If Samuel Taylor Coleridge was alive and had a chance to come to India, to Chennai in particular, he would have re written his famous lines in his poem ‘The Ancient Mariner.’ When he had written ‘Water Water every where, but not a drop to drink,’ he meant the sea water as it is salty which is understandable. There was a time when we used to drink water pumped into the overhead tank from the conventional well or the sump meant to store metro water and never fell sick but today we resort to water purifiers and bubble tops which are supposed to contain “mineral water” and spend a lot of money in the process, especially on the latter and promptly fall sick if we are not fortunate to have a strong system with cent percent immunity. The brands of Mineral Water are increasing day by day and along with it their price and the risk to our systems (not to speak of the suffering) with the result we end up paying the doctor as well .
The re written lines would read: Water water every where, but not a drop FIT to DRINK!
n.meera raghavendra rao