Showing posts from September, 2019

The roller coaster ride: The Santa Cruz triathlon experience

No matter how many times you race on a familiar course, the experience is different every time. Probably that’s why I never get tired of doing events in Santa Cruz, especially triathlon events.The views of the ocean during the bike ride and the run are just spectacular. Enough to lure me time and again.

Not every triathlon is a smooth sailing ride, Irrespective of how strong you are, there are bound to be occurrences that are beyond your control. This is what makes it eventful and most importantly humbling. 

The Santa Cruz triathlon experience was certainly an eventful one and in short, I can sum it up as a roller coaster ride.  Having done 3 back to back races, I had planned on taking this easy and an opportunity to try out my new tri-suit and swim goggles. 

Race day morning: Santa Cruz was a 40-minute drive from my place. Listening to some 80s music that was playing in one of the radio stations, I managed to ease my nervous bouts which usually occur before every triathlon event.  

Book Review: Trinity by the Horns

Title: Trinity by the Horns: A tale of Gods & Bolts
Author: Prana Natarajan
Genre: Science fiction
'Trinity by the horns' is a story about 3 youngsters namely Brammy, Balaji and Shivpal who head a start-up that creates bots for space exploration missions. They face difficulties especially when their board,which governs their funding,loses faith in their idea.  They appoint a new CEO named Shakti to take charge of their project. The rest of the narrative showcases a roller coaster journey comprising of oneupmanship, ego clashes and errors.  The book is an interesting blend of the start- up world and science fiction consisting of characters with mythological references. The author cleverly weaves out this eclectic mix into an interesting story. He brings out the complex dynamics that tends to exist in a team working on a project.  Themes of artificial intelligence, leadership and power are largely dealt with here. Witty and light hearted, this futuristic sci-fi fi novel takes…

Viriah: Book review

Book Review Title: Viriah
Author: Krishna Gubili
Genre: Biography Viriah is the story about the author's search for his great grandfather named Viriah, who went to South Africa as a laborer to work in Sugar plantations and died in tragic conditions.  Curious to know more about his ancestral history, the author spends a large part of his adult years trying to gain various sources about his family roots. When he finally stumbles upon some information, he is horrified to find out that his great grandfather was an indentured laborer.  Due to the increasing demand for sugar in the late 1800s, 1.3 million Indians were shipped to work on sugarcane plantations in South Africa. The indenture system is largely explored in the book and showcases the appalling working conditions of coolies. They had to toil for long hours, were subjected to cruel treatment and faced psychological consequences of being separated from their families.  The author describes the intricacies of life on sugarcane pla…

Running Home: Book review

Book Review 
Title: Running Home Author: Katie Arnold Genre: Memoir
Running home is a beautiful memoir about how a woman takes up running to feel alive and overcome her grief of losing a parent. 
Katie Arnold is introduced to adventures and the outdoors through her dad who is a photographer for the National Geographic. After her marriage and motherhood, Katie ensures that she exposes her daughters to the outdoors too. 
However when her father loses his battle to cancer, Katie is plunged with post traumatic stress disorder and begins to question her own mortality. 
In order to overcome her anxiety and grief, Katie seeks solace in nature and running- a sport that her father introduced to her when she was 7 years old. Katie starts with an ultra marathon distance of 50 km, 50 miles and then 100 km amidst those mountainous trails and wilderness. 
As she clocks those miles which tests her endurance, Katie slowly learns to overcome her grief, pain and anxiety. In the meanwhile, she traces b…

The seesaw battle: My 2nd Ironman 70.3 experience

The journey to my 2ndIronman 70.3 was literally a seesaw battle right from the time I signed up for the event until I embraced the finish line. Probably that’s the reason why this is more memorable than my first Ironman 70.3 which incidentally was in the same place-Santa Cruz. 

When I signed up for Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz in December 2018, I was confident that I’d be able to train for it better this time. I was looking forward to joining the Team Asha program and training with them in the peak season from April to August. 
While I was able to make it for most of the open water sessions on Saturdays, I couldn’t accompany them on the bike rides on Sundays due to some personal commitments at home. Balancing my time with training and entertaining family who were visiting, was proving to be quite difficult with no time for recovery. 
To do or not to do:When I did manage to go on a few rides in July, I covered not more than 20-26 miles. I decided to wait and watch how I fared in the 2 Olympic …

Up'root'ting mankind in the long run:Save Aarey forest

There was once a time when I stood tall and proud, sheltering those who would stop beside me to catch their breath.  They would wipe their beads of perspiration emanating from the summer heat. The sun's rays would penetrate fiercely from the sky while I’d fight and shield them with equal veracity to protect my precious mankind kin. 
I'd withstand the harsh tumultuous climatic conditions and protect my precious human clan from the heat or rains.  There were times when I was considered man’s best friend. At least I thought that was the case. I recollect how I was lovingly tended to and cared for by some of them. They’d nurture me with water and nutrients that made me so alive and indebted to them enough to protect them. 
My other counterparts and I together built a chain of homes for other species as well. Right from birds, bees to deers, squirrels and the big cats, we had room for every living being. Such was the generosity of my heart. I was considered the lung of the Mumbai cit…