Bangalore to Hubli: from agony to ecstasy

[Editor’s Note: My good friend and ex-colleague Shriram undertook an amazing trip last year. Shriram is a cyclist and a runner. He belittles his running but he’s blessed with natural abilities. With no training plan and just two long 30k runs under his belt, he knocked off a full marathon (Auroville 2011) in 3:55. But …

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If running or cycling is your sport… double up

In my last 5 years of increasingly regular marathon running, my consumption of running legends lore has been surprisingly minimal. After all, how many sports can one follow? Besides cricket, tennis, squash, and golf i.e. And where’s the written rule that states one shalt follow the sport that thy playeth? The above is just an elaborate …

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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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Discs don’t slip suddenly. Really.

My friend Soumya (of Bengali Mumbaikar fame) posted a poem on Facebook. Alas! no happy poem since he was announcing that he had been diagnosed with a slipped disc. On the bright side, his high school English teacher would have beamed with pride over his lugubrious ditty (reproduced here with an appropriate title suggested by …

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The Three Bubbles Revisited

When I wrote The Three Bubbles back in Oct 2008, the perspective was biased around cushioning the India landing. Clearly the 3 bubbles represent a fairly minimalistic view of life. If one were to just shuttle from the “living bubble” to the “working bubble” via the “commuting bubble”, there’s a strong likelihood of slowly going mad… …

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