Monday, January 22, 2007

Mumbai Marathon 2007 - II

In my last post I mentioned that I was there at the event. Actually, I walked the half marathon distance on the finishing side. I went ten and half kilometres and returned. That was the reason I could see all the winners of half marathon and full marathon. I spoke to Mr. Vijay Kumar Tendulkar, BIB No. 502 who completed in 4 hours 13 minutes and 54 seconds and walked along with him for some time.

This time I walked the half marathon distance without any preparation. At around 15 kms, I stated having pain in the buttock. Luckily, it cleared off by 12 noon on Monday and I attended the office without any problem on Monday. This experience will certainly motivate to plan full marathon in January 2008.

Somebody told me that the distance from ground to Tirumala in Tirupati is 21 kilometres. It that is so, every day thousands of persons must be completing half marathon every day, in a well organized permanent set up. It could probably become a world record for half marathon finishers if we start collecting statistics.

Partial results of the race are available on


Sunday, January 21, 2007

Mumbai Marathon 2007

Luckily I did not miss the Mumbai Marathon 2007 even though I did not register this time. I was there at 6.45 a.m. just before the half marathon started. Walked along. Saw all the winners of half marathon and full marathon. Had a talk with three or four full marathoners, who stated walking after 35 or 36 kilometres. One of them was a primary school teacher from Punjab, Patiala district. One was Mr. Tendulkar from Goregaon, employee of Bank of India. One is from Army. All of them will complete the full marathon in four hours. Saw the ladies favourite L. Amman from Ethiopia in a tired and bewildered state.

The receiving area and procedure needs an improvement. It may be good to put the chip refund and certificate area by the side of cloak room area. Have a place for all the finishers to stretch and rest for sometime. Then they should be allowed to go to the cloakroom area and put on their dry clothes. Then if the certificate area and chip refund area are close to cloak room area, they can collect them in more comfort.

Procam needs to put in some effort to organize marathon running clinics and marathon gear shows to promote full marathon running in Mumbai and they should earmark some money from every marathon revenue for this purpose and also rope in sponsors fort this.

21st January 2007
Sunday 6.25 p.m.

Sunday, January 14, 2007


The above is a mathematical puzzle sent by one of friends. "O"s are odd numbers and "E"s are even numbers in the puzzle. The expression made me think of some english words.

(Opportunity,Expertise,Enablers)*(Excitement,Effort) = Ovation, Outstanding achievement, Efficiency, Effectiveness)

Some more "E"s which also can be used are Education, Experience, Eagerness, Enthusiasm, Energy

on the day of Makara Sankranti
14th January 2007

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Value Stocks of January 2007

My article on application of Graham-Rao analysis to Indian stocks at the moment appeared in Smart Investor of 8/1/07 on page 7. 9 stocks came out to be value stocks with reference to prices on 3/1/07.

They are:

UCAL fuel systems
Kothari Products
South Indian Bank
Shipping Corpn
Micro Inks
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Sutlej Industries
City Union Bank

The article can be accessed from

As far as my knowledge goes, this is the first time that a full list of Graham's defensive analysis is published on Indian stocks.

Narayana Rao
10.50 a.m.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Another thing to feel good about

Internet free sites and blogs allows us to express ourselves. They are also providing a way to find the reaction of others. My article on value investing in Business Standard was included in their blogs by two bloggers and today I found that my article on marathon running by CEOs was quoted by a blogger (the blog is given below). These things provide the push to start the search again for a suitable topic to continue writing.
Saturday, October 21, 2006

Why I run? And why should you?

Why should you? – Indeed, I should not ask this question. However, I will enlighten why you may regard this question.Foremost point certainly is that you will have a mission toward your fitness regime. And here are some more points you should deem to.
1. When you train or run for marathon you don’t run for only yourself. There are ways to contribute to the society.
2. There is an indirect and immense benefit that you gain i.e Physical fitness.
3. If you set your mission as finishing marathon and when you accomplish this – You will have a great sense of satisfaction and achievement. I don’t have to explicate this one. (As I am yet to get there!!)

Recently, I have read one article on Marathon running – A hobby to global CEO’s. In this article the author emphasizes very much on running a company is identical to running Marathon.In fact this is the article really blazed me up to take up this mission.

My sincere thanks to Dr.KVSS Narayana Rao – Author of this article. Courtesy: Global CEO special issue, ICFAI university press.He dictates that the business success can be learnt, honed and demonstrated by training for and running Marathons.

As opposed to the aforesaid points, when you go to gym, it seldom gives any kind of gratification to your life, but it possibly will give you physical fitness, only after paying your gym fees.So, why do you wait…? Just Run! Run!! And run!!!

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