Amazing Andamans

A graduate from IIM and a senior director in an MNC, Kiranveer’s life revolves around his twins – Aditya and Aryan. He has lived in practically every metro in the country, and as a passionate traveller and an avid marathoner, he’s travelled all over the world. The decision to club his two favourite things – running and travelling – took Kiranveer to Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He talks to us about his three-day solo trip, where he participated in a 30-kilometre marathon race, the Tuffman BSNL Ultra Marathon.

This was Kiranveer’s first trip to the Andaman Islands. Despite its beauty, the place has quite a troubled past. It was a penal colony for dissidents in WWI; the Japanese then occupied it in WWII, but it was devastated by the tsunami in 2004. “The island had such an effect on me that I’ve already planned another trip with my family,” Kiranveer says. “Apart from the sheer beauty of the place, it was also a learning experience.”

Kiranveer visited Ross Island, “Dotted with grand ballrooms, mansions, beautiful gardens, churches, and a famous bakery, it is dubbed as Paris of the East because of its architecture,” Kiranveer informs us. “You can also spot a lot of deer and peacocks roaming freely!” Another place he visited was Manjera Sunset Point, where the tracks  go through lush green forests and beautiful strips of boulevards, “Naturally, the view of the sunset from here was extraordinary!” He recalls, “North Bay Island offers several water activities, and although I couldn’t participate in all of them, I definitely intend to the next time I visit!”

Recalling his experience at the marathon, Kiranveer tells us, “It was unbelievable taking part in a marathon where the roads literally touch the sea. I will never forget watching the sunrise during the race. People there were calling it the ‘golden sunrise’, and it lived up to its name!” The race started at Corbyn’s Cove Beach, and Kiranveer recalls the thrilling feeling as he stood at the starting point along with 400 other runners from India. “It was more than a physical task; we were mentally prepared. Just the thought of conquering a race terrain with over 60% of humidity levels in three and a half hours is daunting just to think about it! It was the mind I had to win first, before taking on the actual physical race.”

“Running an island marathon has always been on my bucket list, and I’m so glad I got to do it!” Kiranveer tells us. “Apart from that, travelling has helped me understand and appreciate different cultures across countries. This helps me at work since I have a global leadership role in my company. It helps me to form a better rapport and collaborate more easily with colleagues, clients, and friends across geographies.”

Having done two things he loves and also tick off something from his bucket-list, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say Kiranveer thoroughly enjoyed his trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands! “Travel is peace,” he concludes. “It’s the only time I can switch off all of my obligations, both personal and professional, and just live in the moment. It really helps me re-energise and come back to work fully charged!”

– as told to Tanya