Andaman Islands: Naturopathy for tired lives

July 10th, 2013

( First appeared in SpiceRoute, July, 2013)

When you touch down at Port Blair’s Veer Savarkar airport, you are in Indian territory that is farthest from the mainland. Geographically closer to half a dozen countries, the strategic importance of Andaman and Nicobar is evident in the special care and attention this Union Territory receives. Result: subsidised, tension-free life in a crime-free region (fire arms are banned) that approximates a welfare state. There are no beggars. And the auto rickshaws do not loot. People are tourist-friendly and multilingual and one can get by with a mixture of English, Hindi, Bengali and Tamil.
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