The Eco Village has a two-storeyed cottage for stargazing and I hauled myself up to do just that later at night. Lying down comfortably, I trained my eyes upwards at the twinkling stars. There were so many visible against the inky darkness that I would keep losing count. Calls of wild animals echoed into the silent night, the forest was alive as the world slept.
After sleeping like a baby in my mud cottage, I emerged to see Binoy da smiling and holding a plate of fried bagda chingri. The prawns were fresh and piping hot and I shared them with Binoy da. After many promises of coming back to meet him and his wife, we started back on our journey.
The simple generosity of Binoy da filled my heart with love and appreciation as I savoured the briny breeze. Those with little don’t hesitate to share. The more we have, the more we clutch closer to heart, missing out on some cherished nuances of life. I was more thankful than anything else, for the enigmatic magic of the dark forest that I had witnessed, the love I had received and the beautiful but formidable 'king of the forest' who had humbled me with just a few moments of his presence.
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