Bakkhali: A quiet sea-beach very near to my Kolkata residence: Part-IAfter my marriage, I went to Kolkata. After spending some days, my wife requested me to take her to a sea-beach. As a Delhite, she hadn't got much opportunity to visit the sea-beaches. At the same time, there was some financial constraint on my part immediately after the lavish functions in Delhi and Kolkata, but when she asked me to take her to a sea-beach, I readily agreed. She was astonished. On the next morning, I rented a car and told her that we were going to a sea-beach. She thought that as usual, I was joking with a deadpan face (reference: my profile picture).
We started at 6 a.m. She started sleeping in the car. After two and a half hours, we reached the bank of Hatania-Doania river at Namkhana. The car was put on the very big motorised steamer and it crossed the river. After crossing the river, another one year drive. Before ten, we reached Bakkhali. I told my wife that we reached the seaside. Even then she didn't believe.
We booked a room at the State Government Guest House and went for lunch. I ordered sea-food (crab and prawn). When the dishes reached our table, only then she believed that we were at a sea-shore area. After a very heavy lunch at an unbeilevably low price, we returned to our room. We enjoyed one another's company till the evening. And then we proceeded to the sea-beach.
(.... To be continued)