India has diverse customs and traditions as a result of diverse culture. Some of them extremely peculiar. Most Kannadigas splash water in their courtyards (residence) or in front of the entrances (commercial establishment). Obviously, it’s to wash away the dust and dirt. Commercial buildings are left at that. However, if it is a residential building, women from the family paints beautiful kolams on the floor. It is a very lovely custom practiced here.
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 washing roads since the time water supplying vehicles were manufactured in the country.
It’s a ridiculous problem faced by Karnataka and many other states, as if facing water scarcity and water mafias weren’t enough.
If you happen to be behind the water supplying vehicle, which is about to near a speed bump ahead, you are sure to see water spurting from the outlet; squirting away like a happy whale. Funny thing about Bangalore’s residential lanes, is that a kilometer distance has at least 10-15 speed bumps. Apart from millions of speed bumps, Bangalore is gifted with unfathomable potholes. By the time water reaches the consumers, precariously trundling along the bumpy roads, there will be at least a quarter level 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 !