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Priyal Dungayach Shares Her Surreal Experience Underwater

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  •  September 5, 2015


My internship at Jaipur Women Blog may have ended but my propensity of interviewing people has not.

As I found myself sharing an interesting car ride with Priyal Dungayach, I had to interview her about the recent scuba diving experience. A close friend with an astounding sense of dressing and style. Her choice of shopping for clothes and shoes is enamoring; and I am always taking tips from her!image1

The below narrative is her experience written by me. I hope that, after you read it, you go into the dreamy world of the ocean and feel like scuba diving yourself!

“Andaman and Nicobar islands are famous for a wide range of water sports and I was fortunate enough to have experienced scuba diving. I swear to God, the movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ has inspired all of us to take on these exciting sports.

My training started at 5:00 AM. My cousins had to literally haul me to the beach where the training would take place. Hey, I am not a morning person! I was very scared. Anyone would be. So deep within the water? Not the best idea for relaxing on a holiday. My cousins encouraged me throughout as we were made to sign a contract that asserted that anything happening to us during the scuba diving would be our responsibility. Yay. What a cheery thought.

After 15-20 minutes of listening to the trainer intently, we were told to put on glasses that would not allow water to go into our eyes, laden with our oxygen tanks and rubbery costumes, we were off in the beautiful and intimidating water. Yikes! I was almost going to back out but the spirit of my cousins rejuvenated me. We were going to be in the water for 30-40 minutes and my breathing was already laboured. However, it was not that scary as we obviously had a person to assist us.

We padded towards the tranquil ocean and there! Gradually, 20-25 feet inside. A sense of discomfort was replaced by a heavy feeling of awe and wonder. I always knew the inside of ocean would be aesthetic but this much? I had no idea before. We were allowed to touch coral reefs but not fishes. However, a fish bit me “cue Priyal showing a mark of a fish bite, dramatically” We could also walk on the floor of the ocean which was the best and most unique feeling in the world. It was in that moment that I lost my sanity, I couldn’t decide if this was a dream or reality. It’s so…indescribable.

After that, we got out. The activity of scuba diving is arduous and requires a lot of energy, vigilance and caution. That does not mean it’s not safe. And guess what? I went to scuba dive twice! And this time, I was scarcely hesitant to touch the fishes (even though I was not allowed to, I am a rebel). I touched the baby jelly fishes only mildly and it was surreal.FullSizeRender

Now, this scuba diving was cherished in every way but it also taught me a lesson. I read somewhere that if you are not willing to risk the unusual; you will have to settle for the ordinary. And I don’t want to be ordinary. I am in the third year of my college, on my way to becoming a fashion designer; and I know for sure, that I want to stand out, in terms of my experiences and achievements. Life is too short to not take risks. So if you get a chance to do something out of the box, do it. That’s my message.”

Well, there you have it. A relishing experience that is both life altering and unforgettable. I don’t know about you but whenever I’ll be bestowed with the responsibility of scuba diving, I’ll try to push my fears aside and jump in the pool…err, the ocean!

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