Strength, pain and all of that


All of us cause pain to our loved ones – mostly unintentionally, unconsciously. We seldom realize – what the person in pain goes through. Unless, until we get into their shoes. Or, we are sensitive enough to relate to the experience.

Human beings are complex. And, human relationships are more complex. Beyond comprehension, in most cases. We care for our loved ones the most, we also cause pain to these folks. Why? Is it because we are protective? Cautious? Possessive? Because of Love? Insecurity?

Recently, realized that, in reality, some words are louder than actions. Although, we preach that actions tend to be louder than words.

As human beings, have we numbed ourselves to express the right things at the right moment? Have we become insensitive to truth, honesty? Indeed, possible, with the way we all have masked ourselves to various situations.

I knew of a girl, who wrapped herself inside a bed cover, listened to songs. Everyone thought she was fine and strong as a person. But, she laid there in despair. Somehow, there is a lot of intensity when you cry, silently, all alone in the night.

But, it’s a scary thought that this girl might numb herself too, about various things. I do have a question though. Will she really be a stronger person? Well. Time can only answer this.

first half marathon. check.



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it was easy to give up,
especially between 15-18kms,
but my brother, Karthik Natarajan ensured I did it,
one Mr Augustine, who was a pacer, he warmed us every time with a sincere smile,
the Pandian Thatha, who listened to devotional songs sung by TMS and cheered us,
the words of a kid who asked how much more distance she could run to her mom,
the specially challenged runners,
the professional athletes, the slow crawlers similar to me,
the volunteers who served water, glucon, lemon, fruits,
the security, NSS, police personal who asked us to push and give our best,
the tall, short, fat, thin, dark, fair, all human beings who ran this, just to challenge themselves and their ability,
the aptly placed bill boards having words of wisdom,
the beautiful Coimbatore climate,
most importantly, the amazing parents for always being encouraging and supportive.
Meera Sundar and Prasanna Kumar for getting me into running!

Thanks, all of you. :)

Coimbatore Marathon 2015 will stay close to my heart.

“a soliloquy”

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crystal clear sand, reflecting lines of someone in seated posture.

in the background, a bunch of college girls laughing their heart out,

surrounded by a community of frisbee enthusiasts playing a nail biting match,

filled with bell sounds created by a peanut seller,

the setting almost felt surreal with a three-fourth moon overhead and a distant ocean that smelled very different,

the blue lit roller coaster ride,
the fire sparks emitted through heating a corn,
the horse rider,
the hand in hand, shoulder on shoulder couple,
the jogger,
the walker,
the crawler,
the balloon seller,
the chai wala,
the future predictor,
the murphy dog (I just named it),
and everything that always existed.

but, all of this, this time, felt like a new place since the usual visits never gave room for so much details,

let’s call this person, ‘ a person’.
who wished for many a things amidst this experience,
but, blended with the moment of silence,

because that’s beautiful too, right?


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest..

Last week, a random search on the Internet took me to this blog – ‘Cuckoo Forest School‘ (The school is situated at Puliyanur Village, Singarapettai).

After having spoken to one of Cuckoo’s members, Sivaraj, I figured that the last phase of the workshop was coming to an end. And now, after spending about 4 days with this birdie, I believe I had one of the best lifetime’s experience, reinventing myself.

I will let the pictures do some talking.

On our way to the construction siteIMG_3235

Bird farm under constructionIMG_3290

 Fancy shelters at the siteIMG_3215

 The breath-taking view at the site – the school will be surrounded by these beautiful mountainsIMG_3286

 Mommy and her pretty looking chicksIMG_3287

 blues, greens, browns and more hues. IMG_3298

 …our humble abodeIMG_3283

One of Cuckoo’s volunteers playing Raag ‘Durga’IMG_3284

Orientation on alternative medicine and the wise man answered to all of our endless questions.  Special mention goes to the boy  (let’s call him DJ) wearing blue=black t-shirt in the picture. For literally being the center of attraction. IMG_3293 

Aatha, Apaththa, Paati. We adorned her with various names. But, all she lovingly did was, to feed us amazing food.IMG_3289

To end this journey, with one of my favorite black and white moment. IMG_3296

From the morning chores to working at the site; from the Frisbee games to rhythm sessions with the kids; from the night walk to early morning runs through the village, from the mafia games to the antaksharis, we have had the best of times in the past few days.

Thank you Cuckoo Family (you all know who you are!) for being super awesome.

I went with naught expectations and came back to civilization, having discovered a treasured melody, named ‘Cuckoo Forest School.’

For more details, get in touch with: Sivaraj +91 99656 89020 / Senthil +91 99024 10113

Between the lines by Nandita Das


Between the lines‘, casts Nandita Das (as Maya) and Subodh Maskara (as Shekhar) – a real life couple, whose characters bring out the subtleties of their relationship as a lawyer couple.

Shekhar Anand is a successful, sought-after criminal lawyer, while, Maya is today’s urban woman, who juggles between home and working at a law firm.

The couple met at a law school, 14 years ago and fell in love while teaming up for ‘arranged marriage’ against ‘love marriage’ in a debate competition.

10 years of marriage, a 8 year old Arjun, life of this couple has come a long way with clear demarcation of job descriptions for each to perform and execute.

Everything seemed perfect like the brownies Maya made at home. Until one day, where they realize that they are on the opposite sides in an attempted murder case, Shekhar as prosecutor and Maya, as defense lawyer.

As they fight the case in the court room, there is only a thin line difference between their professional and personal life. We see that, their own inequalities begin to surface through the lives of their respective clients.

At the end, as audience, we only become witnesses to those subtle emotions that emerge out beautifully through their characters and more so enthralled, when it hits hard on our own emotions.

Directed by Nandita Das, written by Nandita Das and Divya Jagdale, this theatre act deserves all the standing ovation it received last night.

Special mention goes to The Hindu, Evam for organizing this extremely well!

Random laws of life – a rambling by self

Silhouette of hiking man in mountain

One weekend, I began to pen down hazy thoughts about life. Sharing with you, what I have perceived through my life experience:

  • Love: It is important to love, because, it helps us appreciate life fully. Loving someone is deliberate, conscious and it means, you choose to appreciate all of them, for who they are.
  • Integrity: Actions speak louder than what you say. Practice what you preach. And, be who you are and share what you believe in.
  • Justice: Equality is what we all thrive for. Respect people genuinely. For, you don’t know what their story is all about.
  • Acceptance: Stems from being just and fair. But, accepting goes an extra mile. You now have an ability to understand this other person’s story, their perspectives, their ideas, their opinions, basically, all the things that make them and accept them for who they are.
  • Patience: They say, good things come to those who wait. But, I believe that your attitude and how you act matters the most, while waiting. The current situation might be extremely fragile. But, let it pass, stay calm.
  • Habits: One of the most important habits that’s helped me is to count my blessings. Every single day, I am grateful for the kind of family, friends, love of all the good people, the life I have been blessed with. I’d also say, waking up early, investing in yourself (exercise), the kind of food you eat are baby steps towards building some decent habits.
  • Courage: Follow your heart, its easier said than done. But, nothing can gratify self more than pursuing what we want. It feels like a huge step ahead, but it’s worth giving it a try!
  • Failures: Embrace them! Because, failures teach you lessons worth a lifetime.
  • Lead: Dislike something? Be the change maker. Influence. Take the lead.
  • Follow: Love someone else’s initiative? Relate to it? Shun your ego. Collaborate with them, join the team and make a difference.
  • Values: At the end, your values make the person you are. Your ideals, your believe system is important. Never ever undermine them. For, that defines you as an individual.
  • Truth: Being true is one thing, but being true to oneself is another thing. The latter helps you to evolve.
  • Learn: There is so much to learn everyday, from everyone around you. You absorb, what you seek.
  • Teach: Because, teaching is one metric that will make you realize how much you really know.
  • Forgive: Life’s too short to deal with conflicts. Weeks, months or years later, you are only going to laugh at things you were angry for. Like Thumper says: “If you can’t say something nice.. don’t say nothing at all.
  • Nothingness: At times, it’s an asset to do nothing at all. Take moments to pause and reflect. It helps you gain some clarity and reinvent yourself.
  • Selfless: It’s the most powerful thing to do. To be at the giving end always.

What I learnt from running DRHM 2015?


Someone asked about my experience – from today’s early morning run.

In simple words, I experienced so much goodness around me. And this is available in abundance for all of us.

I lived these moments through the spirit of a 7 months pregnant lady who ran today,

the challenging guy who wore an instrument to replace one of his legs and walked the entire stretch,

the chirpy kids who were living the moment, ran with their dads and moms and seemed more excited as their parents pushed forward,

through those endless cheers and motivation from people whom I would have never had the courage to greet on another occasion,

nature for unraveling its beauty as the day grew longer.

.. Chennai Runners, you were inspiring in more than many ways.

Thank you for taking me back to our roots of being good, expressing well being and respect for each other.

Well done Dream Runners for organizing a great show. There were flaws, but you need something to improve in your next event, right? :)

Next set of Marathon events:

  1. Terry fox Run
  2. Coimbatore Marathon
  3. Chennai Wipro Marathon
  4. All events for the rest of the year