I was once watching a show where the comedian attributes his being fat to the African children. The basis being the constant reinforcement of the thought, in his childhood- Don’t leave any food uneaten – remember there are kids in Africa who go hungry without food for days. I got his humor and smiled. There was no point judging him – he (now a grown up adult) had a valid point – his not eating actually would not help African kids – as he rightly asked – how have we truly contributed to the concern.
While the focus was on food, I do see a growing concern on drinking water too today. But the issue seems more serious because it is not “just an African issue”. We are all aware of the epidemic situation of water scarcity in Cape Town. We are all headed to the same.
Drinking water is in shortage and is increasingly becoming a more precious commodity across the globe including my nation India once where the civilization started on the banks of river Indus.
I do see citizens, travellers , kids – all concerned about it and lot of practical tips are being included in one’s daily routine. We ourselves have moved to bathing with Bucket and Mug instead of showers. We have sensors in water tank , pretty effective in stopping overflowing of consumable water. We measure the water we use and misuse too.
But when it comes to offering water to others, we get more generous. It is always a full glass of water. We never think twice if it is going to be consumed all or not. At a personal home setup the wastage may not appear huge because it is mostly 1-2 guests at a time. The whole idea of this blog came to me when I was having multiple lunches and dinners at different restaurants this past week with huge numbers of family and friends – most of whom did order additional drinks and never bothered to finish water in their glasses. The thought stayed with me – why couldn’t the service men offer half a glass of water and offer more when asked for.
Offering a glass of water is the basics of serving the guests and in a country like India – where we treat Guests as Gods ( Atithi Devo Bhava) , it may feel a bit uneasy to offer only half a glass of water but as guests if we can handle it without getting offended, maybe we can save some serious amount of potable water, daily – considering we have millions of eateries, serving multi million people globally. Think about it.
Next time when you visit an eating joint – specifically ask for #justhalfaglassofwater to be served. Maybe we start the revolution and save some water for our grandchildren.
Restaurants can get creative with their serving glasses if needed.
Quick side note – I do see bottled water as a very good alternative, as it can be carried and consumed without being wasted but unless I see a bottle that’s not plastic, I find its use as dangerous and hence not promotable – it shall have counter effects.