travel diary – andaman & nicobar islands πŸŒŠ


It’s been a while since I did one of these, but in late September, my family and I flew south of India to the picturesque Port Blair, the capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

And the week we spent there, on the beach, in the waves, under the sun… that was all the inspiration I needed to write. This is mainly a photo dump with a few scattered thoughts (because I’m too chaotic to manage them at the moment owing to a multitude of inexplicable reasons.)

It’s certainly been a rollercoaster, these past couple of weeks; from studying, to half-yearlies, to vacation, to worrying about the results, to actually getting the results today… and actually being happy about them. And now we repeat the process for the next 6 years? I’m just exhausted at this point, haha. Anyway, here we go~

Many, many MANY sunsets & sky pictures – you have been forewarned!

port blair 🏝️

We were here only for a day but it’s a historically rich place – the tales of Cellular Jail chronicling the British Raj’s suppression of the commoners in the early 20th century. It was heartbreaking, really, and I learnt a great deal (I recommend this article if you want to read more about it!) It was an extremely strategically constructed prison, I must hand it to them. We saw the prettiest purple-pink sky (invisible string!) at sunset and we ate by the ocean at a streetside cafe, watching the city lights reflect on the dark waters. It felt like we were in a storybook that evening, in all honesty.

havelock πŸ§‰

Easily my favourite spot. It was just beach after beach, but for some reason… it never got old. The sand of each beach was somehow different – despite being of the same land, of the same ocean, even. It never ceases to amaze me how nature can be so different and yet so united. And we went scuba-diving for the first time – it was incredible. There was also this particular restaurant, Something Different, that I won’t forget for a long time to come. It was a beachside cafe with the most delectable food and graffiti on the walls – adorable, really.

neil island 🌴

There was a beach here with a sunset point that we went to on both days. The first day, there was a girl about my age on the beach reading a book. I very much wanted to know what she was reading but for some reason, she’d angled it oddly, so no one could see. Just as we were about to leave, I dipped my head sideways and caught a glimpse of ‘CLARE’ on the cover and the unmistakable Izzy Lightwood tattooed on the front – it was City of Fallen Angels. She was so engrossed, she wouldn’t even look up from it when her mom asked her if she wanted a pair of earrings from the hawker nearby. And I could gauge her personality – to some extent – from that little gesture.

It’s the little things that stay with me – ‘people watching’ in my mom’s (and Conan Gray’s) words. Or silently letting the waves wash over your feet, staring out at the horizon. Just wondering how there may seem to be a point where the sky meets the sea, but in actuality, it isn’t. This was one of those things – the special memories. Things that you can’t quite put into words, but are magical in their own way.

A quick update on what I’ve been loving lately: Last night, I was up till 11, tears in my eyes, scribbling down my report for school on The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. It was so touching, yet so disturbing?! I had to watch the whole thing in one go and ended up loving it so much – it was so innocent.

I think any movie about the Holocaust (this one, The Book Thief, Jojo Rabbit, Saving Private Ryan) will be a tear-jerker – with a sad ending. I definitely recommend it if you want to watch something. I’m also currently re-reading Chain of Iron in anticipation of Chain of Thorns in a couple of months. Clockwork Princess’s epilogue still has the same effect on me that it did two years ago. Gosh, the nostalgia when I finished reading them!

And I’ve been listening to a couple of new artists lately – Niall Horan, Maisie Peters, and Nessa Barret. Here’s my ‘i lived like an island’ playlist (in honour of living on islands for the last week, of course, but just a couple of songs we listened to on the trip.)

I hope you’ve been happy, safe, and healthy, wherever you are, in your little corner of the world. I hope that for me too, with how crazy life’s been lately.

(And thank you to Isha because I don’t think this post would’ve been up if it weren’t for your emails, back and forth during vacation, encouraging me to write. Sometimes simple words mean SO much <3)

And one last bit of news – I’ve gotten back to my first draft and started editing my book! So we know what I’m going to be doing this NaNoWriMo, I suppose. Until next time xx

this is me trying


13 thoughts on “travel diary – andaman & nicobar islands πŸŒŠ

  1. Your vacation has me beyond envious – those pictures are gorgeous! 😍 I’m really glad you had a great time! And of course, I’m anticipating Chain of Thorns right along with you! πŸ€—

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  2. Wow this is amazing! The pictures are so pretty, and beaches are absolutely THE BEST.
    Your bit on the movies of the Holocaust movies stand true for books too.
    I’m so glad you’re back at your draft, because it’s really on the way to become a potential bestseller (I would buy it) and I cannot wait to see how it ultimately turns out!
    Here’s wishing you the best in writing further!

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