Apsara's utopia / Prolog
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MONSOONS
Since the end of the 21st century in India, monsoons have become rare due to the rise in ocean temperature. The nationalist government of the Republic of India had difficulty in taking all the measures to compensate for the scale of the phenomenon, particularly in the arid state of Rajasthan. From the beginning of the 23rd century, the notorious inadequacy of government policies has enabled a local figure from Rajput aristocracy to emerge.
In 2242, the capital of Rajasthan saw the fourteenth Maharaja of Jaipur accede to the throne. He came from the Rajawat clan of the Kachwaha dynasty of the Suryavamsha lineage, "the descendants of the sun". The clan reigning over the Pink City since its creation in the 18th century. He got involved in local politics and quickly became a central figure. Furthermore, he invested his fortune massively and mobilized public authorities to react to the problem of drought as soon as he was on the throne. It develops the dams of the Chambal River and the irrigation network. He founded a new private university in 2248 in Jaipur, where he enrolled his eldest daughter, Harkabhai Singhji Bahadur. He invites several researchers to settle in his university to support several technologies under study: artificial monsoon generator, purification, and filtration of contaminated water, water extraction…
In the spring of 2253, he embarked on a campaign in all the rural regions of Rajasthan. It raises awareness among farmers about practices that are more respectful of soil and water resources. At the same time, he wishes to change mentalities about the conditions of women in these deeply patriarchal communities. He is preparing his daughter, his worthy heiress, to ascend the symbolic throne of Jaipur.
In 2267, the fourteenth Maharaja of Jaipur inaugurated a monumental construction site nestled at the foot of the Aravalli range in the city of Amber, on the outskirts of Jaipur. It announces the construction of a cutting-edge research center dedicated to hydraulic innovation. This project is the culmination of his political project against droughts, which despite all his efforts to slow down the process, continue to intensify.
He died in 2279, following the aggravation of a chronic respiratory disease contracted with air pollution. His daughter enthroned as Maharani Harkabhai Singhji Bahadur. Then, the fifteenth Maharani of Jaipur took charge of the development and construction of the research center bequeathed by her father. Center that he baptized before his death Apsara, [paanee ka saur mahal - पानी का सौर महल], the solar water palace in Hindi. Its name inspires by the Apsaras, Vedic deities attached to rivers and seas, recalling the primary goal of this research center: to prevent the disappearance of the monsoon and anticipate water shortages. The sun is also mentioned to remind the mythical lineage of the Maharaja's clan, as well as the aridity of Rajasthan.
The last monsoon occurred in 2286.
In 2292, the fifteenth Maharani of Jaipur inaugurates the project she led, Apsara, the solar water palace. An international group of guests made of public figures, partners, investors, academics, researchers, and media invited for a preview to discover the place.
The building count five sections: the Rambha baoli, an inexhaustible step well, the Tilottama hydraulic research laboratory, the Menaka solar ramparts, the Anjana bio-filter tanks and the monsoon cenotaph, Urvashi.