Road Flush

India has different customs and traditions as a result of a diverse culture. Most Kannadigas splash water on the courtyards of their residence or the entrances (front of commercial establishments) to wash away the dust and dirt. Commercial buildings are left at that. However, if it is a residential building, women from the family paint beautiful kolams on the floor. A charming custom practised here.

Source: Sridhar Rao Chaganti (Flickr )
Source: Sridhar Rao Chaganti (Flickr )

Another typical yet peculiar custom performed exclusively by the water suppliers is washing every road they pass; a practice they observe dutifully. They have been cleaning roads since the early 1990s.

It’s a ridiculous problem faced by many states in India as if water scarcity and water mafias weren’t enough.

The quantity of water wasted while transporting and transferring is unbelievable. Most of the water tankers have the cheaply made circular drums that leak awfully. A large pipeline is connected and disconnected at the water outlet. These vehicles have one inlet on the top and two outlet valves in the rear. If the driver is not careful to secure the pipe correctly, the water will be leaking in several places. And if the driver is extremely careless while securing the pipe to the outlet, gallons of water are wasted. The outlet is few inches in diameter, so even 10 seconds is long enough to waste a significant amount of water.

If you happen to be behind this vehicle about to near a speed bump ahead, you are sure to see water spurting from the outlet; spouting like a happy whale. The funny thing about Bangalore’s residential lanes is that a kilometer distance has at least 10-15 speed bumps. Bangalore is also gifted with unfathomable potholes. By the time water reaches the consumers, precariously trundling along the bumpy roads, there will be a significant dip in the water.

Poorly designed so-called water trucks, sorrier than ever state of the roads and the wonderfully irresponsible people in charge; what a mind-blowing mess!

Not everyone’s the same

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How upset will you be if anybody accuses your homeland? I am patriotic in my own way and do not support blind allegations and judgements of any sort.

I came across the post by Michaela Cross, which recounts her traumatic experiences while staying in India. As a woman, it pained me to read her agonizing experiences. It pained me to be reminded that all women – Indian or foreign are seen as sexual objects. It also pained me to read such thoughts about my country and my people.

The blog is misleading. I will never say that she was bluffing about her painful experiences or about the effect it had on her. I will not deny that sexual abuse doesn’t happen here nor that it happens only to certain people. But it is misleading because the article portrays India to be the worst country with highest sexual assault, which, of course, directly points towards Indian men. This isn’t true.

There are vile monsters in every nook and corner of the world. Some places swarm with the likes of these and some places they are more or less decent. But that doesn’t mean sexual assault do not happen everywhere. Obviously, all people are not alike. So is the case with men. There are decent men who respect women, and there are also despicable devils who leer and abuses women.

After the disturbing explosion of that article in the blogosphere, it came as a huge relief when i read Candace’s post. I was happy to know there are people who do not accuse the whole country for the crimes of some and who understands the fact that not everyone is the same.

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