Do you see the hand pumps still?They used to be everywhere. If we do have a small pond, or even a small lake, some one hundred meters from such places, we would seen the hand pumps, from where we will get the purest water. So sweet, and so tasty. It would be far better than then mineral water, anyway.
This can still be seen in a few places in Tamil Nadu, particularly in the agriculturally rich districts of Tanjore and Tiruchirapalli. In the villages, right on the roads, just a foot or two away from where the buses ply. These hand pumps also quench our thirst, during car journeys in the hot summer, as we can easily stop our cars to help ourselves to just start pumping the pure water.
Do you still see such pumps? Am not too sure of parts of North India, as I have not been there recently. I did see it in a few places near Udaipur, some years ago.
We should preserve these for ever, should we not?