Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Paani, water

When you visit someone, the first thing they do is offer you a glass of cold water. For long, I used to refuse it, because while water is my drink of choice, I do not like it cold. But then I came to realize that the glass of water was not just a glass of water. In a nation where potable water is scarce, it indicated that the family has water at home, and you are important enough for them to share it with you. You honour them by accepting the water, as they do by offering it to you.
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There are words, and there are words. Some words can be easily translated, others need to be described.  In April, I’ll attempt to capture the Soul of 26 'Indian' words in a  drabble of exactly 100 words.

3 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - Water is a precious commodity where I live too although too many people in this area don't live that way. So I can appreciate exactly what you mean by saying that water is symbolic. And it's a lovely tradition, too.

nutschell said...

This is great. I love learning about other cultures. water is truly a precious resource.
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com
Happy A-Zing!

Chuck said...

Unfortunately if you read my O post regarding fluoridated water you will see things are not always what they seem.

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