Friday, October 10, 2008

Horse Riding Schools in Bangalore

Following are the list of few horse riding schools in Bangalore. If you know of any other schools in Bangalore please do let me know about it.
1. Agaram Riding School

Agaram Road, Bangalore

Phone: +91-80-2271 6414

-One of the best in Bangalore, the school is spread over 500 acres and has international standard infrastructure. Classes conducted all year round.Fees: Rs 12,000 deposit, plus Rs 2,000 a month
2. Bangalore Amateur Riding Institute

Bangalore Turf Club, Bangalore

Phone: +91-80-2226 2391

-Set up in 1955, itis one of the oldest riding schools in the country. Concentrates on training for races and show horses. Classes are held all year round except in August and Septemger.Fees: Rs 250 annual subscription.

3. Embassy International Riding School

149/2 & 223, Torhunse Village, Jal Hobli, Devanahalli Taluk, Bangalore Dist - INDIA

Phone: +91-80-2846 8296, +91-98450-54013, +91-98440-65015

- A riding school of international standars in ranch-like setting with 240 acres of beautiful cross-country trails and outdoor excursion facility.Fees: Individual: Rs 4,900/annum, Couple: Rs 6,500/annum

4. Equestrian Centre For Excellence

Palace Grounds, Jayamahal Road, Bangalore

Phone: +91-98801-00708

- Former race horses are available for training sessions. The only riding school where one can also endup owning a retired race horse after learning to ride.Fees: Rs 2,500 for 12 classes of one hour each.
5. Princess Academy Of Equitation

Bangalore Palace Grounds,Bellary Road EntraceOpp. Talisma SoftwareBangalore 560080

Phone: +91-80-2361 7331 / 2361 0695Mobile: +91-80-5671159 / 56711513 / 5611509 / +91-98450 46680

Email: pae_mys@hotmail.com
- The only riding school run by erstwhile royal family of Mysore on the 400-acre grounds that offers night riding facilities and special therapeutic sessions for the physically and mentally challenged.

Fees: Varying fee structure

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Prepare for a Marathon race

It was 2007 when I took to serious running. I started it as an excercise to loose fat and control my weight. I liked it so much that it became my passion. I started taking part in races from 5KM to Marathon. In this article, I have tried to put tips and trainings for running a long distance. These tips are proven and have worked well for me and for many other runners. Important declaration that none of the tips mentioned here are from my side. I have collected these info from various sources such as: http://running.about.com, www.hyderabad10k.com, http://mumbaimarathon.indiatimes.com/ and many other emails which I received from my friends.
Beginners' Half-Marathon Training Schedule
Week Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
1 Rest 2 mi Rest 2.5mi Rest 3 mi 2 mi
2 Rest 2 mi Rest 3 mi Rest 4 mi 2.5 mi
3 Rest 2.5mi 2 mi 3 mi Rest 5 mi 2 mi
4 Rest 3 mi Rest 4 mi Rest 6 mi 3 mi
5 Rest 3 mi 3 mi 3 mi Rest 7 mi 3 mi
6 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 4 mi Rest 8 mi 3 mi
7 Rest 4 mi Rest 4 mi Rest 9 mi 3 mi
8 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 3 mi Rest 10mi 3 mi
9 Rest 5 mi 3 mi 4 mi Rest 11mi Rest
10 3 mi 4 mi Rest 3 mi Rest 12mi 3 mi
11 Rest 4 mi Rest 3 mi Rest 5 mi 2.5mi
12 Rest 2 mi 20min Rest 20min 20min! Race Day!

My Races till date:
(Read Header as- Race name, Place, Date, Distance & Time to finish)
1. Bangalore International Marathon, Bangalore, 15 May 2006, 7KM, Time not recorded
2. Bangalore International Marathon, Bangalore, Dec 16 2007, HalfMarathon, 2h9m43s
3. Muthu Marathon, Salem(Tamil Nadu), Jan6 2008, HalfMarathon, 2h10m21s
4. Bangalore 10K, Bangalore, May 18 2008, 10KM, 60min 41sec
5. Hyderabad Foundation Marathon, Aug 16 2008, MARATHON, 5hr 3min 0sec
6. Givelife Marathon, Chennai, Aug 31 2008, HalfMarathon, 2h15m21s
Upcoming Races I am planning to run- Bangalore International Marathon, Hyderabad 10K run, Mumbai Marathon 2009
I also maintain a separate blogs on running.
Please visit http://train4marathon.wordpress.com for more on running.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Back to School

Hi Friends,
I want to share a good news with you. I am delighted to inform you that I have received an admission offer from the S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai (SPJIMR) for class of 2009 Full time 1-year MBA (Post Graduate Programme in Management) program. Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), is a one year, full-time, residential programme. The mission of the programme is to create and nurture value-based future leaders taking on higher management roles in transforming organizations.
Something about the course, this is taken as it is from the www.spjimr.org : "SPJIMR perceived the need of the industry for thought leaders in middle level management and successfully endeavored to create the PGPM course. The programme, now in its fifth year of inception, has challenged the paradigm of conventional part time courses for working executives. Participants gain management perspectives through an innovative pedagogy of experiential learning and enhanced peer interaction. The programme offers a platform for learning and exchange of ideas with expert faculty. The renowned faculty at the institute facilitates innovative thinking through practical academic inputs and thought-provoking case studies. The programme also has a strong focus on values and ethics."

As part of the course- we had 4-days orientation classes, where we got to meet the professors, fellow students and our seniors. It was an amazing experience going back to school again after more than 5 years. Mumbai is a nice place, this was first time when I got to stay in the city for more than couple of days. The campus is so green and nice. Everything in the city is so accessible, but we heard from our seniors that its going to be a hectic year ahead. But I am sure I will be able to find time to run... and there couldn't be any place better than JUHU beach in Mumbai for running. The beach is at walkable distance, just 2KM from from the campus. I have made many good friends at SPJ. I am really looking forward for a great time. Will keep you guys posted.

pic: At the Juhu beach

more at: http://pgpmatspjimr.wordpress.com/

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Monday, January 21, 2008

Medical Industry Expo 2008

This year's Medical Industry Expo was organised at Bangalore International Exhibition Center on Tumkur road from 17th Jan to 20th Jan. This is sponsored by IRIA (Indian Radiological and Imaging Association). This show is similar to USA's RSNA.
Entrance photo

There were stalls put up by GE, Philips, Allenger, Toshiba, Siemens, Kiran and many more vendors. All these companies were show casing their latest products and technologies in the fields of CT, MR, XRay and Imaging. There were also many seminars held on various diseases and related diagnostic mechanisms using CT, MR, Radiology, Fluoroscopy by senior radiologists. These seminars gave good deep insight into the requirements of our customers (doctors) and where we are in these technologies.

Here you see in the GE Healthcare stall. It was biggest of all and had two floors.

Its me stading in front of MR product in GE stall.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Sun rise photos

Hi All
I was travelling to Hyderabad from Bangalore by bus. It was early morning and sun was just about to rise. I took these photos with my mobile cam. Enjoy and do send-in your comments :-)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Muthu Marathon 2008

Salem Road Map

Wow what a great run it was! My second Half Marathon and that too within one month of the first one. I am talking about the 'Muthu Marathon 2008' conducted by Konganapuram Sports club on Sunday Jan 6th. Konganapuram is a beautiful village in Salem district.

I left Bangalore on Saturday Jan 5th by train for SankiDurg (a place around 12 KM from Konganapur). I boarded Ernakulam Intercity train at 6:30am from Cantt railway station and reached the Sankidurg station at 11:00 am.
My Journey
The journey was good and the places which I saw along were amazing, I was convinced that I am going to have a nice time.

Sankidurg Railway station

I had my lunch at a small hotel in Sankidurg.
I reached the AGN School, Kongapuram at around 12:30 pm- I was going to spend my night here.

AGN School

I got a nice and warm reception. I came to know this run from Nitin, we met at the school for the first time. He is a fabulous guy and it was great meeting him, very enthusiast. He had come there with his family.
Me getting ready for RUN
Next day morning, we left the AGN school at around 6:30am for the starting point of the Marathon.

view of starting point

The starting point was Vaikuntham [Seliamman Temple] (about 20KM south of Salem on Salem->Coimbatore road) and the finishing point was KAN Govt School [on SH86 road - Sankagiri to Edappidi road].

The route map

The race started at around 8:15am. The track was through a number of villages and mostly on asphalted roads. The people were so friendly, they used to serve us with lemon water on the way and it was just amazing to see their excitement.
Whhattte View

The climated was warm and running through hilly places is not easy but the two things which kept me running was, the beauty of the place- it was so greeeen and simply superb and the warmth of the villagers- they served us with water on the way which kept my body hydrated and me legs moving. Finally I reached the KAN school the finishing point. It took me about 2hrs and 17min to complete. It was no doubt a fantastic run and I am glad I participated. I hope to return next year as well. The organisers and volunteers were amazing. Everything was great.
Prize distribution (man in yellow t-shirt is the winner)
At around 11am there was a small function at the KAN school. People talked and thanked the sponsors, prizes were given to the winner. I dont remember the winner's name but he was from a neighbouring village. I left the school after my lunch which was marvellous like everything else. I took the same train on return and reached Cantt station at around 9:30pm. Over all it was a great trip and one of my best weekend.
Waiting for the train- way back to Bangalore

Monday, January 7, 2008

India in Australia 2008

There are lot of emails floating around after II test match between India and Australia. I have compiled a few of them here-

After watching the 2nd test match, some rules have been incorporated by ICC to give the other teams a perfect clarification

(1) Ricky Ponting - (THE TRULY GENUINE CRICKETER OF THE CRICKET ERA AND WHOSE INTEGRITY SHOULD NOT BE DOUBTED) should be considered as the FOURTH UMPIRE. As per the new rules, FOURTH UMPIRE decision is final and will over ride any decisions taken by any other umpires. ON-FIELD umpires can seek the assistance of RICKY PONTING even if he is not on the field. This rule is to be made, so that every team should understand the importance of the FOURTH UMPIRE.

(2) While AUSTRALIAN TEAM is bowling, If the ball flies anywhere close to the AUSTRALIAN FIELDER(WITHIN 5 metre distance), the batsman is to be considered OUT irrelevant of whether the catch was taken cleanly or grassed. Any decision for further clarification should be seeked from the FOURTH UMPIRE. This is made to ensure that the cricket is played with SPORTIVE SPIRIT by all the teams.

(3) While BATTING, AUSTRALIAN players will wait for the ON-FIELD UMPIRE decisions only (even if the catch goes to the FIFTH SLIP as the ball might not have touched the bat). Each AUSTRALIAN batsman has to be out FOUR TIMES (minimum) before he can return to the pavilion. In case of THE CRICKETER WITH INTEGRITY, this can be higher.

( 4 ) All AUSTRALIAN players are eligible to keep commenting about all players on the field and the OPPONENT TEAM should never comment as they will be spoiling the spirit of the AUSTRALIAN team. Any comments made in any other language are to be considered as RACISM only.

( 5 ) MATCH REFREE decisions will be taken purely on the AUSTRALIAN TEAM advice only. Player views from the other teams decisions will not be considered for hearing. MATCH REFREES are to be given huge bonus if this rule is implemented.

( 6 ) NO VISITING TEAM should plan to win in AUSTRALIA. This is to ensure that the sportive spirit of CRICKET is maintained.

( 7 ) THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: If any bowler gets RICKY PONTING - "THE UNDISPUTED CRICKETER WITH INTEGTIRY IN THE GAME OF CRICKET" more than twice in a series, he will be banned for the REST OF THE SERIES. This is to ensure that the best batsman/Captain will be played to break records and create history in the game of CRICKET. These rules will clarify better to the all the teams VISITING AUSTRALIA.

India's 3rd Test against Australia begins at Perthon 16th Jan'2008. Can someone find a pair of eyes for this blind man before that ???

Nice article here if you love cricket: http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/robertcraddock/