|Dr. Ashok Malhotra on roof of his home in Jaipur, October 20, 2014|
Although this blog has most posts that are general to the world, some posts are country specific and this one is about India. Most country specific posts of this blog are about America or India and the simple reason for this is that most visitors to this blog are from these two countries as any reader can check by clicking the map in the left side bar.
While public places in very many parts of India have become dirty and messy with an increase of population and governance deficit, something that the new Prime minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi is trying to change; he has announced a five year cleaning program that began this second of October for cleaning all public spaces in every nook and corner of the country so that it may once again becomes as clean as ancient India that was famed for its cleanliness as evident from historical and archeological records. The Indus Valley civilization invented covered drains and sewerage systems.
Individual homes in India are still kept very clean, in fact cleaner than in most other countries of the world as observed by this blogger in his travels around the world and this includes the homes of poor villagers too. The cleaning of homes is organized so that some cleaning is done on a daily basis, some weekly, some quarterly and some on an annual basis. The annual cleaning covers parts of the home that are difficult to clean on a daily or even weekly basis. The time for this annual cleaning is just before the annual Diwali festival also known as the festival of lights. It is as important in India as Christmas is in the west. The Diwali festival is later this week and the annual Diwali cleaning in our home began last week.
My home has three different terraces that we hardly visit but today in order to clean it I climbed up to one of them with a helper to clean the area. As we cleared it of dust and leaves that fall on it from nearby trees, it was a pleasant surprise to note that some scented flowering creepers are occupying parts of the roof as shown in the photo.