Travelling alone comes with a lot of baggage, you got to manage everything, decide on everything, beware of con peoples, checking out for the cheapest yet comfortable place to stay. In one word it comes with lots of responsibility. But the important part here was, the island was small about 113.93 km^2s, safest place, police was everywhere, tourist are seen as “Athithi Devo Bhava” and finally the locals are very friendly .In terms of fares also they will charge you the reasonable .The place is a village, literally a village, no R.C.C buildings, one relay centre of Door-darshan, a market, internet cost about Rs.300 per hour (satellite) it is basically a tourist place where the resorts are made of beautiful palm thatched houses and luxurious upgraded huts but mostly its eco-friendly.It is essentially a tourists place , with only two main road .One route you will find all the best resorts of the place, the Elephant beach & Kalapahar and the other headed to the famous Radhanagar beach.
Keeping my luggage in the Barefoot Scuba Resort, I hired a cycle & went to check out some other resorts that suit my taste and finally “Vinnie’s Island (Dive India)” caught my heart. I shifted my luggage there, negotiated the price & finally talked with my Dive instructor .He was very welcoming & he said that my Open Water Diver Course (OWD with the maximum depth of 18 meter i.e. 60 feet) would start from tomorrow and will be followed by an examination where pass mark was 80%.He also added that I will be getting a Diving license with which I could dive anywhere in the world & pursue my course further. I was amazed. I went to my room, got fresh & thought to explore the place, just 15 second walk from my room was the beautiful beach were white sand & the variants of blue water awaited for me .
The next day our class started with the theory & video classes followed by the practical classes, on how we will assemble & dissemble our Buoyancy Control Jacket (BCD), check the air in our cylinders, test the regulators, check the time gauge etc and after that I spent some solo time in the beach reflecting, appreciating the beauty all around me .There was this blue wide sky, the sun, the white beach and in front of me the huge mass of water. The moment there can be felt like in two ways, either consider yourself as a tiny grain in front of the huge thing or as one of my friend there says “consider yourself a master because now the whole sea belongs to you”.
The next morning at 7.30 am was our first practical class, and in a motor boat we were taken to the shallow waters where we would have our 1st practical skill session. With all the BCD, cylinder, fins, masked, weight belts put on. We were given briefing on all the skills above the water & asked to descend. The first time I descended, I started to felling uneasy regarding the inhaling & exhaling of the air (here we have to inhale & exhale through our mouth not nose), salt water was stuck in my throat & I was constantly telling myself…I’m not that adventurous as I think…I was asking my instructor through hand signals to ascend but he didn’t gave me the permission. Later when we ascended he told me that its normal for a 1st time diver to panic, but we should be calm & solve our problems underwater because for a silly problem we can’t ruin a dive. It was very normal to get salt water stuck in the throat as we are in the ocean that too underwater .Now officially we were up for our 1st dive, it was nearby, there were lots of corals, fishes were swimming nearby in groups but I was not that able to concentrate on the beauty around me as a was too busy with the equipments around me, to keep myself neutrally buoyant, saving myself from hurting. But at the end of the dive I ended up with starches all over my hand and legs. But gradually I started to enjoy my dives, it was a very beautiful experience, you are in the depth of the ocean with only silence everywhere, the only sound you hear is the sound of your breadth: inhaling & exhaling. Every breathe of your counts. The life underwater has a life of its own, the varieties of fishes swim with you, there are groupers, shinning fishes, puffer fish, pipe fish, swippers, sweet lips, nemo, uncountable big & small fishes all having its own unique, it feels as if God have taken immense time to make them one by one . One just cannot express in words, it is too be felt. After my 3rd diving I was sure that I will continue diving later in my life. We had our diving from 7.30 am to 1.30 pm & usually after that my fellow diver have their lunch & go to sleep until 5pm when our instructor call us for briefing for the next day & also discuss what we did on that specific day. But I didn’t waste my time taking a noon nap, I instead take my diary & i-pod spend my time in the beach .I usually keep my tiredness for the night so that I can just lay and fall asleep. Those times I spent alone in the beach was the most treasured moments of my life .I thought before coming to the vacation that I will think about myself in the break & reflect, but nothing such happened. I instead listen to the I-pod and take long walks towards the sea, and usually at that time the tide is very low & one can walk till very far. During those walks it seemed as if it was “self-relaxing process”, all my worries were far somewhere & those “solo-time” with myself was very serene & the when is one is under the blue sky, vast ocean & the beach one’s soul is automatically elevated .I didn’t wanted to think about myself instead I wanted to just sit & feel & watch the beauty around. This place was different, a cut off place from the mainland (mostly refer to India by the locals).I haven’t seen Heaven but for me it was a “Blue Paradise”. Just last year in 2011, that I started to listen to new age music (e.g.: Karunesh, Yeha Noha etc.) & whenever I listen to it, I felt a connection but I didn’t knew where it linked to, there was kind of impatience in my soul, I had a feeling that I knew the link but I was unable to connect but the thing was that I had listen the song for the 1st time in my life, maybe was some sort of Déjà-vu??……… but sitting here after a year & a half I found the linkage. I can now relate those music to the place I was sitting and relaxing. Its feel nice to spent times with oneself. Really travelling alone makes one spiritually grow and also mentally calm.