Awesome Auckland Friends walk 100 kms Non Stop for Charity !


ūüôā Congrats Guys ~ must confess was a little concerned when you took on this challenge ūüėź

Awesome Auckland Friends the Waghs,along with their Friends the Maheshwaris,walked 100 kms Non Stop last weekend  for Charity !

They called their Team of 4,Centurions ~ what else !

They trained for it for months and finally walked 100 kms nonstop to complete in 31 and a half hours well inside the stipulated 36 hours ~ perfect recipe to live now to be a 100 !

The Oxfam Trailwalker 100 kms Walk was in the scenic  Taupo Lake Area of New Zealand,around 300 kms from Auckland ~ With a perimeter of 193 kms ,Lake Taupo is the largest lake in NZ and was formed thousands of years ago by a volcanic eruption of Mount Tauhara which rises 3459 feet and is considered yet to be dormant and not extinct

Over 300 Teams took part  and all began the Walk together on Saturday morning,April 6,2013 each with a Support team that tended to their First Aid,Food and even Physio needs ~ some younger teams even ran the distance inside hours ! ~ soon the teams were spread far and wide

The ¬†Waghs are in seventh heaven as they describe the Experience ~ they had to walk Forest Trails through the Night with the Path lit up by their Head Lamps ¬†~ they’ve promised to send us some awesome photos of themselves,more than the two I took off the fb as above

It was Awesome ! they say ! ~ a once in a lifetime experience ! though Oxfam does hold such Endurance Walks  as an Annual Event in many countries around the World~ will relive this in person when down in Mumbai in May

Again Well Done Guys ! Cheers !

ūüôā P S ~ Next time you Waghs are down in India and we again go away together for the weekend,you’ll walk the 100 kms ¬†from Mumbai to Khandala while we take the car ! ~ for if we walk with you (consider this an extinct volcano so no posssibility even otherwise),our stops will at least be early morning Matunga for Idli,Khopoli for Batata Wada ,Panvel for Mcdonalds…….

Be Alert when you are Refueling your Car at a Petrol Station

Be Alert when you are Refueling your Car at a Petrol Station

This has happened several times to me before and I have also successfully complained to IndianOil once before

Ensure the ¬†Meter of the Petrol Dispensing Machine is set to ‘Zero’

It happened again this early morning at 6.45 am at IndianOil’s own Petrol Pump at Bhulabhai Desai Road (Warden Road in South Mumbai)

Please ensure that the Meter on the Petrol Dispensing Machine is at ‘ Zero’ before the attendant commences to fill your car’s tank ~ especially when you are guided to a particular dispenser away from the closest one to you as you drive in and when you observe there are at least over ten machines and no other cars !

I always make it a point to get out of the car and have a look before telling him how much to fill ~ he and his cronies will try to divert attention by inquiring if you need to check water or Oil or Coolant or that your tyres have less air….don’t get fooled even if they mean well

The Meter was at 1.33 litres and Rs 100 ! ~ he had not bothered to turn it back to Zero and was already holding the hose which was positioned to begin filling ¬†my petrol tank ¬†~ would have commenced filling the tank from here and I would have been charged for this 1.33 litres and Rs 100 which was not filled ~ they are all in on this and the moment he saw me observing he quickly put the Meter to ‘Zero’ ~ this fraud would have not been detected by your petrol gauge reading of the car

Beware of Spurious or Water Diluted Coolants

They even do this for Coolants ~ If you need to buy the Coolant insist the attendant brings a sealed can and you check if it is properly sealed and open it yourself ¬†~ because it may look sealed to you when he shows it but it may be merely closed or lightly glued ~what happens most if not all the time is that the attendant brings an open can and begins to fill ~ what they do is to mix water to a little coolant prior to filling it and you would be paying over Rs 100 for the Coolant which really was hardly any at all or it may be a spurious coolant …This was the complaint some years ago at the IndianOil Pump opposite the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai that got the attendant and the pump owner in trouble ~ how do you you know they are guilty !? once they begin filling the coolant without having shown you the can,fire them and insist they get another sealed ¬†right away ~ they actually will ! ~ why would they bear a loss of the can already being poured in if it was genuine !? read more

Nephew Arzan Climbs Aconcagua in Argentina ~ Highest Peak in the World outside Asia ~ near 7000 m or over 22000 feet !

Congratulations to nephew Arzan, Wharton MBA Class of 2013 for simply attempting to climb Aconcagua in Argentina ~the Highest peak in the Western Hemisphere and outside Asia at 6962 m or over 22000 feet ~ many have died in the attempt over the years

They had to turn back just 400 m from the summit for multiple reasons but it was an experience that as Arzan put it

“we spent around 13 days in total climbing and coming back. We were 7 of us in the group and 3 of us made it within 400m of the summit before turning back at 6500m on the final day. The air is very thin at that altitude and every step would take a lot of effort ~¬†and yes Gaurav,¬†definitely changes perspective in more ways than one in answer to your question¬†“Does your perspective on worldly matters change up there Arzan ?”

So now Arzan, you’ve run the New Zealand Marathon, climbed high Mountains, finished CPA, CISA , schooling in Bahrain and Dubai, colleging in US and soon a Wharton MBA, stints at E & Y in NZ, Chicago and Mumbai and now with Deutche Bank in the US ~ hooked but yet to marry!

You’re living life on your terms ! ~ what next !? ~ you’ve run the Roads horizontally, climbed the Mountains vertically so can we expect you now dive below into the High Seas to great depths ! ~ then we can really tag you Adventure Junkie Arzan !

…and you have graciously left Space to be conquered by your brother Kaizad who is crazy from childhood about Space and NASA and is currently pursuing his dream at Purdue

So between you two Raimalwala Brothers you will have conquered the Earth, Space and Seas !

Cheers ! ~ Keep Moving !


Nat Geo Wild ~ Awesome Answers to Animal Issues ~ Sea Lions in this Case

I would strongly recommend a daily dose of Nat Geo Wild ~ if you’re a Hathaway Cable customer it’s Channel 456 currrently

This morning I saw a fascinating serial ‘When Animals Behave Badly’

Sea Lions on Pier 39 in San Francisco Bay

Sea Lions ~ These huge sloppy but cute animals had simply chosen Pier 39 Marina in San Francisco Bay in USA to park themselves in great numbers from 1990 ~ they were a record 1700 at one time ~ disappeared suddenly for awhile only to return back in 2010 ~ barking,pushing,slumbering ~ simply taking over Pier 39!

Boat Owners were stressed out ~ the noise at night was getting to them ~ it was like living in a dog kennel said one ~ another stepped out for a breath of fresh air in the night from his boat only to step on a sea lion ! both yelled at each other ~ but both were scared !

So the vexed boat owners came out with some horrendous solutions to electrify the area or strew it with broken glass ! to electrocute and injure these lovely God’s Creatures ! ~ Cousteau Researchers even said they could send a Mechanised Shark,a natural predator, to be put in the Bay to scare off the sea lions !

What was wisely done was remarkable ! ~ Nothing !

Boat Owners were given  choice to park their Boats in another nearby Marina ~ and the sea lions who had made this their home of choice were left to their choice ! ~ They soon became a tourist attraction and hundreds came to see them in their hundreds ~ and that too at close range which would not have been possible out at sea !

Awesome Answer to An Animal Issue !

Read more on them on Pier 39 here >

Cheers !

I visited Mars today and became a Martian ! ~Robotic Rover ‘Curiosity’ lands on Mars to search for signs of past Life !

Curiosity on Mars

I visited Mars today and became a Martian ! ~Robotic Rover ‘Curiosity’ lands on Mars to search for signs of ¬†Life !

Wow ! after 10 years of meticulous and detailed planning,NASA achieved a Miracle on Mars landing its US ¬†$ 2.5 Billion ¬†and weighing 900 + kgs ,Robotic Rover ‘Curiosity’ on the surface of the Red Planet ~ Curiosity travelled 567 million kms at 3600 meters a second to reach Mars in nine months

I wish I was the first Human on Mars talking back to our Planet Earth and revealing signs of Water and Life !

Hope many of this young generation will be inspired to take up Scientific Research as a career

A friend cracked that ” The first message relayed back by Curiosity was “Yipee ! No Justin Beiber!” ”

The Mission will explore Mars to search for signs of Life,past and present

Exciting  Research beckons  over the weeks and Months ahead to answer these and more

Can Mars support  or has supported in the past any form of microbial Life ?

Is there water on Mars?

Is there Carbon or Methane on Mars ?

Are they any Life’s Building Blocks on Mars ?

We,Humans on Earth seem not to be Alone in this Universe ~ we are searching for Alien Life as a confirmation of this

After the near confirmation of a sub atomic particle , Higgs Boson recently ,this Mars Landing has made this year 2012 a huge Milestone for Scientific Research and Endeavour

Mankind is crossing  Final Frontiers going Beyond the beyond !

As we stretch Resources on Earth,the only long term solution for the survival of mankind itself is to look to other planetary bodies,especially, that resemble Earth’s characteristics, to move to

A Permanent Human Colony on Mars by 2050 ?