Ship to Andaman

‘Why can’t we take the flight instead of ship to go to Andaman?’ asked Trina.

‘Because I want to follow the path of my grandfather’ replied her mom.

‘Your grandfather was sent on a prisoner’s ship but this is a luxury cruise’ said Trina.

‘Yes but the path is same. I want to identify with his painful journey’ replied mom.

‘That’s hypocritical Mom. He was given a Kalapani and abandoned for a lifetime to Andaman. Later he was executed. You can never feel his journey to Andaman sipping champagne on a luxury deck. It must have been different.’ Trina retorted.

WORD COUNT: 100
Genre: Historical
P.S. The cellular jail in Andaman was known as Kalapaani when India was a British colony. The prison was used by British to exile political freedom fighters who protested the British rule. Kalapani meant lifetime abandonment to cellular prison. Many prisoners were also hanged in cellular jail. 
THIS IS WRITTEN FOR FRIDAY FICTIONERS HOSTED BY ROCHELLE WISOFF FIELDS.
IMAGE COURTESY: Ted Struts.

 

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41 thoughts on “Ship to Andaman

  1. L.E.R.T says:

    Beautifully written. But I feel we should not discount the mother’s sentiments. The ship might be a luxury liner, but the seas and winds are the same. Maybe she might have got some solace by traversing the same distance across the sea on a ship.

    On a side note, are there such cruises to Andaman. Would totally love to take my mum.

    Cheers, Varad.

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    • Balaka says:

      Varad, I know there are ships to Andaman… however they are not as luxurious as the ones abroad. I went to Andaman by ship when I was a child..it left from Kolkata.

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