In the Malwa-Nimar region of Western Madhya Pradesh, India, ‘Kalichaat’ is the name for a kind of exceptionally hard rock. Encountering it while digging for water is considered no less than a disaster in this often drought-affected region. At the same time, it also presents a ray of hope because it is believed that beneath ‘Kalichaat’ lies boundless water, if it can be broken through to reach it.