Run for a cause. Marg Chennai Marathon.

Dear All,

This post is all about Give Life Chennai Marathon that i have participated this morning along with some of my mates in TCS. My company registered us as a part of TCS-Maitree and we are asked to assemble at the War Memorial chennai at 6.30AM.

Woke up in the morning at 4.30 and started in a local train to war memorial. I have seen lot of people have boarded the same train which i am in with their own sports attire. It started raining when i am in the train and when I got down the train and started towards the War Memorial, these are the things that I observed.

  1. A Rainbow giving a warm welcome to all the participants that came to run for a cause.
  2. Different groups of people with their respective flags and T-Shirts.
  3. Some people with their Marg-I LOVE CHENNAI T-Shirt.
  4. Typical sport shorts.
  5. Sport shoes
  6. Police blocking the road that leads to War Memorial to avoid vehicles getting in to the road.
  7. Co-runners waking towards the war memorial to meet their groups.
  8. Cheer leaders getting ready to cheer the crowd.
  9. School kids with their professional bands.
  10. Ambulances from different hospitals like Life Line, Appolo etc., for the emergency assistance
  11. Charitable organizations getting ready to distribute free water packets.
  12. THE HINDU volunteers, supplying free sun caps and T-Shirts.
  13. Registration Number boards.
  14. Crowds shouting their own slogans.
  15. Volunteers directing the crowd to the right place as per their registration.
  16. Mic set’s everywhere with the Chennai Marathon Anthem coming out of them.
  17. A very big queue of people heading towards THE HINDU COUNTER to collect their free sun caps and T-Shirts.

I Called up few of my friends to check where they are and finally we 10 of us have assembled at one point. We then realized that there are lot of TCS guy’s scattered somewhere in the crowd. Manjula, Maitree Coordinator has gone to the announcer to give an announcement for TCS participants. We then started waving TCS’s Maitree flag on the stage on the dance floor to gather all the TCS participants.

I was able to locate Mukund and Charan in this huge crowd. And when these guys have come, the fun started with photo session and slogan shouts. Atlast we were able to locate lot of TCS guys and we finally we around 50-60. Everybody have assembled at one point and we all had the official number places on our chests. By this time the 7KM run has already started, and we ran with a big shout.

Even though it is supposed to be a run, there is no much of actual run because of the heavy crowd. We hardly ran in the Marathon. “TCS KA HALLA GULLA…………..! HU HA HU HA”. “MAITREE KA HALLA GULLA!…………. HU HA HU HA”. “CHENNAI KA HALLA GULLA…..! HU HA HU HA”. These are the slogans by charan that attracted the concentration of the crowd around, when the TCS guys are moving towards the destination. And this way, the Marathon ended successfully and Maitree’s participation in it notable.

I see lot of old people and small kid’s that are running in view of giving charity. Every participant in this  had their own contribution in making this event a grand success. The organizers have taken lot of efforts to make the arrangements for this events. And THE POLICE, Whew……… They have really done a very good job. Cheer leaders have danced until they are damn tired, to cheer up the running crowd.

I feel very good and happy to participate in this…………

  1. Because I see lot of unity among the people that represent CHENNAI.
  2. Because I see all of them that are running for a great cause.
  3. Because I see all the people joining hands together and telling the homeless kid’s that “we are all there,  and we will always be there for them”.
  4. Because I see lot of smiles and laughs among people.

My day has become really meaningful with the participation in this event. As soon as I came home I uploaded the photos in to Picasa and below is the album.

Give Life Chennai Marathon – Web Album

Cheers,

Durga Prasad

Blind Intellectuals in to Software ??????

Dear All,

Some time back I had a small discussion with one of my friends about the blind people who are intellectual enough to face challenges and aspiring to come in to this computer world. During that discussion we thought that its kind of impossible that a blind can work in a software gaint like TCS.

But, todays article Making diversity work in Business line proved that nothing is impossible. These professionals have been taken by TCS in to Learning and Development department.

These few intellectuals proved that the disability is never a barrier for proceeding in your career. Thanks to TCS for making this happen to them.

Cheers,

Durga Prasad

The Celebration Begins

Hi All,

After a very long time I got a chance to look back at my sweet heart (My Blog).

In this post I will try to Justify the title of this post “The Celebration Begins”. When I say this double quoted phrase, I meant the celebrations in my life. The moments that brings me the extreme Joy and happiness. The moments that fills the ever ending cheers on my face. The moments that remains as sweet memories forever in my life. The moments about which I would love to share with you all.

Well…..No More Poetry goes here.(I am not a poet).

I am talking about one of the happiest celebrations in my life ie., MY SISTER’S ENGAGEMENT. Being a part of a typical Orthodox Hindu Family, we treat this as a very important ceremony before ones marriage. And because this is my sister’s, its very important for me.

Decoration, Focus lights, Idols of god, A welcome banner with the bride and bridegroom’s names,  Chopped Banana trees on both sides of the entrance, People having traditional mark on the face (Namam in Telugu) , Ceremonial chairs on the stage, Flower bouquet’s hanging on the walls, Mineral water bottles, chairs arranged for invitees, A Car or an auto hired for the whole day, Coffee, Tea, are the typical things you see before you start any of the traditional ceremonies.

The ceremony starts with welcoming the Bridegroom and his relatives. Once they come in they will be served the Breakfast. Then starts the actual ceremony. The priest (pujari) starts the puja chanting all the mantras sitting at the idols of God.

Relatives having break fast and talking to each other, Priest’s mantra’s, Some people moving fast around in hurry,  Flower garlands with different colors, Bride and Bridegroom’s sitting on the Ceremonial Chairs, some suggesting different items in lunch, some tasting them, Some standing at the entrance and welcoming the relatives with a smile, Kids running around and playing in the function hall, Kinds’ mom’s running behind them to take care of them, Youngsters serving Coffee and water to the visitors, Old people sitting at some corner and taking care of all the belongings of their children, Bride and the groom busy on the stage chit chatting/interacting with each other, children and youngsters teasing them, Bride and Bridegroom appearing on the stage with different outfits (like a fashion show) are all the Typical events during the ceremony.

The outfits will generally be …….

Youngsters in Jeans and T-shirt, Middle age people in a Khadhi shirt and Dhoti, Priest in no shirt and a dhoti, Bride groom in coat, Bride in a traditional Saree, Chuff in a normal shirt and a long towel AND I AM IN A BLACK JEANS AND SHORT KURTHA.

All these are something’s which I have personally experienced in the Engagement Ceremony of my Sister that has happened on 21st August 2008. I have taken lot of videos/photos and they were very nice.

🙂

Very happy to share this with you all.

You should be expecting much similar post during the Marriage.

Cheers,

Durga Prasad

Song of the week #3: Socha Hai (ROCK ON !!)

Ohhhhhhh My god!

What a song. I couln’t stop my self to wake up from bed at around 11.44 PM and write this post. The song is awesome. Simply superb. Splendid. ……………………….!

Yes, I am talking about a super hit song in recent rocking album of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Rock ON!!!. This is one of the songs that has attracted me very much in the recent times. I also have the strong belief that the movie will rock.

The song lyrics goes as below.

Aasma Hai Neela Kyun, Paani Geela Geela Kyun
Gol Kyun Hai Zameen, Silk Mein Hai Narmi Kyun
Aag Mein Hai Garmi Kyun, Do Aur Do Paanch Kyun Nahi

Pedd Ho Gaye Kum Kyun, Teen Hain Ye Mausam Kyun
Chaand Do Kyun Nahi, Duniya Mein Hai Jung Kyun
Behta Laal Rang Kyun, Sarhaden Hain Kyun Har Kahin
Socha Hai… Yeh Tumne Kya Kabhi
Socha Hai… Ki Hain Yeh Kya Sabhi
Socha Nahi To Socho Abhi…..

Behti Kyun Hai Har Nadi, Hoti Kya Hai Roshni
Barf Girti Hai Kyun, Dost Kyun Hain Roothte
Taare Kyun Hain Toot The, Baadlon Mein Bijli Hai Kyun
Socha Hai… Yeh Tumne Kya Kabhi
Socha Hai… Ki Hain Yeh Kya Sabhi
Socha Nahi To Socho Abhi

Sannata Sunai Nahin Deta, Aur Hawayen Dikhayi Nahin Deti
Socha Hai Kya Kabhi, Hota Hai Yeh Kyun…………

Aasma Hai Neela Kyun, Paani Geela Geela Kyun
Gol Kyun Hai Zameen, Silk Mein Hai Narmi Kyun
Aag Mein Hai Garmi Kyun, Do Aur Do Paanch Kyun Nahi

Pedd Ho Gaye Kum Kyun, Teen Hain Ye Mausam Kyun
Chaand Do Kyun Nahi, Duniya Mein Hai Jung Kyun
Behta Laal Rang Kyun, Sarhaden Hain Kyun Har Kahin
Socha Hai… Yeh Tumne Kya Kabhi
Socha Hai… Ki Hain Yeh Kya Sabhi
Socha Nahi To Socho Abhi…..

Socha Hai… Yeh Tumne Kya Kabhi
Socha Hai… Ki Hain Yeh Kya Sabhi
Socha Nahi To Socho Abhi…..