There was a time when I (like many Indians) failed to understand the concept of selling bottled water. Coming from a place where drinking water is not at all scarce (let alone some pipe breakages or pumping station break downs), I could hardly imagine that people actually pay ten bucks for a liter of water. At a time when, ten rupees was worth a lot more than what it is today, shelling for a bottle of water was a bit too much. And I used to think, why cant people carry water from home if they are going out?The brainy me would brand these people fools, rather than realizing I was lucky.
In spite of repeated warnings from my mom, I have had gallons of tap water, mostly because I felt it is better than the lukewarm Karingali water which everybody else had at home. And nothing gave me more pleasure than disobeying mom
Nothing happened to me having tap water, luckily! Times have changed. I don’t get to have Karingali water any longer, nor do I get the “safe to drink” tap water from Kerala Water Authority. I can’t even remember the taste of the well water in Payyanur.
I realized that water indeed is precious!
It has been ages since I have had tap water. The convenience of bottled water was sold to me as well. I don’t mind buying a bottle of water when I am out, and used to buy a lot of them in Pune.
Having a 20 liter dispenser at home was unthinkable, which I could connect only to seminars and offices. In Bangalore , its a must have for us. Rarely do I carry water while traveling. Its more convenient to buy a bottle of bottled water (as they have to call it) than having an used bottle filled.
Even I have changed. I don’t even bat an eyelid spending on water…..convenience sells……indeed
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