Month: December 2016

A Quick Guide To Agonda Beach, South Goa

I carefully chose to spend a bigger portion of my time in Goa on a three-kilometre stretch of sand known as Agonda Beach. And Sonho do Mar, which offers cosy beach huts became my home for almost a fortnight. Compared to a few other beaches in the south, Agonda beach turned out to be a little touristy. It looked more like an island in Bali than it did a part of India, with a majority of Western Europeans claiming the beach. It housed a diverse mix of tourists – independent travellers, elderly couples and families – which, I think, helped create a pleasant atmosphere. It was certainly not a wild party place but was certainly not a boring, nothing-to-do destination either. What made it even more perfect was the fact that the kind of tourists that visited Agonda beach were not interested in moon beach raves, and late night parties. During my entire time at Agonda beach, the beach went amazingly quiet right after midnight. I could hear sea waves the entire night, just as clearly as …

My First Scuba Diving Experience

Life Underwater – a serene, slow-motion world, almost tranquil and unreal. The sun started dissolving slowly, as I deflated my buoyancy control jacket. The blue, hazy sea in front of me, slowly darkened. I remember the first time I started sinking I was half scared. The idea of leaving the world I knew better and entering into something far mysterious and eerie was undoubtedly scary. And the fact that every cry, every yell, will only going to be left unheard there, was moreover alarmingly daunting. For the first 5 minutes, I did not take my eyes off my instructor and the other two fellow divers. They seemed like my only hope. But as I slowly sank down, listening to a louder ‘pop’ in my left ear, I began to take shape and coming into focus. Nearly 12 metres down in the depths of the Arabian Sea, the life I saw, existing and moving was totally magical. And I remember I stopped breathing. It was not through fear anymore but from sheer awe and wonder. The …