Cauvery issue: Here's a guide if you're still unsure about what 'tmcft' and 'cusecs' are

The Cauvery dispute.

If you've so much as glanced through a national daily this month, you're undoubtedly aware that all's not quite well between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. And you're probably also aware that it's the water of this very river that's the bone of contention — a bone that saw Bengaluru burn and several other parts of Karnataka paralysed. It's likely you've got a good grasp of the overall picture, but some of the nitty-gritties still elude you.

Nevertheless, as Srinivasa Prasad wrote, "On 5 September, the court asked Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs (cubic feet per second) for 10 days. That would have amounted to some 13 tmcft. On 12 September, the court modified the release to 12,000 cusecs till 20 September, which would give Tamil Nadu approximately five tmcft more. Tamil Nadu wanted 20,000 cusecs as an interim arrangement."

If these words confuse you, here's a handy guide: