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Strolling along the sand-heap


Can we travel through time to the past to meet great-great grandparents of their time? The science can only give us the best answer that it's theoretically possible. But, no one did so far. People time-travel all the time is from the past to the present and moving into the future. It fits with the Einstein's theory of relativity because time flows in one direction that’s forward. So traveling into the past seems to be a violation of the laws of physics.
However, astrophysics gives us one possible pathway that one could harness the power of a black hole to venture through time and space by building a time machine. In the movie "Back to the Future", Marty McFly, travels back in time to see his parents as teenagers and then he must find a way to travel forward again. He gets back home and finds his parents aren't quite the same as when he left. That sounds interesting.
Recently we witnessed another day of living like travelling back in time of Stone Age when we were on a picnic. We stepped outside our comfort zone and moved beyond the safe region thus adventured into a lovely sandy beach on the river side of Brahmaputra. However organizing a perfect picnic was not so easy. We’re overwhelmed by what to bring, while the organizers already made a picnic checklist.  
As our two buses finally halted at the end of the road, we all had a puzzled look on our face about the site. Water is a necessity for a picnic but the river flows inside a very large area of sand and goes far away from the embankment. I wandered off to the early days, where people travelled long distances by foot and carried goods for food and settlements. So we had another walk there like primitive mammals as our kitchen was miles away for that day.  
Soon we walked on sand; our feet sank into the sand every time we tried to take a step because every step on the sand didn’t find a solid footing. We started to feel wobbly. It was a tiring experience while we all had to carry a heavy load from essentials like food and drinks and kitchen items to optional items like picnic equipment, safety items, cleaning up & hygiene products, sun & bug protection, and entertainment. The herculean efforts carried out by our young colleagues to lift all the items into the picnic spot was indeed commendable.
Hiking on sand can be even more challenging than walking. It surely required huge amounts of physical strength as we had to walk over the sand dunes. There’s nothing quite like feeling the sun on our face and the cold breeze on our skin while strolling along a beach. We saw a highland formed by river-sand and deposits on the other bank of the river. Picnics are a wonderful way to go back to the past to enjoy some sunshine, eat some kabab or smoked chicken and make beautiful memories. Nevertheless, we took shorter steps using arms for balance and our movements are slow while navigating sandy trails.
It may sound simple, but there really is an art to walking on the beach else you get sunk into the sand. The sun shined brightly, the breeze blew gently and luckily there was no rain. Finally a makeshift kitchen was made. After adding eggs with bananas and bread served at breakfast, we all moved for games and entertainment. From fun-blindfold games for kids to couple games for a juicy mango drink “Frooti”, we walked around the musical chairs with humming a cheerful tune of Bhojpuri music. Besides there were badminton and volleyball, we played a ruthless cricket that made our day a relaxing and fun filled experience to remember.
It was unforgettable but the most entertaining part was that going on a sand walk was hard and tedious task adding a challenge to our balance, footing and stability for catching even an easy tennis ball cricket. So next time you watch professional beach volleyball, seeing players diving across the sandy court or landing powerful spikes against strong opposition, remember just how difficult it’s for them playing on sand.
After a day of soaking in sunlight, we got tired and dehydrated. The lunch was indeed delicious as we had a healthy appetite then. It was the last Sunday of this winter, while the staffs and families of SBI Guwahati branch strolled along the sand-heap near Dharapur for another day of adventure After all, a picnic is all about wandering a place on a day in its own terms but never forget why is it so hard to walk on sand?

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi