Punjab, an Indian state in the North is famous for the rich culture and the food one can get here. Apart from the sacred Golden Temple and the valiant history of the Sikh empire, there is one more thing which is special about Punjab. Along with its Makki Ki Roti and Sarson Ka Saag, the place is also famous for the designer water tanks every household has.
From airplanes to ships to kangaroos and from cows to tractors to trucks you will see curiously-shaped water tanks that can be found only in Punjab!
Generally, the water tanks are concrete structures which are used to store water for the household and come in different sizes and shapes!
The water tanks, present on the rooftops of houses, are inspired by people’s interests and experience!
If you thought that water tanks are boring and dull, take a trip to Punjab, which is the only place listed in the world to have these “Designer” water tanks.
What’s more is that people now recognize families by the water tanks they possess!
Many people here have constructed airplane-shaped water tanks. They believe that these planes will bring good fortune and they will be able to get jobs abroad.
The concrete structures are a lot more than just tanks to the families, they also have an emotional connect with the families, which tells a lot about the people of Punjab.
If the family has a special interest in something or wants to tell about their forefathers’ experience it has water tanks to tell stories like,
The army tank will tell that someone in the family is in the army!
Different designs tell what the family values particularly- like birds or football.
So when you visit Punjab the next time, don’t be shocked when someone tells you that “Woh Army Tank wali Bhalla Family ab aeroplane bhi laga rahi hai!” Because the water tank a family has is its identity!
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