Dream Job Think again!!!

What happens when you don’t land your dream job? Does the dream job translate into your passion? Does the road block seem to be the end of your dream? Why is it important to know what you want and what you have are two different things in life? There are good amount of people who have these questions which are unanswered not because they these are unreasonable questions but because no one ever finds out the answer for these. When I set myself in market to find my dream job I realized I had to work hard towards it. Working hard doesn’t mean getting your dream job but after ten long years I realized my dream job was not and will never be my passion. One has to work towards achieving their goal but changing your goal when required doesn’t mean you did try hard it just means you tried smart. Being a hard worker and a smart worker are two different things

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Today I might love a certain trend tomorrow I might not. Same is with a job. If you are not satisfied with your job dint give up on your job which was once your dream jobs rather develop a passion which gives you more satisfaction and the job can be treated as a source of income which is also (only) important and will also help you follow your passion. Why give up on people or yourself or your job. We all need each other and we all need that job. Yes it’s true we need that one job to support us. End of the day what matters is that one job. There would be people around telling you things, oh you can do better than this, it’s not for you, to belong somewhere else, you are better off without this, go ahead follow your dreams and stuff like that. Will these people support you while you struggle to find the place you truly belong to? The best thing is making it work around things. People tell you things like that because they like you and love your ways and are kind with compliments towards you. Love them; respect them as they would be the first ones to correct you as well. As I said we all need each other and that job. If it pays your rent and bill, live with it. Deal with it you are here and it is happening now. Don’t miss the bus because you don’t feel it is good enough for you. Love your life and it will love you back. Love your job and it will do justices to you. Don’t get carried away. Rather carry it away from you. Develop a passion it will stay with you forever. Run if you want to, dance if you can, sing if you have it in you and love yourself to be loved back. I don’t write blogs to be read I write to be appreciated for the passion I put behind it and inspire myself when people get inspired by the writings. It is a beautiful feeling to be loved and liked; we all crave for the same but again how expressive are we to love and like others. Some other time on that. Bottom-line is following something you are passionate about,  Follow your dreams is a pass. It is help me to help you, love me to love you. Be the light to someone you always wanted for yourself.

Shine together and grow together.

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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Puma Urban Stampede 2013

Puma Urban Stampede 2013

I did it…. I’m proud of myself as I ran for the first time and finished the race in 41mins…which is awesome for first time (with no practice) I was really nervous but the excitement took over quickly. The crowd cheering was simply Superb…. Next year I will do even better….