Friday, September 28, 2007

I Hate Running

Do i love running? Of course, not. I hate it. But why do i do it?

I do it because the pain i will beget by not doing is more than the pain i get by doing it.

I love to sit in front of TV and watch thriller or lost or Desperate Housewives all my life and eat all the nice and fat food and be fat. Who cares. But that is not good for me.

What makes me feel good is not always good for me. Not everything that is good for me always feels good for me.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

My Balance Score Card

I am in the mood to create a Balance Score Card for my life. Has there been any attempt of this in any book or by anybody. I can use that as a starting point.


My Last 5 Runs

To Move or Not to move

I am in a big dilemma whether to move from my current apartment "Parkhill" to "Whispering Creek Villas". I have tried to put plus and minus of the moves. Please enlighten me on what needs to be done

Parkhill Plus

1. Familiarity
2. Shade in the Balcony 24X7 due to trees, place is always cool and we enjoy sitting there
3. Easy access for me to run on streets (my next month target is 100 miles)
4. Its closer to office by 1 mile compared to the "Whispering Creek Villas".
5. As we are in 2nd floor, it gives a good view of the outside.

Parkhill Minus

1. The place has been used for over 5 years without anyone cleaning or painting the place and it is not neat
2. Closet is small

"Whispering Creek Villas". Plus

Neat and clean house
Bigger house compared to parkhill
Bigger and more closets (2 closets)
I can fix my HDTV on wall
I can keep a large fish tank
I can keep nice home theater system
I can make the place beautiful with new furnishings

"Whispering Creek Villas". Minus

1. Street Running is not possible, as the road does not have pavement
2. No Balcony in house and the patio faces the Sun from 12 noon till sunset, so i cant sit outside home except in morning, and even when i sit, i cant have a slider door open
3. The view in front of the house is not great, it has parking place right in front of the house
4. No storage outside the house, to keep shoe rack
5. Rent is $450 more than what i am paying now

I need to make a decision to move or not before this month end (3 more days to go). SOS.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

To Reach 60 mile target for this month

I have a target to run 60 miles this month. I am at 41.1 mile till date. I have been tired for last 2 days and did not run PLUS i was on travel for 6 days this month (Niagara, Newyork and Corpus Christi). I MUST RUN 4 MILES EVERYDAY FOR NEXT 5 DAYS to reach the 60 mile mark. I have no option but to complete the target. My next month target is set at 100 miles and i have travel planned for 4 days. So i must pretty much run 4 miles everyday next month to achieve target.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Addicted to Diet Coke

I am stopping diet coke for 7 days from today. Let me see if i can do it.

I have been thinking if drinking what i want is freedom or ability to stop drinking when i want is freedom. Help me understand.

Updating on Nov 2008
----READ THIS------
I have been getting sore throat very often these days that anything cold i drink triggers the sore throat. It becomes so bad, that i am afraid to drink anything cold. So i have stopped drinking diet coke. So, if someone can sell a medicine that can trigger throat pain if you drink anything cold, then you will stop drinking soda.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Free TV, Movies, Music, Videos and everything...

You need to visit this site to believe it. There is a whole lot of channels that are shown free. They have it by country and category.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Home for rent

My home in bangalore is available for rent. We finished the house warming last week. The home has come out beautiful. We have furnished the kitchen with faber modules. Hmm...Its modular kitchen with water proof materials. It has a stove andd chimney. We have also made provision for the gas cylinder to be kept outside on the utility area, so the kitchen store space looks posh. We have also put some lights inside the woodwork, neatly done and posh.

The bedroom has a wardrobe and dressing mirror and table. Another bedroom has a godrej bero. The home is on the 1st floor and east facing house. You can see the swimming pool and play area from the beautiful large balcony. The home has 2 balconies, interlinked. One from bedroom and one from living room. The person who is going to get this on rent will be lucky :)

The address of the property is

Renaissance Brindavan
Block D, #206, First Floor
Subramanyapura main road
Bangalore 560061

The balcony is open and a lot of fresh air come in the balcony area. Large geysers are set on both bathrooms.

Landmark: Next to Bangalore international public school, <1>
Lease Terms: Lease for 11 months, 50,000 advance and 8500 rent.
Note: I am not asking for 10 months advance. Its less than 6 month's advance.

Contact: viji at 99863 58304 or mail me with your contact details to or post a comment to this blog with your details.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Legal Music Downloads for free

Visit this website and download all songs for free. You can play it on your computer or any portal player except ipod. Remember, itunes sells 1.8 million songs per day. 1.8 million per day, its hard to imagine for me...

Vividly imagine, Ardently desire, Sincerely believe and Enthusiastically act upon

Rajagopal is one of my friend, who inspired me during my early career. Now i am unable to reach him, he used to have a company called compact packaging, based out of pondicherry. He is also friend of C.K.Ranganathan of Cavin Kare 9formerly Beauty Cosmetics Limited), the manufacturers of meera shampoo. He used to tell me the following and i have tried to practice is whenever i can. I am going to use this for getting a six pack ab.

"Vividly imagine,
Ardently desire,
Sincerely believe and
Enthusiastically act upon
You must inevitably come to pass."

Today i read more on that from the following

How to get a six pack ab

I Want to get a six pack ab and going to follow this:

Lance Armstrong Apparel

I am dreaming of getting a Lance Armstrong Apparel. I am not seeing them in any store, if anyone knows who sells them, please tell me. I am afriad to buy from nike online store, as i want to get a right fit before i buy it.

My dream T shirt,home#l=nikestore,grid,_pdp,cid-1/gid-122804/pid-122803,_grid,f-10002+12002+26019&re=US&co=US&la=EN

Nike has only a flash site. Can someone tell me how can i see a html version of this site?

How can i carry water while running

I was feeling dehydrated when i started running on the streets. I was so tired that i wanted to come home. But then, another runner told me that i could walk into one of the bar and deink some water. I did that, but was feeling a little embarrased. When i asked Alex Vera on how i can solve this issue (Alex guides me on many of my running stuff, as he is a good runner and training for marathon). Alex suggeted that i could buy a camel backpack that can hold water. He said that it should cost around $40. I was thinking of buying that for sometime now...but i was worried about carrying that on my back and also how i would clean it.

Today when i was taking my son on a stroller for a small walk, i saw a couple running and the lady had a belt that had packets for storing 2 bottles and place to keep her ipod shuffle and key pouch. So i started searching net for a product like that. I could not find the exact one, but the one in this link is closer to it.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Canon Digital Camera Problem with LCD panel

I visited Niagara and Newyork for the labor day weekend. My canon camera decided to let me down at this important moment. The camera's LCD panel for viewing was showing some lines and not the object in front of it. I thought that the camera is dead and that i needed to replace it. This morning, i was reading some review for new canon cameras and then also visited the Canon Help site for this issue and i found this help. Canon seems to be a great company. They are repairing this kind of mistake, irrespective of warranty status.

Issue: The LCD/Electronic Viewfinder will not display an image or the image is distorted.

Solution: Special information regarding a blank or distorted screen on certain digital camera modelsDetails: [ Hide ]

Important Notice About Your Canon Product:
It has recently come to our attention that the vendor-supplied CCD image sensors used in this Canon digital camera may cause the following malfunction: When the product is used in recording or playback mode, the LCD screen and/or electronic viewfinder may exhibit either a distorted image or no image at all. While reports of this malfunction have been rare in the United States, we have determined that it may occur if the product is exposed to hot and humid environments.
Effective immediately, and regardless of warranty status, Canon will repair, free of charge, products exhibiting the above-mentioned malfunction if the malfunction is caused by the CCD image sensor. Canon will also cover the cost of shipping and handling in connection with this repair.
U.S. residents are kindly directed to contact the Canon Customer Support Center for further assistance at 1-800-828-4040. Support hours are Monday thru Friday - 8:00 AM to 12:00 midnight; and Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (all times EST). Alternatively, if electronic support is preferred, please send your email to
This information is for residents of the United States of America and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this issue, and appreciate your understanding in this matter. Thank you for your support and patronage of Canon products.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Audio Blog of Chimayi

I am so happy to find the audio blog site of chinmayi. She has posted all her songs in that place.

Must listen blog

Very different blog. This has sonme of the best songs.....

Must listen blog

Very different blog. This has sonme of the best songs.....

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Grahapravesam for our bangalore home

All the biggies of the family completed the house warming for our bangalore home

TCS Travels USA

I have created a new blog called

The objective is to share all TCS employees travel experiences in USA. Others TCS can benefit from this. If you want to add relevant content to this, do so my logging in with user name tcstravelsusa and password tcstravels

what the pipe

I was googling some stuff and came across the concept of pipes. Its an advanced version of news aggregator. Try it at

It has a video explaining how we can create a pipe. I tried to create one and miserably failed. If anyone succeds, tell me.

Tandem Cycle and Diving

How can you better spend a saturday than to fulfill your long cherished dream.

We picked up a tandem cycle and child trailer from Bicycle Sports shop in Austin

We rode the bike on the bike trail around barton springs. The trail is just 2 blocks away from the shop. It was a pleasure to ride. I initially thought i could put Rishi (my son) on a baby carrier and wrap him on my body. But i had to bend so much to ride the bike, that the rental agency suggested that i rent a trailer. The ride was smooth.

After finishing the ride, we returned the bike and went to Barton Springs. All 3 of us had a good time in the pool. I was made to believe from some website that the pool here is at 68 degrees always. But it was very chill. Rishi had a good time in the pool, but i could not stand inside as i started to shiver. Soon i will take him to some indoor pool and teach him swimming.