Moor Park 10K 2012 (Time – 01:03:28)

Following my car accident, my lower back has been a killer; I have been unable to go the gym or run. With absolutely no training I decided not to run the Moor Park 10K race that I had pre-booked. But today morning as I went to church, the sign at the front of the church had an inspirational quote from former 400m Olympic champion Michael Johnson, it read “As strong as my legs are, it is my mind that has made me a champion.”

I decided not to let my injury keep me down and went ahead with the race. I was going to complete the course even if I had to walk it and that is pretty much what I did for most parts of the course. I could feel the severe back pain kick in as I went around the course but my mind just kept screaming “Keep going you can do this!!!” Crossing the finishing line was an amazing feeling, possibly clocked my worst 10k time but definitely the best 10K race I have ever run/walked. Till next year Moor Park, I will be back!!

Crossing the Moor park 10K finishing line

Crossing the Moor park 10K finishing line

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Tying the knot

After just over a year of being engaged and months of military style planning, I finally married my fiancée (now my wife) Shalomi Nirmalan 🙂

On a stormy summer afternoon, we tied the knot at our local church with friends, family and random local people cheering us on. Thank you to everyone for your lovely wishes!

Wedding picture

Wedding picture

Giving beyond the grave

Everyday thousands of Londoners scurry about in their day to day duties consciously ignoring the ever growing number of homeless and needy people who sleep rough on the entrance of tube stations or on street corners. London is touted as the richest part of Britain but on the flipside it also has the highest rates of poverty and inequality. The number of unemployed Londoners is now above 400,000, the highest number since 1996, and the rate is rising more quickly than the national average.

Stop for a moment and ask yourself when was the last time you gave your time or money selflessly in the hope it will make a difference in the life of someone less fortunate than you. The greatest happiness in life does not come from the trappings of wealth but from the power of giving.

I recently read the story of Aaron Collins who took great joy in unexpected kindness. Once after receiving exceptionally bad service at dinner, from a rude waitress, he left her a $50 tip. Things like this, given or received, were what he thought left a mark on a person’s life.

Aaron unfortunately passed away on July 7, 2012 just 3 weeks after his 30th birthday. But even in his death he wanted to make a difference, his last wish before dying was for his family and friends to have a pizza and leave a $500 tip.

Collins’s brother, Seth, set up a website and PayPal account to pay for the tip but within 24 hours, the Collins family had received more than $10,000. Enough to leave a $500 tip 20 times over.

“The stories, comments, and notes have touched my heart. They have given my mother, father, sisters, and me strength. The way my brother’s last wish has inspired people is incredible.” Seth wrote on the site.

The family went to Puccini’s in Lexington to give the first $500 tip to a random waitress and make Aaron’s wish come true. Watch the video below and I hope it inspires you to do a random act of kindness.

Photography Class in Hampstead Heath

As part of my New Year’s Resolution, went for my first Photography class (thanks to my Fiancee Shaomi) and learnt quite a bit about the basics of DSLR Photography in the idyllic surroundings of Hampstead Heath. Coincidentally my old workmate Jenny had also booked herself in to the class, so it was a double win for me catching up on old work gossip whilst snapping away at anything that seemed mildly interesting.

The trainer who did seem a tad bit hungover (a couple of cups of coffee within 15 minutes) explained to us about ISO sensor sizes, shutter speeds, apertures and composition. As they say practice makes perfect and he let us out into the park like a pack of rabid dogs armed with the latest DSLRs keen to capture anything that would classify us as being remotely creative. It was a nice warm day and there were people jogging, dogs being walked and children flying kites….so below are a few shots that I took 🙂

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Bushy Park 10K (Time – 00:53:54)

Me and Prash with our medalsFirst race of the year, with 2 weeks of training and a busted knee, never really expected to break any records. But kicked off the season with a fairly good run of 53 minutes and 54 seconds in strong wind and rain. Bushy Park 10K is a relative easy run, no hills to really worry about and is great for first time runners. The 2 laps around the park is actually quite refreshing for the lungs. I also managed to rope in my brother-in-law to be, to run his first 10K race and he did an amazing job not only achieving a personal best but also pushing me along as I began to limp because of the knee. It was a relief to finish and had my wonderful fiancee waiting in the rain for us with a hot dog. Priceless!

Bending the Universe – Will Smith

The universe is not a thing that’s going to push us around… We are going to bend the universe and command – and demand – that the universe become what we want it to be.

– Will Smith

Will Smith

Will Smith

There was a re-run of Men in Black on TV today and much to the annoyance of my 5 a side football team, I decided to stay in and watch it for the umpteenth time. Can’t help it, I just love anything Will Smith related. I remember listening to his music in the early 1990′s and watching the first ever episode of the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and every episode after that. The first movie I ever watched in the cinema was Independence Day. He is not only an amazing entertainer but his view of life is a fresh of breath air and he has always been one of my biggest role models.

He is quite possibly the biggest movie star in the world and according to Newsweek, the most powerful actor in Hollywood. But what drives him and how does he achieve his level of greatness? He doesn’t believe in impossible! When Will started acting, he made the choice to become the biggest movie star in the world. The first thing he did was watch the 10 top-grossing movies of all time and looked for patterns among them. Will has said, “I study the patterns of the universe.”

In the video below, Will Smith explains how to bend the Universe –

 

Will Smith’s Pearls of Wisdom about Life

Over the years in countless interviews, Will has shared with us a lot of inspiring and motivational quotes. Thought I had share some of my favourite ones below –

I LOVE LIVING. I think that’s infectious.

Greatness truly exists in all of us.

Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.

I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented, where I excel is ridiculous,sickening work ethic. While the other guy is sleeping, I’m working. While the other guy is eating, I’m working.

If you don’t dedicate yourself to becoming better every single day, you will never be able to communicate with people the way that you want.

The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is that I’m not afraid to DIE on a treadmill. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, but if we get on a treadmill together, there are two things:
1- You’re getting off first
OR
2- I’m gonna DIE
It’s really that simple

You don’t try to build a wall. You don’t set out and say ‘I’m gonna build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that has ever been built’. You say ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid’. You do this every single day, and soon you have a wall.

If you are not making someone else’s life better, then you are wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other people’s lives better.

The first step before anyone else in the world believes it is that YOU have to believe it.