Karan Singh, the CEO of Sunburn, on how great food, pampering and beaches make for the perfect holiday: Favourite destinations “I love Hayman islands in Australia for their great coral reef and snorkelling in clear blue waters. Other favourites include Lake Tekapo in New Zealand for star -gazing which was a magical experience. Queenstown for its adventure sports and great vibe and Las Vegas too, which is a complete attack on the senses in a totally awesome, mind-numbing manner. Finally, I also love Santorini in Greece for its beaches and fabulous food.” My first solo trip “The most memorable ones have been to Croatia and Amsterdam. Even though both were essentially work trips , I combined them with trying out the local food and bar scene. However, I’ve learnt that I prefer to travel with loved ones or friends as I’m essentially a people person. I prefer to share new experiences. Also, the more people, the more dishes you can sample.” Luxe life … [Read more...] about Tripping on luxury: What is Sunburn CEO’s idea of a perfect holiday?
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SURAT: The state-of-the-art aquarium at Jagdishchandra Bose Udyan in Pal, which will be inaugurated here on Saturday, will help the people of the city realize their long-held dream of 'walking with the shark.' Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has managed to procure a blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) for its aquarium from a Chennai-based agency. Unfortunately, 12 sharks that SMC earlier brought for the aquarium had died in the shark pool one after another. This forced the municipal authorities to postpone the inauguration of the aquarium from February 14 to March 1. The blacktip reef shark was shipped in an air cargo from Chennai to Mumbai and then brought in a specialized air-conditioned vehicle to Surat on Wednesday night. Utmost care was taken by the experts of the Chennai-based agency and the aquarium staff to transport the four-month-old shark after it was caught from the Indo-Pacific region, safely to Surat. The shark is very healthy and responding well to the … [Read more...] about Baby shark breathes life into aquarium project
I’ve not been a great fan of water for much of the time I’ve spent on Planet Earth.Aqua phobia — in my case, it is an irrational fear of swimming pools and open waters — is a big reason. It has remained even after I ‘mastered’ the art of swimming in three feet of water.It is also why water sports like synchronised diving or water polo, or an underwater activity like scuba diving, are things that I am only comfortable with watching others engage in.Leap of faithThough I list these reasons to detail my fear of water, a few days ago, when a colleague suggested that I attempt scuba diving at the VGP Marine Kingdom on East Coast Road and document my experience for this column, I remember nodding yes in an instant.As confounding as it seems, I held a boorish perception about scuba diving in a controlled environment like an aquarium.For starters, it is incomparable to diving in the Bay of Bengal where dangers lurk in the unexplored depths.I was bullish … [Read more...] about Going scuba diving in an aquarium in Chennai