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Meng the orangutan was thirsty. She wandered across Singapore seeking out its various water bodies. But… Was Meng able to find any drinking water? Where did all the water go?


This story was authored by Abhi Krish & illustrated by Vibha Suryanarayanan (click for bio) in observation of Water Conservation Month and World Water Day (22nd March). It is each and everyone’s duty to conserve water. By keeping the world’s water bodies both clean and safe, we can create a sustainable tomorrow for generations to come.

Meng Was Thirsty or மெங்கின் தாகம் is the second children’s book publishing effort by Peruchali Press. We hope our story reaches as many children as possible, helping them understand and become a concerned citizen of this world. They have the power to both protect and further the cause of water conservation to create a more sustainable tomorrow.

In order to make this possible, we’ve released the story for free under a Creative Commons license. This allows you to share the ebook in whatever format is most accessible to your target audience. You are also welcome to rehash the content for your teaching and outreach needs, we only ask that you credit the original content. In fact, if you’d like more supporting material for this story, just drop us an email and we’ll be happy to see how we can help!

The e-book is available in several versions on StoryWeaver for reading online or downloading as a PDF.

We’re always looking to do better. If you have some thoughts or feedback on how the story could be better, please do write to us at We look forward to hearing from you!