrowded and some commuters were hanging on doors. As the bus stopped I entered from the front door.

The driver was nice. He did not object when I requested him to let me stand in a corner. The conductor asked me to buy a ticket. I passed on a two-rupee note through another passenger and requested him to give the same to the conductor.

This note passed from passenger to passenger and reached the bus-conductor at last. He sent the ticket and a fifty-paisa coin back in the same manner. At every stop, new passengers kept on entering the bus.

I was badly squeezed. At last, my stop came and I Jerked myself out. The stop was at least half a kilometre away from my school. I ran as fast as possible but prayer had already started.

I was made to stand among the latecomers. When I told my teacher honestly that the last show of the movie was the main culprit, he excused me and allowed me to attend the classes.

I learnt the lesson not to keep awake late in the night. As I had not taken bath, I kept scratching my skin and continued to feel sleepy all the time during school Hours.

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