The Greatest Show on Earth is on Andaman road

The Greatest Show on Earth is on Andaman road


by Stan Faryna

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“I think I see something moving in the trees!” Dana gasped and pointed to a group of nearby trees as the tour bus inched down Andaman road.


George threw a bunch of bananas through his open window. Two young Jarawa scampered from behind bushes to the bananas laying at the side of road. Their eyes looked so full of joy. Dana snapped pictures with her iPhone.


The Jarawa young clicked and chanted. They stretched out their little hands and moved their fingers as if squeezing fruit.


“OMG!” said Dana. “I think they want more, George.

They’re trying to communicate with us! Do you see how they move their fingers? It’s so cute how they do it!”

A third Jarawa young appeared. He was holding an empty two liter plastic bottle of Coca Cola. He started to dance. His little black penis jiggled as he danced for the people on the bus.

“Do you think they like Coke,” George wondered outloud.

He took a last sip of cola and threw the half full can out the window. Cola exploded from the can and the three Jarawa dove for it. The victor pushed his lips forward against the top of the upside-down can to catch the last drops of Cola.

George laughed.

A thin, old Indian man with black skin and pink lips started yelling at George in perfect British English.

“Are all Europeans so primitive in your consciousness? These are human children. You are the animal. The Jarawa are not monkeys!”

“Mind your own business,” George replied. “We paid 100 Euro each for our seats. We’re all here for the show.

Are you here for something else?”

The old man smiled as he continued to point the video recorder at George’s face.

“I came to document the animals on the bus,” he finally answered George.


This flash fiction is based on a real life photo safari. It was inspired by a short documentary about a human tribe called the Jarawa – a so-called stone-age tribe that lives in India’s Andaman Islands.

Other posts by Stan that you will find illuminating and uplifting:

You Can Do Amazing Things
A Tribute to Maya Angelou
A Short Story of the Antichrist

About Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna is writing an epic novel. All of the world is crumbling like unrepaired, ancient walls but 18 year old gamer, blogger and entrepreneur John Dionysius finds the woman who he’s been dreaming about all of his life – a dream in which she is murdered as he watches helplessly from the eyes of a child.

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  1. In reference to Nisha: preach it brother!

    I’m sure there are people that will skip over the article simply because the photo is not “appealing” or the notion of cerebal palsy is an uneasy truth. That’s understandable but the lesson here is that we must come from a position of gratitude when looking at the challenges life brings us. There is always someone that has it much worse than us.

    Amongst the people that were dealt a bad hand, I reckon there are a lot more success stories than there are defeated individuals. It’s so easy to create barriers for ourselves and just give up. Appreciate the little things and live in the moment. I know that has helped me conquer quite a few ruts, including cancer, financial strife, joblessness, death, and rebellious kids.

    Most of all, and I know this is one of your biggest things Stan (I appreciate your tutelage bro), remember that you are not alone. You actually have to work VERY hard to be truly alone and self-sufficient in the world.. And it’s much easier and fulfilling to just make friends everywhere you go and slowly nurture those relationships. Learn to offload some responsibilities or at least talk more openly. We can only take on so much of a burden before we burst!

    Maybe we must learn to be more like the Jarawa? There is beauty and joy in simplicity and minimalism. The less we depend on things, the more we can appreciate everything and focus on what truly matters. Heck, I love technology and it’s central to what I do.. But even I have learned to unplug every now and then. It’s important if you want to stay sane and happy. 8)

  2. Kimberlee says:

    I think it is so great that Stan is helping his friend Nisha out. That is such a nice thing to do. I pray that she reaches her campaign goals.

  3. Wow! It amazes me how insensitive some people can be. It’s sad that we can treat other human beings like animals. It’s only by the grace of God that we were born in more developed nations. It’s a blessing to have access to water, food and other essentials without even having to think twice about how, when or where you’re going to get them from. That’s a blessing and we need to learn to not take it for advantage.

  4. Thanks for the mention Stan.

  5. I’ve never heard of the Jarawa before (of course, that’s part of the point). I’m going to have to do some extra research on this one. You have me intrigued with the story, Stan!

  6. The Jarawa are real people. Google them.

  7. That’s it, you know as a writer I’m going to have to read up on the Jarawa. It is a name that I feel I have heard before but not remembered and certainly know nothing of that tribe.

    I love the story of the ignorance of the European traveler. This rings so true, look at how the latest ( previously un-contacted) tribe were treated and they contracted influenza. The worst is they are being murdered by greedy illegal log cutters. Why do humans on the whole have to destroy? Makes me so angry and hurt!

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