Fill up my glass please

10914959_10152898586948778_6325900801743596033_oI still remember the first time I asked for water at a restaurant in Germany. “Gas?” he asked and I said “No, water.” Again he asked if I wanted gas and again I said water. It was really getting very perplexing with me wondering how Germans managed to drink water in gaseous form. It all became clear when a bottle of sparkling water arrived at my table, of course and there was some righteous indignation when I later saw how much it cost (after converting to Singapore Dollars).

Over the years, I have followed the stories of tapwater being served or not in restaurants. Turned out that Germany was a special case in Europe where tapwater was also charged. In the United States, I was happy to note that getting tapwater (and free!) was not a problem at all. The bigger problem was to get it without ice and at room temperature. Continue reading

INTERMITTENT SUPPLY IN INCREDIBLE INDIA

 

Courtesy: Vinay Rao

Courtesy: Vinay Rao

For those living in Singapore, Seoul or Hong Kong it might be hard to imagine living conditions where house-owners have to make elaborate pumping and storage arrangements for holding on to the few hours of water supplied in a day. Conversely, it is equally hard for those living in India to imagine a house with no arrangement to pump, store or treat water because clean tapwater is supplied 24 hours in a day. Continue reading