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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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 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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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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