I spent the rest of the day sipping honey ginger lemon tea.
Day 4 - Day 7: 28/9/2021 - 1/10/2021
I used to spend days working in the café of the resort, sitting right beside the router (though nothing worked), and used to spend my nights going out to different restaurants/bars. I lot of people might find it weird to go to a restaurant/bar alone, but I find it absolutely normal. In fact, I enjoy spending time alone off the work - with some good music and chilled beer.
I understood from the locals that the nights are not as happening as they used to be pre-Covid, and also I was a bit early as they expected more tourists inflow post-mid-October.
Oh, I have to mention a very interesting incident that happened during these 3 days. I was out for lunch when I lost both of the debit cards that I was carrying. And as expected as it was, my dad was a little furious while my mom couldn't sleep the entire night (while I, here in Andaman, was snoring like a pig). Their concerns were genuine - I had little cash, and though GPay works here, the internet might leave your hand at any moment. But here comes the best/worst part - I came to know that I've lost my cards through emails that I received saying my cards have been blocked. Turned out someone found my cards lying somewhere, called customer care and blocked those cards for me.
Oh, you gotta love Andaman!
Day 8: 2/10/2021
This was a big day for me - I was finally going to do the sport I think I had visited Havelock for - scuba diving. I was told how magical the experience of scuba diving is. I was all excited to believe what they had said. And so it started.
I went in the first slot of the day. As I wore my super tight scuba suit, slightly uncomfortable, I saw other people and felt a sense of belonging. My trainer then guided me on all the three challenges/scenarios that can happen when I’m 12m deep in the sea. I diligently took the notes. We were then taken on a boat to the middle of the sea. As the moment was getting closer, I could see the fear getting married to excitement.
They stopped the boat, fitted us with oxygen cylinders, regulator, fins etc. and then my trainer asked me to sit on the edge of the boat and fall backwards in the sea. Now, even though you have all the required safety apparatus, falling on your back in the infinite sea seems like a leap of faith. And it is. I shrugged and laughed off at him. I soon realized he wasn’t kidding.
When I was thinking to myself “if not now then when”, he poked my fins and there I went. Obviously, I came up to the surface since I was wearing the inflatable vest. Then what happened would be ingrained in my memory. Forever.
He held both my hands, while my body was still swinging, and asked me to look down. I followed what my guru said. As I looked down, I could see the wide variety of sea creatures - corals, colorful fishes, and the creatures I don’t even remember the names of - it was a different world - a world I had never imagined - it was so so beautiful that with the pipe in my mouth, I gasped “Wow” forming the quintessential bubbles.
It was, hands down, one of the best moments for me in 2021