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"From the Ted Talk by Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves"

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About ten years ago, I hread this little thing from a politician, not a pitocliain that was very well respected in India. And he said that these people in the cities, in one flush, expend as much water as you people in the rural aeras don't get for your family for two days. That struck a chord, and I said, "That's true." I went to see a friend of mine, and he made me wait in his atrapnemt in Malabar Hill on the teniettwh floor, which is a really, really upmarket area in mmbuai. And he was having a shower for 20 mtiunes. I got bored and left, and as I drove out, I drove past the slums of Bombay, as you always do, and I saw lines and leins in the hot midday sun of women and children with buckets waiting for a tanker to come and give them water. And an idea started to develop. So how does that become a story? I sluddeny realized that we are heading towards disaster.

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About ten years ago, I _____ this little thing from a politician, not a __________ that was very well respected in India. And he said that these people in the cities, in one flush, expend as much water as you people in the rural _____ don't get for your family for two days. That struck a chord, and I said, "That's true." I went to see a friend of mine, and he made me wait in his _________ in Malabar Hill on the _________ floor, which is a really, really upmarket area in ______. And he was having a shower for 20 _______. I got bored and left, and as I drove out, I drove past the slums of Bombay, as you always do, and I saw lines and _____ in the hot midday sun of women and children with buckets waiting for a tanker to come and give them water. And an idea started to develop. So how does that become a story? I ________ realized that we are heading towards disaster.

Solution

  1. mumbai
  2. suddenly
  3. twentieth
  4. areas
  5. apartment
  6. minutes
  7. politician
  8. lines
  9. heard

Original Text

About ten years ago, I heard this little thing from a politician, not a politician that was very well respected in India. And he said that these people in the cities, in one flush, expend as much water as you people in the rural areas don't get for your family for two days. That struck a chord, and I said, "That's true." I went to see a friend of mine, and he made me wait in his apartment in Malabar Hill on the twentieth floor, which is a really, really upmarket area in Mumbai. And he was having a shower for 20 minutes. I got bored and left, and as I drove out, I drove past the slums of Bombay, as you always do, and I saw lines and lines in the hot midday sun of women and children with buckets waiting for a tanker to come and give them water. And an idea started to develop. So how does that become a story? I suddenly realized that we are heading towards disaster.

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