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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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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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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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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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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