My First 5k

My 5k trail by Runtastic.

My 5k trail by Runtastic.

I have recently started exercising and gyming. I wanted to take part in 5k sometime and then i read about Automattics’s Worldwide WP 5k. I was not sure if i was prepared for it yet. But then i decided to give it a try today. It was a walk+jog. It was fun!

With a pair of sneakers all laced up,
An upbeat playlist to keep the spirits up,
Path lined up with lush green trees,
And lit up by the morning sun,
I was unsure if i could complete the run,
I walked and jogged and huffed and puffed,
Halfway through it got a bit easier,
The goal was getting a lot nearer,
All i could think of was WATER!
Legs ached but just a few steps more..
And i successfully completed my first 5k!

Yay!! I completed my first 5k. It is dedicated to Automattics’s Worldwide WP 5k. I took me less than an hour. I know its not great, but with just 15 days of practice, it’s good enough for me. Looking forward to improve the time further and take part in more 5ks!

Stay Healthy! Stay Fit!

superman

Anything is possible for a superman with sneakers and headphones! 😀

2013 Review

2013 has been a wonderful year for me. Now when i look back, i feel as if it just zoomed away. I learnt new lessons, met new people, increased my friends circle. Some of major highlights of the year 2013 which i can recall are as follows –

  • It has been a year of learning. 2013 was the last year when i studied formal courses of M.Tech at IIIT-B.  Learnt many new and interesting concepts. Some of them actually left me amazed ! Worked with many Profs. Did some interesting projects. Gave the last exam !
  • Took the decision of doing thesis instead of internship in the final semester of M.Tech. It has been one of the best decision i have made. I am enjoying every moment of the work i am doing. This is the most amazing work i have ever done ! Hope to get some new and interesting results. Looking forward to the next six months of research. I have realized that doing what we love, can give us maximum happiness, maximum satisfaction.
  • A year of firsts – I did many things for the first time in 2013. Tried new things, had new experiences. The ones that i can recall now are as follows – Watched the first 3D movie (Frozen, it was amazing !), attended the first conference, published the first paper, presented first poster (at Open House), first time went on a tour without parents, first birthday away from home (but also one of the best), first time traveled in a metro, got my first job …
  • I gave the best gift to my parents on their 25th marriage anniversary, a “Gold Medal” for being first in B.E. in the Computer Engineering department of Gujarat Technological University (GTU). The best thing was that my convocation was on their anniversary day (19th Jan). Mom and Dad, I am proud to be your daughter. It is because of you both, i am, what i am today 🙂 I know thanks is too small a word but still, thanks a lot for everything !!!
  • Increased my friends circle. Our gang of girls increased from 5 to 7. It has been a great support system. A family away from home. These are people whom you can call even at 2 AM to talk. I will miss our long mid-night walks and then sandwiches + fruit juice in canteen, our shopping trips, our study sessions together, our meals in canteen. Thanks a lot guys for being there ! Lets all be friends forever 🙂 This year brought us all closer and bonded us even better. I also realized that it can be very difficult to wave goodbye to your close friends.
  • This was the year when most of the festivals were celebrated away from home. Be it lighting up the hostel on Diwali, or the colorful fun with colors on Holi or the beautiful flower rangoli on Onam or the most awaited three-day long Spandan-The Sports Fest at IIIT-B or the ethnic day celebrations. Celebrating festivals can be fun with friends.
  • I have always believed that its better to be alone than to be with people who don’t match your values and ethics. I have been an introvert in some ways, and never initiated conversations with strangers for example while travelling or at other public places. Thus i have a small close-knit friend circle of a few close friends. I have always enjoyed my own company and hence i can say with full confidence that being alone can be also be fun ! However, this year i have also realized that making friends can be easy if the wavelength of the other person matches yours.
  • This has been a musical year for me. Thanks to the SpicMacay events at IIIT-B, other performances and lots and lots of YouTube musical videos, it has been an enchanting and euphonious year. I am planning to learn a new musical instrument next year. I will update about it later. Music is food for soul. It has the magical power to transcend us to a new different world. Music can refresh the brain even after a long and tiring day.
  • This year for the first time a visited a home for physically and mentally challenged girl child, Swanthana. All i can say is that, i was completely moved. Our problems, our setbacks, our challenges, our sorrows are nothing, yes believe me NOTHING once you see their life. But still they SMILE (and it can bring tears in anyone’s eyes). To read my full experience, click here.

I am looking forward to 2014. I hope it is a great year full of new ideas, new experiences, new lessons, new friends and new learning. Wishing all of you a very happy and prosperous new year 2014 ! May all your dreams come true. May you get all that you deserve and more !

Happiness is …

I was watching this video, in which children sing what happiness means to them. Thus i got the idea of this blog post. Here i would like to share  what happiness means to me. Most of these i have experienced, while some i am yet to experience. I will keep adding more …

Happiness is clicking perfect pictures,
Swinging on swing,
Watching a floating leaf.

Happiness is lush greenery,
Blooming flowers,
Gazing starry sky.

Happiness is watching a sunrise,
Bird soaring high,
Pleasant cool breeze.

Happiness is soothing music,
Chirping birds,
Peaceful silence.

Happiness is midnight sandwich party,
Lots of chocolates,
Home Mom made food.

Happiness is old photos,
Surprise visit home,
Meeting old friends.

Happiness is shopping spree,
Long drives,
Reading new books.

Happiness is publishing new blog post,
Blast of new post ideas (at 3 AM )
Getting Freshly Pressed.

Happiness is motivating teachers,
Parents like friends,
Few close friends.

Happiness is knowing something new,
Learning to do it too,
Gaining expertise.

Happiness is being engrossed in yourself,
Spending quality time alone,
Introspecting.

Happiness in being yourself,
Listening to others,
Doing what you thing is right.

Happiness is taking a stand,
Lending a helping hand,
Spreading fun and joy.

Happiness is listening to people,
Getting new ideas,
Making new friends.

Happiness is sheer pure bliss,
Feeling of immense joy,
Bringing big smiles on faces 🙂

Happiness is joy of small things,
Journey of life,
Wisdom from experiences.

What “Happiness is …” for you ??? Please share …

Are you free ?

Free time can be fun. So many things can be done like …

  • Surfing
    This is the most common thing we do when we have an internet connection. Just surf the net and hours fly by. From music, games, information to social networking everything is at the fingertips (sometimes simultaneously going on in different tabs 🙂 ).
  • Reading
    Reading books is one of the best things that can be done in free time. Reading broadens one’s outlook, increases vocabulary, teaches new things and thus it is one of the most fruitful things that can be done.
  • Thinking
    Yes funny but true. 🙂 In free time you can think. Think about the past or dream of the future. It is one of my favorite things done in free time.
  • Doing Nothing
    Even this is one of the things which can be done in the free time. Just relax and do nothing at all.
  • Sleeping
    Some people love sleeping. I have seen people who can sleep 12-15 hours continuously. So give them some free time they doze off 🙂 !
  • Listening to music
    If you are free then plug in your earphones and enjoy. Listen to calm or rock, jazz or pop, classical or western music. The choice is all yours !
  • Playing a game or going for a walk
    Play a game like badminton, tennis, chess, carrom or anything else that you enjoy. If you have no partner then just go for a walk. Take a  stroll and feel the freshness.
  • Talking
    Talk to someone close or else try talking to stranger :D. Spend some quality time with your loved ones.

These and many more things can be done in free time ! So what do you do when you are free ???