Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Life is just like quicksand..... Whatever you have, whoever you meet...it's so temporary... so unreal.... things have to dissolve, and your left to move on. Whoever said something can last forever. the only real, true aspect of life is change. it's permanent.. No one can prevent change. Life has been like a gettaway.. a gettaway from whom i don't know yet.. maybe myself. maybe to change and adjust to new situations ... to new people and to new lifestyles... i often wonder what its like if i just stood silent for one day. no one would notice.. no one can "actually" care... we all have to do something with this life, we have with us... we can't stop the clock...we can't rewind... there will be an end... like waves crash and pull back the sand.. the same way change pulls us back and forth and we have to move with it. we are not constant..... its only our attitude, our hope- the belief that we hold onto to make the best of ourselves while we're here...

Monday, 14 April 2008

Journey Home

Living life alone, having no one beside you-
To face life’s dangers and still be brave to recover….
Some of us are oblivious to what happens in our country on a regular basis;
Not just in one city or two, but all over the country.
Women face problems in all parts of the country and this is not even based on the fact that one is richer or poorer than the other.
Eve teasing is faced by almost every woman in the country.
Mockery is faced by every woman in some form or the other.
It’s a sad fact that most of the women in our country are looked at with eyes of disdain and contempt, and the government is doing little about it!
From leering to ogling, glaring to whistling women face mockery in some form or the other.
A woman cannot walk safely down a lane in today’s time without having a man turn his head around;
or whistle, stare or pass a comment.
Women have been facing this issue for more than decades.
Yet, as our society progresses with new developments and gadgets people are becoming more and more selfish and think more of themselves.
When can women feel honored as human beings for being just themselves?
Is it only when they get married or when they attain an important job?
Do women own a place in society or do they have to earn it?
How many incidents occur when the man is the victim to some abuse?
Never!
It’s always the woman who is subject to abuse and maltreatment in some manner of the other.
Many people ignore this issue.
It has just become a norm that man is born with Respect and the woman has to earn her own…
Living in a society requires abiding by some norms, having some form of duties towards the society.

If tables were turned around and one of us woke up in a disastrous state, left alone with no one to turn to or learn from, who would be there to help you then? Is getting married or being sheltered under a father’s roof or attaining a job the only way woman can find their journey home to happiness or are there other ways? The society has changed remarkably and women demand more rights in today’s generation, but this journey “home” or to respect is yet to be found.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Mumbai Marathon

Was it the spirit or the enthusiasm of the people living in this city that started the marathon in 2003?
The Mumbai Marathon is one of the world’s greatest races on earth or rather under the category of the fourth internationally recognized marathons. It is not an event confined to the Mumbaiker’s only… but also an attraction to some of the world’s best athletes coming from places like Africa, Europe, etc.

It is awarded the Silver label which means that has a minimum of five elite athletes and who have recorded timings below 2:12 for men and before 2:32 for women. It also takes into consideration stringent details regarding the conduct of the marathon that should measure up to the best events in the world. It is one of the largest charity events in Asia, helping NGO’s across the nation.
This race is a much awaited for event in the city, and banners, posters, placards are put up all over the city to charge up the city spirits.
The Mumbai Marathon is unique in a way that its not only meant for Olympic champions, but it’s divided into many different sub-categories to give everyone an opportunity to participate.
There are six different categories: Full Marathon; Half Marathon; Dream Run; Corporate Challenge; Senior Citizens' Run; Wheel Chair Event.
The whole event is sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank and is promoted by Procam International who are the organizers of sports and leisure activities in India. Other than that it is sponsored by CNBC, The Government of Maharashtra, Mumbai Police, The Indian Navy, The Traffic Police, DHL, Prasar Bharati, Talwalkers, IBN7, and Tata Consultancy Services. The Times of India, Radio Mirchi- 98.3 FM, The Oberoi, Kingfisher, Thomas Cook, Air India, Ford, Titan, Asian Heart Institute, Harmony for Silvers Foundation, Oasics, Indiatimes.com, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Army Air Forces, Give India, IAAF Athletics, Associations of International Marathons and Long Distance Races; and promoted by Procam International.
Sprawled out from one end of the city i.e. from Chatrapatti Shivaji Terminus to Bandra Reclamation the Full marathon gives the runner a detailed look at Mumbai city. From the tall buildings in VT, to the Marine Drive; past Lower Parel into the suburbs where Bandra Reclamation is, the runner gets to see a broad perspective of what the city really is like. Helicopters flying overhead while running the marathon truly give the runner an experience to never forget.

It creates a sense of unity or oneness among Indians when Celebrities, Ngos, corporate sector, social workers, and the common man came together. One Hundred and Fifty NGO’s participated in this Marathon; each aimed at raising a substantial amount of money for their cause.
The Banyan, a Chennai based ngo working for the upliftment of mentally ill destitute women by housing, treating and rehabilitating them. The Banyan especially outreaches to people belonging to a low socio-economic strata in society. It participated for the first time by bringing down two of it’s residents, Kalpana and Thiruchelvi to run the Dream run; covering a distance of 6km with a team of staff members of the Banyan Organization. In a measure to raise funds for the organization, The Banyan was dependant on raising money based on the pledges made upon them. The Banyan was not the only ngo here supporting its cause but one hundred and fifty other organizations too came forth to participate in this charitable and unanimous cause in the City of Mumbai.

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