Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dancing water

Bombay is supposed to be going through a water scarcity. There is water rationing in residential areas, water-supply to swimming pools and five-star hotels is being regulated, people are being asked to conserve water by not washing cars everyday.

And yet, even in a light drizzle, the fountain installed in the new building opposite my house was turned on. It looked beautiful with the lights bouncing off the dancing water. Everyone who passed by paused to take in the beauty.

But I had to wonder. In a city where people don’t have water to drink, was the fountain strictly necessary?


Galen Kindley--Author said...

I hear you about the water fountain.
I’m wondering, though, isn’t that water simply recycled? You know, it goes into the air, into the pool, into the pump, into the air, cycle repeats? Sure, there’s some water lost to evaporation, some lost to spillage (hopefully not much.), but for the most part, aren’t these losses pretty minimal? Way less than is lost through car washing, for example. I don’t know how fountains work for certain, but that’s my “logic-based” analysis.

As you point out, the fountain is pretty and people stop to watch. In that regard, it’s art. Maybe a little spillage or evaporation (assuming it’s a little) for art’s sake is not so bad, where would we be without art?

Perhaps I’m not dialed-in to how bad the situation is there, or, perhaps I’m wrong about the waste associated with a fountain. I certainly don’t mean to minimize the problem. Forgive me if I have. But, that’s my long-distance take take on this question…your thoughts?

Thank you for the very kind blog comments. We’d love to see more of you there if you get the chance. I’m going to list your blog in my Blog Roll under the “New Friends,” category…if that’s okay.

Best regards, Galen

Imagineering Fiction Blog

Best Regards, Galen

Carnimire said...

Actually, Galen, you do have a point.

There is a lot of water lost because of spillage (the catchment area is designed badly so the water that is blown in the breeze falls outside), but I guess the bulk of the water does remain in the system.

The same probably cannot be said about swimming pools that need to have the water changed quite frequently.

And to be honest, it is the aesthatics of it that appeals to me whenever I pass it. It is only later that I feel guilty about admiring something that is actually against the grain.

Would love to have you add me as a new friend, and I just love your blog.

Galen Kindley--Author said...

Ha. I had to laugh at your, "guilty pleasure." (grin) Well, we all need a few of those. Mine is ice cream. So, not to be too guilty, okay?

Very nice comment about the joke on my blog. I never thought about it as not "translating." Just "shows to go"'s a big, diverse, interesting world.

Lastly, your link is there...makes it easy for me to get here, too.
Best Galen

Carnimire said...

And mine is chocolate, including chocolate ice cream.

Strange though it may seem to you, so many 'American' jokes used to fall flat on me, till I started translating them back into 'American English.'

As you say, the world is a big, diverse, interesting place!


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