Pavithra Srinivasan
Lakshadweep by Deepak Dalal Westland, 2013, 193 pp., 225
November 2013, volume 37, No 11

The cover of Lakshadweep Adventure is certainly very colourful and appealing—it shows a youngster snorkeling amidst bright coral and fish, in deep blue waters. And within its pages, it aims to introduce a beautiful coral island chain: Lakshadweep. The author takes great pain to show his readers around India’s natural treasure, taking you to coral reefs; calm, translucent lagoons where you float in perhaps 5 or 10 metres of water; wonderful stretches of white sand, warm and friendly people, the weather, boating adventures, coconut palms, water-sports like windsurfing, sailing and snorkeling—there seems no end to the blue sky and green water—but of course, there are squalls and storms, powerful gales and waves that can splinter whole boats and shipwreck travellers.

Of course, all this happens through the central characters of the book: it’s a VikramAditya story, as known by the legend on the front-cover, and it’s through Vikram, Aditya, and their friend Faisal that you take part in these adventures, as the boys arrive at Kadmat for their holiday, invited by Aditya’s father, and have a grand time, snorkeling and windsurfing.

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