Deep Thought

"A man would do nothing, if he waited until he could do it so well that no one would find fault with what he has done"
- Cardinal Newman

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Picturesque of Original Beings

Agatti is a small island in Lakshwadeep which we visited in last year's summer vacations. Spreading its magic through 6 kms in length and 1km in width it manages to possess an airport too. A place that cannot be inhibited by Non-Indians or without a permit (as of 2012) clearly had let me imagine as if something has been hidden there.
Agatti- an air view
After arriving at the Airport via a small aircraft with 20 seating capacity or so, the temperature so high had surely hit our senses. The humidity extracted the remaining pleasure. 5 maruti vans were already waiting for all families, as if a compulsion to occupy. A few minutes passed and I had only managed to put my hat on, we had already reached our hotel. Beyond doubt, it was a walk-able distance from airport. It didn't take us any time to realize the island doesn't have any high buildings or skyscrapers, hospitals, petrol pumps or mega marts. Petrol arrives via shipments from time to time at jetty. The only solid-seeming buildings were those of one hotel, one resort, one boys school, one girls school. Residents manage to live in delicate huts, leaving tourists accept they were some aliens who needed great ambiance to reside; even for some time.
A little walk around the place was filled with serenity. We felt like a part of a beautiful painting. Tall coconut trees, beach surrounding all area of Agatti, authentic air without a hint of pollution of any sort, water so pure- blue & bottle green. The place gave only two tourist attractions- scuba diving and mirror boats to feed eyes
with occult corals. Yes! I did scuba diving. The water so calm with tiny waves and possesses huge undisturbed ecosystem at the bottom of ocean. Fishes trapped in pedicure saloons of South Ex, Delhi at high costs, did mine for free as soon as a touched the near bottom bed. Corals as huge as rooms have been there since centuries, and not broken for any insane ideas as trading or selling (unlike many islands do). Everything is there- surviving in harmony.
Back from scuba diving!
People have evolved from their ancestral tribal culture. Yet, they rely on old Ayurveda healing instead of medicines. Air so pure refreshes your lungs otherwise daily filled with decay. The beaches are so clean with soothing sand and various crabs. Walking all time bare foot is something we didn't regret. The sand managed to make us feel as if we belonged to it. Tribal dancing is something, am yet deprived of. In comparison to
urban culture, residents to us, still seemed like tribal.
The sand accepts your every part of being
They are what humans should really be- A part of & with nature. Giving nature only love and accepting it in all hues. Its a site which surely acts as an escaping portals for people like us trapped in fake ailments.
A few days back, a news hit me hard- Agatti is again banned from tourists' visits. Soon, it will be again lost in maps and from minds of people. Only they will remember who have been there and witnessed the solitude of pure magic, even for once in a lifetime.

Hoping that the reason for closure shall be resolved soon and this place will be opened for all to experience the alchemy of nature.

Area- approx 6kms in length, 1 km in width
Population- about 5,000
Languages- English, Malayalam
Religion- South Indian Muslims


  1. Didn't know abt this place. Nice travelogue.

    1. @Madhuresh
      The best treasures of the world are the ones hidden. Its a must visit, well when the government allows.
      Thank for the comment!