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Citizen speak on solutions for India's water crisis

Citizen speak on solutions for India's water crisis

"70% of Earth is water. Are you telling me we are going to run out of water?" "Enough water is recycled everyday. We don’t have to worry!" These are some of the statements often made when the conversation of water conservation is on the table. We call water

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Experts' take on solutions to India's water crisis

Experts' take on solutions to India's water crisis

At the risk of stating the obvious, water is precious. Potable water, more so. Water, which presumably should ideally be a human birthright is becoming dearer in that like anything else in the economy, the demand is rising, the supply is falling and the price is skyrocketing. Do we understa

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Saving water is not that hard - here's how

Saving water is not that hard - here's how

India is undergoing severe water scarcity, which is expected to worsen as the population of the country increases. Nearly 77 million of the nation have no access to safe water. 22 out of India’s 32 big cities are having to face water shortage on a daily basis (according to a 2013 repo

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​5 simple ways to save water

​5 simple ways to save water

Today is World Water Day. Let's take a moment to acknowledge the existence and the very meaning of water in our lives. Can you imagine our life without water? Many regions across the planet are in the midst of intense water wars, where accessibility to water has become a pipe dream

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Statistics that should scare every Indian today

Statistics that should scare every Indian today

The staggering number of farmers' suicides More than 100,000 farmers have taken their lives since 1997. Source: UN We’re not bringing home the Gold India has won only 28 medals in total since it first competed in the Olympics in 1920. Source – Indian

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5 alarming images from India that don't alarm us any more

5 alarming images from India that don't alarm us any more

The pollution, the dust, the filth, the contamination of our cities - it's staring us in our faces. No matter how much we look away, how much we try to turn a blind eye, it's screaming for our attention. We are living in so much squalor and filth, and we are repulsed by it. Here

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3 Things That Are Normal For Indians

3 Things That Are Normal For Indians

1. Calling a disaster ‘Home Sweet Home’ We live in buildings that are in shambles and could crumble any moment. We are oblivious to the danger that’s lurking in the corridors. We walk down staircases that could any time open into an abyss of pain. But we continue to tr

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A Letter to Pedestrians from an Open Manhole

A Letter to Pedestrians from an Open Manhole

Fact: Five people in India die daily by falling into open pits/manholes. *Source: NCRB Dear Pedestrians, Remember me, that open manhole you walked past by, only a few days ago? Let me jog your memory. Remember you were walking along and almost fell into me? Remember you

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Open Letter From A High Voltage Wire

Open Letter From A High Voltage Wire

Dear Human, Ever felt like you've hung around somewhere for so long that you begin slipping into the woodworks? I've been feeling that way for a while now. You only notice me during the monsoons. If I suddenly have some amount of voltage, it's of a major concern. I get t

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Open Letter from a Broken Street Light

Open Letter from a Broken Street Light

Dear Pedestrians, From where I stand, I have seen a lot. Accidents, people stumbling and falling in the dark, women being stalked, molested and raped - you name it. Yessir, many a disaster has occurred right below me. Had there been a CCTV mounted on me, you would have the evidence as w

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Open Letter from a Crumbling Flyover to the City

Open Letter from a Crumbling Flyover to the City

Dear Commuters, You have been flying high with me, everyday and every night. When I first came into being, you were dumbstruck with awe. Then you soared with me, crossing over to the most inaccessible parts of the city with ease. Many decades have passed. I am tired of bearing your

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I regret buying a big car

I regret buying a big car

I would have never thought that the car I was so looking forward to buying would finally become the bane of my existence. I was looking forward to buying this car, what with all the hours of hard work I put in to be able to afford it - but of course, the traffic jams of my city had other pl

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We love to litter

We love to litter

The other day I was on a ferry in Mumbai, and I saw a family eating a bag of chips. Afterwards, the mother threw the wrapper into the sea. The children followed her example. Everybody just looked away. It was after all ‘picnic time’. Who will bother to look for a garbage can, th

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