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Green Islands of the Andamans and Nicobars

Author Name: Protiva Gupta | Format: Paperback | Genre : Biographies & Autobiographies | Other Details

Ink black seas. A scattering of islands far from the home country. Beautiful beaches, lush forests, strange tribes, a penal colony. And a few years ago, a devastating tsunami. That is usually the sum of knowledge that most people have about the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Yet there is so much more that is wondrous and fascinating about these tiny bits of sea-encircled land. Green Islands . . . tells us the many stories of this unique archipelago - its history, its many mysteries, its folklore, and island life in the 1960s – in a captivating travelogue that grabs your attention right from the first page.

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Protiva Gupta

Protiva Gupta was born in 1918 and spent her childhood and early adolescence in Delhi and Shimla. Her parents and her education instilled in her an abiding interest in literature and poetry, an interest she kept alive in spite of a busy life as homemaker and mother of four children. She graduated in the late 1930s, when it was rare to see women pursuing higher education. Her marriage to a civil engineer, working with the government of India, gave her the opportunity to travel to different parts of India. One such place was the tiny cluster of islands in the Bay of Bengal known as the Andaman and Nicobar islands where she lived with her husband for four years in the early 1960s.

The spectacular beauty of the islands, their fascinating history, their links with India’s freedom struggle, and the mysterious origins of their aboriginal tribes captured Protiva Gupta’s imagination, compelling her to read up as much as she could about the islands, and travel widely within them to experience them at first hand. This fascinating travelogue is the result.

Protiva Gupta’s two books on the Andaman and Nicobar islands were initially published in serial form in two Bengali literary magazines and then published as books in the late 1960s to considerable acclaim. She died in 1998.

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