Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Some of the drives we / I had taken

As we were going through the pages of http://www.greatdrivingchallenge.com/ we were reminded of one thing that should have been here on this blog – a little bit of our driving experience… so taking a trip back the memory lane, I can certainly remember these on top of my head (and in no particular order!):


1.       Fontainebleau(near Paris)-Torino(near Milan): Overnight, with a stop in a chalet of a friend’s in the Alps! This would be one the most beautiful drives possible in the world!

2.       Fontainebleau(Paris)-Amsterdam: Thanks GA for that one! We decided out of blue like at 4:45pm and by 4:55pm were out of Fonty! Did get lost in the night (that had to happen when you have an old car, with little extra fuel and two sleep deprived MBA’s on the road;), but it was SUUUUUPER FUN!

3.       Berlin - Rugen- Hamburg: 700 kms, four hours, German roads- what a challenge!!! And we did okay ;) Top speed close to 300kmph, average of c. 175. Only problem was that there was no time to enjoy the scenery due to high concentration on the wheels!

4.       Fontainebleau – St. Michel: the scenic beauty in a French Summer – too bad, it was only few hours!

5.       Fontainebleau – Reims: across the Champagne land – had to resist drinking and driving, and believe me it was tough having several bottle of different champagnes in the car and not being able to touch!;)

6.       Delhi-Amritsar: non-stop, when mom was unable to sleep because both AJ and I were driving like there is no tomorrow!

7.       Dallas-Austin: one fiery night when there were thunderstorm non-stop for four hours, and I was driving despite severely sleep-deprived!

8.       Dallas-Houston: Too hot a weather, but it was fun nevertheless!

9.       Dallas-Colorado: Beautiful for 18 hours!!!

10.   Numerous trips between Paris and Fontainebleau, and Amsterdam and Eindhoven.

11.   No need to count our daily commute of 60 kms ;)


Of course, this is only by CARs (Maruti, Tata, Impala, Chevy, Sportster, Prius, Camry, Mitsubishi Lancer, Honda Civic, Honda CRV, BMW, Mercedes, Alfa-Romeo and... I forget!). This doesn’t include my motorbike, or my racing bicycle, which as per some friends, was as fast as some of the above cars :P


As you can see, Mitsubishi Cedia is one name missing in the list of the cars (hint to TGDC team ;) ;)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Thank you for taking us to the Top-100!!!

Yippee! We're in Top-100 of The Great Driving Challenge! Thank you all for your help!


You can have a look at the top-100 at: http://www.greatdrivingchallenge.com/top100

Monday, July 13, 2009

Thanks to family, friends, Airtel and PDP July 13, 2009!

A quickie: as the competition intensifies for the The Great Driving Challenge, we would like our families and friends- esp. from AIRTEL and PDP, to help us get to the 1000 mark. Yes, we have now polled 1000 votes thanks to these lovely people from all over the world!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The Great Driving Challenge! July 1, 2009

Hola/salut/hello/ciao/namastey friends, so a new adventure is on the cards! My wife and I have entered in The Great Driving Challenge! Before you ask, this is a new competition promoted by Mitsubishi India in which three couples will get to drive a Cedia Sports car for c. 3000 km in 10 days, and the winner will get a prize of Rs 1 million (10 Lac) to boot!

More than the money, the interesting prizes are recognition and FUN!

So all you lovely people (still) reading this blog, please vote for us at: http://www.greatdrivingchallenge.com/application/1246361110761501/

The entries close on July 17, 2009 so hurry!!!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

London Marathon 2008 April 27, 2008

Several months have passed since my last post. A lot has happened since. But one of the most significant things did take place last week – I RAN LONDON MARATHON! With only eight weeks (or shall we say weekends) of practice, it was a bit of madness, but where is the fun if there is no madness? ;) Got tired legs, but was happy to cross the finish line and have been on a high since Sunday! This Sunday is going to stay in my memory for years to come – and the main reason for that is not only my running the marathon, but the support and spirit of London and its people. It was one of those days when any sportsperson would have fallen in love with the City after seeing people drumming, singing, dancing, bringing home-made cookies and shouting themselves hoarse – all for the runners and the sports! Many times in the day, I was overwhelmed by the people braving rains to help the runners. Volunteers did a great job too and thanks to them, the run was hugely successful, despite the weather (well, we are in London, so it had to rain!).

As for my run, my timing was poor, but I am glad to have finished it without causing myself a serious injury! Thanks to family and friends for the phone calls and updates (some even while I was running)!


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

London Paris cycling 2007 September 25, 2007

Hello, Bonjour!

Just came back from London-Paris cycling – can’t explain what an experience it was, but just wanted to share with you how great I am feeling having done this!!!


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Post-MBA work and how it has changed my lifestyle September 15, 2007

Back in January, despite having a fairly good idea of what I was getting into, I was a bit apprehensive of the lifestyle I was going to have, or probably the lack of it.

Thankfully, it hasn’t been as bad and I am pleasantly surprised. While my company does have some bureaucracy, there is no face time in my team. While we do have some guidelines, we also have LOT of freedom of doing it our way at our pace.

Life at the office front has been fine except for a couple of settling issues (thanks to the bureaucracy). As far as stay in London is concerned, I can not say the same.

- Service standards are ridiculously poor! Takes months to get even a utility connection.

- NHS is a complete mess. I got some skin infection, and am yet to be properly diagnosed (wonder what the doctors do!!!) after a month

- Weather: don’t even get me started on that!

- House search: ahhhhh. Can’t/don’t want to do it again. Had to go through 35 houses before liking one. Tell me, is it that difficult to have a properly ventilated 2 BR house, with a garden, large kitchen and extra large bathroom, split level bedrooms, in proper location with access to Tennis/Squash facilities… OK, I hear you!! Maybe I indeed was asking too much ;)

- Cycling is catching up, though the public transport is not great and can be/should be/is being transformed!

My house address has become static (yes, I have stayed at the same address for more than 4 months for the first time in last 4 years!). It feels amazing :). Weekends are for travel outside. Or cycling/squash/running if in London. Catching up with people has not been easy, but not that bad either.

And best is that I have some money. To spend! Adventures lay abound. Now all I need is a partner in crime!

PS: I have the London – Paris cycling coming up next week! Yippppppeeeeeee!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Changes: August 25, 2007

As this blog is not about MBA anymore, I am changing the overall plan, including removing some old posts. From now on, this blog will be mostly about my travels, weekend activities and just informing friends what mischief I am up to :)