So, how was the josh in the Attari-Wagha border? I am sure it has been an all-time high for everyone.
When I started to draft for this post, as usual, I was looking to write a very regular post like Top 5 places in Delhi.
But, one flight on the way to Stuttgart last week changed my idea completely. Yes, the trigger for this post came while I was browsing the Lufthansa magazine. I noticed an interesting article in the in-flight magazine about our Delhi.
No, it was not the tour of Golden triangle or the famous Taj Mahal. It was about the Toilet Museum. Yes, you heard me right.
India, in outsiders view
I am sure we all remember how the image of India was decades back. There used to be an image in the International forum about us. India is a place where cows wander on the roads, poor sleep on the roads, we litter on the road, cleanliness is the last thing in Indians agenda, etc
Yes, it is not untrue. But it’s not that we are the only country who have this issue. And do consider the population of our India. Then check out even the advanced countries in the West.
Don’t they have similar issues? They do, but they showcase more positive news to the world.
Don’t they have beggars? Yes, they do. They just call them in a different name – Homeless.
Even as recent as last month there was one so-called-influencer on Instagram from the West with such a thought. She went ballistic about how India is so poor that no one in here can even afford an Apple iPhone. What?
Well, I am really surprised to see such ideas to be used for measuring the wealth of the country. New economics.
We all know how true or untrue this statement is. Anyway, apart from just laughing at these articles and pitying those mind, I cannot do anything.
India, my Incredible India
Now back to my India. Be it Independence day or Republic day, the center of attention for the whole of India is in Delhi. Delhi has been the familiar name for foreigners from other countries as well. And it has a rich collection of places to visit, both historical and memorable.
So, why did I skip all these wonderful locations and chose to write on a Toilet Museum? Well, I am sure you get your answer before reaching the last line in this article.
In the recent past, there have been many attempts by our Government to change this bad Image of India. One such attempt is the Swachh Bharat Abyaan that was announced from the Red Fort of India. This is not just about image of India, but also in line with keeping the Indian citizens with better Health.
So, when I started writing for this #XploreBharat Blog Train about Indian places, I was also excited to come up with some exotic locations in and around Delhi. But then after seeing the magazine from Lufthansa, I decided that I should write about the Toilet Museum.
When the government put effort to clean up the image of India, why not we as an individual do our part? Even a German company like Lufthansa has recognized it, why not me?
Hence here comes the post on such a Museum that is in Delhi, India.
Apart from visiting different parts of Incredible India, I want this #XploreBharat Blog Train to pass a strong message to my readers about our rich India and culture. And how we can take it further and make it a better place for our next generation to live here.
Are you with me?
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
The Toilet Museum is located in Delhi and is open to the
Location: Sulabh Bhawan, Palam Dabri Marg, Mahavir Enclave, Palam, New Delhi, India: 110045
The museum has a rare collection showing the historical evolution of toilets from 2500 BC to date. It provides a chronological account of developments relating to technology, toilet-related social customs, toilet etiquettes, prevailing sanitary conditions and legislative efforts of different times.
It has an extensive display of privies, chamber pots, toilet furniture, bidets and water closets in use from 1145 AD to today’s modern times.
Sometimes you will think twice to agree that this was really used for its very own purpose! They are so beautiful.
Some Interesting facts about Toilets:
- BC 2500: In Mohenjo-Daro, there existed a highly developed drainage system where wastewater from each house flowed into the main drain.
- BC 1000: In the Bahrein Island in the Persian Gulf, flush type toilet was discovered.
- AD 69: Vespasianus, for the first time levied Tax on Toilets/urinals in Rome.
- 1739 AD: First separate toilet for men and women appear at a ball in Paris
- 1824 AD: First Public Toilet in Paris
- 1859 AD: Toilet of Queen Victoria is decorated with gold.
- 1889 AD: Sewage Treatment for the first time in the world.
- 1970 AD: Sulabh International is established by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, as a non-profit NGO in Bihar, India.
- 1980 AD: Installation of Auto – control Public Toilet.
You can have a nice virtual tour of the museum here. Make sure you visit their website to know more on this.
Going through these actually reminded me of my visits to Japan in early 2000. The hotels I use to stay had automated toilet facilities not for just flushing it but also cleaning ourselves. 🙂
I use to think how is it that we from once a pioneer in drainage and toilet systems, have not kept up with the inventions of the world!
Forget inventions, even after 70 years of independence our government has to come up with such a campaign to built toilets in every village and homes. Anyway, better late than never. But ever wondered why it did not happen for so many decades?
My intention of this post was not just to highlight the museum in Delhi, but also to use this as a trigger for your passion to have some inventions towards this. Even in this 21st century, we have many who have no access to hygienic toilets, and also poor people dying due to the manual scavenging.
I am waiting for a day when this government will take this up seriously like the Swachh Bharat program.
And my only request to those young engineers and entrepreneurs r
I know that we usually plan for good tourists spots when on travel. And everyone loves to visit those place on the top lists. Nothing wrong in it too.
But I think this post of mine would have kindled your interest to do something different next time. Take this as an opportunity to consider including such locations in the itinerary when you plan your next visit to Delhi.
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Hope you liked the tour we had today on the 2nd day of our #XploreBharat Blog train. Be ready for yet another exciting location from Maya Bhat as a part of this train in the next station!
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P.S. The points about the Interesting facts and other images are taken from Sulabh Toilet Museum.