Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dispatches -- Terror in Mumbai (must watch)

See the video here.

The story of 26/11 is told in the words of the victims and the terrorists (contains footage of police interviewing Kasab and terrorists' conversations over the phone). Apparently this was shown for the first time only a few weeks ago, on British TV -- Channel 4. I think everyone of us needs to see it.

Somehow, the fact that the terrorists (and their handlers) spoke the same languages as we do made it all the more scary. They were not just words anymore - they were talking about killing people, as if it was just another day job. You realized how well the controllers had brainwashed the gunmen.

I jumped up after I heard the gunshots from Nariman house (when the controller got annoyed with his gunman for hesitating to kill the hostages). That bastard held the line -- he wanted to hear the gunshots that would kill the hostages -- those terrorists were effectively being remote controlled from Pakistan.

Just like any poor young boy would be, one terrorist was in awe of his surroundings at the Taj. He hesitated from setting the hotel on fire -- but he had no problems killing those innocent people.

So sad, and infuriating.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Running goal: Delhi half-marathon under two hours

Almost immediately after the Mumbai marathon in January, running lay abandoned. It had become too difficult to go out running, and thanks to lack of any exercise, the paunch has come back to its glorious heights.

Well, time to pick up the running shoes again, 'cause its just three and a half months left to the Delhi half-marathon, which, apparently will be held on 1st of November (info thanks to Tanvir Kazmi, who's been doing awesome work on promoting running online). So what's the target? As the title says, under two hours. Given that I ran my first ever half-marathon this year itself, and that too just under two and a half hours, its a nearly impossible task. But I will give it my best shot -- atleast I should be able to shed some pounds. By the way, I did get around to running a couple of times a few days back, but have relapsed into laziness since then. Hopefully, this post will give me some impetus to start again.

After the Delhi half-marathon, I'll be running the half in Mumbai again next year (registrations for the Mumbai marathon are already open, btw, and the places fill out very quick; so if you are planning to run, register now!). This year was great fun, hopefully next year will be too.

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