Some time ago, Hindustan Unilever’s #startalittlegood initiative released a short film, The Shower. A plush rain shower in a glass cubicle, the sort many of us have or aspire to have in our loos, mysteriously appears in a water-starved village. A farmer is startled when he accidentally turns it on. He drinks to his heart’s content. A woman and a bunch of children follow. All of them drink that water. In the time it takes for an average bloke in the city to have a shower, half the village is able to slake their thirst. The yawning disparity in access to water, depicted in the film, moved me immensely. Soon after, I went to Bhadrak district in Odisha and realised the film didn’t even cover half of it. Even the most basic water amenities, people like us used every day, didn’t exist there at all.
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First Published: Fri, May 31 2019. 20:19 IST