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Me The Scubba Diving Instructor

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Me the Scubba Instructor

My three weeks in Maldives were blissful , the only problem i had was in the initial few days when Ramadan was on .I got no food during the day , but i still managed to find a restaurant called Gourmet that served food to foreigners who had arrived in Male . I mainly travelled by taxi which cost me 25 rupiya per ride . From Male to Hulumale i use to travel by ferry which was 10 rupiya for a ride . Hattu the owner of Dive Club Maldives was very generous and gave a a few dives extra .I did around 12 dives in my stint their and also went into the lagoon , where i learnt how to navigate myself in Shallow water . i leant how to remove my regulator a stay underwater also how to remove my mask underwater and how to take my guides regulator and berate when the oxygen tank was switched off .These were important skills i needed to learn in oder to qualify my open water course .

Hussain and my instructor then took me through the written exam also which i cleared easily. I had my lunch at the Jade restaurant in Male , which was where i enjoyed lobsters and other exciting dishes ,like blueberry cheese cake and Shrimp platter . Diving can get very exhausting and for me it was a great meditative experience , seeing the world under the sea . Maldives is an islamic country but i found it to be liberal in many ways .I saw guys with their girl friends chatting in bars or in the park s or going out on the road on motor bikes .

The island is full of mosques and the early call of Azaan invites people to come in for prayers . Alcohol is illegal and in not served with food .

I was not allowed to dive on the last day because i had to fly the next day to Sri Lanka .This is because of the pressure underwater and the pressure one experiences when one is on a plane may cause an imbalance in the body and could lead to a problem.

I had great discussion with Hatthu where i decide that i will promote Scubba Diving to School’s in India . The deal is yet to be inked but we shook hands on it .
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Me The Scubba Diving Instructor

Instructor

Me the Scubba Instructor

My three weeks in Maldives were blissful , the only problem i had was in the initial few days when Ramadan was on .I got no food during the day , but i still managed to find a restaurant called Gourmet that served food to foreigners who had arrived in Male . I mainly travelled by taxi which cost me 25 rupiya per ride . From Male to Hulumale i use to travel by ferry which was 10 rupiya for a ride . Hattu the owner of Dive Club Maldives was very generous and gave a a few dives extra .I did around 12 dives in my stint their and also went into the lagoon , where i learnt how to navigate myself in Shallow water . i leant how to remove my regulator a stay underwater also how to remove my mask underwater and how to take my guides regulator and berate when the oxygen tank was switched off .These were important skills i needed to learn in oder to qualify my open water course .

Hussain and my instructor then took me through the written exam also which i cleared easily. I had my lunch at the Jade restaurant in Male , which was where i enjoyed lobsters and other exciting dishes ,like blueberry cheese cake and Shrimp platter . Diving can get very exhausting and for me it was a great meditative experience , seeing the world under the sea . Maldives is an islamic country but i found it to be liberal in many ways .I saw guys with their girl friends chatting in bars or in the park s or going out on the road on motor bikes .

The island is full of mosques and the early call of Azaan invites people to come in for prayers . Alcohol is illegal and in not served with food .

I was not allowed to dive on the last day because i had to fly the next day to Sri Lanka .This is because of the pressure underwater and the pressure one experiences when one is on a plane may cause an imbalance in the body and could lead to a problem.

I had great discussion with Hatthu where i decide that i will promote Scubba Diving to School’s in India . The deal is yet to be inked but we shook hands on it .

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One Man's Sanity is another Man's Insanity

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One Man’s Sanity is another Man’s Insanity

Learning the finer points of Scubba diving was fun today . i Iearnt how to take the regulator out of my mouth when was underwater . Then i did the bouncy test where i floated in the deal end of the sea and kept bobbing up and down . Dost my instructor also shut the oxygen tank abruptly and i learnt not to panic in this situation and took his regulator and used it to breathe . The oxygen filled in my lungs and everything was fine again . The other skill that i picked up was taking off my mask underwater and still holding on to my breathe . It was a super experience and i enjoyed it immensely , i learnt how to negotiate the choppy sea’s and the bad weather .

Last dive i undertook yesterday i got a star fish in my hand . “ Anuj you cannot take the fish out of the water it is against the law . The fish has to be thrown back into the sea , where it belongs . Two weeks in Maldives are already over .I have passed my written exams and with in two days i will be a qualified instructor . From handling and preparing the Scubba diving equipment to diving into the sea , to the buoyancy test i have passed all the major test’s . Hattu the owner of dive club Maldives is satisfied with my progress and said “ you will be an instructor and a very good one at that anuj .” Maldives culture is islamic , but the people are liberal , although the women her wear head gear , they are warm and friendly . Most people doing menial jobs are from Bangladesh and other such places . They Watch hindi cinema and enjoy indian music . Hattu the owner of the dive club speaks beautiful hindi and has been very encouraging to me . I have decided to sell scubba diving to my friend’s in India and organise school trips for students . This will be a way inn which i can monetise my Travelthon.

Hattu is also very well read and we spoke at length about islam and the cultural differences it has with Hinduism . Religious discussions are the best that get people worked up and it got every one in the office excited . I told them that life is wondrous and “ pone man’s insanity is other man’s sanity .” This was a pearl of a quote that went on my Facebook today . Scubba has really been a great experience for me and i can’t wait to get a certificate and a badge for my work .

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Honesty In Maldives

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Honesty in Maldives

Today was my fourth day of Scubba Diving , i did my open water routine . Hattu the owner of dive club was very supportive he gave me a discount price for doing the level one and open water courses . I enjoyed the dives , learnt how to fix the equipment and use the regulator, it was a great experience taking the regulator out of my mouth when i was under water . I loved the experience of bubbles coming out of my mouth as i breathed in with the regulator and breathed out with out it . Two dives a day can be exhausting . It is Ramadan time in Maldives and only a few restaurants are open at this time . I found a great one called Gorumet , where i have been enjoying prawn curry and rice along with fresh vegetables and lemon Soda. Hattu and his dive club gang have become my friends , we sing songs to each other . They all know that i am a bollywood actor and keep checking out my scenes on the internet. I in turn entertain them with the latest numbers . The beauty of the sea is mesmerising and it’s like meditation for me. In about ten days i would have become quite an expert. I would love to dive deep as possible and see all the corral reeves of the region .

We also took the boat to Karumba island where the water is shallow and i could enjoy my self immensely there and learn the new techniques with ease . Maldives has over 1000 islands scattered all over the Indian Ocean and the Arabian sea . It is Ramadan time so no one is allowed to eat in the afternoon .I sat down in a snack bar and tried to eat a burger but the owner stopped me from eating saying Ramadan time is for fasting .

I extended my stay in my hotel Levis Boutique by mistake i gave the manager Euro 100 more and he returned me the money .This was an amazing gesture of Honesty and Kindness and i gave the manager Rupeeya 100 as a tip . Honesty is alive at least in some parts of the world. I am glad that their are still people who are honest and forthright. This islamic republic is still thriving with honest and loving people.

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Adventure Sports and Traveling

Adventure

Travelling and Adventure Sports

Adventure sports was something i indulged in heavily dousing my travelthon . The river rafting on the ganges in Hrishikesh or Bunjee Jumping from a 80 meter tall tower , i enjoyed them for the first time . Rafting over the rapid’s dancing away on the icy water . My boat always seemed to loose control but never did. I learnt how to navigate the rapids by rowing and taking up postures that would save me from spilling over into the river . Our guide was clear with his instructions as we floated away in the river surrounded by rocky mountains with jagged edges . Sometimes we came close to hitting these edges but narrowly escaped . It was a bumpy ride as we flew over one rapid into the arms fo the other. Everyone had his hamlet on just incase the boat tumbled . As we came into quitter and shallow waters , i jumped into the river holding the roped of the raft , floating away in the mighty ganges.

Here it was that i stood on a iron beam overlooking a 80 meter drop into the river below .It was time to do bunjiee jumping for the first time . My instructor Dave who was from Newzeland ties my feet with the long elastic ropes , with belts protecting them . When i was all suited up i was walked to the edge asked to take a deep breathe and jump . I must say when i looked down i got scared and moved a few steps back ,but i was composed after a few deep breathes and just jumped . The rush was chilling and i cried out my guts on the down as everything whirled around me .The rope yanked me up as i hit rock bottom and then agin the rush of blood . After being tossed around in this manner , i reached the arms of the guy who untied me and let me go , with a Certificate in my hand saying I did it.

I enjoyed water sports in the island of Boracy in Phillipines . Here i took the water scooter deep into the sea and whirled around for hours . Sometimes stopping right in the middle , it becomes very silent at times in the sea , only the gushing of the wind and stillness . I prayed here again for my fathers soul and started my scooter back towards the jetty .Scooters are like jet ski’s but make a lot of voice they bob about in water when hit by waves all in all a very fun filled experience. I jumped from a 20 meter board into the wild sea while i was island hopping in Boracy . Snokeling was another new experience for me here.

But the most fascinating was Scubba Diving in Maldives . I had a local called Dost as my instructor he loved to sing bollywood songs and had taken a liking to me . I got a discount dollar 50 for a dive and thats it i was hooked . To the beauty of the sea the various colours and type of plants fishes and other flora and tuna . It was like being in the film finding Nemo . I made an underwater video . Chaed sea turtles and danced with sharks .

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