DECONSTRUCTED is a no-holds-barred debrief of our Cover Feature – Away From Home. Meet marine conservationist Tara Jain who deconstructs the Andaman Islands from her eyes.
In the Second Chapter of Way Back Home titled Away From Home: Discovering the Andaman Islands, filmmaker Rohan Thakur teams up with coral reef researcher Nayantara Jain to explore the Andaman Islands of India. This is his take, as we shift from the mountains to the seas.
Discover the Andaman Islands from the eyes of marine researcher Nayantara Jain in our original series Away From Home. Here’s the series promo.
Rohan and Tara visit Lacadives, one of India’s most well-known scuba and diving centres. Here Rohan tries scuba diving for the very first time. An ace diving instructor, Tara guides Rohan as they witness Andamans’ most glorious aquatic life up close.
The action shifts from Mayabunder to Port Blair as the travellers head to Havelock Island. Here they visit Beach Number 3, before exploring the small market where the town comes to shop. The next day, Rohan and Tara meet Tanaz Noble who runs a kayaking tour operation. The travellers explore the Andamans by kayaking through the mangrove rainforests. The next leg has Rohan and Tara visit Beach Number 7 also called Radhanagar Beach, which has for long been considered amongst Asia’s most beautiful beaches.
Tara and Rohan leaving in a convoy from Jirkatang as they travel through the Jarawa Tribal Reserve, where photography is strictly forbidden. They head to Mayabunder to John’s Homestay. John introduces the travellers to the “Karen” culture and its people. Karens are the largest ethnic tribe in Burma and were brought to the Andaman Islands from Burma by the British in 1925. The travellers then make their way to the Avis Island, where Tara goes free diving in its tropical waters.
In the Second Episode, Tara and Rohan continue to explore the secrets of Little Andamans and its turquoise blue waters. Tara takes Rohan surfing, after which they visit the Kaala Patthar Beach and its secret lagoon.
Tara picks up Rohan and Bharati from the airport, before embarking on a ten-hour ferry “Dering” to the Little Andamans. As they set sail, they witness a school of dolphins giving them company, before they reach Little Andamans. Here they discover Andamans’ famed forests with trees the size of “three-storied buildings,” and some of the most surreal sights and sounds, such as “The Big Waterfall.”