The Taiga Episode – Prologue

A translucent blue light lit up the dark and sleepy room, where 2 people were snuggled up and cuddled into each other. A subtle electronic beeping sound slowly broke through the silence. The cheap plastic alarm clock started to do the job it was intended to do. The souls under heavy blankets groaned and rocked in discomfort. As the sound of the alarm grew so did their discomfort. A hand suddenly appeared out of the blanket and snoozed the alarm. A light whisper croaked from underneath the blanket “we need to be up in 30 mins” and a sweet sleepy response echoed back “just 2 more minutes”. A few more minutes later the angry alarm went off again and this time the hand that reached out was more confident and awake. A sudden flurry of activity rocked the blanket. An awake and confident voice sounded a verbal alarm, It’s 4.30 we really need to be up, the chopper is going to be on the pad in the next 30 mins. A tight hug and a few kisses later the 2 souls emerged out of the bed.

Dr Debo, an anthropologist, and her husband Dr Manoj, a prominent geologist, were formally invited by the Russian Institute of Anthropology and the Russian Federal Agency Of Forestry to come and investigate a site deep in the Russian Taiga, those ancient impenetrable forests bordering the cold frostbitten northern frontier. Originally, the Taiga was one the largest boreal forest in the world, but after the last ice age, it has now split into 3 large chunks, divided over 3 continents.

In a recent survey by the Federal Agency Of Forestry, an ancient burial site was discovered in the depths of East Siberian Taiga. Due to Climate change, the permafrost had melted away exposing a large Tomb complex. What was baffling was the Sanskrit text found in the tombs and the stone structures with intricate carvings of Indian gods. Towards the centre of the tomb complex was a large and unexplored cave system. The entrance to the caves was protected by large stone blocks intricately carved with images of Indian Gods and animals from the Indian Subcontinent. Interestingly on testing it was found out that the large 10 ton stone structures themselves were made of basalt rock from the Indian Peninsula.

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