Saturday, June 30, 2001  

The magnificent kuans and baolis of Haryana

Taps fixed on a traditional well in Jhojhu Kalan village

Ranbir Singh evaluates and assesses the utility of traditional sources of water and the social and cultural strength behind them, especially with reference to the rural communities in Haryana.

HUMAN survival without water is impossible. But survival with a little water is not short of a wonder. The many ways in which we use water indicates that fresh, clean and potable water is available in plenty and we hardly need to take steps for its conservation.


Taking water to the mountains
by Peeyush Agnihotri
OOKS on hydrogeology contend that the probability of being able to economically harness groundwater on mountain peaks is low. Geologists, scientists and drillers have over the years seconded this opinion.

Kashi of the Himalayas
by Manoj Jreat
VERLOOKING the Sutlej valley in the lesser-known Seraj region of Kulu district, and about 150 km from Shimla and 17 km from Rampur, is the large Nirmand village. This village has been in existence since the early Vedic period, making it one of the oldest rural settlements in India. A number of ancient stone and wooden temples dating back to the 6th and the 7th centuries A.D. speak of Nirmandís religious and historical importance. For this reason it is often called the "Kashi of the Himalayas."

New generation of music maestros
by Ravi Malhotra
HOEVER thought that Indian classical music is dying, must think again. Over the past couple of years, a number of young, talented and, more importantly, committed vocalists and instrumentalists have emerged, determined to make India proud.

Are you on pins and needles?
by I.M. Soni
IVING stress-filled lives has become the order of the day for most people. In almost every walk of life, be it business, social, professional or educational, there is intense competition. As a consequence, almost every individual faces stress in his everyday life which leaves him tired, tense and distraught.