"...Thirstiness is a universal hallmark of life. Sure, camels can forgo drinking water for five or six months and desert tortoises for that many years, and some bacterial and plant spores seem able to survive for centuries in a state of dehydrated, suspended animation. Yet sooner or later, if an organism plans to move, eat or multiply, it must find a solution of the aqueous kind..."
Photo: Nagara Gopal
courtesy: The Hindu, April 2013
When I saw the majestic picture above, I remembered following great picture.
Hunter who is probably out to hunt the lion is drinking with that same lion at a watering hole...in fact, if you watch closely, the hunter will be drinking small quantity of water already mouthed by the lion...
Artist: Laszlo Reber (László Réber) 1920-2001, Hungarian graphic artist, illustrator, cartoonist
[I have taken this picture from one of Vasant Sarwate's (वसंत सरवटे) books. This is Sarwate's one of favourite cartoons. During the period I was writing this post, he called. I told him I was not finding the artist in Google search. He got up, looked up Reber's book and helped me locate him. He also promised to send me the book's preface. This is Sarwate for me. Great artist, kinder man!]
....and how can Darwin say: humans are like other animals?...they need a water bag....unless they are Vinod Khanna in "Mera Gaon Mera Desh", 1971.
courtesy: Shemaroo and the distributor of the film, the publisher of the film
(This picture and movie became cult things for us. We never drank this alright! But we swooped down like this as a part of the thieves-cops (चोर-पोलीस) game we played.)