Friday, September 15, 2017

Thiru Kazhu Kundram - Temple Town



Recently I had a chance to visit Thiru Kazhu Kundram, serene scenic city near Mahabalipuram with my Aunt known for its temples. The steps were very steep to climb up to the top and my aunt did a great job in climbing those steps to visit the temple. One gets a panoramic view of the city of Thiru Kazhu Kundram from the hill stop and it was simply breathtaking on a sunny day. Before a decade, two eagles come exactly during the lunch time and the prasadam from the deity is presented to these eagles. On the foot hills, one gets a chance to see Thirupura Sundari temple which is really vast and huge. Definitely a place to visit on a weekend.

Cheers,
Sathish Kumar S

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Half Marathon and 10 Km runs



Recently I completed half marathon (21.1) kms in 3 hours and 2 minutes in Chennai. It was a long dream to complete this half marathon once and thanks to the motivation and training plan given by my friend Rajesh who has completed two full marathons. Prior to this half marathon, I did 10 Km run with my good friend Kalai and with my periappa in Anna University. It was certainly a great motivation to see 65 year old periappa taking part in these outings. After this half marathon, we did one more 10 Km run with my colleagues Balu and Kalai.



What’s good about these 10 Km and half marathons are the fitness awareness and the type of diet we take before couple of weeks and the most important aspect of it is the money goes to the charity for various cancer patients, handicapped children etc and the awareness it creates among the public. The timing chip, the medal, the certificate, the hot breakfast and the T shirts are definitely worth for the money we pay for. Good thing about these events are not about winning but be part of the social gatherings and awareness.

Cheers,
Sathish Kumar S


Hamburg, Lueneburg, Germany


Recently I had a chance to visit my second home town Hamburg, Germany during my business trip to UK. It was so nostalgic to meet all good old friends and to catch up with them after really a long time. I was very skeptical about speaking in German again but honestly it was really nice to speak the language with full intent and interest. Michael and Sina had a great birthday party in the ship on the Elbe river and we partied throughout the whole night and reminded me of the student days in Europe. Thanks to my good friend Prabu for organizing the grill party in Lueneburg with all my old friends. Thanks to each and everybody who made this travel to Hamburg and Lueneburg the most memorable and lovely.

Cheers,
Sathish Kumar S

London, UK


Recently I had a chance to visit London on a long weekend during my business trip to UK. The train journey from Liverpool to London was a great experience and it was nice to catch up with my good friends Ramesh and Kaja after a long time and had a great time with them. There was a ICC champions trophy warm up match between India and New Zealand in Oval, London and it was fun to catch up accidentally in the great Oval ground with a beer. Also went to the famous places of London Bridge, The Big Ben, London Eye etc. As usual it was drizzling all along and it was a typical British summer. What really amazes me is the public transportation, the tubes and the metros. It’s always fun to be in this lovely and bubbling city of London.


Cheers,
Sathish Kumar S

Liverpool, UK



Recently I had a chance to travel on a Business trip to Liverpool, UK for couple of weeks. Liverpool is a city in North West England situated across the Mersey river and a hour drive from the city of Manchester. Had a chance to visit Eigburth Cricket Ground, the home of Liverpool Cricket Club and belongs to Lancashire County. The great Jimmy Anderson comes from this county and plays often in Eigburth. Locals are so much interested only in football with various football clubs like Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton etc nearby and Cricket is the second sport. It was definitely interesting to hear and speak the Liverpool accent and sometimes one wonder whether they speak English or other language. I thoroughly enjoyed the stay in Liverpool. Mathew Street is one of many tourist attractions related to The Beatles and the location of Europe’s largest annual free music festival. It was a great trip with lot of fond memories. 

Cheers,
Sathish Kumar S

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Pichavaram, Mangrove Forest



Recently we had a chance to go to Pichavaram, Man Grove forest near Chidambaram - the world’s third largest mangrove forest. It was a great experience to do boating in the backwaters - the mangrove forest trees are permanently rooted in a few feet of water and this place offers abundant scope for water sports such as rowing, kayaking and canoeing. Anish, Shruti enjoyed the boating to a great extent and there were lot of mosquitoes which made us to dance in the boat. After the boating in Pichavaram, we went to historic Chidambaram Natarajar temple where Lord Shiva is captured in pose as Nataraja performing the ‘Ananda Tandava. It was a day to remember with good family outing.


Cheers,
Sathish Kumar S

Chennai Marathon 2016 - 10 KM



Recently I had a chance to participate in Chennai Marathon 2016 10KM stretch along with my friends Praveen and Sridhar. The event was supposed to happen in December but postponed because of CM’s death, Varadha strom and finally happened on January 8th. The race began from the Napier Bridge, went along the Marina Beach, Light House, San Thome, RK Puram, Adyar and finally reaching CPT Grounds, Taramani. I gained lot of weight once I returned back to India and it was very difficult in the beginning to start the running even for 1 or 2 Kms in the tread mill. I practiced for around 2 months 3 to 4 times a week and gained confidence over a period of time. It was a great experience to run this short stretch of the Marathon in my home town which was pending for really long time. I finished 10 Km in 1hr and 22 minutes at a rate of 7.5Kms/hr. Thanks especially to Praveen who motivated me to take part in this event. It’s a distant dream for me to complete half Marathon at least once in a lifetime , let’s see how the eating habits goes :P

Cheers,
Sathish Kumar S

Munnar, Kerala




During Christmas holidays, we had a chance to go to Munnar, the hill station situated at around 550 Kms from Chennai, at around 1,600 meters above mean sea level in the Western Ghats range of mountains. It was a road trip from Chennai, halted in Villupuram in our relative’s house, then proceeded from Villupuram via Trichy, Dindigul, Periyakulam, Theni, Bodi and finally the hairpin bends drive to Munnar. It’s indeed a scenic hill station with picturesque tea plantations everywhere and we stopped at various spots to take pictures amidst the tea leaves.  



Mattupetty Dam is must see place in Munnar which is a confluence of the mountain streams of Muthirappuzha, Chanduvarai and Kundale river. The speed boat ride was a fantastic experience for all of us especially for Anish. Munnar Tea Museum, Top station are notable places to see in Munnar. We had a chance to make an elephant ride for the first time and it was truly rewarding experience for Anish.

The stay was fantastic with a panoramic view of the tea estates. We had a chance to celebrate New Year’s Eve in this scenic, picturesque, wonderful hill station and it was a much needed break between New Year and Christmas. Thanks to my wife who took bulk of the driving and certainly one of the best road trips to remember for.


Cheers,
Sathish Kumar S

India vs England, Chennai



Before Christmas, I had a chance to go to a test match in M A Chidambaram stadium, Chepauk between India and England. The match was heading towards to a tame draw and nobody expected a result on fifth day’s play with England needing around 300 odd runs and 10 wickets in hand and India’s 4th innings to follow. Even till lunch time, there was not even a single English wicket fell and I was mourning with my friend Praveen why did we come to stadium to watch this stupid match in the middle of the week by taking an off from office.

 It all changed after the lunch time with 3 wickets between lunch and tea with strong solid defense from England. Ravindra Jadeja took quick wickets in succession after tea and there was definite sense of victory for the Indians and it looked like English players were in a hurry to catch the flight for their Christmas celebrations. With just 30 minutes of play left for the day and India needed 2 wickets to wrap up the series, Jadeja finished the things off in style in one over. It was nice to see POMS getting thrashed in a bilateral test series after nearly 8 years. A day to remember to watch a perfect 5th day’s play with a result in the middle of the week and an off from office. 

Cheers,
Sathish Kumar S

Swindon, Bath, UK




In December, I had a chance to go to Business trip to Swindon, UK which is about 70 miles from London. It was a great experience to conduct the workshop with native speaking English folks and it turned out to be reasonably good show in the end. The Client took us to the dinner and Christmas Market in a city called Bath, hours’ drive from Swindon. Bath was architecturally superb with picturesque buildings, churches, antique shops etc. We drank a glass of Gluewein and kept ourselves warm in the biting cold. Travel from Heathrow, London to Chennai was pleasant and all in all a great experience to remember.

Cheers,
Sathish Kumar S

Indian Super League 2016 Edition


In November, I had a chance to go to a football match (Indian Super League-ISL) between Chennai and North East United in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai with my colleague cum friend Nats. Chennai being the defending Champions didn’t perform well in the 2016 edition with most of the key players injured, marque players suspended for this edition. Chennai took the lead and dominated the match right from the beginning but North East United gave a tough fight till the last minute by scoring a goal in the extra minute of the second half and equalizing the match by 3-3. Chennai finished at 7th position, Atletico de Kolkata were crowned champions for the second time in three editions of ISL. This League is definitely the one to watch out for in the next decade.

Cheers,
Sathish Kumar S