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Diving in Koh Tao and a short trip down the Khao San Road

After all the hullabaloo that ensued after two members of our team of four pulled out, RJ and I proceeded ahead with the diving trip in between a short hi-jink to Bangkok and it’s neighboring villas and towns. Armed with my trusty old Wetsuit, Nikon W300, Passport and the other shenanigans often found in travelers kits, I set out to chart the depths and go diving in Koh Tao and…

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How to Touch-Up your Underwater Photography using Adobe Photoshop

Amazed by the beautiful photos taken by the professional underwater photographers, I dived into purchasing my first underwater camera close to two years ago. A very basic but sturdy Nikon W300. Little did I know back then, that post-processing is to Underwater Photography, what make-up artists are to actors! Back in the Day Back in the latter half of the previous decade, I would spend much of my time processing…

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From Bridge to Business School

The Problem with dreams is that most people leave them to be just that – dreams. It is another irony of sorts that many people drift along the tides of life – only to declare their first found profession as their childhood passion. I can vividly recall the day I decided that I would become a pilot. I was standing in the Mumbai Airport aisle, marveling at the difference in…

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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 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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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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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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