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The river is considered the lifeline of the state.
"The Cauvery waters crisis is a classic example of this syndrome."
If you belong to the tribe that cringes at La Tomatina, that annual festival in Spain when colossal quantities of tomatoes are flung around and squashed just for the fun of it, then read on. You will have felt some horror seeing those images of waste -- crowds laughing and flailing about in lakes of puree, their bodies drenched in blood-red paste that could have gone into tons of curry.The desi version of wasted tomatoes is far less fun and mostly tragedy.
Ambhora is a village that has been abandoned, left to the ghosts. All the people are gone. The houses are breaking and nature is reclaiming the habitation. The village lies on the banks of the Wainganga and in more habitable times, in the not too distant past, boys played cricket and held wrestling matches on the sandy banks. As the water level rose due to the damming of the river families started leaving. Ambhora has not disappeared, yet, but the water is not far away.
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