Mumbiram had become very well familiar with the western bank of the Mula river as he would leisurely paddle along sitting in small boats up the river up to the Holkar Bridge. Mumbiram’s artist-grandfather had his home near the river just before the Holkar Bridge.
There was a secluded patch of land along the bank that was overgrown with Acacia (Babhul) trees that have nail-like thorns along with luscious green foliage. Sheep and goats are fond of this kind of fodder. The thorns of the Babhul discouraged other visitors therefore the spot remained secluded. There was something else that was an irresistible attraction for young boys that got a thrill out of exploring such secluded places.