Chappal mein pachattar – my first 75k ultra

[Editor’s note: Translation for my non-Hindi readers: pachattar is the Hindi word for the number 75, chappals are the Indian rendition of flip-flops, a colloquial reference to my 4mm huarache sandals. This post is a very belated race report of my first 75k ultra marathon in Nov 2012.] Just a year ago, I ran my first …

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Hale naayi-ge hosa tricksu kalisa bahudu – ondu chikka storyu

English translation of title: You CAN teach an old dog new tricks – one small story! A few months ago, I finally enrolled for a Kannada Learning class. 4 1/2 years after moving to Bangalore, the time had finally arrived. 4 weekends (8 classes  2 hours each) conducted in the apartment common room – it couldn’t …

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Ejipura evictions and Karnataka State Human Rights Commission

If you have read about last month’s evictions (and demolition) of a slum in the Ejipura/Koramangala neighborhood of Bangalore.. and want to do something about it, here’s a sample of the letter you can write/email to the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission. Leave a comment and I’ll DM/message you the relevant email addresses. To Karnataka …

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Bangalore BESCOM’s MD sets the bar for (gasp) efficient babudom

While the UPA-II government has been working tirelessly to muzzle social media at every opportunity they get (and creating some along the way), some bureaucrats are using social media the way it’s supposed to be — listening to their constituents, providing valuable proactive updates, offering suggestions to sister organizations, etc. Hark! Did I say some …

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My marathon discography

I completed my 12th marathon yesterday (and my 2nd Ultra). It finally made sense to create this discography post. #1 Silicon Valley Marathon (Oct 2002) – 4 hrs 32 min #2 Kaveri Trail Marathon (Sep 2009) – 5 hrs 15 min #3 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (Jan 2010) – 4 hrs 45 min #4 Kaveri …

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Walking on Fire

If you’ve been following my blog regularly, you know that the trail around Kaikondrahalli Lake (one among a handful of Bangalore lakes undergoing rejuvenation) is my home course. As with most construction projects in India, progress happens in fits and spurts. A 200 meter trail stretch would be dug up one day… and it would be several days …

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Kaikondrahalli – a runner’s lake in Bangalore

Considering that I’ve run over 500km around the 1.9km loop of the Kaikondrahalli Lake (in the past 15 months), it’s about time I made a proper introduction. An introduction in pictures – from this Flickr set. Disclaimer: the pictures are from May 8, 2012 and the terrain of the trail has significantly improved. All other …

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The Fifth Elephant coming to Bangalore.. bearing Big Data Goodies

  Q: What is The Fifth Elephant? A: It’s  a community powered conference on the Big Data ecosystem in India, organized by HasGeek. Q: What does ‘community powered’ mean? A: For all the conferences that HasGeek organizes, they use a crowd-sourced speaker-selection funnel where potential attendees vote up or down which talks they want to listen at …

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Coffee Cups at Foodys Bangalore

These days I’ve been getting my daily coffee fix at Foody’s on Nanjappa Road, Shantinagar (off Double Road). It’s right opposite the quirky and charming Jaaga, which has been serving as my office for the past two months. Don’t let “right opposite” fool you – one still needs to cross the formidable Double Road twice and need to …

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Why language matters in India

A few weeks ago we went roller skate shopping for our older son. We avoided all the fancy sports outlet chains (who only stock skates with    integrated shoes – such a scam!) After visiting a few mom-and-pop stores we went to the store where we would eventually make our purchase. Our family was conversing …

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