The stories Behind the Medals.

    “Today I will run what you will not so that tomorrow I will run what you cannot”

Every object has some value. The Television u watch, the car you drive, or the cellphone you use, etc. But there are few objects which You can’t buy. I’m not talking about emotions here, I am talking about objects. Like the trophy you win after winning a contest, The certificate you get after completing a course.

I would like to talk about medals. But not just any medals. These medals are earned after running killometers of track. After training for more than a year, and after running hundereds of killometers. Yes, I am talking about the marathon finisher’s medal. Running a marathon is a great achievement in itself and finishing is another. It’s not as easy as it sounds. It takes great endurance, strenght and most of all a will to run.

Marathoners don’t run for the sake of running. They run for a cause for which the marathon is held, they run for their health, they run along people who they are trying to make run, and most of all they run to enjoy the run! It’s a beauty to be one of them.

Let me tell you what I’ve experienced. As I like running I joined a running club called , Lokhandwala running club (LRC). On the Very first day I went for a 6km run as I was used to run that distance. But during the run I noticed something very different and learned something new too. As I was running with my group I could see other random people running along the streets. They started cheering the random people. Clapping, cheering and motivating each other up. I learned, “to be a runner you should know to respect other runners as well” and my entire perpective changed about a way of life.


Recently Mumbai’s biggest marathon was held. The Standard chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM).But I couldn’t participate as I was underage to run, But almost every person from the group went for it. Just 2 days before the big event I met everyone as usual for the daily run and boy Oh boy! I wanted to run the marathon so bad. The positivity and the surrounding is so energetic I cannot even explain. After they returned from the marathon. I asked few of them to tell me their experience in brief.

So here I have few words shared by the actual Marathoners who did Half Marathon(21km) and the Full marathon (42km)

1) Nivedita Desai:


After 10 years of running 11 half marathons and 2 full marathons, I felt I was in prime form. But one seemingly innocous muscle pull completely derailed me in mid training. SCMM 2015, the year was to be my personal best, became a gruelling battle of will, of mind over body, which I wowed to conquer even before the start. My mind was resolute as I started across the start line and felt ready for anything. After cruising along for 15 km, the body started giving up. I carried on in a run-walk style, ignoring the pain, focussing only on crossing each km milestone, until I reached the finish line. I felt elated! I had finished in 6:43, what was my most challenging race!

I had seen another side of SCMM, with glimpses of people’s kindness and encouragement, camaraderie amongst fellow runners, the support to first time runners I felt blessed and thankful to my family and friends for the love and support that got me through a race that almost never happened.

2) Irfan Mohamed


“I missed my chance in 2009 of running a small distance at scmm, basically the dream run, which was dream for me. Come in 2014, I saw that the stanchart mumbai marathon in 2015 will be on my birthday, hence I promised myself on my 28th birthday tat come what may, on 18th January 2015 I will go the distance of 21kms……
The day arrived with wishes pouring in frm twilight time, friends family all wishing me on my bday. But I was too too tensed, as I have never done a half marathon distance even in training, solely cos I wanted to do it on my bday. The run, cant say much cos it was more of a celebration emotion going on in my mind where in I was remmbering what everyone who has run scmm telling, enjoy the run it brings out the best of the city in terms of support, cheering and mostly runners world…..I started at my usual pace, maintaining itall along till half way mark…..its like a sea of runners, where only u see runners of all age groups of all races running side by side…..timing matters onky for those who are professionals but amongst the participants, more than 60% are those who have running as a passion…..they are doctors vendors businessman actors even dabbawallahs…..
But mostly they are mumbaikars and me myself being a mumbaikar felt proud of running the STANDARD CHARTERED MUMBAI MARATHON HELD ON 18th JANUARY 2015….., on my birthday……I could have started my day in a better manner, my first ever 21.097kms in a good time of 2hrs and 20mins…….with fun along the entire route and a smile on my face…..I cherish the medal that I received for completion and the bib, its gonna be a memorable one for me……truly passionately I will keep running for my life……as I am an LRCian………”

10948037_919851174714170_256279431_o you saw, those are two of the thousand’s of inspiring stories you got to read. So what are you waiting for? Grab your shoes and get ready already! The more you run the better it is 🙂


My Top 5 Favourite Youtubers Of All Time.


We all follow few youtubers and they affect our lives in some or the other way. Here are my Top 5 Favourite Youtubers who I follow-




The 25 year old Tyler Oakley ranks first in my list because he a person who has achieved so much in a short period of time and inspired millions of people through out the globe. His first video received 70,000 views and in all he has 212,000,000 views and over 4.9 million subscribers as of August 2014. Tyler supports The Trevor Project, an organization for the prevention of suicide in LGBTQyouth. He has interned with them in 2009 and since 2011 has co-hosted TrevorLIVE, the charity’s annual red carpet event. In 2013 he raised $29,000 for his birthday for the Trevor project. Throughout March 2014 he conducted a birthday fundraiser for the Trevor Project, to celebrate his 25th birthday, using Prizeo, an internet platform that allows people to raise money through prize-based fan campaigns. Initially he aimed to raise $150,000, the escalation of his goal from the previous year when he aimed to raise $24,000 for his 24th birthday was due to the great increase in the size of his fan base in 2013. However this goal was surpassed in a six days and by the campaign close at the end of March he had raised $525,704. Tyler Oakley has won “Teen choice award for choice Web star: Male” and also for “Teen choice award for choice web Collaboration.


2) Vsauce (Michael Stevens)


The 27 year old Michael Stevens ranks 2nd in my list because of his fascinating videos about science, gaming, technology, culture, and other topics of general interest. My love for science increases  because of his videos, though his posting frequency is low but the wait is worth it, Michael has 6 channels on youtube, (Vsauce, Vsauce2, Vsauce3, Vsauce leankback, Wesauce and Vsauce Radio) and on adding all the subscribers to all these channels they add up to 12,316,786 subscribers. Even the Science personality “Bill Nye” had appeared in one of his video called “Why did the chicken cross the road.” Vsauce won a 2014 Webby for People’s Voice award for best news and information.


3) IISuperwomanII (lilly Singh)


The 25 year old Lilly Singh ranks 3rd on my list because she a unicorn in disguise and a source of inspiration to me. Lilly upload video every monday and thursday. except for inspiring side she is a comedian and a rapper and has rapped in a bollywood song called “Mauj Ki Malharey.”  Lilly has over 300 million views and her channel has over 3 million subscribers. In addition to making YouTube videos, Lilly is a motivational speaker for school children and performs Stand-up Comedy.Lilly released a song titled “#LEH” in a collaboration with Humble The Poet. She has a website under the name “Unicorn Island”, which sells clothes based on her YouTube persona. She has also shot for a small part in the upcoming Indo-Canadian production Dr.Cabbie which features Kunal Nayyar in the lead. lilly also has a Vlog called “SuperwomanVlogs.    “


4) Miranda Sings. (Colleen Ballinger)

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Colleen ranks 4th on my list because of her comedy side.Ballinger displays videos of the comically talentless, egotistical and quirky character on her youtube channel under the username Miranda Sings. On these videos, the character sings badly, discusses current events that she often misunderstands, gives “tutorials” and rants about her critics, the “haters”.Colleen’s  channel had surpassed 170 million views and 1.8 million subscribers. Beginning in 2009, in addition to her internet videos, Ballinger has regularly performed cabaret acts, in character as Miranda Sings, at cabaret spaces and theaters in New York, London, and other cities in the U.S., Canada, Australia and elsewhere. Her acts include Miranda’s signature off-key singing of Show Tunes and pop music hits, with introductions focusing on the character’s backstory. in addition to her internet videos, Miranda Sings has also performed her one-woman cabaret acts at sold-out cabaret spaces and theatres in New York, San Francisco Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and other cities across the U.S., as well as London, Dublin, cities in Australia, Canada, Norway and called her “the hottest, freshest and oddest breakout star in the musical theatre/cabaret scene”.


5) Connor Franta.

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The 21 year old Connor ranks 5th on my list because of his uniqueness in his videos and humor. When Connor reached his 2 million subscribers goal by himself on his main channel. He recorded his reaction on his channel (for 1 millon subsribers), concluding the video by expressing how much he loves the people who supported or helped him throughout his entire YouTube career. As of July 17, 2014, he has about 3.0 million subscribers. When he reached 1m subs he jumed in the swimming pool NAKED, when he reached 2M subs he did BUNGEE JUMPING and when he reached 3M subs he did SKY DIVING. Everyone is puzzles which music he plays at the end of his videos and everyone wants to download it and its nowhere to be found. Well good luck with that people!