Friday, August 29, 2014

Sunset from the Viper Island

Sunset from the Viper Island
This sunset silhouette over the Viper Island, a small member island of the Andaman and Nicobar groups, may look picturesque and peaceful but its history speaks somewhat different. It is the very island near Port Blair where Indian political prisoners used to be barred and executed by the British before the Cellular Jail was built. Presently, otherwise uninhabited, this Viper Island is a tourist spot to be visited on a cruise boat. The ruins of the sinful gallows atop a hillock may incite pain in your heart and interest to revisit those pages of history which narrated all about the Indian struggle for independence.   

4 comments:

  1. Nice but strange name Viper maybe there were many vipers who bit the british :P

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    1. hi Vijay,
      according to Wiki:-
      "This small island derives its name from the vessel `Viper' in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1789. The vessel, it is believed, met with an accident and its wreckage was found near the island. Another story says that the name originated from the presence of vipers, snakes, on the island."
      :-)

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  2. Looks are deceptive. Aren't they? :)

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    1. Yes... sometimes they are... many times to be precise :-P

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