The school was modern, well-lit, classrooms decorated with charts, maps and children’s artwork and projects. Miss Lithwick smiled at her newest pupil as she peered tentatively at the group of children working at their desks. Suji’s gaze alighted on Sally, and she gawked in amazement at the incredibly golden ringlets that drew to them all the sunlight filtering through the blinds. “She looks just like the princess in that story I read last night!” she thought.
“Girls and boys, we have a new friend who is joining our class today. Let’s all say hi to Sujatha, who comes from
.” The children chorused “Hi”, no enthusiasm for the stranger interrupting their day. The moment of enchantment with ‘Goldilocks’ vanished. Spell broken, Suji was shown to an empty desk and handed stationery supplies. Back to school in earnest, she had very little difficulty with school work. What she did have trouble with was making friends. India