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Say Hello to the man with a mission

Read about this underwater Diving Adventure

Bhushan is a social media expert now based in Singapore. Growing up in Mumbai he loved swimming & the beach. He was always keen to try out diving. Bhushan had his first diving experience underwater at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia back in 2014 and loved it. He also went for trip in 2017 where he decided to live on a live aboard (a yatch that stays in the sea for 2 nights & has rooms like a hotel) the agenda was scuba diving morning, evening and night. 

My experience underwater

On the other hand I find diving daring, going so many feet underwater to a world that you have never seen before, uncovering the depths so to speak. On my recent trip to Bali I went snorkeling for the first time. Even from the surface of the water it was so lovely to see the fish and coral in their natural habitat. However, I am yet to find the time and courage to go diving.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that my friend Bhushan has decided to embark on a scuba diving mission. He will complete 12 dives in 12 months across the Asia Pacific. Here he is telling us about it.

Bhushan at his recent dive at Jeju Island

1)  What has prompted you to go on this mission?

Living in Singapore – travelling across the Asia Pacific regions is easy and cost friendly. I wanted to travel around but not just do touristy things. I got my scuba diving license in Singapore. That’s when I decided to make Scuba Diving my main mission while I travel – I have never looked back!

2) Where have you gone to till date?

I have been able to dive in 7 countries out of the 12 that’s my target this year. They include 1 dive site each in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand & Korea

3) What’s your message to aspiring divers?

Try it out once in life, don’t be scared, enjoy it.  

4) What would you want to know when you started diving?

The costs involved and the different types of certifications you can get. Do you know even people with Asthma can dive!

Swimming with the Manta Rays at Manta Point
Swimming with the Manta Rays at Manta Point in Bali

5) Any unique experience/ favorite animals to see  

Every time I dive – the feeling is relaxing but the views are so different. No 2 dives feel the same. I don’t dive just to see some underwater species – I find scuba like jogging. However – some of my best experiences underwater include seeing & following a turtle, manta rays & a school of yellow fin tuna (around 500 fish together)

Spotting a 120 year old sea turtle in Phuket 

We need to protect our beautiful ocean

While Bhushan started out on this mission more for his love for the ocean. He is inevitably bringing awareness on global warming and how it is affecting our oceans. He says diving has a twofold benefit, one is obviously personal satisfaction. But the more we undertake offbeat trips like this, the more the tourism and environment agencies across the world have funding to ensure that they can invest in protecting the corals.

Some important statistics

  • It is now believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. 
  • 100,000 marine creatures a year die from plastic entanglement and these are the ones found. 
  • Approximately 1 million sea birds also die from plastic.

Remember this the next time you travel or are at the beach. Marine life is a treasure for the next generation and worth protecting.

We wish Bhushan all the luck on his journey. If you want to follow him you can do so here https://www.instagram.com/yourappa/

 It’s an inspiration to see a young Indian man follow such a unique dream. We hope to catch him at the end of his under water diving adventure as well. So stay tuned !

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Take a road trip with ‘Tripling’

Us on a road trip a long time back, Tripling making me very nostalgic.
One of the many road trips taken with friends over the years

Roadtrips as part of growing up

Growing up I took many roadtrips with friends. Once I remember we visited Lonavla, during the monsoon. We ran into these gorgeous guys from the National Defence Academy (NDA), who sadly we never met again. But the weather was beautiful and that lifted our spirits. But this trip is one we keep talking about. Because our friendship was cemented at that moment and many moments later, on similar trips, with nothing but the road and the radio to accompany us. This shared experience continues to connect us many years later.

Indian stories have compelling content

There is no wonder then that one of my feel good shows for the summer is TVF’s ‘Tripling’. Set to the backdrop of a roadtrip the show follows the lives of 3 siblings, Chandan, Chanchal and Chitwan as they navigate life together and in the process, find themselves. They do this mostly while driving around in their car. 

For some background, when streaming platforms came to India, they recognized that there was a market for regional language content. Indian writers were soon developing good content.And my first introduction, was through ‘Tripling’. There is a reason why this is my first tryst with Indian writing for a web series. 

Akarsh (The Tripling writer) has been expanding my cultural universe since a decade. I know him as the easy going fellow who always sees humor in situations, has cool friends and has married my Parsi bestie.  I have a feeling though, going on a road trip with Akarsh would be a little like the series 😉 

Why you need to watch Tripling

But the point is I would want a real-life road trip like this. Always some action, drama and romance. Also, who doesn’t love roadtrips that feature our gorgeous country?  The second season of Tripling travels to Kolkata and Sikkim, just to name a few of the places. And don’t we all talk about taking roadtrips with family and friends. It’s the stuff that dreams are made off.

Its a new season of Tripling

While the first season had the siblings travelling together to meet their parents, with all possible madness ensuing. The second season that released this April is equally hilarious. The trio set out to find Chanchal’s husband who has mysteriously disappeared. It is nice to see the characters getting fleshed out in the second season.Of course, it cannot be as simple as that. I don’t want to give away too much information, but, go watch it. It’s an engaging, slice of life series with exaggerated twists and funny dialogues.

Kudos to the writer duo for tapping into the memories and magic that roadtrips evoke. Sometimes all it takes is the open road and your people for everything to make sense again.

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