Creating Monster Runners

A few years back I had heard from people the passion and love for running. The charity which running could generate and the awareness running could create for a cause. There are causes like situations always around. At times, when it was difficult to talk about Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer there were events where people ran and spoke and spread the message. There are small events with big causes and there are big events with no cause at all. Running can be for leisure as well (for sure).  Then, why the pretense and the claims?  I participated in Runaway Floods, a marathons for flood relief held in Chennai, which didn’t make tall claims and have a huge turnout but the organizers showed enough support to all the runners and their contribution towards the money raised for the flood hit places in India back in October 2014. IMG_20141019_073724

There was a big event, Chennai Night Marathon D2D, which supported Love Your Liver Foundation, an initiative by Neville Endeavour’s Foundation in Chennai. Runners poured in with all their dedication and love for the same a widely successful marathon.  Every year Khushi Pediatric Therapy Centre organizes, Autism Cause-a-thon, in awareness for people suffering with Autism. Alongside there is Ace Runner Sayuri Dalvi who organizers a free run for the same awareness. Runners registered in large numbers blocking the spot but not all turned up because it’s a free run and they don’t lose anything by not going and running ( the event had lovely finishers medals and good arrangements with proper refreshments). The Regulars who run with heart The regulars were there the lot who run for passion and care. Joints and Motion have excellent runs arranged every year for various causes. This year I also participated in small events like 8th  Delhi Cross Country Race (Vikaspuri runners) and Fitness Run (Radius 18), which provided finishers medals, T shirts ( on request) and refreshments as well. Pinkathon, made it possible for many women achieve their dreams of running along with Breast Cancer as the core cause I also saw free registrations for daughters along with their mother not only that domestic help and under privileged women were also provided with an platform  to participate and experience the women power in full force. Well enough said about the few mentioned runs. What makes the other runs so expensive and troublesome to participate? Crowd pulling translates into crowd arm twisting with many hurdles put in front of the runners to participate each year. Then what’s the whole point? At SCDM, Dubai provides excellent goodie bag, finishers medal, t-shirt and refreshments along with making people aware about various health issues (same with Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon) then what sets SCMM on a different level which makes it hard to digest the fact that it’s one of the most expensive run in Mumbai and provides great crowd support which again is the every Mumbaikar who decides to step out and support the runners. Which again means it is the Mumbaikar, which makes the whole experience so good not the mere mention of the organizers.I’m not in protest with SCMM but fail to understand their stand. The overhype does play an important part here. This year the road leading to the ground after the run was extremely jam packed with exhausted runners God lone knows if a runner would have had a problem what would have happened. But again it remains the pulse of every Mumbai runner to at least once in a lifetime run at this event. It’s out of this addition every year the runners with a pinch of salt register and go ahead with marathon.  It’s love for running which makes the event so successful every year and on everyone’s wish list. We need to participate in small as well as big events (agreed) but some justification would be fare, when compared to the other events around the world by the same organizers on the same scale and even better. The whole year one can observe tons of qualifiers runs mushrooming, which talks only about participating in the biggest running event of the year. Okay it’s good to see people up and running but what happens when a fellow runner needs your support. No one stops as their PB (Personal Best) goes for a toss, which means when you register and say you are in it for health fitness and a particular cause, you easily ignore the fellow runner as stopping would affect your personal cause which again is the only PB. I still remember last year when I participated in Pondy Marathon (its first time ) as soon as we started and entered the dark lanes I twisted my ankle and fell flat on the street, other runners around who noticed stopped to help me regain my balance and few called out for help, then what even wrong with Mumbaikars , is the obsession for PB fatal.
One can see Ace Runners like Raj Vadgama, Milind Soman, Sunil Shetty, Sangeeta Shetty, Sayuri Dalvi, Giles Drego, Ram Venkatraman, Venkatraman Pichumani (who never leaves you unanswered when asked for advise) and Nikhil Shah to name a few,  helping and motivating fellow upcoming new runners with their humble ways and a smile. Then, what happens to the over excited, over achieving and over talented runners who ignore the other runner.  Asking each and every runner, what exactly are they running for? What are their running goals?  What is the biggest achievement as a marathon runner? What makes them feel fit? What inspiration they leave behind as a runner?  And lastly, WHY?  The intention behind me writing all this is Just to appeal and tell everyone that every event is important and as happening as you make it. By being there for one another as runners we make a different human race altogether, getting more and more people out on roads to help them develop themselves and realize their goal in life. It’s important to run on the streets together but it is also important to run along. It is not only Personal Best which will give you satisfaction end of the day but the Personal Best Stories you would tell with each marathon and that will make it special not only for you but everyone associated with you.

So be a Responsible Runner not a Proud Runner.

Run, Running, Ran…

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Running 2014

        The year that was and will always remain special to me. In the beginning I was a little lost trying to hold on to my ability to manage flights and running soon enough got on to it. From early mornings to super early mornings to night to mid night to flat roads to uneven roads to vertical climbs to hot and cold and rainy days. I braved it all and just ran. 
           From Mumbai to Pune to Pondicherry to Chennai, tried covering all my favorite places. Mid year involved my whole family into running and often spoke endlessly to motivate not only family but friends too. Gave back to the running community by getting my women friends run the women special marathon (Pinkathon) at end of this year.
           I loved the amazing journey and the fact, I inspired non runners to get up and look at running as not only a sport but a way to fitness at doorstep. Happy Running people Stay Fit Stay Blessed…

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“Retail Therapy a Real Therapy”

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    She is 24 (remember you are or once were 24 too the dreams you saw and feelings you got are no different) and hasn’t seen life yet… Together we can and we should make a difference. Life takes a full turn just when something happens out of the blue but there are times when things are not in our control. We have to support and stand by the chosen ones. They are gods children and our inspiration in one way or the other. Yuvraj Singh a ace cricketer came ahead to launch these slick bags along with You we can foundation. Its not only our good will but our responsibility to come ahead and do our bit. Its an ocean of people suffering quietly and helplessly out there.
On the other hand there are thankless people who just find faults and flaws in life. Now its your chance to be on the side you want to be.
Be a motivator Be a person you want to see.
Therefore, I have decided to tell the world about these causes and the efforts people put to put all this together.
Often we think why this happens or that happens but now is the time to just do and not look for answers which are meaningless. Try and get life to people as people are suppose to live a happy life. We as human race are not born to die meaningless or lead a worthless life. Do small things and do little things it’s more than enough. If everyone eats only tomato’s there would not be any tomato’s left. We all need each other and we all need you. Be the you in someone’s life.
There’s so much to do and there’s so little we can do.
Come and be the cause to push the Noble cause ahead.
Log on to http://www.bagforever.com today….

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It is a great feeling (for sure)

It’s a great feeling to see people liking what I write Really I want to thank everyone who encourages me so much and all the love that I get from you guys….It is like fuel for me to do even better than the last blog… and I promise to get even better by time…

Thanks again God bless all you lovely people….

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Hussle Bussle at Nairobi City, Kenya

The moment I landed at the airport in Kenya I knew I was to fall in love with the place. The rich culture and beautifully helpful people make it worth a visit. Specially the town area is great to look at. with people walking around everywhere (wanting to reach somewhere) Everyone busy in themselves but would still remove time to smile back if you smiled at them The place is good for shopping and street food too.
Hussle Bussle is a proper name for the video of my love… Do make it a point to visit Nairobi the next time you make a plan to visit Africa and how can I forget Masai Mara which is just round the corner from Nairobi…Have fun people…

“Green Ganesha The best Ganesha”

                       So with Ganpati festival round the corner….what’s the plan guys…do make sure to talk and introduce people on creating a clean n green ganpati…no artificial chemicals and stuff that pollutes the place later God would never want that right…Talking about it is half the solution… So go ahead and do so…
                       We have this idol for the past 35 years and every Ganapati festival we get it down from the window frame where it sits proudly the whole year Do puja, sing hymns (Indian aarti’s) celebrate around him, decorate with flowers and anything simple yet elegant… the painting between the statue is made by me and adds all that we need with richness and love for the “Elephant God”

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                             On the last day of the festive season place it back with full respect and honor That is our idea of celebrating the festival it has been a practice which my mom dad would like to pass on to generations making it a family bonding for the same…
                              Which is why I would like you guys to adopt the best eco-friendly way of celebrating not only ganapati festival but also any other festival remember we do these things to keep our culture alive and not kill the environment around…So ahead and do leave a comment if you are green Ganesha story and how it makes a difference in everyones life…

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                          Above is the Ganapati Temple I visited in Bangkok, Thailand. It is so beautiful and the incense sticks ( 20 Bahts for 6-8) you get around the temple simply adds to the whole aura around…Spotted many local people there all praying with their hands folded and holding candles and incense sticks It is a must visit (specially for all the Indians going to Thailand) This temple sits opposite BIG C the shopping mall and in front of Istan  shopping mall, located in the heart of Pratunam which has awesome food and shopping pleasure wherever you see. However, don’t forget to get blessings of the Elephant God.