Archive for July, 2008

Updates so far …

July 30, 2008

Did you read about my latest project … here? Please comment and register your moral support!

Week ending 22 June 2008 – Warmed up myself; measured the length of the track in a nearby park (Its almost 1 KM … good to keep count!)

Week ending 29 June 2008 – Continued with warm up; had to take rest on couple of days (I guess I am not as fit as I had imagined -) )

Week ending 06 July 2008 – My manual records have no entry (can’t recall what I did)

Week ending 13 July 2008 – Wow! The training picks up. Also participated in local running event for 5 KM on Saturday (12 Jul).

Week ending 20 July 2008 – My parents visited our place and I took some liberty to extend the REST days beyond those stipulated -) (In short, skipped running on few days)

Week ending 27 July 2008 – I am back on track! Borrowed the security guard’s cycle and rode for 30 odd minutes on Saturday. Hit the 8 KM mark for the first time on Sunday (27th July) in 50 minutes. I have also started paying attention to my diet/nutrition. Looking forward to first evaluation of myself (in a local 10 KM running event on 10th August) -)

I hope to share detailed status updates every week … so please keep watching and supporting!

Thanks a lot in anticipation 🙂

Half-Marathon Training schedule (that I am following)

July 29, 2008

What’s this?!? Read about my latest project … here

(NOTE: Adapted from the schedule I read here)

TRAINING CHART

 

Half Marathon Training Schedule (12 weeks)

Week

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

1

Rest

5 km run

3.25 km run or cross

5 km run

Rest

30 min cross

6.5 km run

2

Rest

5 km run

3.25 km run or cross

5 km run

Rest

30 min cross

6.5 km run

3

Rest

6 km run

3.25 km run or cross

6 km run

Rest

40 min cross

8 km run

4

Rest

6 km run

3.25 km run or cross

6 km run

Rest

40 min cross

8 km run

5

Rest

6.5 km run

3.25 km run or cross

6.5 km run

Rest

40 min cross

9.5 km run

6

Rest

6.5 km run

3.25 km run or cross

6.5 km run

Rest or easy run

Rest

5 km run

7

Rest

7.25 km run

5 km run or cross

7.25 km run

Rest

50 min cross

11 km run

8

Rest

7.25 km run

5 km run or cross

7.25 km run

Rest

50 min cross

13 km run

9

Rest

8 km run

5 km run or cross

8 km run

Rest or easy run

Rest

10 km run

10

Rest

8 km run

5 km run or cross

8 km run

Rest

60 min cross

14.5 km run

11

Rest

8 km run

5 km run or cross

8 km run

Rest

60 min cross

16 km run

12

Rest

6.5 km run

5 km run or cross

3.25 km run

Rest

Rest

Half Marathon

Fantastic 4 (MBA programs by IIMs in India)!

July 28, 2008

My blog statistic reveals that the most viewed articles are How to get in IIM-A’s PGPX – Random FAQ and How IIM-A’s PGPX compares to world b-schools

It means that people end up on my pages when they are looking for some information about MBA programs in India … I apologize to all such readers for not writing too much on related topics in the recent past. Let me try to rectify the missout by sharing a useful information.

Not many may be aware that IIMs across India have followed suit by announcing 1 year programs for experienced professionals (similar to the PGPX of IIM-A)

Now, there are 4 such programs (I have included only programs floated by IIMs)

1. PGPX from IIM Ahmedabad was the first such program. The 3rd batch is currently in progress and the deadline to fill up the application for 4th batch (2009-10) is August 11th 2008.

2. PGPEX from IIM Calcutta was the next in line. The application process for its 3rd batch will end soon!

3. IPMX from IIM Lucknow conducted at their Noida campus is the third such program. Not many are aware that its first batch is already under progress (I guess the website of IIML’s Noida Campus is currently having some problems 😦 )

4. And now, the yet-to-be-christened 1-year full time Postgraduate Program in Management has been announced by IIM B! You can see the one page information on their website here

I am sure the option of four 1 year programs from IIMs on the lines of global MBAs provides ample choices to experienced professionals looking for b-school education.

All the best to wannabe MBAs!

Disclaimer: These are just my views. Please check relevant official websites for any detailed/updated information.

copy ‘dog’?

July 15, 2008

After copycat, here I share another idea on the lines of ‘copying’ what has worked well somewhere.

I have been thinking on this ever since I read about ‘Guide dogs’
Guide Dog undergoing training - from WikiPedia
Can the Indian Pariahs (the stray dogs found in abundance on every nook and corner) be subjected to rigourous training as a ‘guide dog’? If yes, then they can be such a boon in helping few of the 15 million Indians who are blind!!

(Whether the concept of ‘guide dog’ can work in Indian conditions is a tricky question though. If you do not know what I mean then you are too lucky to have missed the experience of Indian traffic 🙂 )

I have sent an email to Daisy of Welfare of Stray Dogs society to know her views however I have not yet heard back. So, I thought of sharing it here and see if word-of-mouth (or click-of-mouse) makes this idea reach her 🙂

PS: Do I need to mention this is not a ‘business’ idea? I keep thinking about possibilities of solving common problems that are around us (and all of them are not about money 🙂 )

MUMBAI or ‘mum’ bai-s and bhai-s :(

July 8, 2008

Last month, I had to visit MUMBAI (second most populous city in the world) for work. I have been there earlier and have also heard about the daily grind of life. However, I was deeply moved by witnessing the toil of an ‘aam admi & aurat’ in this – ‘City of Dreams’, ‘Financial Capital’, ‘Tinsel Town’ of India.

It was nothing different than ‘business as usual’ for roughly 1.5 crores of Mumbaikars. However, I was specifically sensitive in noticing the big and small sacrifices of everyone around the town.

Whether it was –
… the attendant at the hotel (whom I overheard, at 11 PM in the night, ‘instructing’ his little daughter not to harass her mother and to quietly go to sleep)
– OR –
… the slum dweller (who was struggling hard to do both — cover her body from curious onlookers AND keep her clothes from getting wet in the downpour — while changing her clothes in her ‘open-air-bedroom’ which was almost on the road)
– everyone was an ‘unsung’ (behind-the-scene) hero & heroine

It reminded me of profound statements made by one of the guest lecturer (invited by our ‘Corporate Ethics’ Professor). He was so right when he said ‘The whole world is working hard to make you successful! … Just think about the hard work of so many hands that has gone into preparing the food that is waiting for you at the lunch table’

I pondered – is the city named so because it comprises of ‘mum’ bai-s (& bhai-s) who aptly play their role without uttering a single complaint against the unfavorable hand dealt to them?

Actually, it is not just MUMBAI … Maybe, I was more conscious because I was away from my family and was not sure how to pacify my son over the phone … Otherwise, the scene is similar everywhere else as well (especially in the ‘developed’ cities).

In fact, I do not have to go any farther than the ‘balcony’ of our flat on 8th floor from where I enjoy this picturesque scenery TauDevilalBotanicalGarden

If I just bend a little and look down, I see these small kids working 7 days-a-week on the ‘fruit-juice-stall’ by the roadside.

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In this snap, I captured them enjoying a deep sleep early in the morning despite of so many flies buzzing on their face covered with sweat (as if it was ‘taaza ras’)

If by any chance you happen to suffer from even a hint of ‘Insomnia’ – now you know the solution! Get away from this damn LCD and do some ‘real’ work!

I ‘Thank you’ GOD for Everything that I have!