It was March 22, 2250, the ‘World Water Day’. The human settlements on Earth, Moon, and Mars were glued to their Inter Galactic Reporting Systems (IGRS) with bated breath. They were to witness a lifesaving discovery.

The World Head along with the Head of “Vaishvik Neer Sanshodhan” (VNS) wing of the Space Research Agency had landed on Mars from Earth, to lead by example.

Religious organizations across the settlements had arranged for the prayers for the successful completion of the mission. It was a crucial moment for living beings facing an existential crisis.

“Stay tuned for the live telecast, as the World Head and the VNS Head approach the specially installed taps”, came the announcement.

Billion pairs of eyes watched both the Heads walk towards the specially installed taps. The World Head turned the tap on. The slush of freshwater rushed into the glass. He half-filled two glasses carefully. Both the heads raised their glasses and gave a toast. The World Head stated, “Here’s to the world that is dying of thirst. Long live life” with a cheerful smile.

The settlements erupted with joy as they witnessed the history being made.

It has so happened that in spite of warning over the century about the depleting source of water on Earth, Moon, and Mars, the humans had not mended their ways. The rivers had dried up. The ocean cover was shrinking. The glaciers were the thing of the past.

“Vaishvik Neer Sanshodan” wing was entrusted with searching for alternate sources of water from the universe. The C-Type asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter had a promising proposition. VNS has identified the probable asteroids and launched a successful mission for the past decade. Successful mining of water from these asteroids was carried out on a regular basis. The Space stations were specially built to test and purify the water and a battery of relay stations were erected in space to transfer it safely to Martian colonies as a pilot project.

“Let’s not waste, both water and lessons learned from the reckless use of water. Lets be remembered as Water Warrior Heroes, instead”, insisted The World Head as he finished drinking the water from his glass.

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Namratha Varadharajan · April 27, 2020 at 8:26 am

An important lesson in this post! We still have time to mend our ways. Let do it!

Amrita · April 27, 2020 at 9:25 am

Hopefully people learn about the bad effects of wasting resources.

Matheikal · April 27, 2020 at 11:38 am

Will the world actually exist in 2250? Anyway, water is one of the serious issues.

Jyoti Jha · April 27, 2020 at 12:20 pm

Interesting story and so scary. We certainly do not want this fiction to turn into reality. You have conveyed an important lesson through a grasping plot.

Dashy · April 27, 2020 at 12:23 pm

Water is just one among the many resources we will have to scrounge for in the universe. Nice one.

Nisha · April 27, 2020 at 2:25 pm

It is hard to believe that something we see in abundance will not be available tomorrow. The world is becoming stranger and stranger!
Also, I am getting your comments, but your name is not visible. It was visible earlier though. Do mention your name..

Durga Prasad Dash · April 27, 2020 at 2:34 pm

You have wonderfully portrayed the scary dystopian world of water scarcity. Let us hope the ‘Vaishvik Neer Sanshodan’ organisaiton does not become a reality.

Vaishali Khot · April 27, 2020 at 2:35 pm

Important message conveyed ..Not only water we will be falling short of many resources if we do not use them intelligently .Hope we realise this early

Balaka · April 27, 2020 at 2:49 pm

This may not remain a science fiction in future, this will become the reality if we do not be careful.

Shweta Suresh · April 27, 2020 at 4:47 pm

A stark possibility that could become reality if we don’t mend our ways. Loved this story, Anagha!

Madhu Bindra · April 27, 2020 at 4:56 pm

Good one. The way we are going, this could be a reality some day.

alpanadeo · April 27, 2020 at 5:27 pm

That was a good one. Fiction with a strong message. We have to be watchful to our actions and habits. We cannot be negligent when it comes to preserving resources. They are our life lines.

Srivalli · April 27, 2020 at 6:09 pm

A very valuable lesson for the mankind. Hope we realize at least now. Well written. 🙂

Pradeep · April 27, 2020 at 7:25 pm

It is important that we don’t take our natural resources for granted. A well-rendered blog post. Conveys the message quite powerfully.

purbajune · April 27, 2020 at 8:14 pm

You have given such a powerful message through this story. Human beings must live in harmony with Nature.

Unishta · April 27, 2020 at 9:38 pm

We might still need alternative water sources the way we are going about abusing this planet . I will miss your stories once this challenge ends

Ira Mishra · April 28, 2020 at 2:14 am

Your narratives are just world class Anagha… I am going to miss them post the challenge… Please do keep posting them after the challenge also… Please.. :)!!

I guess one day this tale will also happen.. There is a full chance… Especially if something out of the blue like Covid can happen… Then water drying up is not even in the unimaginable domain!!

TheDreamGirlWrites · April 28, 2020 at 2:33 am

It is still not to late to change.. I just hope we realise the importance.

W is for Weak

Deborah Weber · April 28, 2020 at 5:31 am

A powerful message. I hope we heed the admonishment, before your story becomes reality.

msjadeli · April 28, 2020 at 9:12 am

I hope it happens. Good science fiction tale.

Navita Bhatia · April 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

The preciousness of water-resources has not been acknowledged to the extent it should have been. It’s high time to understand that, otherwise the existence of VNS doesn’t seem to be very far.

Nutan Parekh · April 29, 2020 at 11:55 am

Jal hi jivan hai..!!! Still Some people are not taking it seriously. We must take care of nature. Good messege to the world through this story.

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