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Into the Light

Into the light!

2011 came without much warning. I breezed through 2010. A lot of travel and work kept me busy and off the blog! The “project” I much wanted to launch didn’t see light of day (at least formally). But then, that’s life, I discovered. Most things you have on your “to do” list don’t get done and you’re staring at a nearly full list at the beginning of a fresh year. But I am quite excited now. Filled with some apprehension. But excited, never the less. And why, you might ask? For starters, after years of thinking about it, I’ve decided to fly solo. While I learnt a lot from corporate life, I think it’s time to try a few things on my own. See where the road “less taken” leads me… I’ve discovered that while I really enjoyed my job, I was also not really concentrating on the different ideas I had in my head. So I’ve termed 2011 as my “Into the Light” year! I am going to explore dimensions and avenues and see …

Thursday’s tidbits

Rahul Verghese, founder of Running and Living has documented his experience in this video of the Comrades Marathon. Watch it here. Tanvir Kazmi has written about his experience too. Times Cycle to Work is organizing this event on Sunday. Do show your support and participate – lots of fun stuff for the kids too! And RunnerGirlsIndia and Mother Earth are organizing a 5k run on World Environment Day – be there at the Mother Earth store (opposite Dell on Inner Ring Road) at 6 am on Saturday, June 5 and show your support! The Tour of the Nilgiris enters its third edition. It’s got an overwhelming response this time around – 100 riders will be selected to go on this 1000km ride of a lifetime! Here’s some coverage of the event.

No cycles please; we’re a star hotel!

A few days ago, a cyclist was turned away from the Leela Hotel’s main gate to a side parking lot on the road. He was there to attend a conference when his “humble” cycle did not pass the “high security standards” of the hotel. He refused, of course, (even I would!) the security guard’s suggestion to park on the side of the road. You can follow the discussion here. This was communicated to the Leela, but they couldn’t say much except that they can’t take responsibility of two wheelers and cycles parked on their premises. And that they have “security” policies that do not allow two wheeler parking. (Check out their Facebook page for their very defensive response). However, “security” is something they don’t offer cars either. The question is why they haven’t accounted for at least one parking space inside for two-wheelers and cycles – surely it can’t be a space issue considering it hardly takes any space to park 15-20 bikes (or cycles). The space offered currently to two wheelers and cyclists is …

They couldn’t make my trip!

Had quite a bad experience with today. I booked a ticket online for a bus to Chennai in the morning. After the payment was done, the screen blanked out and I didn’t get a confirmation for my ticket. Then I receive an SMS with my booking ID and a message that my credit card had been charged. But there was no ticket for me in my mailbox. When these kind of gaffes happens, I also realised that they don’t call to tell you that something went wrong. I had to wait for around 10 minutes on their toll free number trying to figure out what happened. The lady apologised and asked me to try after an hour. Later in the afternoon, I try again. After another 12 minutes of holding for someone to answer, I get told that my booking is not done. My card is charged (!). And could I make the booking again? And not only that, pay again? Why would I want to book my tickets again on a website which …