ஞாயிறு, 8 ஆகஸ்ட், 2010
Abandoned well is called ‘Mottukkinaru’ in Tamil. There will be no water in those Wells and fully covered by bush. It looks very weird.
It is uncommon seeing a ‘Mottukkinaru’ in my childhood. It is very rare to find a one. We are very much scared about it. There are lots of rumors spread about the ‘Mottukkinaru’. Ghosts are staying there. Thieves are hiding there, etcetera etcetera.
On the way to my elementary school, there was a ‘Mottukkinaru’. We don’t go near it. We all walk a distance away and cross that area.
Once upon a time these wells are used for agricultural purpose. They might have water that time. We could see the stones and pillars which are used to take water from the well. These wells are dried after years and left it abandoned.
To avoid the children approaching near that wells, elders told ghost stories relating to that well. We all believed that ghost stories are real and scared about the well.
Sometimes I thought, why those ghosts are living there, even there is no water to drink for them. Those ghosts are very poor.
Nowadays these ‘Mottukkinarus’ are increasing around all the places. It is a sign for drought hit. Peoples leave the wells because of no water in it. Ground water level is going down each year.
In childhood, I have seen several times with full of water in my farm well. It is around 70 feet deep. We can touch the water in hand by sitting on the wall. Nowadays it is rare to see 3 feet water in it.
Across India , the ground water level goes down and down. Farmers are suffering to plant their land.
We forgot to maintain the ponds and Lakes. All the ponds and lakes around the cities are destroyed and developed(!) with buildings. Nowadays there are few ponds only existing which are belongs to temples.
All the water we are getting from rain is going to sea without any use. We are forced to get drinking water from miles apart.
We destroyed the ponds and getting purified water from the sea by spending lot of money. What a shame. Government is very proud to do this.
Those ancient kings are not foolish who maintained the ponds and lakes for each and every celebration they had. They had known the meaning of thirsty.
Thirsty is a big word. We have to pay for it all of these ignorances.
-- Saravanan Rathinavel
Posted by Saravanan Rathinavel at முற்பகல் 11:59