Sebastian and Sons

One man’s noise is another’s music. When I was listening to classic rock, alternative rock and metal, I could never fathom why people needed any other genre. Ok – maybe western classical had utility as ‘white noise’ backdrop to intense intellectual concentration. When I started dating the gal who would become my wife, jazz entered …

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The monk who recalled a TV show

(Retrieved from a tendril of memory in 2001. Filed under “San Francisco to Los Angeles road trip”) Long weekend, gracious host, uncomplicated life status, and absence of a Los Angeles bucket list combined for a relaxed trip. Autobiography of a Yogi (AoY) was fresh in my memory. While I had read it several years ago, …

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Chipping away at FOMO

To add is human, to subtract divine. – Anonymous This weekend, I had two reasons to raise a celebratory toast. All my running friends were running Mumbai Marathon. When registrations opened 6 months ago, I wasn’t tempted. When they were talking about hotel bookings, I wasn’t tempted. In the last week of tapering, no whiff …

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The third exile

“My lower back is sore. My glutes are sore. My right quad & hamstring are cramping slightly. But oh.. it feels sooooo good!”  Much chuckling from my friends as I uttered these words following a 24k run.  I was coming off a non-running interlude of 6 weeks (brought upon by a freak bone contusion to the …

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Activating your inner AWACS

At some point one starts acting one’s age. I suppose. In the past year, I can’t recall how many times I’ve come close to yelling “For @#$%$#% sake, increase your goddamn immunity! And, for crying out loud, develop some proprioception!!” Some folks are born with great immunity while others need to work (a little harder) …

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When does a streak become a habit?

A conversation with a colleague years ago in Chicago. He: “Heard you started doing meditation?” Me (feeling rather smug): “Yeah. I took this class at Himalayan Institute 4 months ago and I continued after class got over. I may have acquired a life long habit.” He (with an ominous look): “Lifelong, eh?” Me: “Well.. I …

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Digital Visarjan

My last decade of running can be classified into 3 phases: Garmin Forerunner 310 with data being logged religiously on RunningAHEAD, chosen for their non-social DNA Plain-old digital watch (borrowed Garmin for occasional races) Nike Running Club (NRC) app on my OnePlusX When I turned to NRC, my motivations were at an all-time low. Run …

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Dabbling with discomfort

Maximizing pleasure doesn’t need practice. It’s hardwired into our system.   Tolerating pain, however, is a different ball game. Notice how I swapped maximizing with tolerating. Maximizing pain fits squarely in the realm of the suicidal and masochist.. and to be strictly avoided. An oft quoted ultra runner’s quote goes like this “not all pain is …

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Goodbye to Vitamin I

Earlier this year I had written about unlocking a superpower, a post that tantalizingly starts with me ‘visualizing away’ a raging headache, a feat that sadly turns out to be a one-time wonder. If you have Googled, you know that there is no such thing as Vitamin I. But if you’ve read the thoroughly engaging …

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Can you survive on 5 tabs?

Years ago I took a course on Effective Time Management. There were quite a few productivity hacks that I adopted (some permanently). However, his most controversial hack was to declare war on post-its. Still remember his words “Every time you return to your desk, those colorful little squares that you neatly arrange all around your …

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