05. Spam in the middle of nowhere- it was a remote hamlet perched high on top of a hill. The road leading to the place could, at best, be called a trail, and on the 40 minute journey, I had barely 5 minutes of very spotty mobile connectivity. Guess what happened when I was standing at the edge of a rock, looking down on the traces of waterfalls of monsoons past? My mobile phone's beep made itself heard over the roar of the wind. There in the middle of nowhere, my phone had somehow managed to pull in a text message - "Flat 15% off on all books till May 31" it read. All I could do was smile.
|The precise spot where I got the message|
|Carrying home the water that the Tigers left behind|
|Who knows where the opposition comes from?|
02. Tomato is the most popular cash crop in areas where the water table is newly recharged- tomato is a water intensive crop. You would not expect to see fields of tomato in an area which till a few years back faced droughts every year. And yet, that is exactly what you do see. Why tomato and no other crop, you ask the villagers. "All those years when we didn't have water to drink, we dreamt of growing tomatos. Now that we get water in our wells, we are living out our dreams", was the answer. Who knew calling yourself a tomato farmer was as aspirational as owning a pair of Manolo Blahniks?
|The new Manolo Blahnik|
01. Wars over water will be more fiercely fought than wars over oil- myth! Though we think it is necessity, oil is actually a luxury that few can afford, and all can do without. Water is essential for survival. When the Wars over Water begin, the Oil Wars will become mere skirmishes. Let's hope the world wakes up before that happens, and starts conserving water.
|How much longer can their thirst be met?|