First impression after seeing the pictures..... Everyone from Chennai lost weight and sent it to Banglore.
Hayath... you just tripled up!!!! Even Nayak put on some weight.
Must be. I think it was Jose from Mumbai who mistook me for you, and came and said "Hi Tirtha"
Well, From Mr Rabi Venkatesan's place we left for Beta's fishroom. Could not take any pics of his fabulous fishes, as the room was packed with eager Hobbyist's trying to catch a glimpse.
Here is one outside his house
From there we drove to the beach party at "The Golden Sun". (Here is where Saikumar comes in, his adventure which in the end helped the Mumbai guys!)
A fantastic venue which was a place of such fond memories, this time it was not the same. I really missed a person who was the heart of these parties, a person who was a friend to all of us. After the usual pranks in the hotel, we retired to sleep at 1.00am.
Next day after breakfast reached the venue which was two buildings away from our place of stay(Thanks Balaji). What ambiance! Really loved the venue in "The Accord"
The participants slowly trickling in after registration
Check the odd one out. The T-shirt did not fit!
The video of the pacific reefs was fantastic. The presentation by Perikaruppan where he tried to put forward the Idea that Marine tanks were cheaper than Planted tanks was fascinating. The next talk" How to set up a Marine tank" by Dr Ashok was very knowledgeable.
Then came along " Marcus, the filamentosus knight" with his presentation on how to identify native Indian fishes in the field. Top class pictures of 40 different species helped us in understanding the keys in identifying similar looking fishes in the wild.
Then our Ace photographer Mr Hayath mohammed took the stage, Only to be engaged with questions from the members. Such was the interest in these interactions with the speakers that the Lunch time was postponed from 1.00pm to 1.30pm! And what a lunch it was
The IAH cake
Mrs Gayatri Madan Subramanian cutting the cake
The afternoon session started with a Central american Cichlids video, followed by the "Fish catching for dummies" by Balaji. And what a scandal it was. Laid bare all the secrets of us fish chasers. Lucky our spouses were not around, or else it would have been the end of our fish chasing dream
Then came the talk by Rahul about my most favourite fish, The Loaches of India, and their identification. As always simple, precise and concise. Not much doubts you will have, after Rahul has spoken about a subject.
well, That's about it. We had a good interaction among members on a personal level for about a hour and left for the hotel. Not many pictures by me, since I did not want to miss any part of Aquatika 2011.
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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:10 am Post subject: Re: Aquatika 2011 - Chennai
While Balaji was letting out all the secrets of fish chasers, the back benchers silently finished off the cake. True to the saying in the presentation that we have a common trait - 'We all are foodies'
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