The little one was excited since morning. That day she was to travel to her grand mom’s place. Her annual exams were over and she was looking forward to having fun time. She was going to be with granny, all by herself for the first time.
While packing her bag, she insisted on packing her swimming costume as well. I found it difficult to explain that she would not get to swim there. But thought of keeping it to myself. For a girl all but aged 10, hailing from a metro city , she had never know what was meant to be when they say, “Cutting Pani”.
If you are also not aware about #CuttingPani, let me inform you that it is an initiative by LivPure to save drinking water.
Let me update you dear readers that Yavatmal is a district place in Maharashtra. This rainy season, the city received the least rainfall. The sole lake, Nilona, that supplies water to the entire city has almost run dry. The water is supplied through the taps only once in 12 days and that too for half an hour. Most of the wells in the city have turned dry. The summer has just begun and the major water crisis is looming large over the Yavatmal city.
As a pact, the little one and I catch up every morning over the telecon. One day, when I did not receive the call, I got curious. When I called up, the little one said, that she was busy and promised to call me after sometime.
I grew anxious and checked my mobile several times. It was only around afternoon that I finally received the much-awaited call.
“Hello Aai*. Things are not good here.”
“What’s wrong Bunny?”
“Except for ‘water’, every thing is all right”, came a reply laden with sadness.
“You know, today Granny had to call for the tanker services to have some water in the house. I was busy helping Granny filling up water in overhead tanks and drums”
“I am happy to hear that you helped Granny”, I appreciated her.
“We have decided to save water. We offer half a glass of water to the guests. ‘Cutting Pani’, you see! From today itself, we started using half a bucket of water for taking bath. Granny now had bought disposable plates for having lunch and dinner so that water is not wasted in washing utensils. Granny has asked the house help aunt to use the wet paper for cleaning the window panes and that too only once a week. The driver uncle also uses half a bucket of water to clean the car every 4-5 days. Water is precious, I have learnt here”
“Though its sad to know that there is a sever water scarcity, I am glad that you have learnt a valuable lesson”, I responded.
“And you know what, every time we wash our hands or when we have to gargle, Granny has asked me to do it near the trees. Even the water from the washing machine is used to water the plants”, informed the little one.
“Once I return, I am going to tell all my school friends not to waste water from their water bottles. We must save it or use it for some other purposes. We should also not play Holi with water, instead we should use dry colours”, she said.
“For that you will have to come back to Mumbai. Are you ready to return?”, I checked with her.
“Oh no…I wish to stay here forever”, she replied promptly, “But I miss you too”.
With a laughter on both the sides the conversation ended on a positive note. I could see a green shoot springing in the young mind! We must save water to save humanity. Any effort to save even single drop is priceless!
As I kept the phone down, I recollected a very impressive video featuring a small girl professing “#Cutting Pani”
If you do not wish to learn lessons about water scarcity in a hard way, please checkout following links, by LivPure that will show you to the ways to save water.
Its not a sponsored post. I was looking forward to highlight the scarcity of water and hardship there off, faced by Yavatmal natives. Thanks to the contest by LivPure and Indiblogger, that I got the opportunity to bring it to the notice through this post. All that we can do is learn from it. Time to wake up and act! I have signed the petition, “Save water by adopting #Cutting Pani“. Care enough to sign the same? Please do…
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*Aai means Mother in Marathi