back after a long time

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it’s been a while since i wrote something here. Have been very busy with work. Meeting deadlines, going an extra mile to achieve more than the planned goals, trying to make a difference, trying to achieve something for myself — all these have kept me very busy, so busy that I never ever had time to remember any sad memories of the past. The last few months (a year actually) have been an ordeal, a fight with my own feelings and emotions, a fight within myself to stand up for myself, to regain my confidence, to be me … and today i can happily say my fight has been worth it.

here are a few lines that states my feelings … in the last one year and now ..

I Have Conquered The fear…
Have Taken A Risk….
I Will Erase The Boundaries…
Will Beat The Odds…..
I Trust My Instincts…..
Have Taken Up a Challenge….
I must Have To prove Myself….
I will Push The limits….
I M ready To face The Demons…..

Its My Time……..
I will Make It Mine For Ever………

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – GBS
“If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.” – Winston Churchill

Remembering the victims and the martyrs of 26/11 … a year after

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26/11 reminds us of the carnage that brought Mumbai and India to a standstill for more than 60 hours. Gunshots and grenade blasts, fire blazing from the Taj and Oberoi hotels, bodies slicked in blood on the floors of the CST station and Leopold cafe, a 2-year old’s parents lying dead in Nariman house, and the shrieks of helpless people trapped in the terror strike … these are the memories that haunt us even after a year since those terrorizing hours.

For most of us the tryst with this carnage was through news channels unfolding the terror hours in our living rooms. Yet, we all felt shaken and horrified at the cold- blooded massacre carried out by the terrorists. But for those innocent lives trapped there and the brave policemen and commandos fighting, it was death playing hide n seek in front of their eyes.

Innocent lives lost and brave men sacrificed. 174 lives lost, 12 policemen, and 2 NSG commandos. Kamte, Salaskar, Karkare, Sandeep Unnikrishnan are a few names who lay down their lives in this battle of good n evil. There are unsung heroes who despite losing their all, bravely saved others lives. One such person is Kang, the GM of Taj hotels, who lost his wife and 2 children in the attack, yet with tears in his eyes saved the lives of many others. The 26 year old Salvi, working with Italian Tourism, rushed into Trident amidst the firing to save the 12 Italian delegates. The brave hotel staff who did their duty till the end, giving up their lives trying to save their guests.

Those terrifying hours and the courage of these people brought tears to the eyes of all Indians; it led to a lot of anger in every Indian; candlelight vigils, sms and email campaigns followed.

But has anything really changed? One year on, the blame game has started again. Some politicians are trying to cash on unwarranted comments from some other politicians. But does the government has answer to that one question in every Indian’s eyes today — are we prepared to combat such attacks?? I guess not!!

How many of us have really remembered this incident in the last one year? It always takes an anniversary, or another similar incident to remind us of the terror attacks. Bomb blasts across India, IC-814 hijacking, akshardham incident — it always took another terror attack to remind us of these.

We have learnt to ‘move on’ in life and we just get ‘used to’ everything.

Today, while remembering those lost lives and saluting their bravery, let’s pledge to take a step forward in our fight against terrorism. One small step each from a billion Indians can create a revolution. The first easiest step we can take is not to move on and not to forget how India bled on this day, and not to get ‘used to‘ it.

Let’s not erase the scars from our hearts and minds.

Jai Hind!!

Sunday Cooking

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my experiments with cooking continue …  :-)
what forced me to cook today was the chicken turning into ice in the freezer and the cauliflower
threatening to turn black.😦 that’s what happens when you store them in the freee for 2 weeks.:-)
so, I cooked Srilankaindian (sri lankan + indian) chicken curry and cauliflower pulao. well, actually I started
cooking sri lankan chicken curry and mid-way realized that I didn’t have a few ingredients, so the later half
of the curry-making adventure tuned out to be purely indian.
The experience was good with quite a few good lessons learnt. Do check the “Lessons Learnt” part towards
the end of this post – i m sure this would benefit a beginner as well as an experienced cook in a hurry.:-)
Now, let’s get to the receipe. First, marinate the chicken with salt, turmeric, and ginger paste for sometime.
Finely chop one onion. Then, cut  5 to 6 green chillies lengthwise into thin strips, and remove the seeds from
them. (Mine aren’t really thin strips. :-D)
Heat ghee or butter in your cooking pan, and add onion, garlic paste, chillies, turmeric powder, and
coriander powder to it. Saute the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes.
After that, add the chicken pieces and add water to it. (Now, here’s where I switched to Indian chicken
curry – used water. If you want to continue with the sri lankan recipe, then add coconut milk to the chicken
pieces instead of water.)
Let the chicken cook for 45 minutes. When it’s cooked properly, switch off the gas, sprinkle half tbs kasoori
methi on the curry, and cover the pan with the lid. (In sri lankan recipe, after the chicken is cooked, add
coconut cream and lime juice and simmer for 5 minutes.) Done!!!
This was one of the simplest and quickest chicken recipes.:-)
Now, Cauliflower Pulao – very simple.
Take 1 cup of basmati rice, wash, clean, and soak the rice for 30 – 40 minutes.  Cut cauliflower into small
florets. Now, finely chop one medium-sized onion and 2 tbs coriander leaves. Heat 4 tbs of ghee or butter in
a ccoking pan with a thick bottom or you can use a pressure cooker.
Add six cardamoms and a 2-inch cinnamon to the butter (or ghee). Stir for a minute.  Add the finely chopped
onion to it and cook till it’s golden brown. Then, add 1 tbs coriander powder, 1 tbs clove powder, 1 tbs red
chilli powder, and 1 tbs cinnamon powder and mix for 2 minutes.
Add the rice and the cauliflower florets to the mixture. Add salt to taste. Stir and fry for 3 – 4 minutes. Add
2 cups of warm water and boil the rice. (If you are using pressure cooker, let 2 whistles go off) After the
rie is cooked, garnish with coriander leaves.
Lessons Learnt Today —
Before you start cooking, make sure you have all the ingredients. or else, you will end up making
srilankaindian dishes.:-) This emphasizes the importance of planning.
Keep your nails short. Or else, you may end up chopping your nails while chopping onions.😦
Do not try to peep inside the pressure cooker to smell or see the masala mix. Your face will turn red hot with
the steam.
Use a glove made of cloth while cooking, or else you may end up holding the pan with bare hands and get
your fingers burnt. If you do burn your fingers, hold them under running tap water for sometime and then
apply toothpaste. Yes, you read that right!! Toothpaste!! Very effective in healing light burns.
Wear an apron while cooking if you do not want to soil your clothes with oil and masala.
If you have cut your fingers while cutting and chopping, remember to wash the cut and wear a band-aid
before you start washing the utensils. The cuts hurt when soap touches them.😦

What forced me to cook today was the chicken turning into ice in the freezer and the cauliflower threatening to turn black.😦  That’s what happens when you store them in the freezer for 2 weeks.:-)

So, I cooked Sri Lanka – Indian (Sri Lankan + Indian) chicken curry and Cauliflower pulao.

Well, actually I started cooking Sri Lankan chicken curry and mid-way realized that I didn’t have a few ingredients, so the latter half of the curry-making adventure turned out to be purely Indian.

The experience was good with quite a few good lessons learnt. Do check the Lessons Learnt para at the end of this post – i m sure this would benefit a beginner as well as an experienced cook in a hurry.:-)

Now, let’s get to the recipe. First, marinate the chicken with salt, turmeric, and ginger paste.  Finely chop one onion. Then, cut  5 to 6 green chillies lengthwise into thin strips, and remove the seeds from them. (Mine aren’t really thin strips. :-D)

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Heat ghee or butter in your cooking pan, and add onion, garlic paste, green chillies, turmeric powder, and coriander powder to it. Saute the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes.

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After that, add the chicken pieces and add water to it. (here’s where I switched to Indian chicken curry – used water. If you want to continue with the Sri Lankan recipe, then add coconut milk to the chicken pieces instead of water.)

Let the chicken cook for 45 minutes. When it’s cooked properly, switch off the gas, sprinkle half tbs kasoori methi on the curry, and cover the pan with the lid. (In Sri Lankan recipe, after the chicken is cooked, add coconut cream and lime juice and simmer for 5 minutes.)

And you are Done!!!

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This is one of the simplest and quickest chicken recipes.:-)

Now, Cauliflower Pulao – very simple.

Take 1 cup of basmati rice; wash, clean, and soak the rice for 30 – 40 minutes. Cut cauliflower into small florets. Then, finely chop one medium-sized onion and 2 tbs coriander leaves.

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Now, heat 4 tbs of ghee or butter in a ccoking pan with a thick bottom, or a pressure cooker.

Add six cardamoms and a 2-inch cinnamon to the butter (or ghee). Stir for a minute.  Add the finely chopped onion to it and cook till it’s golden brown. Then, add 1 tbs coriander powder, 1 tbs clove powder, 1 tbs red chilli powder, and 1 tbs cinnamon powder and mix for 2 minutes.

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Add the rice and the cauliflower florets to the mixture. Add salt to taste. Stir and fry for 3 – 4 minutes. Add 2 cups of warm water and boil the rice. (If you are using pressure cooker, wait for 2 whistles.)

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After the rice is cooked, garnish with coriander leaves.

Now, the most interesting part — the hard lessons poor me learnt today … this will tell you what pains i had to take to feed my hungry tummy.:-)

Lessons Learnt Today

  • Before you start cooking, make sure you have all the ingredients. or else, you will end up making Sri Lanka – Indian dishes.:-) This emphasizes the importance of planning.
  • Keep your nails short. Or else, you may end up chopping your nails while chopping onions.😦
  • Do not try to peep inside the pressure cooker to smell or see the masala mix. The steam will hit your face real bad and turn it red hot.
  • Use a glove made of cloth while cooking, or else you may end up holding the pan with bare hands and get your fingers burnt. If you do burn your fingers, hold them under running tap water for sometime and then apply toothpaste. Yes, you read that right!! Toothpaste!! Very effective in healing light burns.
  • Wear an apron while cooking if you do not want to soil your clothes with oil and masala.
  • If you have cut your fingers while cutting and chopping, remember to wash the cut and wear a band-aid before you start washing the utensils. The cuts hurt when soap touches them.😦
  • Most important – have fun cooking:-)

trying my hand at fiction

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Beads of perspiration formed on her forehead. She could feel her body go numb. She huddled in one
corner of the room between the bed and the wall, as far away from him as possible.
He glared at her. He had a devilish look in his eyes. He looked ugly in his dark brown dirty attire
and long whiskers. He kept inching towards her.
She wondered how he came in, and looked towards her balcony. Oh no!! the french window is open.
He must have entered through that. Oh!! why on earth did she not close the window. Now, it was too
late. Within minutes he would be on her.
Her sister was watching TV downstairs. She could hear the TV. It was so loud that her screams (if
any) would be drowned by the TV sound.
The door was open. If only she could run out through the door. But she could not move. She felt
weak. Her legs were numb with fear. Tears swelled up in her eyes.
Were those footsteps on the stairs? Yes!!! her sister must be coming up. May be her sister would peep
in her room and then she would be saved. But no!! the footsteps were going down again.
She must do something. she must scream. She must call her sister for help. He would be on her any
moment now. He was so close that she could feel his breath (or so she felt).
She mustered all the strength she could and yelled “heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp me…
heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp”
The footsteps came running to her room. There was her sister at the door. Her sister ran in and
picked up the book from the table and hit him hard. Then picked him up by the whiskers and threw
him out of the window.
She heaved a sigh of relief. She suffers from katsaridaphobia.

Beads of perspiration formed on her forehead. She could feel her body go numb. She huddled in one corner of the room between the bed and the wall, as far away from him as possible.

He glared at her. He had a devilish look in his eyes. He looked ugly in his dark brown dirty attire and long whiskers. He kept inching towards her.

She wondered how he came in, and looked towards her balcony. Oh no!! the french window was open. He must have entered through that. Oh!! why on earth did she not close the window. Now, it was too late.

Within minutes he would be on her. Oh what would she do. She felt paralyzed with fear.

Her sister was watching TV downstairs. She could hear the TV. It was so loud that her screams (if any) would be drowned by the TV volume.

The door was open. If only she could run out through the door. But she could not move. She felt weak. Her legs were numb with fear. Tears swelled up in her eyes.

Were those footsteps on the stairs? Yes!!! her sister must be coming up. May be her sister would peep in her room and then she would be saved. But no!! the footsteps were going down again.

She must do something. She must scream. She must call her sister for help.

He would be on her any moment now. He was so close that she could feel his breath (or, so she felt).

She mustered all the strength she could and yelled “heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp me… heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp”

The footsteps came running to her room. There was her sister at the door. Her sister ran in, picked up the book from the table and hit him hard. Then picked him up by the whiskers and threw him out of the window.

She heaved a sigh of relief. How she hated cockroaches. She suffered from katsaridaphobia!!!

i am sad but grateful

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For the last few weeks, I have been very disturbed and depressed (for watever reasons), and have
been complaining about everything in my life, feeling sad that I don’t have what I want. But what I
saw today made me reflect – should I really be sad and complaining??
I was on my way to Spar, driving on Banerghatta road. I had stopped at the signal near the IBM
office. What I saw on the other side of the road made me realize how ungrateful I had been all
these weeks.
A bike stopped on the other side of the road, the rider helped the pillion rider get off the bike, and
then rode off. The pillion rider looked well educated, was wearing formals, had a well-shaved face,
neatly combed hair. He started crossing the road.
Nothing unusual??
Well, this pillion rider who started crossing the road was doing so on his hands and knees. His legs
were folded knee down. He couldn’t walk. He was almost crawling like a four-footed animal – on his
hands and his knees. The sight brought tears to my eyes. No, I didn’t pity the person even for a
second. In fact, I was full of admiration and respect for that person. I salute the courage and
confidence of the person.
Initially, I was angry that the bike rider rode off without helping this guy cross the road. But on
seeing the confidence and self-respect on this person’s face, I realized that he actually didn’t need
anyone to help him. He felt self-sufficient.
This really sombered me. I wonder now why I had been complaining so much, or why I had been
feeling depressed about what I don’t have. At least, I have all my body parts intact, i have a job,
earn enough to live a happy life. I should be grateful for what I have instead of dwelling on what I
don’t have.

For the last few weeks, I have been very disturbed and depressed (for watever reasons), and have been complaining about everything in my life, feeling sad that I don’t have what I want. But what I saw today made me reflect – should I really be sad and complaining??

I was on my way to Spar, driving on Banerghatta road. I had stopped at the signal near the IBM office. What I saw on the other side of the road made me realize how ungrateful I had been all these weeks.

A bike stopped on the other side of the road, the rider helped the pillion rider get off the bike, and then rode off. The pillion rider looked well educated, was wearing formals, had a well-shaved face, neatly combed hair. He started crossing the road.

Nothing unusual??

Well, this pillion rider started crossing the road on his hands and knees. His legs were folded knee down. He couldn’t walk. He was almost crawling like a four-footed animal – on his hands and his knees. The sight brought tears to my eyes. No, I didn’t pity the person even for a second. In fact, I was full of admiration and respect for that person. I salute the courage and confidence of the person.

Initially, I was angry that the bike rider rode off without helping this guy cross the road. But on seeing the confidence and self-respect on this person’s face, I realized that he actually didn’t need anyone to help him. He was self-sufficient.

I wonder now why I had been complaining so much, or why I had been feeling depressed about what I don’t have. At least, I have all my body parts intact, i have a job, earn enough to live a happy life. I should be grateful for what I have instead of dwelling on what I don’t have.

Most times we just take for granted what we have; we feel sad when we lose what we had and then realize it’s true value. We want things that we don’t have, and after we get what we want, we crave for more; and if we don’t get what we want, we crib and complain. Probably, we should make it a point to be grateful for what we have, for there are people who do not have even one-tenth of what we do.

Whenever my friends talk about their fathers, I always feel sad and angry that I lost my father so early. I have always complained to God and asked ‘why me?’. But today, when I think of the orphans who have never known parental love, I feel grateful that at least i enjoyed my father’s love and attention for 17 years. Those children will probably never know what it is to have parents.

As I write this post, I can visualize the man I saw this morning, and that scene brings tears to my eyes – not out of pity, but out of respect for him.

I cooked!!!!!!!!!! – chicken do pyaza

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I cooked!!!!!!!!!!
hate cooking. Why?? Because i am a very lazy person; i hate the cutting and chopping and mixing
required before the actual cooking; i hate the cleaning up after the cooking; and i don’t have
patience to check every few minutes whether the food is being cooked properly. So, now you know
why it’s a big achievement for me to have cooked chicken do pyaaza. And before I tell you my
experiences of cooking this dish, let me tell you about a silly notion I had about the dish name. I
always thought the “do pyaaza” referred to 2 uncut onions added to the dish after it is cooked!!!
For the uninitiated, you will know very soon what “do pyaza” signifies – definitely 2 onions, but
not like I imagined!!!
I looked up the recipe on ndtv goodtimes site – the recipe by Marut Sikka and made a few
variations to it based on the availablity of ingredients at home.
Take a kg or 1.3 kg of chicken and wash it properly in lukewarm. You must remove all blood stains
from the chicken. (Why lukewarm water? – The water in the tank was quite hot by the time I
started cooking.)
Marinate the chicken with a tbs (tablespoon) each of garlic paste, ginger paste, red chilli powder,
and salt. Leave it for sometime.
Cut 2 onions – chop one onion very finely and cut the other onion into large pieces. (hence do
pyaza!!) Make puree out of 4 tomatoes.
Now, heat oil in your cooking pan (I used Saffola) and add 2 tbs of garlic paste and 1 tbs of
ginger paste to it. Cook till it looks brown. Add the finely chopped onion to it and cook till it’s
golden brown.
Add the tomato puree and salt to taste. While this is getting cooked, take half a cup of yoghurt,
add 1 tbs each of red chilli powder and turmeric powder to it and mix well.
Add this mixture to your onion and tomato puree in the cooking pan and cook for sometime.
Then, add 1 tbs each of coriander powder and cummin powder, the other onion (whihc you cut into
large pieces), the marinated chicken, some water, and garam masala. Now, let it cook for 30-40
minutes till the chicken is tender. See how my do-pyaaza looked.:-)
Now, garnish it with 1/2 tbs of kasoori methi, 4 finely chopped green chillies, and some dhaniya
(coriander) leaves. Cover the pan with the lid and leave it for sometime so that the aroma of the
garnishings get mixed with the aroma of the rest of the ingredients. This is how the final dish
looked.
Believe me the aroma and the taste was Divine (as Marut Sikka says)!!!!:-)
My friends always told me cooking is a great hobby. I never wanted to believe them. But, I must
admit I enjoyed cooking this dish. For all those who hate cooking, do try it out. It’ll take about 90
minutes for a beginner, and while you cook you are relieved of all your stress. And, the end result
makes you feel like a winner – on top of the world!!
Happy cooking!!!

Significance of the 10 exclamation marks in the blog title – People who know me know how much I hate cooking. Why?? Because i am a very lazy person; i hate the cutting and chopping and mixing required before the actual cooking; i hate the cleaning up after the cooking; and i don’t have patience to check every few minutes whether the food is being cooked properly. So, now you know why it’s a big achievement for me to have cooked chicken do pyaza.

Before I embark on telling you about my cooking adventure, let me tell you about a silly notion I had about this dish name. I always thought the “do pyaaza” referred to 2 uncut onions added to the dish after it is cooked!!!

For the uninitiated, you will know very soon what “do pyaza” signifies – definitely 2 onions, but not like I imagined!!!

I looked up the recipe on ndtv goodtimes site – the recipe by Marut Sikka, and made a few variations to it based on the availablity of ingredients at home. So, this is how I cooked it.

Take a kg or 1.3 kg (i cooked that much!!) of chicken and wash it properly in lukewarm water. You must remove all blood stains from the chicken. (Why lukewarm water? – The water in the tank was quite hot by the time I started cooking.)

Marinate the chicken with a tbs (tablespoon) each of garlic paste, ginger paste, red chilli powder, and salt. Leave it for sometime.

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Cut 2 onions – chop one onion very finely and cut the other onion into large pieces. (hence do pyaza!!) Make puree out of 4 tomatoes.

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Now, heat oil in your cooking pan (I used Saffola) and add 2 tbs of garlic paste and 1 tbs of ginger paste to it. Cook till it looks brown. Add the finely chopped onion to it and cook till it’s golden brown.

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Add the tomato puree and salt to taste. While this is getting cooked, take half a cup of yoghurt, add 1 tbs each of red chilli powder and turmeric powder to it and mix well.  Add this mixture to your onion and tomato puree in the cooking pan and cook for sometime.

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Then, add 1 tbs each of coriander powder and cummin powder, the other onion (whihc you cut into large pieces), the marinated chicken, some water, and garam masala. Now, let it cook for 30-40 minutes till the chicken is tender. See how my do-pyaaza looked.:-)

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Now, garnish it with 1/2 tbs of kasoori methi, 4 finely chopped green chillies, and some dhaniya (coriander) leaves. Cover the pan with the lid and leave it for sometime so that the aroma of the garnishings get mixed with the aroma of the rest of the ingredients. This is how the final dish looked.

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Believe me the aroma and the taste is Divine (as Marut Sikka says)!!!!:-)

My friends always told me cooking is a great hobby. I never wanted to believe them (I still don’t buy that!!):-). But, I must admit I enjoyed cooking this dish. (Now, I neeed not worry about dinner for 2 days!!:-) )

For all those who hate cooking, do try it out. It’ll take about 90 – 100 minutes for a beginner, and while you cook you are relieved of all your stress. And, the end result makes you feel like a winner – on top of the world!!

Happy cooking!!!

enjoyed the struggle

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enjoyed the struggle
Waking up at 4:45 AM and driving to the gym by 5:30 AM and then going through a one and half
hours of strenuous ordeal – running and cycling and pedalling (the CT) and lifting all sorts of
weights and stretching to the extremes, not to mention the ever so difficult crunches.
And after doing 10 stretches or pulls or crunches, my trainer Naveen would force me to do
another 5. His excuse: “Come out of your comfort zone or else you will never lose those flabs.”
And, when I am done with 15, he smiles sweetly and says : “how about 5 more? You could do 15 so
easily.” My sides still hurt from doing those crunches.😦
He is alive only because I don’t hurt people; believe me, I had half a mind of hitting his head with
the 10-15 kg dumbbells.
Well, that was how I survived my first week of exercise.
That was the struggle part. Now the fun part – this last week has been one of the most
rejuvenating week I have ever spent. This is the first time I have been to a gym. I am just too lazy
to go to one even for a billion dollars!! (Why I started gyming is another story – an encouragement
I got thatz worth much more than a billion dollars – in fact, priceless.)
And this one week has given me a lot – confidence that I had lost over the last few months, I got
rid of my shyness (to some extent), I am a little less self-conscious these days – I walked a good
1.5 kms to the gym in gym clothes Sunday morning (something I would never do even in my wildest
imagination). And, yes it definitely feels great to do something for yourself.
They have group activities, which help you be less conscious of yourself, specially when you see
the rest of the group doing the same mistakes.
I also learnt suryanamaskar – I always thought we just had to stand straight in namaskar position
looking up at the sun. I was in for a BIG surprise!! Whoever knows what suryanamaskar is must be
laughing at me right now!! And those of you who don’t know what it is, do try it once.
All said and done, exercising is a great experience. The first week is the toughest, but if you can
survive that, you are on a roll. Try to enjoy the exercises … after all, it’s something you are doing
for yourself. Along with a great fit body, you will get an active positive confident mind (an added
bonus). So all you who have never tried it – just go for it!! Take it a day at a time, and before you
realize it, you will be the super confident dude or dudette.
As for the diet, I have started reading this book by Rujuta Divekar … more about this in my next
post.
Do leave comments or mail me about your exercising experiences!!

Waking up at 4:45 AM, driving to the gym by 5:30 AM, and then going through a one and half hours of strenuous ordeal – running and cycling and pedalling (the CT) and lifting all sorts of weights and stretching to the extremes, not to mention the ever so difficult crunches.

And after doing 10 stretches or pulls or crunches, my trainer Naveen would force me to do another 5. His excuse: “Come out of your comfort zone or else you will never lose those flabs.”

And, when I am done with 15, he would smile sweetly and say : “how about 5 more? You could do 15 so easily.” (He is alive only because I don’t hurt people; believe me, I had half a mind of hitting his head with the 10-15 kg dumbbells.) My sides still hurt from doing those crunches.😦

Well, thatz how I survived my first week of exercise.

That was the struggle part. Now the fun part – this last week has been one of the most rejuvenating week I have ever spent. This is the first time I have been to a gym. I am just too lazy to go to one even for a billion dollars!! (Why I started gyming is another story – an encouragement I got thatz worth much more than a billion dollars – in fact, priceless.)

And this one week has given me a lot – confidence that I had lost over the last few months, I got rid of my shyness (to some extent), I am a little less self-conscious these days – I walked a good 1.5 kms to the gym in gym clothes Sunday morning at 10 (something I would never do even in my wildest imagination). And, yes it definitely feels great to do something for yourself.

This gym has group activities, which help you be less conscious of yourself, specially when you see the rest of the group doing the same mistakes.😀

I also learnt suryanamaskar – I always thought we just had to stand straight in namaskar position looking up at the sun. I was in for a BIG surprise!! Whoever knows what suryanamaskar is must be laughing at me right now!! And those of you who don’t know what it is, do try it once.

All said and done, exercising is a great experience. The first week is the toughest, but if you can survive that, you are on a roll. Try to enjoy the exercises … after all, it’s something you are doing for yourself. Along with a great fit body, you will get an active positive confident mind (an added bonus). So all you who have never tried it – just go for it!! Take it a day at a time, and before you even realize it, you will be the super confident dude or dudette.

As for the diet, I have started reading this book by Rujuta Divekar … more about this in my next post.

Do leave comments or mail me about your exercising experiences!!

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