Thursday, December 30, 2010

Final Day - NMIMS Exams & Classes

25th December. 2010
As exams was round the corner, could not sleep well. Left late for the NMIMS Library. Since it was Christmas – a Holiday – Library was closed. Managed to get the library open and taken one of the big rooms to do self study.

Well – in 1 day – you cannot manage to pull (study) 2 subjects – Manufacturing & IMC. When I finally managed to check on the notes – it was a task to study. Eventually – I realized – we had six papers to study for. The exams were to be held next day i.e. Sunday – starting from 10 to 1 and 2 to 5. Wow, this was a shock of my life.

As a typical MBA wala – planning comes first, later execution. Started with Brand Management and CRM. I just looked up some sites for notes and was trying to solve last year questions papers.

By 1 – I was able to do some revision. I was not feeling well in between – as I dozed off a couple of times. Had to rush home to take rest. By the time I woke up – it was late evening to realize that I had loads to study. Brushed up once again on the Manufacturing notes, had a quick dinner and dozed off,,,,

26th December, 2010
Well, I had dis big grin on my face – whatever happens today – is history. A final sigh of relief – to hell with classes and exams. Today was the last day of NMIMS exams. No more classes on weekends and exams. No more assignments.

A big day for all those 19 souls who struggled to sacrifice every weekend until 2 years – to study and to attain something in life.

5 semesters, 30 subjects, more than 1000 hours of lectures, case studies, presentation, assignments – all sums to add to our wonderful experience here in NMIMS.

Dinup, Akhiljit, John, Rohit, Jambu, Hussain, Rajiv, Bikram, prem, Anupam, Sujit - NMIMS Terrace

WCM (World Class Manufacturing) As the countdown begun for our 1st exam –Manufacturing,,, we got a shock to see the QP. 2 Questions to be done in 1 hour. And the worst part was – it was last year’s question paper. The last year exam time was 3 hours and ours was just – 1 hour. We finally gave an alarm and got the matter sorted. Quickly browsed the net and referred notes to solve the paper- I really do not know what I wrote but giving the deadlines – had to rush on.

SCM – by the time I was out of the groove of WCM – here comes the 2nd paper – SCM. Another deadline of 1 hour. Once again, rushed to check notes and references. It was over by 12.

TOC – TOC was pretty easy. An objective 40 questions paper. If 1 had revised last year’s QP – this was a cakewalk. But only a few managed to study and we were here – just looking for the correct answer. By the time I got over solving the paper – my mind was completely drained out. I guess – we were in a hurry to finish the exams and the deadlines or it would have been a drag till next year.

Post exams-Anupam, me
A quick lunch with a small photo shoot on the terrace. We rushed for the final leg of the IMC exams. Again – it was CRM, IMC and Brand Management to be done in 3 hours.

CRM – As I referred the notes with some case studies on the net - getting to the right point was just difficult. And to complete the exams in an hour – was much more tasking. Whatever diagram just came up – thought for a moment and said ‘I guess this would be the best fit” – here goes on the answer sheet. I was just jumping to points here n there to make one big lengthy answer paper.

IMC – IMC was a bouncer. The notes were exhaustive. I slowed down a bit here as I wanted to finish this at the end. I switched over to Brand Management to check on the Questions paper. Most of QP was a repetition and fairly easy. So took a good time to study the case study and solve.

Brand Management: did the QP in 30 minutes and I had solved the same in office. As net was accessible here, many looked confused to some of questions sir had asked. “What is the positioning of Zara” – I remember – we would not have any idea on this. As the clock struck 5 – It was a moment that I will never forget – exams finally over and done with MBA.

Out was my camera for some memorable moments to be captured - class, friends and books. We hurried to decide on the venue for some beer session.

We left for Rendezvous in Koramangala. As the beer kept pouring in our mugs, everyone looked relaxed and chilled out. How time passed – no one knew. 2 years studying and managing work was crazy. Some of us recalled the beautiful moments we shared – khasi wala kutta, prem’s entry to the class (as if no one knew), brand management, our 1st encounters with economics, marriages, most eligible bachelors, Sweden experience, beauty salon case study, what were the best and worst subjects ,,,,the session went all till 7 to wind up on the paan session. The joke finally goes like this – since we were busy all these weekends – many of us thought – what will we do now on weekends – well “it will take time for many of us to realize that we finally finished the course”
Jambu,Rohit, Sujit, Rajiv, Bikram, John, Dinup & Arghya - Rendezvous (Bangalore)

A few of our classmates could not make it – as some had exams the next day and some finished the course much earlier.

Well, it was indeed a fantastic hectic memorable day and a wonderful journey.

Pictures :

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Maner-my roots

Maner (Patna, Bihar)

History : In the early ages, Maner was a centre of learning and it is said that grammarian Panini, and also Bararuchi, lived and studied here. Maner contains two well-known Mohammedan tombs, that of Shah Daulat or Makhdum Daulat, known as Chhoti Dargah, and the other that of Sheikh Yahia Maneri or Makhdum Yahia, called the Bari Dargah. Makhdum Daulat died at Maner in 1608, and Ibrahim Khan, Governor of Bihar and one of the saint's disciples completed the erection of his mausoleum in 1616. The building is exceptionally fine one, with walls containing carvings of great delicacy and high finish. A great dome crowns it, and the ceiling is covered with carved inscriptions from the Quran. Every detail of it is characteristic of the architecture of Jehangir's region, and it is by far the finest monument of the Mughals in Eastern India. Inside the compound there is a mosque also built by Ibrahim Khan in 1619, whiles a fine gateway bearing an older inscription corresponding to 1603-01, and affords access to the north. The tomb of Yahia Maneri lies in a mosque walls and ghats, and pillared porticos jutting out into it, which is connected with the old bed of the River Sone by a tunnel 400-ft long.

All about Maner
Maner is a beautiful town farly tucked away from the hustle n bustle of City life. It serves as a mid point for travellers and is on the National Higway - Patna to Ara.
The total distance from Patna to Maner is a mere 35 kms - thanks to the beautiful roads - and it can be covered in 45 minutes. The only hastle is crossing the Danapur cantonment - where the speed limit is not beyond 20 km/hr.
Maner has it's own charm. From the Maner high school to the Dargah - you will find at both sides of the road - long Pipal trees which serves as a green cover. Now the Dargah has hit limelight and many frequent travellers do make a visit. In Chath - Maner is a favorite spot as it is very near the River Sone.
Maner is also a very safe place to live. People are friendly and hospitable. As Bihta is nearby - it serves as a good spot for commerical business.

Maner Ka Laddoo : too less to write a blog. It's one of the famous shops that sells - Maner Ka Laddoo. Having lived the dark age of political riot of 15 years and the global recession - it's one of those establishment that has it's own charm and way to serve customers. Maner ka Laddoo - you have to be there to taste those laddoo's.
What is so special : as experts say and i have heard - the ground level water - a source from the river sone - is very sweets. So the Boondi - which acts as an ingrdient of the Laddoo - soaks all the water as ras and binds it together to form a Laddoo. And to that - the beautiful essence - Kewra (essence from Kannauj) - it's sold in thousand per KG - gives a more aromatic taste.
Maner Sweets has lived upto to a couple of generations - as the 3rd generation of entrepreneurs run the shop. It is as old India got it's independance. Some of the famous personalities who have stopped to have a taste are Indira Gandhi, late VP Singh, Kunal (bhojpuri actor), Laloo, Rocky & Mayur (Highway on my plate) & Vindo Dua,,long list. Infact, i have seen lot of documentaries been produced.
There is the Ghee Laddoo, Dalda Special and Ordinary Laddoo. They also have a brand in Patna (Maurya Lok Complex).


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Munnar Christmas Trip-06

The initial planning was quite difficult as we did not know where to head for. The South India TTK atlas map was so big that we were just guessing places where to head for. Beaches, Mountains or Bangalore. But then, we just had the quest to conquer or explore new destinations in South. What came to our mind was "Kerala" - it was just simply the brand name or probably the ' God Owns Country" that we had to visit. I don’t know how we started our planning - but the Google search was the ultimate experience - God - the websites and the photos of Munnar seemed to be great and when we went there - it was something elicit!!!!!

We did not know how many members would hitch on the rip but we just had to get out to celebrate Christmas!!!!

2 Days of Planning - and we finally settled to a destination called "Munnar" – in Kerala - approx. 12 hours of Drive.

Travellers - Sujoy, Pratima, Nitesh and Rajiv
Date of Travel: 23, 24 and 25th Dec.2006

Day 1 (23rd December, 2006):

As usual, our itinerary was set and we had to leave at sharp 4 in the morning. Since we got slightly wee drunk, the alarm rang at 4. , but Nits. woke us at 5:30 a.m.

Washing his dashing Tata Sierra was hell lot of task to get it ready for the big 12 hour journey. Sujai was on his regular cigs. Early in the morning. We left bang. at 5:30 and could see the vehicles heading to get out of the city. "My god" it’s Christmas Celebrations ----- The two hour drive was quite fast since we covered a great amount of distance. i guess the morning rise helped to cover a great time.

I knew the way from Bangalore to Salem as i had done a couple of rides on the Bike, so till Salem was a smooth ride - i was giving more tips on how to explain more on till Salem route. I had taken tips from Muthu - my RTMC friend -way to Munnar. Our first stop was near Salem - Reliance Petrol Bunk - god damn. We lost 40 minutes to get some Idlis and Dip Tea. It was useless. Some photos shoot at Salem University. The 2nd stop was on the way to Pollachi. We found out that we did not take the Erode -Coimbatore Route since there was heavy Traffic and roads were bad. So the "Chai Wala " suggested to take the Bus route which is quite empty in the day time. A deviation now – and we found out that it was exactly the same. Sujai did take some wrong turns here n there but we managed to hit the Junction at Pollachi. On the way - we found "Aunty's Dhabha" - an amazing place which should be featured in the Lonely Planet - Amazing food at just Rs.30 and she knew English - Rotis, Chicken n Saambar (yummy)

From Pollachi via Chinnar were the ghats - some 80 kms. Ghat Section - it was quite a long journey,,once we entered Kerala, we could feel that Munnar was not far - The Mist n cool breeze real meant that we had come to "Gods own Country " - all the while - i was busy calling Travel Agents for Bookings since it was Christmas time - so we expected lot of rush. We reached Munnar late wee dark - 8ish . So in all - it was hell lot of Driving for Nitesh and Sujai. We finally stayed at "Tristar Resorts " a big resort . On net - it looks awesome - the pics. but on reality - it did not seem so. We tried to bargain a bit but Mr. Jobi did not offer discount. Sujai hit straight for the bed as he was not well. As this was a long ride n the deal we done, was not all that good - we had some drinks. After 2 hours - Mr Sujoy - woke up. As usual - he was n his mood for the drinks. So the night was long as we enjoyed the fresh air of Munnar.

slept late,,snoring

Day 2 (24th December, 2006):
The Tristar People did not treat us well with the food - i guess they ran short of staff or they were too commercialized. Anyways - we paid our resort bill - clicked some fotos and wished the group ,,,”christmas hain bhai” We left for the City so that we could go for the next destination - Cliff huts. Brunch was at the main stop in Munnar - Omlettes, biryani, and Sujoy special - after food - soup. I don’t know how he manages with his tummy but hats off to his drinking and food. Kahi - Steppe kha jati hain ya kabhi kuch khaya hi nahin,,,,,,,, after lunch , i had to get Senthil and Sajan - experts in Trekking - there one of the best Trekking Guides in Munnar. Most of them only cater to Germans and hard core Trekkers,,,,i guess so . you have to be ECO friendly n real understanding as to how the Entire Trekking works out to be. After the deal - we left for "Cliff Huts" with a local guide. So on the way - we saw Mattupetty Dam and some local stuff. we had a Local guide to escort for the entire day. The trip from Munnar to base camp - cliff hut was a nice drive. So we were close to a point near the old Trolley - which is a natural tourist destination. After 2 hours - about 4ish-- we reached the base camp, parked the car, n head bang for the trekking to the Cliff Hut.

Trekking - this could be the special thing we had during Christmas - as we never thought it would be such an experience. Within 20 mnts. - all of us were panting like dogs- the extra weight we were carrying n Sujoy who found "steppe" pahari kutta. I dont blame him for this as it was his first time seeing one- lots of mist and leaches we found on the way. The Cliff hut is a private house / rent property owned by the Trackfinder Adventures. Its right up in the mountains in the Western Ghats - you have to have adrenalin to go to these places,,, not that touristic stuff which most of us do. We reached in an hour’s time- "Cliff Hut" by joe - tents, old house, mist, leaches and Steppe. I mean u have to be in such places to get the experience and see it. We relaxed for a while and then decided to do some more trekking, so i had all the gang trekked back to the base camp. The guide had to go back since he had to get some German guests coming the next day. So we trekked with him on the same path,,,,,, after a while he left us and told us to return since it was getting dark.
Cliff Hut Top- Munnar
We came back to the base camp – to settle for some snacks. Our drinks were out within no time – as it was getting colder. A few pegs down our belly’s, we were enjoying our Christmas in Munnar. Amidst nature – there is nothing so beautiful that you could ever have. The leeches were causing a problem as we could not sit. Steppe – the Pahari dog was a good company. We soon settle for bed. In the night, I could hear Sujoy – can I have some food. I was totally surprised. What I later came to know was – Steppe (the Pahari Dog) had eater Sujoy’s food – and he could do nothing but have some crispy chips for dinner.

Day 3 (25th December, 2006):
Sunrise was not be missed at Cliff Hut. If we had spent all this time travelling to Munnar – Sunrise was the key attraction, finally, managed to wake Sujoy-m sure – he must have cursed me out. We took a guide to take us to the Top of Cliff Hut. A small trek uphill – 30 minutes climb – was worth the visit. The Sun was not out – and we reached on time. When we reached the Top – a 360 degree of the mountains, tea gardens and the clouds below us. It was an Unbelievable an spectacular sight. I would have less words to describe this place. Absolute beauty in wilderness.

Our Christmas Trip to Munnar was a success and worth the visit.

As the Sun rose high, the clouds faded and we could get a better glimpse of the town. Me and Sujoy froze for moments – just to take a breeze – of the wonderful sight we had seen.

We soon left from the Top to base. Nitesh and Pratima missed the sunrise as they settled for a late morning. Got ready, had heavy breakfast and bid farewell.

On our way back – we stopped for some more shoots, visited a Crocodile farm (Sujoy’s interest) and head fast for Bangalore.

Driving back home was not an easy task. 12 hrs. Nitesh had to take break so that he could catch up on sleep, in the wee hours at night – I helped Sujoy being the navigator. We stopped near Salem for Dinner late night and reached home safe.

Wow – a trip that we will never forget and always be cherished.

Sujoy,Rajiv,Nitesh & Pratima - enroute

Trin Trin - Project 6 - Toastmasters

Mobile Phones have become a necessity in today’s world. It has been wrapped as a commodity in which – everyone uses it for communication, updates, live events and business.

Phones are so unique that you update what u r doing logging onto social networking sites, can transfer any amount of money, book train and airline tickets and above all – can talk to your friends and family with a minimal cost.

But I am here not to speak of the benefits of a Cell phone – but how to handle those unwanted calls & trashy messages

Wait, wait, wait – I think I am getting a phone call

Trin Trin !!!

Credit Card Conversation
Rajiv : Hello, Rajiv here.
Basanti : Hello, Good morning Sir. Am I speaking to MR . Rajiv. Sir, is it a good time to talk to you.
Rajiv: Well, it’s 10 in the morning – I am trying to catch on work. Well, anyways – since you have called. Tell me.
Basanti : Sir, we have Citibank Gold Credit Card – life time membership is free. As you are a value customer – would you like to avail this card.
Rajiv: Basanti, you need to check. I already have an HDFC Credit Card.
Basanti : Oh, Thank you sir.

Trin Trin !!!

NGO Conversation
Manjunath: Good Morning Sir. Manjunath calling from ‘Diksha NGO”. Sir, would be interested in donating money to an NGO.
Rajiv: but, from where did you get my number. And how do you know – that I would be interested in donating money to an NGO”.
Manjunath: got your number from the database.
Rajiv: well, you need to check your database – cause I spent all my money on financing my MBA. Contact Mukesh Ambani – whose electricity bill last month in Antilla was a whopping 50 lakh. He will give your more to manage for the entire 10 years to come.

Friends just entered into office and I’ve been showered with phone calls.

Now, let’s dive deep into the problem, we have to see how to handle the unwanted calls & trashy messages – i will 1st discuss on the problems and then the solutions.

1. Database: You should be wondering – where is this database, how do these people get these numbers.
2. Office Hours (ethics): why do these people call during a meeting or while I am driving or even at odd hours.
3. Messages: How come the message count increases from Friday to Sunday – I mean – everyone would be busy deleting those unwanted messages on weekend.
4. Privacy: is my number given to everybody and anybody.

Situation: Now just think for a moment. If were a handsome hunk like John Abraham or the gorgeous girl next door – Deepika Padukone –how would you maintain the secrecy of your telephone numbers.

Well – you cannot. Most of these flamboyant stars change their numbers every month. This is to avoid the junk calls they get from fan followers. Well, I am not those lucky stars. I have lived in Bangalore (garden city) for 5 years with the same old number.

1. The Database is with the Telephone operators and our very own companies who sell the database.
2. Office Hours – tell them to call later. The credit cards/ offers can wait. If you attend take these calls – give them a blast or politely say – Pls. do not call.
3. Messages – don’t update your numbers when giving out surveys, or while shopping. Tempted by free gift vouchers – where you have to give your numbers – never update your numbers.
4. Privacy – DO NOT Call – update ur number to the do not call registry

Well, I had a terrible time taking some unwanted calls. I finally got a youreka idea from some of my friends -

All those unwanted numbers can be stored as Junk. Ex: Junk 1, Junk 2.
So if anybody calls – you would know who is calling. At least, it will help you not taking those unwanted calls. Don’t worry - this will not take enough space.
Friends, advice comes free. Take it. In today’s world, no one has time to take those unwanted calls. A few measures can save lot of time,,,

Let me share a message what I received this morning,,,

Why did God create the man first and only then the woman? ...... Everyone makes a draft first!!!

My Experience,,
As you deliver more projects in Toastmasters - you become a better and cofident speaker. Experience counts and when the adrenalin comes into you to deliver better - there is no stopping.
My P6 script was one of the easiest to learn and practice. But getting on the Vocal Variety as required in the guideline is a daunting task. You really have to clear your throat to get those alterations in tones, pitch and level.

Need to work on :
Feedback session is one of the best. Thats' when you come to know - how good and bad you are.
I was not at all good with the Zero position and should have given more emphasis on usage of words in the conversation.
Good ones:
Facililitate vocal variety with different characters in the speech. Good pitch - pleasant & friendly. Ensured of the risks & solutions. Speech organised well - logical flow of ideas and quiet descriptive.
Timing: 6 Mnts. 36 secs.
Thanks to Veronica for her wonderful evaluation.

Let's see how it goes for P7.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dusshera Cycle Ride-Banerghatta-Bom-E.City-Gottigere

Started off at 7am from Gottigere (Banerghatta Road) - fortunately i did not get any traffic et all - being a Dusshera Holiday.

Banerghatta Anekal Route>>
A few climb to the Banerghatta National Park but smooth after that to Anekal. Downhill later>- so was belting at this section.

Anekal to Bommasandra >>
A good stretch where i found some crazy succers looking at me - must be thinkin a mad guy lost in the highway. I was in the industrial area - where found loads on construction going on - well - everything was closed - so got a good road.

Bommasandra village is pretty bad - roads are not good at all - 20mnts was terrible. By 8ish - i was on the E.City road.

E.City,Begur to Gottigere>>
A smooth road - not much traffic at all - so till Begur - was a smooth ride.

Reached home by 9:15,,,i did not carry my camera (solo rider)-wanted to be safe - not even my mobile. Hopefully i should - in the next trip.

A good solo ride of 42 kms.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Swim for Life-Project 5 -Toastmasters


“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond into the impossible”

Introduction: I am taking this opportunity to speak as the Commonwealth has just started.

Recall, what was the mega event in the Beijing Olympics and who won the most medals? Michael Phelps – more than 7 gold medals. Why most Swimmers are more popular than any other sport – give it a thought.

We do not know who will be the hero in Aquatics this time in Commonwealth – but I am sure – I will be a hero for now as I am giving a training session on Aquatics connected to Project 5.

You will be dazzled to know that I learnt swimming from You tube. It took me almost 6 months to learn swimming. But I continued from there on and never stop.

It’s simple – just to remember – the 1st day you rode a bycycle. You just hop on to it and ride – there is no technique nor book to tell – how to balance. In similar ways – swimming is just jumping into the water and learn by your self.

But if you really want to master the art – I will help you to learn the basics style in swimming.

Swimming Styles
• Freestyle : one of most common of all styles in Swimming. Easiest and quicker to learn. Focus on action of hands and flip your legs.

• Breathstroke : think of Frog – how it swims. Just do exactly like that.

• Backstroke : its similar like the Freestyle but the only thing here is – you have to swim with your back. Your head should be up – look towards the sky.

• Butterfly (fly) – called the fly. Here, you use your butts as a propulsion to move forward and the hands as a butterfly to pull your body.


• Moves all parts of the body without any strain

• Helps to combat psychological disorders of depression, loneliness and loss of confidence

• It benefits the heart, muscles, lungs, joints and mind.


• After Swimming, you are as hungry as a Dog . You can eat whatever comes your way – but will have to control.


• More than 10 swimming pools in Bangalore

• Public Swimming Pools – 6 Best – Baswangudi, Vijaynagar and Jayanagar.

• Cost is Rs-16, price has not increased since last 7 years (until I was here)

• For Men – 9 slots,,,Ladies – 3

• All swimming pools are in a radius of 10 kms .

• Karnataka Swimming Association promotes new talents and gives membership

• One of best states in India to have the best infrastructure for Swimming

• Hot bed for some of the National / International Swimmers – Rehan Poncha, Nisha Millet


• Lot of local people access to swimming pool – unhygienic

• Find the best time to swim

• TV on weekends , window shopping

As now, in this small session – I have given you the SWOT analysis of Swimming, the swimming styles and story – how it changed my life.

Nothing comes free in today’s world – not even advice. You have to pay for it. Well out here – the Toastmasters has given me ample space to give advice.

Rest it all depends on you – grab this opportunity and take the advantage.


Monday, July 19, 2010

FIFA World Cup Finals

FIFA World Cup Finals

Venue: Extreme Sports Bar (B'ngta Rd,Bangalore)
Audience: Rajiv, Soma, Nitesh, Pratima, Pradeep, Abdul, Mahmood

When i write about the venue-the only thingy missin here is that we were not in Johannesburg.Yeah– but don’t take upna Bangalore as some faltoo place. The football fever here is Full On with loads of Masti. We got to witness the crazy yelling crowd–watchin the knock out match of Germany Vs Argentina. Yeah- Me, Nitesh and Pradeep had a gala time at Extreme Sports Bar. But we had to go back home sulkin and cursing the bad play of the Argentines.

The Finals
If Biscuit & Bhupi are reading this – my apologies. I had plans fixed everywhere to watch the Finals. But I did not know where I would go. The Final small wee bit adjustments – apna Jugaad came handy – we finally managed to get places to see the Finals at “Extreme Sports bar”. Well, the entire place had been booked months back but we managed somehow.
Since it was late night show, all managed to binge a bit of dinner. Me n Soma already for the Finals. After all, it’s once in 4 years and who knows where we will be after 4 years.

We all reached by 11ish and settled for a table. I don’t have enough words to express – watta an audience n ambience it was to be there. The Spanish fans dominated the atmosphere and looked like a blanket of Reds around the pub. I carried a Red Scarf gifted by my Sister in Law when I was watching one of the Bull fights in Pamplona festival. (long back)
As we all waited for the minutes n seconds to pass by – the whistle finally blew for the Finals to be played. Yeah, I could hear the buzzing of the Vuvuzelas and roar of the crowd – It was a FIFA Finals.

We started off with our customary Big Beer Flask – donknow the actual name,,,but it carried good amount of cold beer . As we all sipped our drinks, we were glued to the giant TV screens. I wasn’t much bothered watchin the match – it was much more to see everyone there “just partying’’
After watching Germany’s energetic, innovative and flamboyant team-we all thought they would be the Champions. But we (me and Nitesh) always wanted a South American Team to win. We lost hopes on how the South Americans were devastated. It was now only that – we relied on Spain. Thanks to Octopus’s predictions–Spain was in the Finals. And of course –anyone would be charmed to know how they played as a team and the great players like– Puyol, David Villa, Xavi, Iniesta, Pique, Torres and Casillas.

Everyone was tensed like the players -the entire world watching them playing – the world’s most watched event. The 2 teams played in traditional futbol style but ball possession was more with the “La Riojas”. It was a sight of disappointment to see so many Yellow Cards- but the match went on. We hoped – none would be there in the Spanish team –but they were a few. Robben will always remember and must be haunting his memories for the 2 misses – my heart just stopped for those seconds.

The gang got back to life once again enthusiastically with a 0-0 in the 1st half. >>
We all sat for a post mortem and strategic analysis – nah – kidding. With all that beer in the belly – we were all waiting for some more action and a few goals. Extreme Sports Bar had an amazing music collection.
The game came a bit dirty with loads of fouls. I wanted Spain to play more better what I saw in the previous game with the Germans. Ball possession and tactics were amazing. Here, the passes were not constant and moves were few. The Dutch side was a disaster. They just had crumbs of possession and they always posed a goal threat. Spain had a well marshaled back four and created a few counter attacking combinations.
Thanks to the red card by the referee as it seemed better now for the Spaniards. We were all thrilled now that Spain will surely make a goal. It was only at the end that Iniesta managed to get a goal. Wow- we are all excited and I couldn’t believe that Spain will the Champions. Well, the Dutch could not fight it back as there was not enough time.

Spain are finally the Champions !!!!!!

The crowd went berserk, it was total madness at early morning. People were just not moving as the bar owner wanted to close down. But it was fun as majority wanted Spain to win.
This was a moment to live for and will always be remembered until I get to see the next world cup in Brazil.

For the moment, we can all sit and relax.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Project 4: You’re what you eat for your breakfast

The topic may have sent some wrong signals, but I’m not here to preach about vegetarianism or to talk about nutrition or nutrients like calcium and carbohydrates, like Fibre and Folic acid, or Vitamin A and Vitamin C.I’ll talk about something usual – that happens to our lives every day.
But first here’s a little incident that happened some days back.

I was criss-crossing the usual monotonous morning in crazy chaotic traffic. At one signal before the office, i saw a gorgeous girl sitting in a swanky car. She was holding and enjoying a glittering glass bowlfull of colourful cut fruits, while the signal was ticking down to zero. I spontaneously started blabbering about how fast the life has become, that a person doesn’t even has time to properly relish his meal. The time is like sand slipping through the hour glass “At this my consciousness, reminded me that just two days back, how I had skipped my breakfast to finish off a weary weekly status meeting and this wasn’t a one-off incident; this has been happening every now and then for some time.

I was reminded of this quote that I read some time back “You are what u eat for your breakfast” I really like this quote. I find this to mean much more than a quote about your eating habits. How? Let us see.
Breakfast is the first meal of the day; it is a gateway and a foundation of effective energy elevation for the day to come. Dedicated Dieticians have proved that the breakfast provides you the necessary jump-start after 6-8 hours of sound soothing sleep. Those who skip breakfast often feel fragile, fumed and frustrated in the morning. Having a healthy and hygienic breakfast helps you get ready for the loads of tensions and the physical challenges that wait for you in the next few hours. Imagine - the smell of breakfast and coffee (smell) drifting up from the kitchen. ...Aloo Parantha's with curd,bacon/sausage ham with brown bread and Idli/Vada sambar,,hmmmmm,,

Isnt then this a sumptous Breakfast ?

Isn’t then this quote true for every other aspect of life as well?

A good start is an important ingredient for success. Psychologists have proved that childhood experiences of a person have a bearing on his whole life. Good education and empowerment, for instance, is the start of a great career. And that’s why you find parents patiently queuing up for admission of their kids in the best brand of the schools.

Extend this example to the corporate world and you’ll find that companies, which started with a bang, continue to hold that advantage for years to come. When Sri-lanka won the World Cup Cricket in 1996, it was largely due to the flying and flamboyant start that Jayasurya provided them in the first 15 over’s in most of the matches. He deadly devastated the bowling attack and gave a mercurial rise on the run rate. It looked like it was raining 4’s and 6’s.

Some of the engineering marvels of the world – for example Enormous Empire State building in New York, our own beautiful historic love scintillating symbolic structure Taj Mahal and the Powerful Pyramids in Egypt – they are the greatest buildings, which have strongest foundations.
My dear friends, a full fledged Foundation is like a chair, it gives legs to stand up., that’s why we say a good start is half job done.

Remember your health is a personal diamond and if you take care you will swim in sea of diamonds.

But is a sound start in itself sufficient to guarantee you success? Your breakfast, however nutritious it may be, can’t see you through the day by itself. You need to supplement that with well-balanced, sumptuous and healthy meals later in the day. To succeed, you do need an Arvinda de-Silva in the middle order to cash on the great start that Jayasurya provides because after a great start, it’s all the more your responsibility to make sure that you live up to the opportunities that your great start has paved for you.

On similar lines, not all of us got opportunities and environment for public speaking in our school-days, but all of us are having delicious toasts of great speeches as our breakfast right here at Toastmasters.
So every time you feel that you’ve missed your breakfast, just remember the girl at the traffic signal I mentioned in the beginning. You can have your breakfast when you need it and are ready for it.
We don’t know that our body is a hungry dog. It is like a seed, it will never grow unless planted and nourished.
So a great start is really, very important. Whenever you can, work hard, make meticulously plans, have the required training and education before you delve deep down into that dream venture so that you have a great start. Follow it up with more preparation, planning and prioritization, but if you fail to get a great start, never mind; you still can be a winner if you want to. As they say, no-one can go back and make a brand new start; anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

"I assure you after your breakfast your body will be as happy as a rat with gold tooth, you will feel as fresh as a daisy and you will be as fit as fiddle."

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sunfeast Marathon-Open 10k-Bangalore

Sunfeast Marathon-Bangalore-Open 10 K>This is one the mega events that any runner would look forward too. Not far behind are Cycling, Spa’s, Meditation Centers and Unisex Salons – all trying to catch the mega bucks from Bangaloreans. Well, Sunfeast had done enough homework – as they had organized the same last year on 21st May. This time – it looked really like an organized event with loads of Corporate Sponsors, thousands of participants and NGO’s running for a cause.
Preparation>Running a 10K event is no joke. A human has the endurance to run or walk the entire 10k without any practice but no one can guarantee what happens after that ,,,,,I started my preparations 15days so that I could get used to running for longs hours and able to manage the pain in the muscles. I used to leave office early to head home for a quick 1 ½ hr session of Cycling and running. I had stopped Swimming – thanks to the Summer Vacation where all the morning batches – were jam packed,,I avoided to swim and focus more on running.
In the Gym>Running on the tread mill was fun. Having a good incline on 3 n running really helped to tone up the muscles for endurance. On an average – I ran on the treadmill for 30mnts-covering a distance of 4kms. Again- Followed by a 15 minute workout on cycling. I had a target to cycle for 15mnts. and burn 200 calories.On a normal day – by the time this routine exercise was over – I really felt the body and muscles were getting toned up for the mega event.
The Trials>I did not want to focus more on the treadmill as the actual run was to happen on the outdoors. Me and Soma did a trial run on a Sunday (16th of May) to check our endurance and get the of feel of running on the road.Our house is located near Banerghatta Road – so we had ample space to run. We did a 3km run followed by a 45 minute walk to an unknown area. By the time – we got to the hill – the view was spectacular. Standing amidst a superb landscape with fresh air buzzing by,,,
Bangalore Sunfeast Marathon-10k (23rd May-2010)>I was at the Kanteerva Stadium by 8:05. A few snaps in the stadium and checking out the big crowd – I felt – the day had come – the D Day. Runners did not even spare a minute – and saw most of them – jumping the fence to start early. I did not wait too – me and Gaurav sneak out of one of the mesh and started running,,,,,,,,Ganesh (the superstar) was at the venue to flag off the ceremony. Within a few seconds -I was out of the stadium – running alone with other participants. The initial 3 kms was a killer as it seemed i was stuck in a traffic jam. I had to hip hop here n there to pave my way out for a run. After that - it was pretty smooth. As i had done a few practices earliar - i kept a target to run without a break upto 6 kms - which i did. The turn near Commercial Street was a killer. A whole U turn - and an uphill task. That's where - you get to see the real endurance of running. Sunfeast had done an excellent job on the organization part. Banners were installed every 2/3 kms with loads of stands for Drinking water and glucose.The 8th km was where i managed to get some more spirits.Here, i met some RTMCians who helping the media recording the entire Marathon. (Arun,Vishu,Vijay and Heroin). I was totally exhausted by the end, sweating it all out. The last leg - 10km mark was a relief. I tried to do a sprint to get a better timing but couldn't. I was then at my regular pace and completed the Marathon. Hurrah - Finally done it.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is the act of turning off the lights for one hour to drive home the dangers of global warming.On March 31, 2007, for one hour, Sydney made a powerful statement about the greatest contributor to global warming - coal - by turning off its lights. Over 2.2 million residents and over 2,100 businesses switched off, leading to a 10.2% energy reduction across the city. What began as one city taking a stand against global warming caught the world’s attention.
Purpose: "It's one hour, one day, one year. We're not saving the planet by turning the lights off for one hour." "What you are doing is adding your voice to a global call for action." You wouldn’t realize turning off your lights at home sometimes, keeping the engine running at a traffic signal – waiting for it to go green or washing your vehicle on a weekend. Well – all these are common things which we do in life. Above all – we forget the source. My intranet page – had a constant message for the past 1 week for – “Earth Hour”. For few days, I completely ignored, but when I started reading articles on the movement and what is really going to happen in future – it left me in a shock. You must have heard stories/headlines on Carbon Footprint and the Global Warming. Well, we are living in a world and have realized what Global Warming is going to the “Earth”. 27th March, 2010 With a busy schedule on weekends (doing an MBA from NMIMS-Bangalore), I had to rush home after the classes got over at 6PM. Juggling in traffic took another hour – but managed to reach home. I was all set for the “Earth Hour”. Me and Soma (my wife)had to do loads of planning in between so that we did not loose on time and miss out the necessary stuff – what you generally do on weekends – shopping. We switched-off all our lights – in-fact the main switch at 7:30. It was a different feeling altogether. Complete in darkness. I sensed a feeling of Darkness. Well – it’s a reality where everyone has to face. If we keep on abusing nature and carry on like this – Bangalore weather changing, New York’s Freezing winters, the Snow melting in the Himalayas !!! etc – the day is not far from chaos. Me and Soma went to the terrace to have a look – whether people really got the message or not. Unfortunately – we stay in one of the remote locations in Bangalore – Gottigere in Banerghatta Road. All we could see and hear – was a busy Saturday. We have done our bit for the “Earth Hour”. At the end - It gives a sense of accomplishment. Some Facts Message - Earth Hour 2010 Earth Hour 2010 continues to be a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up, to show leadership and be responsible for our future. In what we hope will be the world’s largest mass participation event, Earth Hour 2010 will be the culmination of over one billion people around the globe, in more than 6000 cities, towns turning off lights for one hour on one night. Iconic buildings and landmarks across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and The Americas will go dark. In India, we hope to make Earth Hour 2010 even bigger and better than last year. Besides Delhi & Mumbai , this year we are taking Earth Hour to Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangaluru, Chennai and Kolkata, apart from several other cities where people will be encouraged to participate and turn-off the lights in their homes, offices and buildings from 8:30pm-9:30pm on Saturday, 27 March 2010. Our participation will go a long way in showing to the world that India is united on its stand against global warming and is demanding immediate action. We want to let the world leaders know that the world is still watching, post the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in 2009 and that we, the citizens of the planet, demand commitment to actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the benefit of the planet.

Friday, March 19, 2010

International Speech Contest - Toastmasters

International Speech Contest in Logica- Toastmasters (27th Feb-2010) Area B5 Contest
The moment I got a mail for the “International Speech Contest” to be held in Logica – I wondered what to speak on. Thanks to my MBA classes – I had to give a presentation the same day with my colleagues which was supposed to be evaluated. Anyways – after reading the “Big” manual for the Intl. speech contest – the biggest hurdle was getting a script ready & what to speak on. As you all know – I am a Bike/Car aficionado. In one of my assignments for Marketing – I read amazing reviews/articles on Tata Nano – how the concept came and design. I did quite a bit to formulate the script and make it into a speech. Thanks to Google – where you will have an abundance of materials on Nano. Gosh – it is such a hit that you will be swarmed by the reviews. Well – I was more involved into it. It took me – almost 2 days to finalize on the Speech ,,,and now was ready to start on with the preparations. With my MBA assignments on track - - I had a 2 page to review. Thanks to my manager – who gave me time to practice – otherwise I would have been blank on the practice sessions. I do not know how may hours I had put on the preparation for the speech,,but I do know that many prepare for more than 2 months to take part in the contest. I heard from Alex – one of buddies who in Logica Toastmasters – that one of his friends prepared for more than 6 months. Wow – what dedication.
It was a big day for me as I had to present in the MBA class – my project on M&A and then rush to Logica for the Speech contest. The day began smooth at the Institute – but as the day approached for lunch – my heart started to beat faster and faster. I was not able to focus in any of the lectures,,finally,, it was time to leave. I had a group presentation to give with my colleagues on mergers “Emirates with Indigo Airlines”. I figured out that if I do the presentation – I will not be able to attend the Intl. speech contest. I informed my colleagues on this and headed straight for the venue.
I can still remember the drive from Koramangala to Logica (Marathalli) – I was tensed. As I got close to the venue – my hands started to sweat. A moment that i would not forget. Approx. 60/70 members were at the venue and it was nice to see Alex, Lalan and Veronica around – after all – it was a Logica event.
4 more contestants were left to speak on the “Prepared Speeches” section. As the names were called out – I feared mine being the next. But, yes – it was called out – and I was there at the Dias within seconds. I looked at the crowd dazzled, I froze for a moment. Standing in front of an audience – listening to what you speak is something I will never forget. I gained momentum and spoke with confidence. Of all the hard work and preparation done – the speech went in a constant flow. I was in a rush to finish my speech – but that is where the challenge is all about-to speak at ease, confidence and above all – a powerful speech. I did not know when my speech ended. By the time – I was at the sofa relaxing – I finally had delivered my International Speech.
2 more speakers delivered their speck and the results were out. Logibods were delighted when the results were out. Alex came 3rd in the “Prepared speeches” and a win too in the “Table Topics”.
As the meeting got over, Sirur Sir was happy that the event held in Logica was successful. All of us - who were there present at the venue - clicked photos -Lalan,Soma(my-wife),Alex & Lata. It was an achievement for Logica Toastmasters.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

In Varkala

13th Feb.2010 (Varkala –Edava & Kappil beach, Enjengo Fort) After spending half a day in Varkala – just lazing around the beach gulping beer and sea fish,,, I always wanted to rent a bike as I did in Pallolem and Munnar. I saw a most of the tourists (firangs) on a Activa, Scooty Pep or a Splendor,,, but being a die hard Bulletwala – riding those chotus would not be fun. How we got the Bike on rent,,, By now – you would be wondering why rent a bullet if I have one “the blue” dilli wala number. Well, I am on vacation and had not mood to ride down south in this short 3 day vacation. Me and Soma enquired almost every agent in Varkala – Papanism Cliff for a bullet – but all were on rent. Dejected, we had our hopes getting the last moment. After supper, we headed to our guest house. On conversation with the owner back home – I spoke for my love on bike riding and visiting new places. One of the owner’s friend -Sunil, was an ardent Bullet lover. Well- I had to tell all that fancy story travelling here n there-Spiti n Hampi,,,I managed to persuade him and got the bike for rent for Rs.400 a day. Riding along the Arabian Coast After a quick swim in Papanasam beach (Varkala) , few checks on the bike and headed straight for the petrol bunk in Varkala. Had some amazing crunchy Poori’s n vada in local restaurant and headed for the new journey. Well, as passerby’s stated – its one place where you get to see the Arabian Sea and the backwaters. A similar landscape what I had spotted while backpacking to Go-Karna. (Konkan route) I did not waste a single minute getting there as the day was getn warmer,,,,Wow – I just can’t tell what a feeling it was while we arrived at Kappil beach.
As we crossed the bridge – we turned to a straight rode – to me left was the mighty blue Arabian sea and to my right was the greeny Kappil backwaters. Me and Soma just thought for a moment – are we here or is it a dream. I could here the gush of waves hitting the Kappil beach shores. Out was a camera - managed to click loads of photos in all directions. We went further ahead – along the beach on bike to get some good pics. En route back to Varkala – we visited the private harbour – a new houseboat at anchor. As it got humid – we stopped at a local chai shop at 1 for Nimbu Pani. Some tips from the locals – Edava beach was worth a visit. Kappil Beach to Edava beach is a mere 3 kms by road . Edava Beach We ventured deep in the villages to figure out Edava,,,few wrong turns – but we managed to locate. We spotted an Ayurvedic Spa near the beach – I spotted a well paved track along the sea shore,,after a break at the nearby refreshment area, we headed on our journey.
Biking along that 3 kms sea shore route was unbelievable. A bit scary - as I have a cliff to my left with the Arabian Sea. With the Standard 350 on 1st gear, we rode along the lonesome paved track to get some of the best glimpses of my riding times,,,yes – it reminded me of the blue-turquoise lake of Pangong Tso,,,it was an absolute blue out there with the rhyming of the waves,,,a few bright colored boats could be spotted along the beach. Me and Soma just loved sitting in the shade and enjoyed the view. I guess – the rented bike helped us visiting these places – of all the days I stayed in Varkala – I heard only a few visiting these places. Varkala, Enjengo Fort & Golden Island We were exhausted by 3ish – and wanted to hit back to Papanasam beach (Varkala). Enroute – we wanted to stop midway to have the local stuff – sea fish. Cudo’s to the friendly people – that we got a very good restaurant midway. Well – lunch time was over – so we had to request them for a meal. The cook gave us various options on fish – and so we choose. We had a good meal and headed for Enjengo fort. Enjengo Fort Enjengo Fort is one of the prime watch towers in the Chennai region. You will have to clim 225 steps to get a good view of the top. Well – once we reached, it was worth a sight. It seems God had enough time to make this place better – lush green landscape with loads of Coconut trees overlooking the Arabian sea. A few tips from a localite – we headed for Golden Island to check out on the sunset. Golden Island Well, if you are in God’s Own Country – not all places will be perfect as it may seem. As the name sounds – there was nothing Golden,,, Yes- but an island in the backwaters. We travelled quite a distance to get there,,,we stopped on the main bridge to have a glance of the Golden Island. A perfect evening to spend with Soma – as we got to see an amazing sunset. What I liked – was most people were chit chatting on the bridge – and getting loads of masala of what happened during their day. After Sunset, we left for the Varkala beach. Me and Soma really enjoyed this short trip. Thanks to Sunil for giving his bike on rent. I believe sometimes – the brand of owning a Bullet really helps you sometime. Statistics. Total Distance : 120 Kms Places Visited : Varkala ( Papanism Cliff & Beach , Edava & Kappil Beach, Enjengo Fort and Varkala Town. Bike Rent & Petrol : Rs600.00 Approx Temp: 33*C Humidity: 85% Happy Viewing: