Beyond The Infinite
Planning an early start, woke up today at 5 in the morning only to find that it was still too dark to start the day. So, returned to the cozy environs of our sleeping bags to snooze for another half an hour.
Once on the river, the journey was still going down south, almost in a straight line. At times it is so uneventful for such a long time that Andee said he almost fell asleep once while driving. We took a small break on one of the small islands to refresh and carried on to Saria Kandi—a very busy hub of passengers and cargo, not always in boats dedicated exclusively to people or goods. It was a common sight to find cows, goats, people and goods all happily traveling together in the same boat. After a brief stop over and replenishing supplies, we carried on and went past the Sheraj Gang and the Jamuna bridge. Finally we reached Aricha ghat, another busy place. Dacca is only about 80-90 km from here by road. For the sake of some peace, we camped across the river on an island opposite Aricha Ghat.
Later, Andee and Apal went across the river to pick up Ana, a maxican journalist who is joining the expedition from here onwards. They arrived back by seven in the evening but on these lonely islands, at that hour it feels like midnight.
We retired after dinner, very relived because tomorrow’s wake up call is seven in the morning—an hour later than the usual six.