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Unfortunately travel & work allowed me little time to post pictures last week....hope I’ll make up from now on...

Wanted to share with you a slice of daily life from rural Bengal, my home state

Located almost 130 km from Kolkata, Geonkhali is nestled at the confluence of River Rupnarayan and River Ganges. At Geonkhali, the rivers become so wide that they appear like the sea, with the opposite bank barely visible. The view is truly breathtaking. The riverfront is flanked with a green wilderness. One can catch country boats from the jetty or ferry ghat and crossover to Gadiara or nearby Nurpur. Here is one of the ferry boats, bearing number 786 (written in Bengali script in green...also written is "Please do not climb on the roof" :-)), which we had taken coming from Nurpur. The same ferry boat was now ready to make the last return trip to Nurpur. It would become dark soon. The last light of the day created nice pastel hues.

You would notice how narrow is the plank of wood which the people are using to board the ferry boat. It is barely 6 to 8 inches in width and hence the long bamboo which the chap on the right is holding quite nonchalantly, is used by the passengers to balance themselves as they climb up (or disembark). Quite risky it looks, but the local people do this act effortlessly, day in, day out.

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