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Water woes.

  Its afternoon and we are all enjoying our siesta when a booming announcement wakes us up with a start. The dreaded ' man with the megaphone' zooming around in an auto rickshaw broadcasts the most dreaded of all news......" THERE WILL BE NO WATER SUPPLY FOR TWO DAYS DUE TO SOME REPAIR WORK. KINDLY USE WATER SPARINGLY!! ". My heart stops beating for a while. I can feel irritation seeping into every pore of my body. Why? I ask to no one in particular and start making a list of vessels that can be used to store water for two days....two whole days and one more, I am sure, as deadlines aren't met when they are supposed to be met here.
    We are those lucky people in a city who are blessed with 24 hours running water, thanks to the water tanks our builder has so lovingly provided us with. We are the pampered lot and THAT is the reason why such announcements disturb us so much. Now, I know, some of you will roll your eyes and nod your heads  in exasperation. There are others out there who would think, " Just two days water cut? That's all? Why whine about such petty issues? Look at us...We get water supply for two days in a week!! We don't complain. We have learnt to live with it happily. Tch tch....these privileged people...!! They must count their lucky stars." Yes, that's true, I should be thanking God for what I have been blessed with and not complaining about an adversity we have to face few times a year!
     There are countless villages and towns in our country where water is precious than gold. Places where they get water in their taps once a month and for the rest of the days they are at the mercy of the water tankers. Some have to stand in line at the public tap with as many containers as they can collect to fill water everyday. Then carry those heavy containers on their waists or their heads and trudge all the way home to finish the rest of the chores. And, yes, be thankful that there weren't any spats over who took more time at the tap or who jumped the line! Filling water is an added chore on their list. And look at me, I grumble about just a two day water cut? Shame on me!
     Time flies by when you are busy and I am going to be really busy these two days using water as sparingly as possible and rationing it so that we don't run out of it before the water supply is restored. And if worse comes to worst, there is a swimming pool in our compound. We just have to dip in a couple of buckets, fill them up and get them home in the lift! I really need to thank my lucky stars!! I am blessed!!   And now, I really need to start filling those containers. Time is precious now....and so is water!

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  1. The concluding line is worth reading d story!!!
    Water water everywhere but not a single drop of water 2 drink is what rural Indians cry 4 n yes now also d urban (Sector)

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