My column for iDiva last week: Of water on Mars and Future Interplanetary tourism

Of Water on Mars and Future Interplanetary Tourism

By | posted Oct 1st 2015 at 1:00PM


Kiran Manral

Kiran was a journalist before she quit to be a full time mommy. Her blog is considered amongst India’s top blogs. She is the author of The Reluctant Detective (2011), Once Upon A Crush (2014) and All Aboard (2015). An advisor on the Board of Literature Studio, Delhi she is also an Author Mentor at She now blogs at and you can follow her on twitter @kiranmanral.

Mom talking about mars

As I write this, I have been informed that flowing water has been discovered on Mars. As you can imagine, for someone who cut her teeth on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and counted Chewbacca amongst her imaginary friends through a childhood of home moves due to parents’ transferable jobs, this information sent me into a bit of a lather.

“Son,” I yelled, from my position in front of the television while the NASA conference was on, “Come and listen to this, this is important, this is momentous, this could change what we understand of our solar system.”

The offspring strolled in, with the insouciance of a generation for whom water on Mars is of far lesser significance than the launch of a new iPhone. “Mars didn’t have water?” he asked, with the calm of one who does not know and does not seek to know.

After I finished banging my head on the headboard of the bed, recalling the two semesters we spent studying about the solar system, as part of the syllabus, I reminded him of the fact that the earth was the only planet on the solar system which we thought had water and that Mars was hitherto presumed to be the driest, most arid planet.

“It is the red planet,” he told me grimly, memories distant from chapter learnt about the features of each planet springing dimly in his mind. “It has volcanoes and craters and Mount Olympus Mons, which is three times higher than Mount Everest.”

Having reminded me of facts he had parroted before the exam, he settled reluctantly next to me watching the screen while an earnest voice on the screen began telling us how they had mapped the flow marks over years etc.

“Is anything going to happen?” he asked me, while watching the LIVE press conference.

I waved both hands wildly in the air, “This is happening, this is important. There is water on Mars.”

“What can we do with water on Mars,” he asked scathingly, in the manner of a cynical urban child. “When there is water cut here in Mumbai, they can’t get us water from Mars, can they?”

Kid talking about mars

With that he sauntered out to the greater temptations of the Tab and the wonders of WWE being unfurled before him.

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