Meet the toilet rajas (kings), learn how the gods and goddesses in Delhi are getting men to put their willies away and find out where men (sorry ladies) can go for a wee with a truly wonderful view.
Toilets. Not a topic that everyone wants to talk about, but everyone needs a place to go.
Using the loo has not always been the nicest of experiences (and I’m saying that as a man), but today’s post is all about praising toilets and people that are making a difference.
“Unlike body functions like dance, drama and songs, defecation is considered very lowly.” This was the first line of a paper delivered by Dr. Bindeswar Pathak, Ph.D., D.Litt, founder of India’s Sulabh Movement, at international conference on public toilets in 1995.
It sums up our relationship with wee and poo very well. The stuff that we all do is not something that most of us want to dwell on. It’s better that it’s somebody else’s problem, right?
Dr Pathak disagrees. He is passionate about sanitation, educating the public and working with policy makers and experts to learn from the past and solve the problems of the present. He’s even set up a museum in Delhi, Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, exploring the history of hygiene and sanitation to do just that.
But more about one of Delhi’s oddest museums in a moment. First up, meet the toilet rajas, learn why the gods and goddesses are getting men to put their willies away and find out where men can go for a wee with a truly wonderful view.
Meet the toilet rajas (kings)
When I walk into a toilet these days I’m rarely shocked. I know what to expect, but this time things were different.
The public convenience at Robber’s Cave, Gucchu Pani, took my breath away for all the right reasons.
These three rajas (kings), pictured above, deserve to sit back, relax and take a sip of chai. They’re showing everyone else what’s possible.
They manage the cleanest, sweetest smelling toilet in India that I’ve had the pleasure of peeing in. If there was an national award for the cleanest toilet in the sub continent then I’d be recommending them hands down (Do let me know if you know of such a thing).
Robber’s Cave, Gucchu Pani, Dehradun, is where you need to go to use this loo. It’s a great cave that I’ll blog about another day. Even if you don’t need a wee, go to raja’s toilet. It could be a tourist attraction in itself it’s so clean.
Don’t pee on me
Have you ever wondered why some walls in the city are covered in tiles depicting the gods and goddesses?
Well, if you’re having a problem with men peeing around the neighbourhood put up some tiles depicting India’s gods and goddesses and the smell of stale urine will soon disappear. It’s a simple solution that works a treat.
No one is willing to wee on the gods and goddesses.
Those familiar with Defence Colony will know about ‘that’ corner on the roundabout, but a new visitor won’t have a clue what I am writing about. In the last few weeks the bushes have been cut back and the tiles of the gods have been revealed.
Hey presto. No pee. Problem solved. Perfect.
What a wonderful view
A toilet with a view. And not just any view. Wow! My most pleasurable place to have a wee. Ever.
The urinals at Shey Monastry, Leh, look out over this wonderful mountain range.
It was so beautiful it made me want to drink more water.
A day out a Delhi’s toilet Museum
Time magazine rated the Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets as one of the world’s top ten wackiest museums.
The museum is packed with facts, pictures and objects detailing the historic evolution of toilets from 2500 BC to the present day.
For your convenience, the Sulabh International Museum open every day, bar national holidays. Visiting times, directions and frequently asked questions can be found by clicking here.
That’s toilet talk wrapped up for today. I told you it was going to be pleasant, didn’t I?
Enjoy the museum.