Bridge On The River Kopai

Weekend Stories by Trishikh

A strong and assertive old-man stood on the edge of the Khoai, a canyon of purple geological rock formation naturally created by millions of years of effect of wind and water erosion on red laterite soil rich in iron oxide commonly found in the region.

From, top of the purple hill the greybeard looked at the wooden bridge that spanned across the tranquil waters of the Kopai, a tributary of the Bakreshwar River, which flows past the present-day towns of Santiniketan, Bolpur, Kankalitala, Kirnahar and Labhpur in the Birbhum district of Eastern India’s West Bengal state.

The year was around 2000 BC. A descendant of king Pandu of Mahabharata was ruling the land, however long gone were the illustrious days of the Panch Pandavas – five brothers, Yudhishthir, Bhim, Arjun, Nakul and Sahadev and their glorious reign.

The king that ruled now was no comparison to his ancestors. He…

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