Sunday, August 16, 2015

Where the mind is without fear

Yesterday, India celebrated it's 69th Independence Day and the mood everywhere was patriotic. When I was browsing through Facebook, I came across a friend sharing Rabindranath Tagore's famous poem: Where the mind is without fear:

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action;

This got me thinking. This poem was written in 1910 and Tagore must have hoped for this future based on the World/India back then. Much has happened since then:

India achieved its freedom; became a democratic republic; became world's largest democracy; ushered in green revolution to become self sufficient in agriculture, white revolution to become self-sufficient in milk; made rapid strides in science and technology, became world's biggest provider of human capital, underwent massive economic reforms - lifting millions out of poverty; adopted telecom/mobile revolution to become world's second biggest mobile subscribers country and is today widely recognized as an economic superpower.

So, if Tagore were alive today would he feel his dream has turned into reality? To me, the answer is a big NO. Let's see:
Neither is the mind without fear nor is the knowledge free; the world is as fragmented as ever by religion, race and economic inequality; it is difficult to speak freely for fear of political/ideological backlash; it is difficult to find reason in everything that's happening around us and the mind isn't being led forward.

In summary, while India (and the world) has made rapid economical and technological progress, the basic principles of freedom of speech/life and easy access to Roti, Kapda and Makaan still remains a dream to millions around us.

Hope Tagore's dream turns into reality some day..

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Anyone can run

The title of this post is inspired by Ratatouille movie's line "Anyone can cook". Anyone who wants to run can; all it takes is a good technique (running form), patience and perseverance.

When I picked up running two years ago, I started with a 5 minutes walk interspersed with 1 min run. Gradually the walking time reduced and running time increased. The first time I ran continuously for 10 min, I was elated. Every subsequent week brought a new milestone. It was after training (running) for almost 2 months (completing a 10K+ run), I thought I could do a half marathon. So, I participated in and completed Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) 2013 in 2h39 minutes. Since then, I have participated in 5 half marathon races with my personal best of 2h18 minutes. My target for this ADHM is 2 hours!

Anyone who thinks he/she is too unfit to run should watch this:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Running Man

I've been out of blogging action for over 2 years now. When I was in an introspection mode during the recent holiday season, I thought I should get back to writing and here I am.. Over the past 2 years, I've done 2 main things - Work and Run.

Work has been crazy - our company has been growing fast and I've been busy in restructuring operations, setting up new systems/processes and establishing overseas entities. The other exciting thing I have done is pick up running.

 Sometime in early 2012, I was introduced to Duplays, a venture that promoted Sports in working professionals. I joined the group and started playing basketball/squash with them. In July 2012, I noticed an ad from them about a running group. That drew my attention and I decided to join it - primarily to get fitter.

In Aug 2012, I started training with the running group (about 10 of us with ages ranging from 25 till 45). Long story short, I loved it and became a regular. Started with small distance running and gradually built distance, fitness for half marathon. Ran my first half marathon (ADHM in Delhi) in December 2013 and with the recently concluded SCMM in Mumbai, I have run 4 half marathons till now. I now want to run a full marathon this year but haven't been able to figure out the training plan for that.
Running is a passion now and I will continue continue writing about it regularly.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rest in Peace Steve Jobs

Woke up today to the sad news of Steve Jobs demise. There aren't possibly enough words to measure the impact he had on modern technology and world. Leaving his astronomical accomplishments aside, what stands out to me is his humility. He spent the last 7 yrs of life fighting a rare form of cancer and even during those days he continued working and changing the world!! To me, his life is best summed up by his address at Stanford graduation ceremony in 2005: Stay Hungry Stay Foolish:
Rest in Peace Steve! You were one of the all time greats and will be truly missed.