Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hi Abu Dhabi!

I came, I Saw, I Lost, I Left, Got Vindicated, I came back. Two years ago I left this city, bitter and shattered. I was collateral damage in a power struggle at workplace. Right after I left, the personal responsible for my ouster was let go too. Didn't bring me any comfort for I was dead and out...

I returned to Mumbai, joined a bank and got on with life. Last year October we were visiting Dharamsala and were returning from a visit to Norbulingka when I got a call from Abu Dhabi. They were asking me if I'd consider a position with them. Took me completely by surprise.

My wife was livid. How dare they! I bought some time. We debated. We agonised over it. Finally decided to see if I can return on my terms. After protracted negotiations, they agreed. And so, here I am, back in Abu Dhabi.

Lets see how it goes... 

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Elevating Disappointing and Crushing

1-Oct-17, I ran the half marathon on the treadmill in 1:52. Elevating. Best ever when compared to my past performances on the treadmill.
1-Oct-17 broke the running deck of the treadmill. Disappointing. C'mon. I'm 82 Kgs. Running @12 at times should not break the deck. Now my treadmill is ruined.
8-Oct-17. Ran the first outdoor run of the season. Could not complete even 10 kms in Mumbai Oct heat. Took 1:05 min just to run 10Kms. Welcome to the real world. Crushing...

Marginal Tax Rates

When it comes to Congress misrule, one of the things that comes up often is that it kept the marginal tax rates insanely high.
Just to set the context the marginal tax rates in the vanguard of Capitalism the US over the years is captured here

Say What!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Keep Dreaming Boy!

8 years on... fueled by Deep Purple!
I really wasn't planning on it. When I woke up, I thought I'd do a 16K to cover 20+K for the week. I had run just once this week and was keen to round it off with a 16K run. But then I got delayed getting on to the treadmill and decided to cut it off to 12K.

All these years, doing 12K in an hour was just a wish, like wouldn't it be something to cherish, if only I could. Over these years I've done 11.2K in an hour in the best of times. The most I had run at 12K speed was 5K and was proud of it.

Back in 2014 when I went to Abu Dhabi was the first time I could push it to 7K and then to 8K @12K an hour 5min per km.

But over the last six months, its been happenning. I first closed in with a 8K run and then with a 10K and recently I clocked 11.85K in an hour.

Today is special. Its 12K with 1:20 min to spare. I'm proud. I'm satisfied. I'm home...
There is 1 more hill to climb... We'll see about it...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

AWS Ins and Outs

I'm not an AWS expert and surely it hurt my billing for more than a year. So, sometime in 2015, my AWS platform became outdated and I was forced to upgrade. It was a pain and I might have taken a few wrong turns. As a result after reconfiguring, my billing went up significantly (25%). I was simple unable to figure out how.

I finally got around to fixing it last month and saved $30 a month. Now, that's what I call a King's ransom ;) 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

12 Kms In a little over an hour

Thus far my best 1 hr performance.
In march I had my annual check up only to discover my vitamin D was barely 8. I had aches and pains in my joints. My fingers pained when I woke up and my legs pained after each run.
I never thought much of it. I had a feeling that my Vit D was low but wow! 8 is bad.
And so I took a couple of Vit D strips. I also made it a point to swim at 12 noon for 30 min over weekends spending good time under the sun.
Within a month or so, the pain is gone and I'm hitting my strides. I'm also taking Calcium tablets and Vit B12 capsules.
The results are pleasant. I never thought I could do this distance in this time. It's my dream to do 12 kms in 1 hr. As the treadmill clock measures time in minutes post 60 min mark, what it shows is slightly misleading. But overall, I know I perhaps did this distance in 1:00:40 or so.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

10 KM 50 min

Just for records

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Feed the Monster

Back in 2005 I bought my first car. Ford Ikon. At the time, it was one of the aspirational cars. It never however suited me. A month into the car, I had an accident. And after that I continued to bang it multiple times till 2006 when I moved to the US. I decided to send that car to Bhopal to my parents. There it stayed till May-16.
I have two parkings at my residence apt. One, I had bought, the other, I am alloted by my society. After my return from Abu Dhabi, I had no cars and someone from the committee suggested that I get the cars or my parking will be alloted to someone else.
I bought a Celerio for my wife and asked my parents to send over the old war horse to be parked here.
Ever since the Ikon returned, its been a bottomless pit. Its resale value is just about 35K. But so far I've already spent 45K on its upkeep. That's 1 month and 1K kilometres. Initially, I spent 26K for denting, painting and basic repairs. Within a couple of weeks its AC broke again and so did the locking system. Spent another 2K to fix these.
Another 2 weeks and its coolant pipe burst. The mechanic asked me to keep driving it slowly and stop when it got hot. I tried but the temperature gauge was also busted and thus the gasket blew up and the car stopped. Another 10K gone. Then the battery, another 4K. Overall, for a car worth 35K I've already spent 45K and I'm to change the tyres. Its just a bottomless pit and I'm fucked up!