Hunger is awesome

Hunger is awesome

When people hear about the Sri Lanka circumnavigation expedition, almost always they ask me questions related directly to the effort itself. “How tough is it going to be?”“What about sea conditions?”“How far into the sea will you be?”“Where will you sleep?” “What if you get lost?” “What about food?”Etc. All these are legitimate questions that…

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The Beaufort Scale

The Beaufort Scale

In the previous post I had briefly alluded to the Beaufort Scale. Let us look at what it is in just a little more detail. The Beaufort scale was devised in 1805 by the Francis Beaufort, a hydrographer and Royal Navy officer. Interestingly, the scale that carries his name was first used aboard HMS Beagle…

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Leaving shore behind

Leaving shore behind

The author André Gide once said, “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” This statement has taken on a very real meaning for me. And I not talking metaphorically or philosophically or allegorically or even humorously here. This is very literal. I am actually planning on…

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What is the cost of the lives of three kids?

What is the cost of the lives of three kids?

Well, with a global population of seven billion people, give or take a few million, three children does not sound like a very big number. In fact it is probably smaller than the proverbial drop in the ocean. But, let us put things in perspective. Let us look at some unfortunate disasters. 239 passengers and…

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The imminent War in which everyone will lose

The imminent War in which everyone will lose

For the past couple of decades I have been quite firm in my belief that the next great war … World War III, if you will … will be fought over the control of water resources and not over oil or WMDs or terrorists or any other kind of geographical and territorial domination. Lately, I…

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Let my river be

Recently I have been bitten by the bug of paddling down rivers. And as each day passes by and I inch just a little bit closer to the day when I will be crossing the river into the afterlife, I am consumed by the fervent hope that there will be enough water in the river…

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I am born

I am born

I have been born a few times in my life. First of course, when I made my physical presence felt by pushing relentlessly for many an hour against my mother’s resisting body to finally emerge one evening in a Calcutta (Kolkata, the current name, to me is different place) hospital that had to its name…

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