Day 2 of running


Today is the second day of my running (starting again after some gap). Early morning breeze, fresh air, green trees, (almost) no traffic noise. All this accompanied by open air Indian classical music recital. I’m at Bangalore’s 100 year old Cubban Park and it feels absolutely amazing.

I have come here with Dharmendra, a very good friend and an avid runner (as I write this he is completing fourth loop of the 4km run around Cubban Park). All credit to him for bringing me out to run, on my own I am not sure I would have restarted running.

We were slated to start on Friday morning. I was up till very late night on Thursday and was not able to get up Friday morning. But Friday evening I made sure that I got to bed on time.

Saturday morning 0600 and I was out on the road waiting to be picked up by Dharmendra. We drove to Lalbagh (over 200 years Old Park spread over 250+ acres) and yes it was my first time at Lalbagh. He asked me if I would like to run 1 km route around the lake or try the 3km run around the park where I can see the whole thing. I said I have not been running for some time, but I will take a shot at 3km route. Off we went!

First km was quite comfortable, during the second the going was little tough; my body started complaining and the last one km was pure pain but I was determined not to give up. Dharamendra helped me a great deal; he kept talking to me about the history of the park, the birds in the lake, etc. So I was not very focused on the pain.

As soon as we completed the 3rd km I headed to bench (Dharamendra went on to run 2 more rounds) did some relaxing exercise and just lay down on the bench. My feet were hurting, legs were stiff, heart beat very fast and I could feel an amazing amount of heat coming out of my face. I was in heaven. I was told that running your heart out gives you the same kind of high as LSD or grass. I was certainly floating on that high, looking at green treetop branches, cloudy sky and just enjoying the moment…

Tool kit for building your business

My friend Aloke, introduced me to the SME toolkit which has been put together by ICICI Bank/ World bank. Its a great initiative and has a lot of useful information for entrepreneurs and small enterprises.


SME Toolkit is a project of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. In India ICICI Bank has tied up with IFC to offer free business management information and training for small and medium enterprises /entrepreneurs .The SME Toolkit is an interactive system through which SMEs can share, exchange, learn and grow their business. It is a storehouse of business articles, tools, calculators and resources.

  • Around 48000 articles on local business information
  • More than 3600 updated business forms for all states in India
  • More than 20,000 notifications, 10,000 circulars, 4500 legal FAQ s , and 600 draft agreements
  • Hundreds of calculators & templates, available for download, to supplement SME businesses activities
  • Free software like business plan maker, catalog makers and website builder
  • How-to articles, online training, self-assessment exercises and quizzes and inspirational success stories
  • Business news in real time as well as headlines as mobile alerts
  • Tenders from across the industry to keep you aware of any business opportunity
  • Entire toolkit is available in Hindi as well as English to maximize reach
  • Log in and avail of the latest information

They are currently exploring options to move to the next level which includes adding Web 2.0 applications like a blog & communities for small businesses and entreprenuers – Meeting Online this Saturday @3PM

This post is written by Vijay Anand and reproduced here from the blog

Hi Everyone,

Compared to how things were a few years back, the Startup Community has come together in such a fabulous way. We have OpenCoffee Club meets, Startup Lunches, Startup Saturdays, Mobile Mondays, Barcamps, Ideacamps etc, etc, and the plethora of other activities that organizations such as TiE, NEN, NASSCOM, etc are providing to benefit this same target audience.

All that said, we understand that most of these benefits are enjoyed by those who live in the major cities, and in most cases in the cities down south. There hasnt been much activities going on in cities such as Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkatta, Ahmedabad or any where in Kerala to bring the community together and to share, ask questions, and receive support from one another.

In an attempt to bridge that, we are hosting an online meet this Saturday at 3pm at Most of you would know how to login, and the process is quite simple. Visit the URL, enter a nickname and you could join in.

If you would be participating, do send a reply to this mail, and feel free to ask any questions if you do have any. You are also more than welcome to invite your friends, should they be interested, and ask them to join.

I look forward to seeing you there this weekend.