Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head.
- Paul Auster
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Like previous year, I participated in the half marathon (approx. 21kms) competition in Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2014. I completed the race in 3 hours and 25 minutes. My friend Amit Prajapati from SEBI also accompanied me for most of the race and completed the race along side with me. From SEBI, total 59 officers completed half marathon whereas 4 even completed full marathon. Fortunately this time I didn't have much of problem with my legs post-race. I even didn't have much pain 2 days after the race day. So it was a normal race.
|Amit and Anuj|
Wait, this much summary is enough for my parents to know. Of course, my life has unexpected adventures even though I try to avoid them. So here goes the detailed story -
As you might already know, I gave up my practice in last December. Even though I had recovered at the start of year, I was too lazy to restart my practice. It was obvious that I was going to face issues during the race. But I was confident about completing the race.
So when Amit told me that he was also going to come for the race, I told him that I knew all the information about the race like race timing, starting point, etc. My father repeatedly asked me when was the race going to start, but I kept avoiding the question. I kept telling him that there was no point in knowing that so early before the race. Finally, I checked the web site a day before the race and somewhere saw that the race was going to start at 7AM. I took a train to Bandra and was really surprised when I could not see any participants in the compartment. Last year when I went with Nikhil Sawant, there were so many runners at the station. Even when we started walking towards the Bandra-Worli sea link, I could not find anyone. When we reached the start point, I was not sure what was happening, the whole place had a deserted look. Someone then told us that the race had already started! We immediately started with the race and asked a policeman near the start line when the race had actually started.
Well, it had started at 6 AM!!! (It just reminds me the incident where Viraj, Aditya and I were going to Rishikesh's brother's wedding at Virar. We reached the wedding 1 hour late, whereas we thought we had reached half an hour early. No guessing who the culprit was.) It was 6.35 AM by that time and I was so much frustrated. First thoughts were to give up the race. There must have been hardly 2-3 guys in next 2 kms. The road was empty. I remember Amit kept talking on and on, and I kept telling him to shut up and focus on the race instead (I did apologize afterwards for my rudeness). Initially we thought we would at least clear the Sea link and then Amit would go to his home at Worli. By the time we reached 4 kms, I realized I had issues with my right hamstring tendons. I wasn't going to run for too long. After I cleared the sea link I decided not to run anymore and simply walk. To think of it now, one can say that I "ran" the race is a gross overstatement. I completed most of the race walking. There were number of times I felt like quitting, especially when I came in the area near my house i.e. Haji Ali, Pedar Road fly over, Girgav Chaupaty. And every time that happened I reminded myself about Naruto and his "never give up" attitude.
Slowly we moved towards the “next” km mark. I was of course not foolish enough to make the mistake like last time when I made sprint towards the finish line after seeing the 100 m mark. I coolly walked to the finish line this time. No wonder the photos this time weren't as enthusiastic as last time.
Post race we got some good refreshments from SEBI and rested at home for rest of the day.
All in all, it was fun sprinkled with lot of pain :)
Friday, January 17, 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
I had bought book Relativity : The Special and General Theory written by Albert Einstein. As a kid, I always had a curiosity about the theory of relativity. I remember having discussions about time machines with my friends. So last year I decided to buy this book. In the preface to the book Einstein has mentioned that he wanted to explain the theory of relativity in as simple language as possible for lay man to understand. However, even though I have a bit of science background, it was very difficult for me to understand the book. After trying to “read” General Theory of relativity, I took a break of almost 10 months and then read the Special theory. As I we would call it in college slang – it was a “bouncer”.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I think this is going to be my longest post of the season. So as Ned Stark would say, “Brace yourselves!” (for long post).
I recently read a post by Rutuja on the topic of marriage and career. Since I have gone through a similar thought process in this year, I thought I might pen down some of experience in this regard.
It had all started last year when my parents started asking me that long awaited question – “When are you getting married?” I kept avoiding that question till the end of last year. By the end of March however, I realized that it was about time I started looking for my partner, as my school/college friends started getting engaged/married. Whatever one might say about peer pressure in office/studies, there is a similar pressure when it comes to marriage. It can be very awkward in the end of marriage season, as each of your buddies gets committed and you are the only one remaining single.
Of course, the real problem isn’t that. As I have always said, life is like an optimization problem with multiple variables. So when you try to maximize one variable, outcome of other variables may decrease with overall reduction in optimization function. You have personal needs, family needs, organizational needs which you need to balance. When I started to think rationally about marriage, I realized how much my other decisions are linked to it.
Let’s consider the career first. I had opted for SEBI as a way to allow me to have a work-life balance. Of course, it has a shortcoming that I earn less than what my peers working in private sector are earning (of course I still feel I may actually have better per hour salary than them. But I don’t have any statistics to support it). So there are times, even if it is for an instant, when I feel that I should move to private sector to earn a handsome pay every month (albeit with more work hours). So my dilemma was whether to make such a move or not. Because that would decide my so called “expectations” from my partner.
Another such factor is further studies. First question is whether to opt for further studies or not. Because if I do opt for something like say PhD, then I would have to leave my job. And it would also involve a period of 3-5 years depending upon the choice of university. If I wait for such a long period, I would pass the age of 30. Let me add one more angle to this. Even if it is decided that PhD is on the lines, question comes, from which university? If I want stay near parents it has to be from near Mumbai. If I opt for US university then there is the issue of managing the costs.
There is also a point of buying my own house. I have already discussed the issue in one of my previous blog posts. I am not a strong believer in buying houses as an investment by taking loans from banks. Of course, I have received an advice from almost every acquaintance (except Viraj) that I should buy some house which I afford now and then sell it when I actually want to buy a house “to live in”. I will not discuss about the fallacies in this approach in this blog post.
Again, one would also have to think from partner’s point of view that what she may want in each of the above cases. It may be important to know where she wants to work and whether it aligns with your goal. Same goes with further studies and home. Of course, let me be honest, probably this is much easier to say than to actually do in real life especially realigning your goals with your spouse’s goals.
So eventually it is a mix of all these and many more such variables, based on which you have to make your decisions. I am still trying to work out my solution, and hope to find one “variable” that is missing in my life and will balance my life!
Monday, December 30, 2013
|At Dnyanesh's Wedding|
Woooh! It has been exactly a month now. What a wonderful time we had! First it was Sangeet (Halad) on 29th November. And boy o boy, did we dance? Of course, probably we were crazier at Kiran's Sangeet, but this one will be remembered for crazy moves by Aditya (he was even better than Viraj!).
The wedding was in the late afternoon. Thankfully we all reached on time, before the muhurta. It was unbelievable how Dnyanesh’s friends lifted him after the mangalashtaka were over for almost two minutes (for those who don’t know him- he weighs more than 90kg!). After the muhurta, we had more than 2 hours before the reception started. So we decided to spend time at Shivaji Park with the usual katta level discussions going on. Once we returned back, it was a laughing riot going on, as jokes were targeted from one friend to another including me (Of course, Nikhil will still say that they don’t target me at all).
On a lighter note, hopefully, Tejashree was not too much bored among us school friends. It has been 2 years since she is waiting for one of Viraj’s friends to get married or have a girlfriend, so that she can have some female company in such social functions. But the God is so cruel, no!! I hope he at least hears her prayer if not mine, in this regard :)