Where are we heading? – Part 1

This is first part of I do not know how many series of posts I would come up after reading certain posts on facebook and other social media.

With Deepavali/Diwali over last weeks social media was filled with posts on not to burst crackers and I would pick up on few of the reasons highlighted which were
1. Bursting crackers stresses our pets and street dogs
2. Bursting crackers causes noise pollution
3. Bursting crackers increases smoke pollution

On the first part, bursting crackers do disturb pets at home and street dogs. Which shows humanity and at the same time how absurd we are in attributing this towards our pets. We for our security and personal interest take another living being into our house, some are human enough to adopt rescued dogs or some rescue and take same as pet, while many purchase breed dogs (Do search how breeding is gruesomely commercialized unless you buy from known sources).

If you think crackers are part of above three concerns. Take your pet to a traffic junction. You and your pet stand there for good 1hr. Check the amount of stress your pet would go through. Check your ears after that to calibrate the amount of noise pollution and check how much of toxic gases you would have inhaled.
While you take your pet for walk, check how startled he/she would be when a vehicle comes near and honks. Check how street dogs run from one side of road to another startled by honking sound of vehicles. One such dog which was crossing the road stressed out by horn sound of a bus changed direction ran straight onto my bike and left me with a fractured ankle. Attributing crackers as a stress for pets is really something that I could not understand.

If there is a concrete reason like in the village of Kazhuperumbakkam then fine. In this village in Puducherry crackers are banned for like last 3 generations. http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/puducherry/a-village-near-puducherry-banished-firecrackers-for-bats/article6529779.ece

Many people who posted about crackers as noise pollution and some would be travelling by shuttles provided by their respective organisations. How many of them would go up to their driver and tell them not to honk unless really required? When you commute calculate how many times your driver uses the horn. How many vehicles use the “banned” air horn or the musical horn? If we cannot stand up and tell them why post on social media about how crackers disturb pets?

Do calculate the amount of pollution created during Deepavali/Diwali vis-a-vis the pollution by vehicles all through the year. We definitely are not in pollution free zone.

If there is one real good reason for not bursting crackers it is only because of child labour at cracker units. And see these photos before you think of bursting them. While we want our children to celebrate by bursting crackers there are so many children suffering in these units. Do something for them.

https://www.google.com/search?q=child+labour+in+cracker+factories&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=tIZMVJDTAaPNmwWC7oGYBA&ved=0CDAQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=709

PS: While am writing this there is no cracker sound but our pet is stressed due to sounds from loudspeakers!

Bengaluru Marathon

The first Bengaluru Marathon after Bangalore Marathon 8years ago. I had no interest in participating and did not register also. Few days before the event my friend asked if I wanted to and he had an additional bib. Was tempted to run and accepted the offer.
Today, the day of run, I ran to the venue since there was no one up for car pooling who responded to my post and I did not wanted to take out my vehicle. It is a distance little above 6kms from my home and was not a big deal. Only issue was lack of light on the road and I was not sure where I would be landing my foot next. So in all I ran the 6kms in 36mins. Did a little stretches and was ready to start after meeting old friends and relatives.
I wanted to run in the most relaxed manner. If I was running for myself I would have had definitely ran faster. I ran with a friend initially along with the 5hr bus and then left him after 5kms I think. My strategy today was to eat lots during the run. So I grabbed biscuits, bananas, cup of water and electrolyte and took it really easy. Around 20kms mark I asked for time and I was still within 2hrs from start meaning less than 6mins per km. I was not slow even though I spent sufficient time at water stations and refreshed myself. Around 27th the devil in me stuck again and told me very strongly to go home. The biggest reason being the route was right behind my house around 27th-29th kms.
After 2kms I finally decided to give in to the devil and ran to my home! I did not get the medal but I was happy with my performance. I had run around 29.5kms in 2hrs55mins.

It was a well organized run. It always helps when runners organize the marathons since they know what is required and how to manage. Congratulations to all my friends who managed their personal best timings.

Inner Ring Road was one great stretch to run today. All the army guys came out stood by the side of the street and they kept clapping continuously motivating the runners. It was a great sight to watch and pass through.

The Bangalore Traffic Police did a commendable job by closing the traffic. Like always the public will voice out and curse the runners for blocking the traffic. Hypocrites they are who would not complain when roads and traffic are blocked due to some political activities and they would even go a step further to cause damage to public property.

Hoping that there would be one more marathon next year and this would not fade away like the previous version.

Promoting business by spamming?

Spams on comments section of blog posts are nothing uncommon. Only that it gets irritating when the comments keep appearing on post after post. Luckily I had put an mandatory approval for comments on posts. It was very innocent or looked nothing wrong when first two comments were posted and then it became regular.
Not sure but after my tweet it did stop! All the comments were from same company! To give a glimpse of how they spam the un-approved comments are below:

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Manali 2 Leh – Day 0 & Before
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Chennai Trail Marathon – Ultra Marathon
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Luxe Cinemas

The best part about watching a movie in Chennai is the pricing! And when you are there and there is a movie you want to watch just go and watch. You would save quite some money and get greater experience compared to here, especially if you are watching in Sathyam Cinemas. We chose the best movie to watch “Annabelle” in the best screen “Luxe” and best timing of night!

What we did not expect is 50+ teenagers who would almost jeopardize the experience. They would hoot at all times, scream at odd times and other times. All this disturbance made one not feel the exact moment of chillness with that perfect background score.
I wish the management would take care of these nagging issues and such crowd behaviour. Complaining to the manager is the near best thing the only thing that held back was missing the next sequence.
Hopefully next time around I would not be experiencing the same behavior.

Today apparently when I was searching about the movie I found an interesting news item in France.

Annabelle – Movie Review

After watching the movie “The Conjuring” it is required to watch this movie. Especially when you the doll and its hypnotizing eyes which pulls you.
I would not want break all the suspense by giving the story here. There are certain sequences where chills go down the spine all the way to the leg!
The cult and the demons which cry for a soul. Only a sacrifice could save the family.

No sleepy moments, tight script keeps you engaged and concentrating. The best part when audience thinks the moment is in this particular scene, the director does not deliver it but in the next scene. This is quite good movie.
My rating 3.5/5.

Running with companion

It is not usual for me to write a blog about my practice runs. Today was a very different run from all the previous runs. Its always a different feeling when you have someone for company and this guy who accompanied me today in my morning run was very different.
Days when I feel like running shorter distance or if it has rained previous night then I head to office and run inside the campus. Ous campus is quite big that one loop around would be little more than a km.
Like any other day I started my run after switching on endomondo (mobile app for tracking). Few hundred meters down this guy saw me and ran immediately towards my direction. I took few seconds off to say hi to him and we both were kind of glad to bump into each other.

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After our initial welcome message exchanges we both ran. He stopped in between few seconds to catch his breath and sips of water. I stopped in between for few sips of water. He waited whenever I took a break.
In the end when I thought enough of running for the day and also felt little bad for the little guy, I had ran 7.5kms and I was not slow today unlike other days. I had ran this distance in 36mins and that little guy would have ran with me for almost 7kms at the same speed I was in. Maybe he was giving me training to run faster and run better! :) And we both were running barefoot!
With nothing to feed the boy, I gave him glucose water which he licked from my hand and drank from my palms. Later he followed me and was waiting for me before others asked him to go away.
Maybe another day I would see him and he would train me again!

Click here for todays run tracking on endomondo.

Chennai Trail Marathon – Ultra Marathon

7th September 2014 marked completion of yet another Ultra Marathon in the year 2014. The distance I covered was 50kms.
The previous night I reached the venue with my school mate Arvind who was running 21kms. We reached the venue of Gojan Public School around 10:00pm and after a quick round of dinner searched space for sleeping. After sleeping for some time, I woke up thinking it was 3:30am and time for getting ready and get in line for the run. Apparently it was just 2:30am. I went to the toilet only to find that there was no water in gents toilet. At the other end of the wing in ladies toilet there was water flowing. At that time of night does it really matter. I finished my work to find more people standing outside.
Noticing it was still early I clicked some snaps of volunteers getting ready for their work and went off to sleep in the kitchen.
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In the meantime I had changed to my running attire too. I woke up later and finished remaining activity of getting ready and was in warm-up section.
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5:00am we were off as planned and that was a good thing. But it was not so great for me. I find it difficult to run without sunlight for navigating through the terrain. There was slush around the initial kms thanks to previous night rain. It was definitely not that bad as it was in 2013.
After few kms finally there was some sunlight. After losing pace in first few kms, I got into rhythm. It was steady and I was enjoying the terrain and the route. I did not stop to click any further photos. It was really an exciting trail. It had mix of running through canyons, top of dam, fields, forest, vast expanse of land and some tar roads.
There was even a house who were rearing ducks and I took a moment to look at them. By now I was also making up on time. I was almost on track of 6mins/km. I was increasing my pace, grabbed chocolates, ground nuts and lime with salt and oranges from the water stations apart from regular water and glucose. Everything was going fine. When I was crossing 29th km into the 30th km I had taken around 3hrs which was good and was feeling proud of myself. Then slowly started the build of acidity in my stomach. I wanted to burp but it wasn’t coming out. I was finding it difficult post 33rd km mark. I pushed a little. It was tough and I slowed down to walk from 35th km till 42nd km. In the 7kms of walking I was thinking of dropping out and give up after 42kms.
I reached the 42km mark took a U-Turn and got a nice ice pack massage. Then I thought if I could come till here let me push myself to finish the 50kms.
I took off and managed to reach 44th km mark. Some more refreshments and I reached 46th km. I took a nice water shower. And I was feeling fresh. I did not stop after that. I ran the remaining distance to cross the finish line. The timing was not what I had in my mind earlier. But I managed to finish in about 6hrs and 20mins. I was happy that I did not carry “Did not finish” tag.

Overall the organizing of the run by Chennai Trekkers Club was amazing. They did not leave any stone unturned. Be it marking of routes with directions, marking with km markings, volunteers, water stations. Everything was taken care to last detail.
Now looking forward to next run to be conducted by CTC and also not to fall short of fitness during the run.