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Running quotes -inspirational

Came across some inspirational running quotes:

'Every morning in Africa, an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest antelope, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or an antelope – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last.
You can say 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that.”

"Its very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea of running is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit."

Festive fervour in the city

With festivity in the air, the city of Mumbai is abuzz with all the excitement that surrounds Diwali. Swetha Amit’s article filled with information makes a great read for the quintessential Diwali shopper is that time of the year when every household is lit up with lamps and laughter and everyone seems to be in high spirits. The festival of ‘Diwali’ binds the entire nation in resplendent celebrations. The city of Mumbai is no different. It turns into a land of vibrant colors, shopping, fireworks and a variety of gastronomical delights. With over a fortnight of celebrations, the excitement is irresistible. Diets and food restrictions tossed out of the window, one cannot escape the sweets beckoning and it’s not before long you realise you are recovering from a sweet tooth hangover!  
This Diwali, we cruised around the city and managed to explore interesting sweet shops, restaurants serving special Diwali men…

Happy Diwali-Celebrate making a difference

Two Diwalis back a lady who irons our clothes in our huge residential complex of over 200 apartments came up to me on the Diwali night.  She said “my son is asking for some crackers and I don’t have the money to buy”. The reason why I mentioned about the size of our residential complex is that with this size, several thousands of rupees have been spent on crackers and sweets.  The kid has been seeing many children bursting crackers and wanted to burst too.  I gave her some money and later spoke to all my friends in the complex to set apart some percentage of our spend from the next Diwali so that we are inclusive in our celebrations.

As we enjoy festivals with our family and friends it is important to recognize that celebrations are an opportunity to touch the lives of others as well. They are a force for social change and social responsibility.  Festivals then are about the spirit of coming together and sharing happiness with others, especially with the have-nots, rather than about o…

The grand Ganpati show


Mumbai is known for the joyous communal celebration of the Ganpati festival, when the nooks and corners of the city are lit up and crowds stream from idol to idol unable to decide which one is the best. Swetha Amit gives readers the low-down on the festival

The Ganpati festival is synonymous with the vivacity that characterises Mumbai. The entire city comes alive during the ten days of festivities. It is believed that Lord Ganesha comes down to earth to reside in homes and bless families, and his devotees play the role of hosts with humility and gratitude. 

Preparations: Idols are made with great care a month before the celebrations begin. They come in different sizes, colours and forms. Devotees bring the God to the accompaniment of drumbeats and music, with his face covered. 

Happy birthday Ganpati Bappa: The first day of the 10-day festival is celebrated as Ganpati’s birthday. The entire city is up early, eager t…

Fighting to live

A book that strikes a chord in women, who will find a part of it echoing in their own life, irrespective of the society segment they belong to, says Swetha Amit about Because I am a girl: Seven girls seven lives
Authors:  Introduction by Govind Nihalani
Anjum Hasan, Shahana Goswami, Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan, Pooja Bedi, Aditi Rao Hydari, Nafisa Ali, Namrita Bachchan
Publisher: Random House India
Price: Rs299
Classification: Non-fiction

Women empowerment has always been a prickly issue across the world, particularly so in developing countries such as India. It is disturbing to note the alarming rate at which female foeticide is growing in our country. It is one of the reasons that Plan India -- a leading child rights NGO -- took up the initiative to highlight the stories of girl children from different communities across rural India. Because I am a girl: Seven girls seven lives is a collection of stories, written by …

On the sweet trail news


‘And Gandhi goes missing’: Irony to the core

Some films are short, yet create a lingering impact on the viewers. Despite their 20 minute duration, they tend to leave the audience stunned with their powerful message. An impression that is left deeper than a three hour film one is usually accustomed to.

Quite a few movies were made with Mahatma as a protagonist. They were mostly based on his life and his movement towards freedom. What makes G.K.Desai's ‘And Gandhi goes missing’ unique is the entire approach to exhibiting Gandhi’s principles in a subtle yet intense manner.

The film’s background is set in the rural village school of Maharashtra. Sadashiv Godse alias Sada (Shreyas Paranjpe) is a happy go lucky school boy and enjoys the company of his best friend Sunil Damle alias Sunya(Soham Kadam). One day a new History teacher ( Kamlesh Sawant) is introduced to the class. While getting to know the names of the students, the master frowns on hearing Sada’s name. Much to the bafflement of the boy, he is made to sit in the last be…

A tented jungle paradise


Africa is a land known by its wildlife. Swetha Amit spends a few days living in a tent, observing Africa's jungle denizens at close quarters and tasting its exotic cusines and meats and accompaniments

Living in tents and watching wild animals drink water a few feet away is an exciting prospect. A vacation in Africa enabled us to do just that, observe exotic fauna at close quarters. We landed in Nairobi and were escorted to our hotel rooms. Having time to spare, we decided to visit the highly-recommended restaurant ‘Carnivore’, which seemed to be popular among the locals as well.

A meaty affair at the equator: Seated at cosy tables in dim-lit ambience, we could see lumps of meat being roasted on fire. Exotic sauces were served as accompaniments to the main course of meat of different species, which turned out to be an e…

Hiking in the hills

Sundays are normally associated with lazying around,  catching up on sleep or lounging around like a couch potato for many. However being a marathon runner and a fitness freak, being up at the break of dawn had become a part of my lifestyle. This weekend was no different except that instead of running, we were planning to hike amidst nature. We set off with a few friends to catch the Mumbai local train to Nerul from where it was a 4 hour trek up to the forest of Matheran.
It was a 2 hour train journey spent in animated chatter and munching on our breakfast. We soon reached Nerul which was a bit under the weather with dark clouds looming above. It was a perfect weather for a hike. A few droplets of rain greeted us as we walked through the village. We soon reached the vast carpet of green land which was to be our pathway up the hills. 
Nature appeared to be even more beautiful in the rains. Everything seemed to be sparkling in the radiance of the monsoons. It was a pleasant change from…

10 eating habits of the highly successful and fit

Read this article on Women's heath. Found it apt and very interesting.

Successfully fit people are successful not because of good luck, birth order, or family heritage but because they have adopted the right habits. They do things differently than the rest. To be a successful person, you must adopt the habits of success. Stephen Covey's theories on learning from the habits of successful people in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People suggest that by emulating the habits of successful people, anyone can enjoy the life he or she desires. Learn the habits, adopt the habits, practice the habits, enjoy the success. It really is that basic. Here, excerpted from Push by Chalene Johnson, the 10 eating habits of successfully fit people.

1. They Tend to Stick to the Same "Daily Menu" The majority of fit people say they eat virtually the same meals every day, mostly the same breakfast, same lunch…