27th April, 2015, Lailad Forest IB, Nongkhyllum Wildlife Sanctuary, Meghalaya:
The cold and wet night lay glittering with fireflies like dancing pixies of the forest. Circling, they cast their teeny torches upon the soft dripping grass beneath my feet, turning it momentarily green, before the darkness engulfed it. Overhead, in the orangish halo of a grey sky, hung the Great Bear, bearing witness to humanity, as it had done for millenia. Since the advent of fire, to the great wars, and now, the Age of Technology. He stared back, a solitary observer of crashing waves and flickering fireflies, while the rest of us looked at our screens for comfort. A manmade satellite circled the earth, a steady star imprisoned by gravity, connecting a million voices and faces, bringing them together and pushing them apart with equal ferocity. We stood protected from the cacophony that night, from anger, jealousy, lust, fear, insecurity, joy, love, happiness. Only one truth remained- the circle of flickering fireflies lighting our flickering dreams.