When we started, it looked like a very average lake, like the ones you find in any hill station and that made me question my own decision of driving all the way from Pondy. However, a few minutes ride into them and I was totally blown away with what my eyes were witnessing. A completely peculiar sight, with mangroves all over and not any sight of land anywhere close, it was an experience worth having. I was completely engulfed with the beauty of the mangroves when suddenly, the boatman said something which I could not understand. After loads of actions and reactions, I finally realised, that he said-“that’s all, this is the point till we are allowed to go”. And I was like, are you kidding me?? I mean, we just started, hardly 20 minutes and now, when I’m actually soaking it all in, you are saying its over?? But then, I knew what was about to come and as expected, he signalled a gesture, which I could easily understand. “Money, yess, there you go”, I said to myself, now I know, I’m still in India (haha) and not a strange land.