We will rock you

We Will Rock You

From over the Waves and Far Away….. 1330 hrs, Byculla, Near Mazagaon Docks – From the hulking and hallowed silhouette of the famous educational institute known as St. Mary’s ICSE, and affectionately as Mary’s, emanated a thunderous sound with the kind of synchronicity oft associated with the famous rock bands from historic locales such as England. To the unassuming vendor hawking his wares of golas and sweets, the stomp-stomp-clap didn’t…

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rescue diver

Rescuing the ‘Rescue’ – Why Reality Checks trump Check Dives

Buzzing from the nice sleep and tasty fare served up at the Temple Cookhouse, we boarded the dive boat. The dive briefings, barring some confusion over compass headings, were satisfactory. We were to dive the Pirate’s Booty at 24m depth first. The conditions were quite fair, at 26 degrees Celsius and overcast skies. Expected visibility was 3-5 meters below surface. My friend WKJ and a rescue diver named MOLAN would…

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single malt blues

Single Malt Blues and Diving

I usually exercise great precaution during the day/night prior to my diving. Making sure that i’m well hydrated (with water), and rested usually the agenda. In fact, such caution was not a matter of maturity or of scientific adherence on my part. It was after I suffered a debilitating injury in 2013 that I realised the importance of maintenance and upkeep of the body. The injury had taken away my…

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Last Dives of 2018

Last Dives of 2018 & touching up my UW Photography Skills

Bringing In the New with the Old A fortnight ago I mentioned about the the plans to dive Pondicherry sometime towards the end of this year. In particular I am interested in the Temple Reef dive site. It’s an artificial reef, created by Temple Adventures themselves, and while I’ve had the privilege to dive it before, I never really dove deeper into it. This time around, i’m actually looking forward to…

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Vizag Wreck Dive wrecked by Cyclone Gaja but allows for a single dive

While Cyclone Gaja wrecked our plans to dive the Ship-Wreck at Chintapally, I set out optimistically to try and dive closer to the coast. An expected viz. of 1/2 – 1 meters gave us second thoughts on whether we should proceed ahead and get wet 17 November 2018 After the events of the previous day passed by in a blur, I opened my eyes to a little less than hazy skyline…

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Vizag Diving or will Cyclone Gaja reign supreme?

03 March 2018 Sipping the cool local beer to achieve respite from the muggy and sultry weather of Pondicherry during the summers, my friend and I were revisiting the last two days of amazing dives we’d had. The weekend had included dives at the artificially made Temple Reef and a couple of dives up to 40m at Aravind’s Wall. Just as in the past the city had been kind to us and our dive…

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Bernie Chowdhury Book Review

Book Review – The Last Dive by Bernie Chowdhury

It’s not surprising to hear every other month about how a recreational diver has gone ‘missing’ or met his maker whilst scuba diving. Even experienced divers often meet their end during routine dives. Recent examples of the same would be the incidents of the former Thai Navy SEAL and the Indonesian Rescue Diver this week. While these divers succumbed to faulty equipment and decompression related troubles The Last Dive by…

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