In a world racing for perfection, one rarely finds people working to mend neglected imperfections. Mr Aabid Surti, a national award winner with over 80 books to his credit, is one such individual, who started with an idea and now, is well known as the man who almost single-handedly has saved over 20 million litres of water. Born on 5 May 1935 in Gujarat, Mr Aabid Surti published his first novel Tootela Farishta (Fallen Angels) in Gujarati in 1965. Since then, Aabid has written a number of short stories, novels, plays, children’s books, comic books, and travelogues. In 1993, he won a National Award for his short-story collection Teesri Aankh. Mr Surti has also earned praises for his comics from the likes of Asha Bhosle, Osho, Shah Rukh Khan as well as former Indian Primer Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Having earned global recognition for his work, Mr Surti had a prosperous and satisfactory life. But there was something that bothered him perennially – the thought of Water being wasted.
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