April 14, 2013
We (office guys, Girls weren’t really interested it seems) participated in the Puma Urban Stampede 5km x 4 relay. Following are the results and the snaps.
Results & Timings
Company: MEDIA.NET SOFTWARE SERVICES (INDIA) PVT. LTD.(Team #1)
|team Overall rank:||21|
|team Category :||MEN|
|team Category rank:||15|
|Runner (136 C):||SURYASEN SINGH|
|Runner (136 C) Net Time:||00:25:37|
|Runner (136 C) Overall rank:||81|
|Runner (136 C) Gender rank:||74|
|Transition Time :||0-1:0-20:00-43|
|Runner (136 A):||RUTURAJ VARTAK|
|Runner (136 A) Gender:||Male|
|Runner (136 A) Net Time:||00:25:26|
|Runner (136 A) Overall rank:||80|
|Runner (136 A) Gender rank:||73|
|Transition Time :||00:00:34|
|Runner (136 B):||AMIT BHAWNANI|
|Runner (136 B) Gender:||Male|
|Runner (136 B) Net Time:||00:28:42|
|Runner (136 B) Overall rank:||151|
|Runner (136 B) Gender rank:||138|
|Transition Time :||00:26:32|
|Runner (136 D):||ZAHEER ADENWALA|
|Runner (136 D) Gender:||Male|
|Runner (136 D) Net Time:||00:26:47|
|Runner (136 D) Overall rank:||108|
|Runner (136 D) Gender rank:||98|
MEDIA.NET SOFTWARE SERVICES (INDIA) PVT. LTD. (Team #2)
|team Overall rank:||43|
|team Category :||MEN|
|team Category rank:||32|
|Runner (135 A):||SUDHANSHU SINGH|
|Runner (135 A) Net Time:||00:40:03|
|Runner (135 A) Overall rank:||327|
|Runner (135 A) Gender rank:||288|
|Transition Time :||00:00:31|
|Runner (135 B):||VIPRESH JHA|
|Runner (135 B) Gender:||Male|
|Runner (135 B) Net Time:||00:27:01|
|Runner (135 B) Overall rank:||116|
|Runner (135 B) Gender rank:||106|
|Transition Time :||00:00:25|
|Runner (135 C):||ROHIT NAIR|
|Runner (135 C) Gender:||Male|
|Runner (135 C) Net Time:||00:27:29|
|Runner (135 C) Overall rank:||121|
|Runner (135 C) Gender rank:||111|
|Transition Time :||00:00:25|
|Runner (135 D):||GUNJAN JUYAL|
|Runner (135 D) Gender:||Male|
|Runner (135 D) Net Time:||00:26:30|
|Runner (135 D) Overall rank:||99|
|Runner (135 D) Gender rank:||90|
Image courtesy: Gunjan & Facebook
March 29, 2013
The long weekend of 27 March 2013 – 24 March 2013 had to get some increments on the odo.
Me and JK left for Mahabaleshwar planning to see every stupid honeymoon spot as a biker couple ! Plan was to go along the Wai, Satara route to Mahabaleshwar enjoying the soothing Wai temple. We did eventually but it wasn’t as calm and serene as in the movies – thanks to the scorching sun.
Pachgani being our first stop to do “sight seeing”. The table top’s only attraction – more than the caves the steps.. – err.. – JK would know better.
En-route to Mahabaleshwar was the fun-fair pit-stop at Mapro Garden. Full of people, kids, crowd and everything that Manas could dream of.
Mahabaleshwar as it promised was good on the outskirts and worst inside. Evening’s ride to the famous points were just as expected. The exception being the Elphinstone point for which we had to tread 10km extra in the cooling evening air.
The return journey was from NH-17 with Pratapgad Fort as our last scenic stops. The downhill ghat from Mahabaleshwar was awesome, something that we missed since our Ooty – Munnar trip. Had some awesome breakfast with the kitchen smoking our eyes as well.
NH-17 as expected was more interesting to ride than the NH-4 / AH-47. However the ride from Vadkhal to Panvel was horrific. Pen’s bad and narrow road (also read as National Highway) were the pain in the a*#.
The Final Route
- Mumbai – Chitradurga, night halt (day1) 790km (15hrs+) [travelling]
- Chitradurga – Ooty, night halt (383km, day2) (8hrs+)[travelling]
- Ooty (day3) [rest]
- Ooty – Munnar, night halt (day4, 242km, 5hrs+) [rest + travelling]
- Munnar, Kochi and Alleppey (day 5) [rest]
- Alleppey, night halt (day6, 60km, 1hr+) [rest]
- Thiruvilwamala (jk’s home village) (day7, 166km, 3hrs) [rest]
- Thiruvilwamala, and around (day8, ) [rest]
- Krishnagiri, Tamilnadu night halt (day 9) [travelling]
- Belgaum, Karnataka night halt (day 10) [travelling]
- Mumbai (day 11) [travelling]
- Total days – 11
- Border Crossings – 6
- States Travelled – 4 (Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala)
- Distance travelled – 3,357 km
- Hours on Bike – 81 hours (3 days , 7 hours)
- Max. Elevation above sea level – 2,637m (Doddabetta Peak)
- Min. Elevation below sea level – -16m (Alappuzha backwaters)
- Petrol Cost – ₹5800
- Total Cost of Trip – ₹ 13,000 (including petrol)
- Memories for Life – Endless
Dec 16, 2012
The alarm rings at 7am. Its the last day where we can afford to laze post the alarm bell. Today we’ll start our journey back to the Financial Capital of India, Mumbai. However a little of Kerala is still left on the plate. Its JK’s cousin’s engagement, the very engagement that JK wanted to attend, miss, I’m confused just as he was all the way. Eventually he will have to make it. We ready with our bags, luggage, bikes keep them semi-ready. We’d make a quick trip at the engagement and then off to Hosur, Tamilnadu, our first night halt on the way back.
At the engagement, women are draped in lovely sarees, from colorful to golden striped off-whites. The men, however is a different story. Everybody, almost everybody has put a shirt, un-tucked – On a मुंड ! Ya – the मुंड. That’s the tradition, it looks weird, but thats what it is. JK is bending every muscle of his neck to take a look at available beauties.
Just one, right JK !? Right far in the corner ?
Dec 15, 2012
Today is our last day when we won’t be burning the rubber. Its rest day today. Nothing much on schedule today except for one thing – Relax and rest. After waking up after 7.30, we get a royal treatment of breakfast, tea, etc. without any walk to a tapri, or a dirty food-stall. JK’s aunt has prepared idlis, chutney and sambaar. Throwing away our awkwardness, I and Manas get into the kitchen. I see a big bowl, full of idlis. JK follows later with Vinu and Sri. The idlis are glowing white, I’m sure Rin, Tide, etc could use these idlis in their commercials. Not just with their appearance, but its taste too was supreme. I’d never had such soft and yummy idlis ever. In Mumbai idlis look and taste murky as its waters. While I enjoyed the countless idlis placed in my plate, Vinu and Sri tussled over the last dollops of the white coconut chutney. Tea followed and the feeling took me back to the bliss experienced few days back at Idli anna’s shack.
Its my parents wedding anniversary and the phone call had more conversation about the white idlis, its taste and the place around than the cliched, ‘happy wedding anniversary’, ‘whats going on?’, etc…
Thiruvilwamala, just as its long name, it has a long list of goodies associated to itself. It has its own rivulet flowing through a tributary of Barthapuzzha river, a lovely terrain of hills and plains, a picturesque temple on the top of the hill and the greenery of God’s own country.
Dec 14, 2012
Last day was dedicated to our bikes, and today as well. Starting with the same focus, Manas’ bike needs an oil change. We get up around 7am and head out by the near by tapari for chai. I displayed my malayali skills,
नाल chai (showing 3 fingers)
JK laughs his ass out, shouting ‘मून चाय!’ While we have our tea, the aged foreigner comes up to the stall and asks for tea. We start a conversation with general ‘Heys’ and ‘Hellos’. Somebody from us asks, how was his trip goin, to which he answered.
Its going great, I’d been to all the temples of South India, Rameshwaram, Madhurai, Kanyakumari, now Allepy. Its great. Prior to that I’d been in North India, visiting Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, etc.
We’re taken aback by his itinerary, JK asked
How long have you been touring here?
O.. Its been 3 months !!!!
All of us stared each other, It was a nightmare for us to sync our leaves for a period of just 2 weeks. He continued..