A family of wild elephants has been trying to cross the dirt track for over an hour. The men holler and hoot. They lob rocks and throw lathis. They laugh with glee.
As India comes to terms with the demonetisation of high value currency notes, one festival that truly represents the spirit of commerce and finance might come and go in Orissa this year, without much fanfare – Boita Bandana and Bali Jatra.
Odisha can lead a second Green Revolution in the east if it taps the hidden potentials like a boss.
Given the agrarian origins and largely secular moorings of Nuakhai, there is no reason why it should not be a pan-Odisha festival.
Synonymous with straw painting, Jirala in Dhenkanal district has carved a place for itself in the art map of Odisha due to the efforts of Pradeepta, who is the lone craftsman in the state practicing and promoting straw painting.
For me, this brief reminiscence of history will always remain a wonderful memorandum of reverence to Odisha from Pakistan.