If the expectancy of watching a glorious sunset dampened spirits a bit, the sunrise next morning made good the setback of the previous evening. Almost all hotels wake up their residents knocking on their doors with the wake up call of "Sunrise". The "Good Mornings" and the cup of tea (or coffee) is a secondary matter.
At around 5.30 in the morning (this last day of February) people of all age groups, all nationalities assemble at various vantage points - hotel balconies, on the seashore, from their homes, or whichever spot that faces the eastern sky. The estimated time of the sun's arrival is indicated at around 6.15 am. And yet, people are checking in early. Not a time to take chances with time.
All eyes are glued to the horizon way beyond. The tiniest of speck or movement in the sky or the dark sea is noticed and commented upon. A crow in early morning flight flexing its wings, preparing for a hot and tiring day. The silhouette of a tiny fishing boat eager to bring home the first catch. The slightest hint of changes in the color of the sky above. All keenly observed with hawk-like eyes.
And soon enough, there is a distinctive change. From pitch darkness just seconds ago to a sort of faint twilight. Ah yes, we can see it, as the reddish-orange ball rises ever so gradually as it set. Never in a hurry, but then, it sure makes time pass by. The sun hasn't come full circle yet. Those all-familiar clouds are lingering around but this time they don't play spoilsport. The next few minutes of watching this amazing spectacle makes one forget everything. Again, there is that silence because as the sun ascends, it's a stunning sight indeed. The sea is now visible, as the narrow streak of golden light sparkles on its rippling surface creating a shimmering effect. The entire atmosphere is a grand extravaganza and in the next ten minutes or so, there's sunshine all around. Yes, God said, "Let there be light".
Sunrise and sunset is best viewed in April, during "Chitra Poornima" (Full Moon day).