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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Scuba Gear ditch the camera for later!

The SCUBA Gear Conundrum – When What & Why

Every new diver faces a SCUBA Gear conundrum at some point or the other. Most authorities advise the traditional approach of buying a Mask, Snorkel and Fins first. I advise another approach which will not only save you your hard earned money but also make you a better diver. The SCUBA Gear Conundrum simplified If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’re either considering SCUBA classes or planning to dive…

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Cave Diving - The Thai Cave Rescue

Thai Cave Rescue – Who’s the Real Expert ?

Now that the ‘experts’ have had their say, the hullabaloo died down and the debris settled, read on to know who are the real experts of the Thai Cave Rescue Operation and why it’s not and should never be the active military. Be warned though – All this opinion is from a ‘Non-Expert’ ! Traditions are good as much as are trials by fire. But when they begin to put…

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Preparing before diving in Pondicherry

Life is a Pond -The Complete Guide to SCUBA Diving in Pondicherry

Life is a big pond – Diving in Pondicherry Every beach bum’s paradise, Pondicherry is one of the best places to be in, on India’s East Coast. Even more so, if you prefer enjoying a chilled beer post-dive in some much-needed sunshine on a beach. The beach, with its unending horizons and exquisite seafood, will double-up as the cherry on top of the proverbial cake. This idyllic city is a…

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Really Grandi. Also where I got my squeeze.

Attack of the Sinus Squeeze – The Day I Became Rudolph the Reindeer !

  In a Squeeze In the midst (of winding down) of a major life event, I realized that an outlet to vent my emotions positively was paramount. Something which would not tax my spine, but still be enjoyable. Of course, I began to plan my next dive trip on the West Coast of the country. After factoring in sufficient time for physiotherapy (PT) and R&R, I was finally en route…

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Arsene Who on his way out

Arsene Who?

Aug 2000 Having shifted schools – from cricket crazy to football frenzy, I boot up my PC. Reason: So that I could install the demo version of FIFA Football 2001 as a part of my quest to figure out football. Of course, I know that it is played with one ball and two feet (mainly). But that’s about it. Funnily enough, the demo only allows me to choose between the…

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Diving Incident : G(r)asping for Air and Logic Underwater

Enroute Diving… How many times have you decided to drive down to the nearest dive center for a well deserved weekend of diving action after a torturous week at work? That’s exactly what I did during the latter half of last year. The good weather played its part and I was in the dive boat, fully kitted out, before I knew it. The sunny sky, the good visibility, and the…

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