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Ocean bath

Feeling alive: My first ocean bath!

There were butterflies in my stomach.

I forgot everything the instructor told me the day before. And there was quite a lot of it.

The vast sight of the endless ocean is enough to get even an expert swimmer nervous, I’ve heard. So I took consolation in the fact that I’m not even an expert.

The endless ocean

The endless ocean stretches out into the horizon

The blue green shimmering sea beckons

The blue green shimmering sea beckons

Yes, I know how to swim. In a pool, I could probably save a life too. But here, many miles from the shore, in the middle of a shimmering blue green ocean, and a boat which was swaying with the waves, the slight panic was unavoidable. It was fear, mixed with a heightened sense of anticipation.

I’ve never actually jumped into the ocean before. I’ve frolicked with the waves, like everyone does when they go to a beach. But jump and swim? Never. And jump and dive? Ditto!

Even with a life jacket tied firmly and an instructor who kept telling me to breathe normally, I had my doubts.

But… there I was! Out in the ocean somewhere off the Andaman islands. In a boat in the middle of nowhere. And I’d paid quite a bit to get there.

And that’s how my ocean bath happened. Watching the ocean bath in Cintol’s “Alive is Awesome” series, I can now say that I did it too.

Getting ready for the jump!

Getting ready for the jump!

What a feeling!

What a feeling!

It was definitely an experience to remember. The instructors checked if the life jackets are tied properly. Whether the oxygen tanks were full and working. And then, the boat was tethered to the depth of the ocean. It was time.

I must admit (much as I’d like to say I was very brave and didn’t feel an iota of fear) that it wasn’t my most confident moment. But it was definitely my “alive is awesome” moment. You know the feeling? When there’s fear, but the anticipation of the larger experience takes over. I let go of the safety of the rocking boat, I looked around one time at the mighty ocean, at my smiling instructor and took the plunge.

Next, was the big splash as I entered the water and then went under, letting out my breath the entire time. The water wasn’t as cold as it looked, in fact it was quite warm in those tropical climes. A few seconds later, I was back with my head out of the water and suddenly everything looked well again in the world. I was afloat and I could see the others heading towards the rope.

The very rope which we were going to use to lower ourselves into the ocean. But that is a different story, already told in this tale about my Andamans experience.

The warm tropical waters makes it easier when you jump!

The warm tropical waters makes it easier when you jump!

Jumping into the waters, this first dive into the ocean, getting engulfed by the waves gave me the feeling of how “tiny” I was in the middle of this endless ocean. But there is only one word that can describe what I felt when I jumped and emerged out of the water… alive!

Making our way through the waters

Making our way through the waters

Alive is awesome!

Alive is awesome!

– Come with me as I experience the village bath experience, the anticipation of first rain, the elephant bath, the “ice-ice” baby feeling and the cold mountain water crossing experience!

This is a part of the Alive is Awesome campaign from Godrej Cinthol. For fun contests and the latest visuals swing by this page).

Into the Light

Into the light!

2011 came without much warning.

I breezed through 2010. A lot of travel and work kept me busy and off the blog! The “project” I much wanted to launch didn’t see light of day (at least formally). But then, that’s life, I discovered. Most things you have on your “to do” list don’t get done and you’re staring at a nearly full list at the beginning of a fresh year.

into the light

But I am quite excited now. Filled with some apprehension. But excited, never the less. And why, you might ask?

For starters, after years of thinking about it, I’ve decided to fly solo. While I learnt a lot from corporate life, I think it’s time to try a few things on my own. See where the road “less taken” leads me…

I’ve discovered that while I really enjoyed my job, I was also not really concentrating on the different ideas I had in my head. So I’ve termed 2011 as my “Into the Light” year! I am going to explore dimensions and avenues and see what else I can do besides sitting in a well-decorated cubicle. Work was fun, I had a great team and I had a super manager (she knows who she is!). But I think it’s time.

So what am I going to be doing? Well, to be frank I haven’t had much time to breathe since the New Year – it’s been a flurry of coffee, tea and lunch meetings, conversations with interesting folks to see where I get involved and what I can do. Some folks reaching out to me with interesting projects related to writing, blogs, social media, photography etc. The next few months will probably see me figuring out what I can do best and in what way.

Meanwhile, I’ve also been hosting friends visiting me from Switzerland (Stephanie and her dad) and Mervyn and his wife Shinobu from Australia, who came by for a couple of days. It’s been a whirlwind week and a half with lots of fun stuff, shopping, photo walks, chilling out in Bangalore and a drive down to Mysore where we spent some time at of my favourite places – the Hillview Farms.

I am of course, now hoping to get more time to devote to my travel, writing and photography. I’m doing a lot of photo shoots these days so if any of you want portfolios, kids and family photos done, I’ll be happy to do it for you (with special launch offer :-). If you think there’s any area where I can help, or any assignments that you think can use my services, do reach out to me at anitabora at gmail dot com. I’m happy to hear from you and discuss possibilities…

Here’s to an exciting 2011!

Hello India in Bangalore!

Flickr users in Bangalore, do come by the Lalit Ashok tomorrow!

The second in the series of Hello India events in India is going to be held on April 21.

The event is from 7-11 pm and details are also on Upcoming. Like any Yahoo! event, this promises to be an interesting and fun evening that you shouldn’t miss.

I’ve been using Flickr for years now (since 2004 when I moved to Bangalore and discovered it!) and I looked back into my archives to find the first picture I posted – here it is!

pretty in pink

How long have you been a Flickr user and what was your first picture posted?