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A Day Without Water!

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Last April that awful day, when water left us high and dry

a lesson learnt the hard way, will stay with me forever.

Summer announced its arrival with the mercury soaring,

adding to the woes, the pandemic locked us indoors.

The old leaky connection pipe succumbed under pressure at night,

 the next  morning the taps at home went dry.

A call to the water board confirmed our worst fears,

the wait for a tanker would be an endless one.

With shutters of shops down, the repair too would be a prolonged affair

fractious moods ensued a torrent of rants and expletives,

 a house full of people letting off their steam,

finally sapped of energy, the listless souls vented muffled sighs.

A kind neighbour lent us a can of water,

Rationing its use, the trailer made us realise,

we don’t want to watch the movie, “A day without water”, ever again.

Perspectives changed, importance of water redefined.

Water crisis, shortage, stressor, scarcity, you name it

will be the global vocabulary of future

mindful conservation is a mantra to be followed.

 each drop is an elixir, a shout out to all “ Please Save Water”!!

Reena’s Exploration Challenge # 168

65 comments on “A Day Without Water!

  1. ashok
    January 17, 2021

    Yes, better not repeat this movie Radhika 😅

    Me and my son are very careful with water usage and waste, but somehow we have not been able to change our maid’s habits 🤪

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    • radhikasreflection
      January 18, 2021

      Wonderful Ashokji, that both of you are cautious about water usage. Yes, the maids have the habit of keeping the taps running while cleaning vessels. Thankfully persistent reminding/ explaining/scolding has worked for me.

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  2. Saji Varghese
    January 17, 2021

    Good verses

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  3. Megala
    January 17, 2021

    We do face almost similar situations during summer every year. So all our hearts ache when we see people wasting water.

    Liked by 3 people

    • radhikasreflection
      January 18, 2021

      I agree Megala. I fail to understand why people wait for water problem to crop up before being careful in its use.

      Liked by 2 people

  4. Reena Saxena
    January 17, 2021

    Saving water is fine. The ‘tank mafia’ makes life difficult. They do something to make a major pipeline burst causing a crisis. It leads to enhanced sale of tankers, Bisleri and people ordering food from outside.

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    • radhikasreflection
      January 18, 2021

      Oh yes Reena, sadly everything works in a hand in glove way in India. I am appalled at the extent to which people stoop to fill up their coffers.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Reena Saxena
    January 17, 2021

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    A day without water …….. by Radhika

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  6. akshita1776
    January 17, 2021

    Water us the central point of our lives yet not the central point of our focus
    Much needed poem! Loved it

    Liked by 3 people

  7. HappySoul
    January 17, 2021

    Absolutely!!! Thoughts on this are so well expressed here, R. My kids struggle without running water, for even few hours of tank cleaning .. I hope they realise how important a resource it is!!

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  8. Chris Hall
    January 17, 2021

    We learned out lesson here, when in 2018 Cape Town almost did run out of water and we faced the prospect of ‘Day Zero’ when the taps would run dry and we would all have to queue at stand pipes for a meagre daily water ration. Thankfully the crisis was averted, but we’ve changed out habits forever. Never waste a drop!

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    • radhikasreflection
      January 18, 2021

      Yes Chris, I remember reading about it in the papers. It’s important that we turn to water save mode before such a calamity arises again in future. I am glad that your country men have take that step now.

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  9. Kritika
    January 17, 2021

    ‘each drop is an elixir’ Indeed. Very much important for us to understand the nature has its limits too. None should take the precious gifts for granted.

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  10. Rupali
    January 17, 2021

    A good one Radhika. Water harvesting will be beneficial.

    Liked by 2 people

    • radhikasreflection
      January 18, 2021

      Yes, very much so Rupali. Here for new construction, now the government insists on water harvesting as a part of the plan… atleast on paper.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Nawazish
    January 17, 2021

    We can’t live without water yet we waste it too much! Good poem R

    Liked by 3 people

  12. vaniheart
    January 17, 2021

    I have seen this movie several times!!! Scary
    Still the people of my colony in the name of washing their house want to develop paddy fields on the roads😂😂😂

    Liked by 2 people

    • radhikasreflection
      January 18, 2021

      Unfortunately people wait for a catastrophe to strike before understanding the need to be cautious. This movie is worse than a horror film !!

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  13. Indira
    January 17, 2021

    The message is loud and clear… hope it won’t be lost on us, Radhika…

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Avishi😊
    January 17, 2021

    Oh, this movie is indeed awful😅 Well penned😁

    Liked by 2 people

  15. -Eugenia
    January 17, 2021

    Powerful piece, Radhika! Unfortunately, people take water for granted.

    Liked by 2 people

    • radhikasreflection
      January 18, 2021

      Thank you Eugenia. It is sadly very challenging to drive home the concept of water conservation in people.

      Liked by 1 person

      • -Eugenia
        January 19, 2021

        It is, Radhika! People have no clue how serious it is.

        Liked by 2 people

  16. boundlessblessingsblog
    January 17, 2021

    I completely agree with you, Radhika. Water is our lifeline we all need to take a lot of care of water. We can live without food but not without water. Where I stay in Mumbai I have never seen water twenty-four hours we get in the night at 8.00 for only 45 minutes and also without a pump water will not come. This is our plight.

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    • radhikasreflection
      January 18, 2021

      Oh, my god….that is really bad Kamal. So water has to be stored in that time only….It was the same for a few years when we lived in Mumbai many many years ago too.

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      • boundlessblessingsblog
        January 18, 2021

        Yes dear and that is our Mumbai, Radhika. And nowadays when it is raining like crazy and we get floods they are cutting our electricity too so real problem but what to do can’t leave and go. This is life in a nutshell.

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  17. Olivia Ava
    January 17, 2021

    I agree with you. We cannot but live without water. We can’t think of our lives without it.

    Liked by 2 people

  18. rosidabegum
    January 17, 2021

    Extremely powerful write-up, Radhika. A day without water…this movie shouldn’t be repeated but most of the time people don’t try to imagine how awful it may be. Every drop matters😐 After spending 45 days(the year 2019) with my dry water tape I learnt the lesson😧😧

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    • radhikasreflection
      January 18, 2021

      My god, 45 days without proper water supply is hard to imagine. But if people at large today don’t take care about modest usage of water, this might be sadly true in the times to come. Thank you Rosida!!

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      • rosidabegum
        January 18, 2021

        Yes, it was for 45 days. Thankfully, we bought water from other sources, but that was not enough for the Apartment. That’s why I don’t want the movie should be repeated🙂

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  19. Thegirlwithapuzzledmind
    January 17, 2021

    Powerful and important message Radhika. Hope that movie never becomes a reality.

    Liked by 2 people

  20. a e i o u !
    January 18, 2021

    Water is one of the most underrated things we use in our daily lives!

    Liked by 2 people

  21. DeepikasRamblings
    January 18, 2021

    A few drops of water 💦 can be a life saver. A movie and life, without water, not worth visiting.. hope we will all understand and work on saving and replenishing dried up reservoirs..
    A good reminder to all 👍

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  22. In the Western world I live in the US, it is not even to fathom how it would be without water. There is so much waste of water, that it hurts me, most people don’t even have a clue about how blessed we are.

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    • radhikasreflection
      January 18, 2021

      I know Cornelia… In many parts of India, women folk walk for miles to get a few pots of water every day. That is a harsh plight to be faced with. .So we are lucky to be having continuous supply of water. We should respect that blessing indeed.

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  23. michnavs
    January 18, 2021

    “each drop is an elixir, a shout out to all “ Please Save Water”!!…this should be heard by many Radhika

    Liked by 2 people

  24. paeansunplugged
    January 18, 2021

    We have all gone through this yet forget the lesson as soon as water supply resumes! Well written, Radhika.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Cindy Georgakas
    January 19, 2021

    Hi Radhika,
    I’ve missed you! I love this poem. Water sustains us and embodies us. This brings great awareness to the preciousness and you expressed it sooo well. Love and big hugs! ❤️

    Liked by 2 people

  26. Infinite Living
    January 19, 2021

    We take for granted the most precious fluid/drink available to us. Your poem is very powerful in how you bring home the point.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. myexpressionofthoughtsblog
    January 20, 2021

    very important message shared. Problem we all are aware of but very few take the initiatives.

    Liked by 3 people

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  29. Deeksha Pathak
    January 22, 2021

    You brought out the topic loud and clear Radhika. If we wouldn’t realize the gravity of this situation, I guess not only summer but the whole year we would be buying water tanks only.

    Liked by 2 people

    • radhikasreflection
      January 22, 2021

      Very true Deeksha. Getting water tankers will also not be easy.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Deeksha Pathak
        January 22, 2021

        I agree with you Radhika. We really need to educate our families in this matter and make it a mission to educate others also.

        Liked by 1 person

  30. sunisanthosh
    January 24, 2021

    Unfortunately some people donot use water conservatively 😕

    Liked by 2 people

  31. sunisanthosh
    January 24, 2021

    Great share. Unfortunately some people donot use water conservatively Radhika !! ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  32. Hemalatha Ramesh
    January 29, 2021

    This took me back to 6 word story on Water!
    Wonderfully written, ma’am!❤️

    Liked by 2 people

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