Did Indians’ squeamishness with sanitary issues lead to the stratification of our society into castes? Even today nightsoil workers are said to exist, and indignity is heaped upon them. Given this common mindset to feces and urine, perhaps India would find it hard to realise how it is wasting valuable resources. If you belong to the weak-stomach school, a good way to graduate from it is by reading the Humanure Book. Cheer yourself up by saying India at least understood the virtues of squatting right. To inspire yourself further read about the virtues of urine!
I was revved up by now. The next generation of toilets at pointReturn will be the ecosan type. Sriram had helpfully sent the address of Eco-solutions in Kerala. Run by a young Englishman Paul Calvert, the organisation has been evolving ecosan designs since 1994 and installing them all over India. They make two types of pans, Western and Asian ones. I ordered one each to experiment with.
Sadly the well-made pans, arrived without any instruction whatsoever, not even a sketch. In this, it is one with many Indian products that neglect user information. The website is also difficult to navigate. I spent many hours cruising the pages to understand how the pan is installed. I spoke to Paul a few times.He made some useful points which made me wonder why these were not up at the site, accessible to everyone.