Sunday, September 21, 2008


It comprises 70% of the earth, up to 60% of the human body is water, the brain is composed of 70% water, and the lungs are nearly 90% water. None of us can live for a day without drinking water in some form. The first thing I do on waking up is grab the bottle of water near my bed and inhale a few drops. But this is not an essay on water and its many uses (wrote that way back in school 20 years ago). And no, I am not going to write about the Kosi and the Mahanadi and Hurricane Ike and floods and disasters.

We live in a flat where we get water 24 hours a day, you may think that’s not a big deal but out here it is. Water is scarce, especially during summer. One of the first things we always ask before renting a house is – is there 24 hours water supply? And it’s almost always mentioned in ads too (eg- flat for rent, 2BHK, car parking, 24 hrs water). It’s terrible living in a house where you have to get up at some odd hour of the morning (7 AM comes to mind), shake off your sleep and wait for the water to make its glorious entrance through the pipes. Then fill all the buckets and barrels and whatever containers you have, and trudge back to bed. It will never make it to my top 10 list of fun activities. Not even the top 100. So imagine my joy and rapture when the watchman came yesterday evening and announced that due to some problem with something, was it the water pump or the tanker I’m not so sure now, from today onwards the water will only come twice a day, at 7 AM and 7 PM. We got up late this morning and woke up to a dry tap. Luckily I had filled a few buckets last night and that took care of our washing up, but doing anything else was out of the question. Sunday is usually the day I clean house, do my laundry, and cook. With no water in the house I could do none of the above, which is why I am sitting here now writing this, waiting for my 7 PM deliverance.


  1. HCU ah hmansen loh kan nei a, kan lo pe then ve mai zawk dawn che maw chu aw, ahrim2 ah:))

  2. Nia rawn chawi tur a nih chu, a thu hrim in.

  3. reminds me of last night fight I had with my land lady for the same reason :P

  4. We are fortunate enough not to have to fight for it. The people in our building are quite nice. As for our landlord, I have no idea how he looks like!!

  5. water indeed is precious. If you look at this data, only a few % of water in the whole world is fresh, with the majority trapped in the ice and glaciers, underground.
    % of total
    1. Ocean 97.61
    2.Polar ice, glaciers 2.08
    3.Ground water 0.29
    4.Freshwater lakes 0.009
    5.Saline lakes 0.008
    6.Soil 0.005
    7.Rivers 0.00009
    8. water vapour 0.0009

  6. so, with the increase in population, there is more pressure on freshwater supply. Mizoram a kan lui te hi nakinah chuan pure gold an la ti ta ve Tui harsat lai chuan kar 1 ah vawi 1 inbual mai tur ania lolz

  7. Thanks for the stats. Mahse kar khat a voi 1 inbual chu a la harsa deuh maithei :)

  8. Though you treat the situation with a touch of humour, it still gives me a tight knot in the stomach. Hope the supply gets normal soon.

  9. We get ours once a week here, usually over the weekend. Needless to say, tui pu ho hi chu kan tlawn rawn thei raps. Thingpui rawn in rawh aw etc etc. Ti khan min duhsak deuh thin a ti ka nau in. The things we do for water :(

  10. calliopes phei hi chuan a CK pui ngei ngei ziah an ti tui pu ho hi.

  11. mesjay, things are back to normal now, thank God.

    J, nia tuipu ho chu tlawn an ngai alawm, ka nu pon betha thei ras ania aw.

    arsenal, nangmah hi emi Calliopes ck pui tuipu chu?