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Mystic Baratang Island

Baratang Island – part of Andaman Islands is a place just out of the Nat Geo & Discovery documentaries. Andaman Islands are one best place to visit in India. Best time to visit would be from October to April. I have been there twice, but the second time was marred by sudden cyclonic disturbances. As excepted the beaches are one of the best ones. My favorite place for the whole trip was Baratang Island. It is like nature’s hidden secret which someone accidentally stumbled upon.

We had left 04:00 am from Port Blair to reach the Baratang. Journey is divided into three parts –

  • Port Blair to Jirkatang
  • Jirkatang to Nilambar Jetty
  • Jetty to Baratang Islands

We had hired a private cab for one day. Government run buses are also available for the journey.

First part was covered in approx. 1.5 hours. We reached Jirkatang where Forest Department officials have a check post. To be honest, I was sleeping for this part of journey. At Jirkatang Check Post, the refreshments are available. So wake up yourself with a sip of tea. There is an old temple on the roadside which reminded me of all the Bollywood movie temples with bells ringing. 🙂

The second leg of the journey is interesting. You have to pass through the Jarawa Reserve Forest. The vehicles are only allowed to move in convoys, heavy vehicles in front with policemen accompany them. This area is inhabited by the Jarawa Tribe, native of Andaman Islands. Stopping on the way & photographing is strictly prohibited. Even talking or giving any food items to Jarawa is forbidden. The road passes through patches of dense forest. Tall trees on both sides of the road & scattered sun rays all along the way. Pictures wont to justice to this beautiful sight.


It leaves us to ponder about the strange ways of life – some are busy with all the modern amenities & then there are tribes still untouched by all this fuss.

The third leg of the journey is a short distance covered by Jetty boats to reach Baratang Island. You are welcomed by loud voices of tour guides promising you the best services. Places to cover in Baratang –

  1. Mud Volcano
  2. Limestone caves
  3. Parrot Island

I did not visit Parrot Islands as they cannot be covered in single day trip.

We took motorboats to visit Limestone caves. I was left awe-struck by sheer beauty of Mangrove forests. Mangrove trees have formed a natural path which leads to the caves. At places the mangrove trees have covered the area as if to form tunnels. This was the highlight of the day for me.

Mangrove forest

The limestone caves take you back to the geography lessons about stalagmites & stalactites. The water seeps through the rocks crevices and forms amazing structures. Well, the guides there would show you all the possible figures in those structures – fountains, humans & even holy deities. Even though we understand the science behind the cave formation, it is a natural wonder.

Limestone caves

The Baratang Island did not have many options for food. Better to be prepared & carry light snacks. Remember to wear covered clothes to avoid mosquito bites & a big no to open toed shoes. We took return Jetty from the islands at 4:00 pm & followed back the same route to return to Port Blair.

After visiting this place, I often find myself thinking about the inhabitants of North Sentinel islands. They are one of last known tribes in the world with no contact. They have discouraged all attempts to be contacted by outside world & remain a mystery till date. People about whom we know nothing, unheard & unknown. Does anyone else also wonder that some more secret tribes would be existing today?  Do let me know to assure me that I am not alone with all these weird thoughts.


Real goals for the year 2016

New Year resolutions – the much hyped term used year after year by us humans to define our goals. Each year I make ‘new year resolutions’ & fail to follow them after a month. I remember at times I had lost my goals in just one week of the New Year. So, this time I have two set of goals – the usual ones & the real ones.

The usual ones are almost same for everyone:

  • To adopt healthy lifestyle
  • To start exercising (the most common goal I guess)
  • To improve oneself professionally

I have had these same goals for years unknown. That’s why I needed something more practical this time. The goals which are closer to my heart, the ones which I know I will follow without making much fuss about them. So, the “Real Goals of 2016” for me are :

  • To learn the local language – I have been in this city for almost a year and yet to learn the language. Surviving in different cities is easier provided you know how to converse with native people. And, if by any change you are bitten by travel bug, then knowing the local language is a blessing.
  • To start running – I have participated in two marathons & had great experience both times. It’s about time I take running seriously.
  • To study more – Okay, so I won’t lie. I am bit unsure at the moment what I want to study now. But I will think of something soon.
  • To travel more – Well, who does not like travelling?

And finally, the most important & dearest goal is

  • To blog regularly – Will begin with goal for one blog a week & gradually try to spend more time writing. Can’t say about others, but I have seen my thoughts vanish for a long stretch of time.

Hmm, I have made short goals so they should not be that difficult to follow. Can someone tell me how do you just stick your goals throughout the year?

Do comment and let me know if you also have similar goals or face the same dilemma as me of forgetting the goals…







On a special date !

The date is set & venue is finalized. You may call me dressed to kill, but I am just being comfortable. I am elated because I am going on a special lunch date. I had been planning this for so long. I enter the cafe and immediately spot that cozy corner seat. I have ordered my favorite food – pasta & coffee. Sitting comfortably, I now open my book to where I had last left & indulge in the delicacy.

Sounds confusing? Oh, I forgot to add earlier that I was on a date with myself. I know I sound like a crazy person. That’s the reaction I had got from my family & friends. But, to tell you the truth I enjoyed my alone time. It’s fun. I was not alone but in company of a good book & coffee.

I was there for 3 hours and not for a sec got bored. Observed so many people – a bunch of college students bunking classes, people out for office lunch, a young couple talking through their silence & that small kid who was with his mom for treat. Thankfully, the owner did not through me out.

As the day passed, I realized how caught up I had been in this vicious cycle of life.In this busy schedule of coordinating between work & home, we tend to forget ourselves. The monotonous cycle becomes tiring. So, stop it before it takes over you. I loved going on a self-date & will plan soon for another day out.

For all the people reading the blog – Take a break right now. Go out, roam aimlessly, eat or sleep! Do whatever you love to do!

self date

Twisted Tale of Roti

For foodies like me trying new things to eat is a blissful. Bored of the daily dose of Roti, I decided to give it a twist and made ‘Roti Chaat’ out of it.

  • Broke the Rotis/ Chappatis into smaller pieces
  • Roasted it in microwave for around 5 minutes to make them crispy and they turn brown
  • Added chopped onions, tomatoes & chilies
  • Top it with salt, some chaat masala & lemon

Well the chaat is ready…

food chaat

It was a tasty & healthy option for snack. And, surely easy to make 🙂