I clicked this red cheeked bulbul at Ross Island, Port Blair. Port Blair is full of them. I heard from our guide at the Cellular Jail that when Vir Savarkar was serving his time there, he remarked that it was the song of the bulbuls that gave him solace. Now we can go inside the jail and see all the cells, including his. It is a tribute to the human spirit that he survived for 10 years in that confined space and lived a long life after his release. I am aware that there is a controversy about his appeal for clemency and the subsequent release. But just go and look at that cell and then question his decision. Right in front of his room were the gallows too. I will write more about my visit to the Cellular Jail. It was a very moving experience.
I clicked this picture by opening the side flaps of the luxury tent at the Camp Della Resorts and putting the lens out of it. I could hear the birds constantly but never thought I could manage to click a picture without leaving the room/tent. I have to say what is called a camp here is luxury with a bath with jacuzzi, TV, AC and a comfortable bed thrown in. Otherwise most of us understand tent as something that is carried in a bag and pitched after arriving at a spot. I have to say that the other kind of tents, loaded with luxury make for a nice change sometimes.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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