Chilika in Winters
Visiting Coastal Orissa came to my mind in May 2012, while I read through an article of Siberian Birds visiting India and followed by an experience in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo National Park). Being an Oriya the natural thought came to me about to pay a visit to Chilika. I always saw it from a distance as a kid, with a dream in my eye to return one day with more love. The moment I think of Chilika, I remembered the great poet of Gopobandhu Das who wrote the poem " Kalijai Re Sandhya (Evening at Kalijai)", and it was in my courses in school. So most of the people from my generation will remember this poem, I still sing it while we play Antakshri (Kata dhari dheere nauri naa deichi meli).
First part of my coastal visit was Chilika, and please remember best time to visit is between November to February. When the migratory of birds come to their own Chilika. This reminds me of a chapter in the 10th standard of Orissa state board. Unfortunately I never read it, only listened it while I was in 5th standard and the tuition teacher was teaching the 10th standard seniors...and probably with the attraction towards the birds or the water (still not sure) I had better hold of the 10th Standard Chapter "Migration of Birds" better then the students who were supposed to remember.