Next Cricket Coach – Any guess

Four runners for the post of India Cricket team coach. All happen to be Australians!!

Greg has backing of Ganguly, Waugh is closer to the Indian team, Dean tormented Indians @ Chepauk, Madras inspite of dehydration with a double century and Moody is succesfull in English league and has backing of John Wright.
Who will finally take the coveted post time only will tell since BCCI is taking its time in announcing with the next series scheduled only in August.

Running for a cause

Like I did for Chennai Marathon, I would be running the Bangalore Marathon for a cause. I always love to do something for the under-prviliged people (though I hate to use the term) and if there is in some way I can contribute I don’t like to think twice.
If you are interested in contributing, read the mail attached below and drop me a mail or write a comment.

Dear Friend,
Thank you for your interest in the Lipton Bangalore International Marathon to be held in Bangalore on Sunday, May 15 2005. Thank you also for your interest to represent Dream A Dream at the Marathon.

The Lipton Bangalore International Marathon (LBIM), the first such international event in the city of an unprecedented scale, is all set to be staged on May 15, 2005. Encapsulating the highest standards of sportsmanship, grit and resilience, the Lipton Bangalore International Marathon will see participation from several top international and national marathon runners, besides active participation from the lively Bangaloreans.

Marathons worldwide are run for a Cause and this is no different. The 7-km Celebration Run is a Charity Run that gives every person from the community to participate and show their solidarity towards a cause. The Mumbai Marathon held earlier this year raised over Rs. 4.5 Crores for Charities in India and the Bangalore Marathon holds similar potential.

Here is how you can support Dream A Dream in the Bangalore Marathon

1. Register with Dream A Dream to participate in the Marathon. Forms are available at the Dream A Dream office. You can call 2224 7745 / 98455 24118 or mail us at vishalta@gmail.com. The registration fee is Rs. 150/-. Rs. 90/- will be contributed to Dream A Dream and Rs. 40/- would go to the organizers. Only, registration forms picked up from Dream A Dream will be eligible for support to Dream A Dream. Please ensure you pick up registration forms only from Dream A Dream

2. Spread this mail among your friends, colleagues and family and encourage them to register for the marathon and run in aid of Dream A Dream. Anyone, can run the Celebration Run. It is a non-competitive event. You can also choose to register and just be there to show your solidarity to the cause. You can decide not to run or complete the run.

3. Raise sponsorships / pledges for Dream A Dream. After you register with Dream A Dream, we will give you a pledge sheet. You can then speak to your boss, colleagues, friends, family and anyone else to pledge their support to you because you are running for a cause. For example, I am running the Bangalore Marathon and I asked my mom to pledge her support so she made a contribution of Rs. 500/- to my cause. I hope to raise Rs. 25,000/- from my pledges. There is no limit to how much you can raise. For the Mumbai Marathon, one person raised Rs. 1.4 Lakhs for Dream A Dream.

4. The pledges can be collected in Cash / Cheque (in favour of “Dream A Dream”). All pledges raised should be given to Dream A Dream by 12th May 2005. Please make note of the name, email, phone and address of the person pledging their support to you so that we can send them a receipt.

5. Anyone who raises Rs. 1000/- or more in pledges will receive a cool Dream A Dream Tshirt that they can wear on the day of the Marathon.

Dream A Dream has a target of 500 people running for Dream A Dream and raising Rs. 25 Lakhs through pledges. This is most definitely possible with our passion, grit and determination.

About Dream A Dream

At Dream A Dream, we work with diverse groups of under-privileged children. Integration of children from all sections of society through exposure and empowerment is the key focus of Dream A Dream. We are committed to protect, empower and integrate vulnerable children within communities and to enhance public awareness around children’s needs and issues. We are a registered Non Profit Trust recognized under Section 80G of the Income Tax rules where children and individuals from diverse backgrounds work together towards choosing an empowered future for themselves. For more info visit,

www.dreamadream.org

All the funds raised through the Lipton International Bangalore Marathon will go towards building the “DREAM HOME” – a unique learning center for children from vulnerable communities where children will be exposed to activities such as sports, outdoor activities, creative arts and crafts, music, computers among others. The Dream Home will help us to reach out to over 2500 under-privileged children in Bangalore every year empowering with critical life-skills.

Participate, Get People to Participate and Pledge Support for it’s an unique opportunity to make a difference!

Good feeling

Today morning as planned I ran the distance from my home to my office campus in Whitefield and it gave me a good feeling because I completed the distance in the same time that I used to take in the month of February. My practise went down after completing Chennai Marathon and today when I completed 20kms in 2hrs I feel confident that I can complete the half marathon in Bangalore in approximately the same time.
By end of this week I might decide if I should stick to half or run the full. I have not yet submitted the registration form.
I should thank my company people for allowing me to use my company Gym shower facility even though am not a member of Gym. This does gives me encouragement and confidence.

Back on track

With less than 20 days left for Bangalore Marathon and my plans of trip to Pune getting cancelled I plan to run this one too. Completing Chennai Marathon did give me confidence but my fitness is not at the same level two months back.
Firstly, unlike in Chennai where i did the full this time I would be doing only the half marathon. Two reasons:
1) The heat is too much in the peak summer time
2) The route is a loop of about roughly 10.3kms and for half marathon one need to run twice and for full four times the loop.
I believe one would get bored to run the same loop four times.

So, the preparation starts from tomorrow and I would be running from my house to office which is roughly 15kms. I can add few more kilometers by extending to another 10kms. I am planning to start at 5:30am from my house so that I can finish before the heat sets in. Since, I am working in Bangalore, I can also get used to the conditions. My route for practise is start from Krupanidhi College in Koramangala pass the Outer Ring Road, crossing offices of Intel, Hughes and Innovative Multiplex, climb over Marthahalli bridge and take turn into Whitefield and reach my office which is roughly 4-5kms before ITPL.

IT Park in Coimbatore

Software Technology Parks of India – Chennai has opened an IT Park in Kumara Guru College of Technology in Coimbatore. This is built in sprawling area of 150 acres and is about 12kms from the airport.
I like the architecture of this IT Park. It has the below features:
The STPI – IT Park is housed in a 3,00,000 sq.ft. landmark structure with classical South Indian temple architecture and modern facilities.
Floor Area: 1,00,000 sq.ft. Readily Scalable up to 2,00,000 sq.ft.
Work Space: Column-less Space in units of 33 ft. by 11 ft. Ceiling: 14 ft. High
4 Elevators 4 Flights of Wide Staircase Ramp for Physically Challenged
Toilets: Modern Toilets in each floor
Power Supply: 1000 KVA Generator Backup with N+1 redundancy with Automatic Switchover
Individual Power Meters
24/7 Service
Data Connectivity: STPI Earth Station located within ½ km from the park.
Bandwidth on fiber, IP, IPLC and Telephony services available on demand from STPI, Reliance Infocomm and other ISPs with local point of presence.
Voice Connectivity: Advanced telecommunication with fibre optic connectivity from Reliance Infocomm and BSNL.
Parking: Exclusive parking space.
Safety Systems:
Smoke Detectors
Fire Extinguishers
Alarm Systems
Public Address Systems
Emergency Lamps
Perimeter Security
Amenities:
Training Facilities
Board Room and Conference Room with Video Conferencing Facility
4 air-conditioned Seminar halls of 250 each capacity
Modern Auditorium of 1800 capacity
Cafeteria – Food Court
Medical Center
Bank with ATM
Health Club
Yoga and Meditation Center
Business Center

This should surely give Bangalore and Chennai a tough competition in future.
Thanks to my friend Balaji for providing me the photos and the information.