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  • The Kannada words ‘tootu baavi’ literally mean ‘hole well’.
    These days bore wells have become very common and
    indiscriminate drilling of borewells have led to a
    decrease in the level of the ground water. Long back
    the main source of water were wells and streams
    and natural ponds.
    In the early 1960s,the elders of the family decided
    to have a borewell drilled . An open place in the middle
    of the areca garden was chosen.Those days the drilling
    machine was a very simple one. A metal pipe was inserted
    into a chosen place, Drilling started and the work went on
    for almost a month. About ten feet could be drilled in a day.
    The children of the family were fascinated by the drilling,
    they had never seen anything like it before.
    They really believed that if they went into the drilled hole,
    they would reach the other side of the earth. Now those
    children have grown up and remember their childhood
    fantasies with a smile.
    Hard rock was reached at a depth of about 25 feet.
    Drilling was continued till water came gushing out.
    Then all the surrounding mud was removed and a pool
    almost 25 feet long and about 25 feet deep was made to
    hold the water which kept coming out.
    During and after the monsoons the pool was full of water.
    It became a swimming pool for the children of the family
    and other relatives who knew swimming. There was
    another pool with about five feet of water where the children
    learnt to swim, then they graduated to ‘tootu baavi’. It was
    possible to dive there. And naturally there is a lot of
    difference between swimming here and swimming in a
    swimming pool.
    Tootu baavi was and is more fun.
    It had been a much loved pool for more than fifty years.
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