The Malady of Water 03/08/2011

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 

One thought on “The Malady of Water 03/08/2011

  1. V Raghavan

    Last week, the gardener came very late. I asked him the reason. He said that, in the other house he works, the cat fell into the sump. They had quite a job getting her out. You now know what all goes into potable water!

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