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Watch this Map above and see where you stand now, when you are in Port Blair. Trail your finger upwards and pin Diglipur on this Map. Where is it? Where are you? Now, un-zoom the Map and see the mainland? How far did you fly to reach Port Blair? All questions answered, does it make sense to go to Diglipur and see the Unseen and the Unheard?
Andaman Islands have always fascinated me, so much so, that I wish to settle here after my retirement. Wish my children won’t object to my decision. This archipelago of islands has a magical element to them. When I first landed at Port Blair, and was walking down near the clock tower, I saw buses with the Name Boards Mayabunder and Diglipur. It caught my fancy. Instead of travelling in chauffeur driven cars of the Travel Agents, I prefer travelling in these State Run buses, because it is here you get to know the real culture of the place. Just start a conversation with the person next to your seat and you can feel the pulse of the local culture and the language. You can talk to the locals, see them speak in their dialects, hear their stories and their struggles.
The beauty of life lies in the struggles of the common man. No, I am not a sadist to find stories in their struggles. What I intend to say is that, poetry comes out of poverty and stories are born out of struggles of the common man. Kings can make history, but it is the common man who evokes and weaves tales out of common daily chores.
The moment there is reference of Diglipur, I am reminded of these twin islands called Ross Island and Smith island. What is interesting is that these two islands are connected with a 50 meter narrow sand bar, on which you can walk and reach the island on the other side. If my words don't convince you, then look at the cover picture. Don't you feel like running on the sand bar, what are you waiting for then, GO, fly to Andaman!