experiences. As we landed at the Nagpur airport early that morning, we
found out that reaching the site will be a touch and go since the only
connecting bridge was flooded over due to incessant rains. And man, did
it rain! The downpour did not stop for a moment while we were there. Which only meant that we had to drive through the lushest
of meadows, traverse through hills clouded in mist, face fragrant cool wind and rain that
went from a light shower to blinding torrential downpour in no time. My favorite music playing in
the car was the only solace when the sight outside became too beautiful
Sigh. Things you got to do as part of work.
from what I had seen last! Nature had taken over and apart from the lush trees, undergrowth, creepers, bushes [basically all forms of plant life], there were streams and ponds and puddles. We rolled up our jeans, balanced the big black umbrellas, waded through the various water features and got down to work. As the team headed back in the pitch dark night, wading through the same water bodies, we encountered aquatic life like huge crabs, frogs, fishes, indescribable squirming crawlies and oh-my-god one massive toad. The trouble with your team being wildlife enthusiasts [and men] is that whereas I focused on maintaining my balance with the dark water below, the pouring rain above, and making sure that I don’t step on any other life form, they were delighted at the sight of of these creatures and thought it necessary to pick a sample each and present it for my careful inspection. Later, as we tucked in the most delicious dinner made in the local village style, the night guard listed out the wildlife sightings & cobra encounters at the site. The dinner conversation, for one, is never dull in a jungle!