#SoCS June 26, 2021

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “up/down.” Use one, use them both, but try to put one in your first sentence. Bonus points if you use the other in your last sentence. Have fun!

The slope behind our house had a well worn foot path and we used to see people walking up the hill. Many of them went to the arrack shop at the top. This was a short cut for them 😊.  Construction work started there a few months ago and the slope disappeared under the hands of earth movers! The drunks have to walk up the main road now. Much earlier the builders  had dug a borewell at one end of the plot. Last month there was a landslide and the borewell outlet was covered with mud. They are not able to uncover and repair the outlet. We see water seeping from under the mound of earth. It collects in a pit where construction is going on. Every day that water is drained and directed into a ditch just outside our compound wall. It is as if a stream is flowing. We don’t know when they will repair the borewell.

In the beginning we kept thinking about the water going waste. Then we consoled ourselves when we saw it flow into a nearby stream and thus to the sea. It reminded us of our trip to Almora and Kausani in Uttarakhand. There are so many springs and water gushed out of the hillsides. We had stopped to fill our water bottles.

Somewhere around Almora

In another place water was coming out of pipes which had been somehow connected to the spring. Water just kept flowing. There was no tap to turn it off.  We asked a roadside hotel owner if the water was not getting wasted. He said no, that it was all flowing back to the river.  Not far from Almora we went to a place called Rudradhari. We trekked for almost an hour along the hillsides and across  the bottom of a valley, crossing many rock and a stream to the temple of Lord Mahadev. Water was seeping out from the rocks. It looked so beautiful.

Rudradhari

The sight of water touches the heart. There are two rainwater harvested lakes in our town. They are our favourite places. But it has been months since we went there. We get so much rain. It is good if all that water seeps back into the Earth. They have helped to maintain ground water. Earlier during summer, water in wells around here touched  bottom by April. Many have told us that the lakes have helped to recharge their wells. Our town is on a hill and EndPoint is the northern end of the hill. Some years ago pits were dug along the hillside on the way to Endpoint. These pits help to hold rainwater. They also prevent soil erosion as water cannot flow down too easily.

How Important is Rainwater Harvesting in Indian Cities

http://www.nkrealtors.com/blog/rainwater-harvesting-in-indian-cities/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrack

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

6 comments

  1. You are right about rainwater harvesting. Earth had 70% of its surface as water. Out of this only 3% is potable. Out of this 2% is in the polar regions. We are left with only 1% which makes potable water very precious.

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