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India vs West Indies - Heart-rending Exit

02
Apr
2016

After India's impressive win over Australia, almost all cricket pundits, fans and critics thought that Team India would win the title for the second time without much trouble, including me! We didn't have to face the mighty Australians, talented Kiwis nor the strong South African side but West Indies who blow hot & cold at times who come to cricket field with the most laid back attitude with the music playing in the background (literally). I think India's game plan was quite simple, get Gayle early and our chances of winning the match would be 70% more, irrespective of who's batting first or second, pitch conditions, team composition etc.... Maybe we weren't prepared for the other 30%.

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India vs Australia - Simply 'Kohli-fied'

29
Mar
2016

What an amazing script has been this world cup, In many ways the campaign as been very similar to 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup which India won. In the ongoing T20 World Cup, Team India has had some similar hiccups in the early stages and now seem to be well on track for their second title as T20 World Champions after beating the mighty Australians. Although, India vs Australia encounter was a group clash it had almost become a virtual quarter-final clash between the mavericks. Back in 2011, my prediction was that if we happen to beat the Aussies in Q/F we would win the world cup and that's what unfolded and I am hoping the script would be the same this time too.

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India vs Bangladesh - Almost Heartbroken!

24
Mar
2016

After a thumping win against Pakistan, we all thought India was back on track with their world cup campaign. They just had to brush aside Bangladesh before they faced Australia in almost a knock-out game, to make it to the Semis. Indians were facing Bangladesh in Bengaluru and luckily I didn't have to travel anywhere this time around, this was supposed to be more of a relaxed game. It was expected of India to score 180+ if they batted first or bowl out Bangladesh under 140 and chase it comfortably. Bangladesh had already been knocked out of the tournament and hence they were playing for pride and probably try cause an upset against India and odds were none.

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India vs Pakistan - Epic Moments from ICC T20 World Cup

21
Mar
2016

After a disappointing outing in Nagpur with India losing to New Zealand, things had changed dramatically for the World Cup favorites. From being title contenders to all of a sudden, they had a must win game against arch rivals Pakistan, who had just trounced Bangladesh and were looking ominous against India. Some experts pitted this as the best possible chance for them to beat India at Eden Gardens in Kolkata which had been a favorable venue for Pakistanis in the past. One major Indian media house even went to the extent of saying this is the golden opportunity for Pakistan to humiliate India. Stakes were high, lots of emotions were running through and there was no way India could lose the upper hand it has had over Pakistan in World Cups with a ratio of 10:0.

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12 Best Surf Photos of 2015

07
Jan
2016

This year has been very hard to pick my best 12 surf images. I have had an incredible year growing as a surf photographer, experimenting & capturing some stunning images of some amazing surf expeditions & travels. I used a vareity of equipments and upgraded myself to some high quality gear which definitely helped me to get better at my craft. 

Dillon Perillo's Signature Carve

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OCEAN - 2016 Calendar for Sale

30
Nov
2015

12 OCEAN INSPIRED IMAGES FROM INCREDIBLE INDIA!

OCEAN_2016 Calendar by Rammohan Paranjape

This is a humble attempt to share my photos which will hang on your lovely walls for about a year. All the photos were shot over a period of 3-4 years at some of the remote locations in India during many of my memorable surf expeditions & travels.

I have chosen the theme "OCEAN" as it's such a vital force of our planet and yet something which we don't acknowledge or appreciate much in our country. I hope to inspire my friends, family & followers to admire and respect mother earth and ocean. 

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Adventures Down Under, Cairns [Final Part]

09
Oct
2015

The most amazing esplanade at Cairns

It’s 4:30 AM in the morning, we are at the front of Base Hostel, Airlie Beach, waiting to be picked up by a bus to take us to the train station to catch “Spirit of Queensland” to our last destination on the tour, Cairns. Everyone’s tired with drowsy eyes and were high on morning blues. A few of the gang had gone without sleep, partying all night and were smashed by morning. It was a surprise that they were on time at 4:30 A.M, all credit to CEO Ninja, I would say.

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6 Surf Stories from Covelong Point Classic Surf Contest

30
Sep
2015

The third annual Covelong Point Classic Surf & Music festival was held from September 18-20th which saw the Asian Surfing Championships happening for the first time in India. The event was of a massive scale and has gone on to become one of the most widely talked about festivals in the country. Here are some of the defining moments from all the surfing action!

Dharani, one of the top surfers from Covelong Point

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Adventures Down Under [Part 2], Fraser Island

18
Jul
2015

Fraser Island on a stormy day

After an exciting & a busy couple of days in Australia, it was time to begin my G adventures with the gang led by our enthusiastic CEO (Chief Experience Officer) Hendrik Van Der Walt a.k.a “Ninja”, a rather odd nickname for someone who was chirpy, full of energy, open-minded and down to earth character. 

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Adventures Down Under, Brisbane - Gold Coast (Part-1) 

06
Jul
2015

Brisbane Cityscape, a truly laid back city also known as sunshine city.

So, here I am in the comfort of my chair, desk, under one roof trying to pen down my memorable adventures from down under. Hopefully, In the next few weeks I shall be able to present my adventures in different blog posts focusing on each particular destination & activity. 

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How I Won the Biggest Online Hunt for Travel Adventurers with Cox&Kings

08
Jun
2015

Cox&Kings GrabYourDream Winner Season 2

Sometime last year, on a quiet evening while scrolling down my Facebook news feed. I stumbled upon my friend Anisha Bangera’s post where she had just won a contest “GrabYourDream” run by Cox&Kings in association with gadventures & ezeego. The contest was about the biggest hunt for travel adventurers in India with 12 winners getting picked per season and each of them gets a chance to travel on an all-expenses-paid holiday to some of the most exciting places on earth. Woah!! How lucky one has to be, right?

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Shooting Inside Waves, Inspired by Mother Ocean

20
Mar
2015
Mulki's Perfect Surf Condition

Oceans and mountains are where my heart truly lies and my adventures await to happen. Every opportunity I get to do something with these two forces is a soul-filling and adrenaline draining experience. Over the years, I have extensively shot ocean & surf to the best of my capabilities.

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Why Shooting Star Trails is Awesome

26
Feb
2015
This shot could have been the best of the lot, if it wasn't for those damn clouds which kept passing over the monument. This image is a compilation of only 60 photos, it was originally supposed to have had about 150 photos put together.

For over a month now, I have been stagnant and not living out of a suitcase, which has been a blessing in-fact. During this period, I have been able to re-organize myself, my workflow, test my new camera equipment, learn some new things and I even launched my newly re-designed website which is looking fantastic. 

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Manapad Classic - 2015

21
Jan
2015

The first edition of the National level Adventure Water Sports event titled, “Manapad Classic – Sail & Surf Festival”, was held between 9th to 11th January, 2015 at Manapad village, Tuticorin district in Tamilnadu. This was a unique event and a first of its kind in India wherein four major Adventure Water Sport events, namely Sailing, Kite Boarding, Kayaking & Stand Up Paddle were held simultaneously.

Athletes assemble for the opening ceremony of Managed Classic, 2015

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12 Best Surfing Photos of 2014

03
Jan
2015

A compilation of what I think is some of the best surf photos I shot over the course of 2014. It was rather a dull year for surf photography since I didn't get to shoot much except on a few good occassions. Hopefully, 2015 should be a lot more promising with some surf travels to happen with newly acquired equipment.

Covelong Point Classic Surf Contest

The annual Covelong Point Classic Surf Contest is turning out to be a game changer for Indian surfing scene. Plenty of good waves, vibe and music for surfers, spectators and music enthusiasts. Munna, the local kid shooting for a barrel.

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3 Days in Amazing Cambodia

22
Dec
2014

Sunset at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, one of the most iconic temples of Angkor. It is also the biggest and the most spectacular of all other temples and considered to be the largest religious monument ever built. 

There is no doubt that if you are a student of history and have a fascination for culture and archaeology, Cambodia becomes one of the must visit places on earth. It simply thrives on the rich history & culture, from the times of Khmer empire. Much of Cambodia's early history & culture was heavily influenced by India.

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Story Behind Cover Shot - National Geographic Traveller India

31
Mar
2014
Kitesurfing India_National Geographic Traveller India.

In mid January, just after wrapping up a quick tour with Indian skateboarders from their first ever skateboarding event called The Third Eye Tour, I was back home for just couple of days before I packed my bags again to head deep down south for yet an another trip that had adventure, business and a bit of catch up to do with friends. 

A highly comfortable over night train ride took me to this muted railway station at Tuticorin, an exceptionally uncharacteristic feature for a railway station in India. About 20 minutes later, my friendKishore pulled in and soon we were driving to Manapad through the temple town of Thiruchendur. Altogether an hour's drive from Tuticorin. 

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Hampi Landscapes in 60 Minutes

18
Jan
2014
Hampi, Sunset

After an action packed 2 days in Bengaluru shooting the first leg of The Third Eye Tour, our next brief stop was at Hampi, something I was keenly looking forward to on this tour. Going back, I remember my first camera was a Kodak KB 10 which I had bought for Rs 700 in 10th grade back in high school for a school trip to Hampi. That was a memorable trip and I wanted to make sure that I had a camera to capture some wonderful moments with my friends before we passed out of high school and parted ways, that was back in 2005.

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Trials & Tribulations at Arabian Sea

04
Jan
2014
Closing Out Surf.

With a blink of an eye 2013 went by and we are ready to embrace 2014 with redeemed hopes and aspirations, a year which should be quite monumental to country and it's people. I saw a lot of people posting on social media on how 2013 was an awesome year for them. It seems everyone enjoyed quite a bit of success. I too had a remarkable year with plenty of travels, met many interesting people, captured amazing photographs, experienced adrenaline pumping adventures and spiritually I grew as a person too. Amidst all these, learning new things was also a big part of 2013. I tried to grab every opportunity which came my way to learn new things, hone my skills and just try to give a better output in all the things I do in my life.

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Surfing Renaissance Sets East Coast on Fire

12
Oct
2013
Perfect Barrel Riding Treats.

The battle of supremacy as begun with the growing surf scene in India. Surfers from west coast and east coast are toughening out and it seems east coast surfers are far more dominant and way ahead.

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Twelve From Twenty Thirteen - Ladakh Landscapes

14
Aug
2013
Bright Yellow Mustard Fields of Ladakh.

Words are hard to come by when you are in front of some bewildering landscapes of mountains, deserts, rivers and lakes in a region like Ladakh, which lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the Greater Himalayas to the south.

My first visit to Ladakh a few years ago left me spellbound to the raw beauty and rugged terrains of the region, it was a photographer's dream destination. My visit to Ladakh this time was for an expedition to set a record for Stand Up Paddling in higher altitudes. Nevertheless, the expedition provided some amazing opportunities to witness mind blowing sceneries and an opportunity to capture stunning imagery, although I am not sure if I did full justice to that.

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My Everyday Challenges - Relish the Challenge

11
Jul
2013

I have shared a number of my challenges, adventures and inspirations with Cinthol's blogging campaign right from the beginning of "Alive is Awesome" to "Relish the Challenge" campaigns.Being an adventurous person who loves travelling, photography, extreme sports and being outdoors constantly, one of my everyday challenges is to keep myself fit both physically & mentally. It is very important for me to do so to continue and succeed in all my endeavours. Hence, I will take this opportunity to share how I go about my everyday routine and how it can be challenging at times.

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On Top of the World - Relish the Challenge

09
Jul
2013
Stand Up Paddling at an Altitude of 16,000 ft.

As I sit down to write a blog post for Cinthol's "Relish the Challenge" campaign for third week in a row, I see myself in the middle of nowhere and part of an unique expedition which has set a world record. 

Exactly, two months ago I met April Zilg a friend of mine in a tiny cafe deep down in Kovalam, Kerala. We discussed about a possible Stand Up Paddle expedition in higher altitudes of Himalayas. The idea sounded somewhat offbeat and very challenging to me, since no one else have ever stand up paddled beyond 6,000 ft altitude, where as our expedition would actually begin at 12,000 ft and go beyond. 

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Attitude is Altitude - Relish the Challenge

27
Jun
2013
Nick Surfing With Bethany Hamilton.

Nick Vujicic wasn't as fortunate as most of us when he was born, without any medical reasons he was born with neither legs nor arms. His life wasn't normal and everyday of Nick's life was challenging for him to do some of the simplest things in life. His early days as an young kid was horrific, he was constantly bullied at school and he suffered from severe depression. Later, he even attempted suicide at the age of 10 by trying to drown himself in a bathtub. But then the love for his parents prevented him and he believed that the God had a plan for him. Later, Vujicic realised that he was not alone in his fight and there are many who are struggling just like him and decided to embrace life and help others.

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