Archive for October, 2005

October 26, 2005

but I had promises to keep, miles to go before I sleep…

Hi all,

It has been raining all day and night here in Washington DC. The weather channel throws up this picture of a perfect storm on the screen and I am reminded of the movie. I love rain, so I took a walk in the rain….the temperature – a chilly 45 F. That is chilly. My mind instantly shifted gears and thoughts of the thousands of people left homeless in Jammu and Kashmir sprung up. As I rushed back to my heated apartment, my realization was complete – they dont even have a place to stay forget the heated part. In AID we have been collecting funds and sending it to our partners in India. And what we have been sending has been really insufficient. Yes, we are a small organization – but that doesnt take anything away from the fact that there are thousands in distress, whom we can help. Without a roof on their heads and not much to eat, surviving rain in DC itself is tough – forget the cold and harsh climes of Jammu and Kashmir winters.

I, a grad student in Univ of Maryland, as you know – a couple of months back could never even imagine that I could run a mile non-stop. I ran for fun with a bunch of AID, ASHA and AIMS volunteers as they prepared for the marathon. Simultaneously I did volunteer working on the earthquake. But today, the thoughts are different. I need to get out there and highlight the plight of these people. I dont want these survivors to be left out! Not in this kind of weather!

I got a chance to run the marathon – this sunday, a full 26.2 miles and I will run to highlight the plight of these survivors in Jammu and Kashmir. In less than two weeks, winter will set in. Mountains in J&K will start getting their snow showers. The race is on to provide some comfortable accomodation and food and warm clothing.

The race is on, the clock is ticking. The hope that one more family can get sheltered from the fast approaching frigid winters with another stride I take will be enough to energize me (more than a few bottles of Powerade/Gatorade) on Sunday. But I need your support to make that hope a reality – every bit of your support will provide warmth to a shivering family.

In American Poet Robert Frost’s words…

“The wood was lovely, dark and deep,
but I had promises to keep
miles to go before I sleep,
miles to go before I sleep.”

Please pass this along – we need more than moral support. We need to help our brothers and sisters in Jammu and Kashmir rebuild their lives!

Updates from J&K: here


October 17, 2005

Running – the talk and the walk

I started running as support to runners. Ended up dreaming about running a half-marathon and well it didnt materialize. I was late for the registrations!!!

And now, saturday last I managed to run 14.1 miles. Back in the role as support staff and being able to run 14.1 miles is an awesome feeling. Why would I run?
Simply because the five runners listed below are running to raise funds for AID is good enough to run? Well, yes it is. Afterall, running 26.2 miles is no joke. And just because it gives them a chance to raise money, they run – is a big motivation for me to support them while they run.

Please follow the links to their profiles and donate:
Brunda Kattekola
Gayatri Cuddalorepatta
Jayanarayanan Sitaraman
Prabhu Raman
Sandeep Gupta

Do donate to them and help them help India!

October 12, 2005

Lots of questions…

all simple answers!

Then why dont I act?

October 10, 2005

Want some sunlight!

For the good part of four days, we have seen is only rain or clouds. No sunshine. Next few days also it appears we have rains.
Please give me a break!

October 7, 2005

In the DC area on Oct 8th?

Just come down and see Shyama – the mystical Indian woman – Bharatnatyam dance ballet by film actress Shobana and troupe!

Click here for details!

October 5, 2005

Blogging – what is it?

Well many news organizations are running behind these “bloggers” as independant sources. Since I always viewed news as opinions – that is fine. Sure all I write is my opinion. But some people do analysis also and I am not being fair to them.

My friend, Pushkar, has started an interesting study – about blogs on science.
Please read it at
or fill the survey here.

Would be interesting to see the results of this one.