Like so many Indian homes, our kitchen is equipped with a triple filtration water purifying system known as an Aquaguard. This essential appliance physically, chemically, and biologically processes the municipal water supply so that it’s safe for us to drink. Ours has not worked since Thursday. Five promises of “tomorrow” have passed and still no repairman has come. I begin each day hopeful and end it bored, taking pictures of Daffy and Ladybug, my fellow prisoners. I’m convinced that the real reason Indians have such a developed family network is so no single person has to stay home waiting for repairmen or delivery people.