In Punjab when I was served lunch, I had two children with fans providing a strong breeze. I protested that I did not need this. But then it was explained to me that they were driving away the flies prevalent in a farm house where they have buffaloes so that I will not get extra protein with the flies. I think that in spite of that, I may have consumed a few.
When I reached a remote village in Rajasthan, I said that I had not used a toilet and asked for their facilities. I was happily ushered to the back of the house and shown the bushes and was told that the leaves are big enough. Big enough!….Then I understood that they were conserving the water for drinking! I was lucky to spend only the day there. Many local pastors who work amongst tribals, live right on the edge.
I couldn’t charge my mobile as there was no electricity. They said that they normally had them charged for Rs.5 when they touch civilisation and keep it switched off to conserve energy. I am searching the net for solar chargers for them.