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7.65 kms

7.65 kms to start the day, weather continues to be pleasant here.

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7.27 kms

7.27 kms to start the day. It rained yesterday night, so it was pleasant to run.

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A Turbulent Mind

A Turbulent Mind is written from heart. Written by my good friend Swetha Amit, whom i know for a good many years. She has chronicled her journey from an unsure, turbulent, self conscious individual to a confident, determined, dedicated woman going on to conquer Ironman 70.3. Many of us are runners, marathoners, mountaineers, tennis players, footballers etc. We have seen pictures and images of multi sport people on our television, sportspersons like Daley Thompson, Swapna Barman, decathletes and heptathles, those sportspersons who compete in 10 sports and 7 sports respectively. That is for professional sportspersons. The closest that amateur individual can come close to achieving that kind of super stardom status is by taking part in a sport called triathlon, which comprises of three sports, i.e. swimming in open waters, cycling and running all done back to back with cut offs at each sport. To do that and also carry on with your normal daily life routines takes some miraculous will power and determination. Swetha did all that within a few months of reaching US on a work assignment which took her hubby there. Having to juggle sports times for 3 sports, plus strength training, stretching and then your family time, household work, shopping, etc. all in a day in the US where you don’t get household help unlike in India and also to ensure that one gets adequate sleep takes some kind of planning and clockwork precision. Luckily the sport has many advantages in US where you get good open water swimming facilities and cycling lanes unlike in India. Along the way Swetha has conquered her fear of open water swimming, and hill cycling and conquered her inner demons on the way to her Ironman 70.3 medal.  Swetha has written her journey very well, very meticulously detailing all her thoughts, fears, aspirations, in a very simple language. She has written from her heart. Highly recommended for all sports persons and those planning to take up triathlon shortly.  Goodreads 5/5

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Maha Govt. lockdown guidelines

The Maharashtra Government lockdown guidelines is out for the state of Maharashtra effective from 1st June to 30th June, 2020. I am sure you can view the detailed guidelines on the internet.

What has been allowed is outdoor physical activities like walking, running, cycling etc. with proper social distancing norms, masks etc. Solo running is allowed but not group activities

Activities related to self-employed people like plumbers, electricians, pest-control and technicians with social distancing norms and usage of masks and sanitization. (This should have been allowed long back considering the most essential nature of their service, anyways better late than never).

Garages to mend vehicles and workshops with prior appointments. – allowed (prior appointment is always taken when you take your car to the maruti service station for maintenance/ repair – this has always been the practice)

All the above are allowed from 3rd June, 2020

All markets, market areas & shops, except malls and market complexes, are allowed to function on PI-P2 basis (shops on one side of the road/lane/passage to be opened on odd dates while shops on the other side on even dates) from 9 am to 5 pm with following conditions. (not clear whether it includes hawkers as well but my gut feeling is that roadside hawkers will take a long time to come back to business – years even)

This is allowed from 5th June, 2020

All private offices can operate with up to 10% strength as per requirement, with remaining persons working from home. However all the employers will take sensitisation programs to educate the employees to take adequate precautions on returning home so that vulnerable group especially the elderly is not infected. (this is allowed from 8th June, 2020)

Intra district is allowed with 50% capacity which means BEST buses can take on general public to the extent of 50%

This is what has been changed from the last lockdown on 17th May 2020.

What is not allowed from the MHA order is malls, hotels, restaurants, places of worship, barbers, hair saloons, beauty parlours. Maha Govt is more conservative in that regard. But the government has said that they will take a call on these items and will issue guidelines separately. So we might see some relaxations even before 30th June, 2020 in these items.

Still the no. of active cases in Mumbai are exceeding 1400 per day, so the Govt. needs to be careful in that regard.

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People who are well


People who are Well, an Italian movie starring Claudio Bisio, Margherita Buy, Jennipher Rodriguez among others. Its a comedy tragedy genre. Claudio is a lawyer happily married to Carla (Margherita Buy) in a dysfunctional family. His boss is downsizing so he has to leave the firm, but gets involved with the boss’ third wife (Jennipher Rodriguez) who has a troubled relationship with her husband. New opening comes up for Claudio with an international law firm setting up office in Italy, in the meanwhile Carla is 3rd time pregnant. So it all comes together in a finale. From comedy the movie moves seamlessly to tragedy. Worth a watch if you like international movies.

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Decisions at SEBI board meeting dated 17th February, 2020

Amendment to SEBI (Depositories and Participants) Regulations, 2018 to enable re-pledge of securities pledged in dematerialized form
The Board approved insertion of a suitable Explanation to Regulation 79 (Manner of
creating pledge in Depository) under SEBI (Depositories and Participants) Regulations, 2018, that the word “pledge” shall include re-pledge of securities for margin and / or settlement obligations of the client or such other purposes as specified by the Board from time to time.

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Unbreakable – MC Mary Kom

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Brilliant, absolutely brilliant autobiography of one of India’s most famous sports MC Mary Kom. Written in an endearingly simple narrative, the autobiography talks to you so beautifully. Her struggles in a poor family, lack of resources, lack of training facilities, unknown sport, language troubles, food troubles, Mary takes it all in her chin and fights her way to glory. Mary’s life is that of a simple unknown athlete who rose to her fame through sheer grit, determination and hard work. “Look at me. I am a nobody who became a sporting icon only because of my consistent hard work”

Mary Kom is the only champion to win the World Championships a record 6 times and has a medal in all the 7 World Championships.  She is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal. She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 at Incheon, South Korea and is the first Indian woman boxer to win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Probably the best sports autobiography that i have read in a long time after that of Bill Rogers’ “Marathon Man” and “Letters to a young Gymnast” by Nadia Comaneci.

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Chembur Freedom Race 5.5K

A friend had posted about a 6 kms run in Chembur, supported by his buddies from the future sports foundation. Chembur was my residence for 15 years from the late 70s to the early 90s, so could’nt say no to this opportunity to visit my past home town. Chembur is quite a popular suburb in Mumbai though it is also known as Gas Chamber due to the presence of refineries there. But the place had its own allure, its own little alleys, little hang out places, shops from which we regularly bought something or shops through which we regularly browsed without buying anything. 

This event was to take place on 15th August, which was the Independence day for India, so a public holiday for people except those working in call centres, BPOs and retail malls besides of course the emergency and conservancy staff.  But for all others it was a chance to sleep a little longer. But for runners a holiday, any holiday is an excuse to go for running, sometimes planning long runs or hill workouts or sometimes without planning races like the one which was called Freedom Race, an apt title for whatever it meant. 

The race had about 500 people crammed in a little alley near the chembur gymkhana, where i had once attended a wedding of a college friend, the last of the college friends whom i remember. Chembur had road names which were numerical like 11th road, 14th road etc. which thankfully so far no politician or his brethren has tried to change to their forefathers’ names or perhaps tried and not succeeded. Just behind these number roads was an old middle class colony called Subhash Nagar, typically three floor buildings with a small ground in the front for playing and socialising activities. A spate of redevelopment in Bombay has changed the entire facade of these middle class colonies prime example being in Tilak Nagar in Chembur West which was where i had started my running way back in those days in college, i think. 

Anyway coming back to the race itself, it started i think somewhere around 7.10 a.m. and winded down one alley after another in Chembur some of which i failed to recognise due to my absence from the area for close to two decades and also due to lot of infrastructure work being carried out there like flyovers etc. The aforesaid subhash nagar was unrecognisable. I think somewhere the route touched govandi, a neighbour suburb of bombay though i am not entirely sure of that. 

To cut to the chase, the race was just an excuse to go back to one’s roots so to speak, revisit old places, revive old memories and also to meet lot of friends from the running community. Lots of enthusiastic young kids and their equally enthusiastic parents. 5.5 kms race finished in 29.05 minutes. 

How i wish each suburb of Bombay has its own race. 

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