The lone landmass is surrounded by water body
of great Chilka lake in Odisha along the east coast of India. The barefooted, half-clad
boat-man embraces the murmuring breeze and recites the age-old folk song for
the Goddess Kalijai.
When we reach the island, he starts
narrating the mythological importance of the place. The temple bell rings with
the muse of wavy water all around. Our tutorial guide elaborates the geology of
the rock exposures. As an amateur earth science student, my mind prompts me
quickly to pick up a few pieces of rock, born millions years ago!
In the evening we return back carrying the
pleasant memories. In the college reopening day, my professor delivers a
lecture on the rise of the Himalaya out of a gigantic ancient ocean, the TethysSea.
It is an awesome story. I compare and contrast my field trip- the lone landmass
encircled by the Chilka lake!