Andaman Diaries – day 1

We took a short trip to Andaman and NIcobar Islands in February 2022. The weather was fantastic, neither too warm, nor cold, just right. When we drove out of the airport, the island looked pretty much like a small town in Kerala, similar winding roads, small shops, buildings that did not rise beyond three stories, pretty non descriptive I would say. Made me curious to know more about this place. The drive from the airport to the hotel took 15 minutes . Lovely hotel as you can see from the picture on top. However, much later I realised that no one stays in Port Blair for more than one night, whereas I booked the hotel for four nights! The receptionist, the travel agent and the lobby manager were surprised that we were going to stay in Port Blair for four days!!! This was conveyed to us within 10 minutes of arrival at the hotel. I felt like kicking myself. Let

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Growing up and living with feminine beings!

I grew up in Kolkata in the 60s and 70s, i.e. as a child and as a teenager stepping into youth. I grew up with the same middle class values like all others, went through similar experiences like all others, i.e. similar pangs of first crush, first rejection, worries and anxieties about future, dreams and wishes about life in general …. Life, then, took it’s own turn for me and I went with the flow or rather was washed away by the storm and held onto straws for survival. Survive I did, rather well I must say, and went onto living a fulfilling life from many aspects. What also happened during this period is that without my conscious understanding, I ended up swallowing the perfect patriarchal model of “man” and “woman”, though I did view myself as a rebel and a high achiever. What I did not notice was that internally I judged myself and everyone else through the same

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