The shape of water

Water was among the prime deities in an animistic universe. Its influence permeated the world of myths and folklore and impacted the rituals that helped perpetuate a chosen way of life

Arundhuti Dasgupta

While marketplace reality paints a different story, it is now accepted wisdom that gold has ceded its prominence to water in the social network. Scarce, coveted and unlike the shiny metal, also life-giving; the presence of water in our daily lives may be ubiquitous and invisible, but its absence is always catastrophic. Gold does not wield even a fraction of the power that water does. Alarmingly though, water is receding from our lives at breakneck speed. This summer has been all about drought, groundwater contamination and death by parched earth. The situation has steadily worsened ...