When I Drove A Train And Someone Was Killed, Almost

I don't know how to ride a bike. I never learnt it, and I don't know why. But, I will learn it soon. Having said this, it doesn't mean I didn't do anything. I love trains. I was born and brought up in a suburban section of New Delhi. Shakur Basti. I lived half a [...]

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EAST COAST TRAIL: HURRICANE ADVISORY

HURRICANE CHRIS HAS PASSED. ENJOY EAST COAST TRAIL AND REST OF NEWFOUNDLAND Weather ALERT has been issued by Environment Canada on July 10th 2018 morning. The Statement reads: Tropical Storm Chris is currently spinning off the Carolina coast and is expected to intensify to hurricane strength today. It will then begin to accelerate northeastward over [...]

Silencing The Soul: A Journey Through Depression

REJECTION "Gaurav, do it. Go ahead and jump. This is the best solution and it will be over" "No, I can't." "You can. Don't be a coward! Throw your bag over the fence first. Then you get across and just jump. It's raging water, falling 200 ft down, on the rocks. In this loud noise [...]

Chasing Yamuna: A Love Story for People in Hurry

It's beautiful clear midnight sky, close to freezing temperature with snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas on my right and young river Yamuna flowing on my left as I stand alone in the middle of this road in dark. I haven't seen a human for past many hours and the last ones I met, warned me of [...]

Liminality Endurance Races 2018: From the Sidelines

"11 minutes 45 seconds to go for the finish" I shout as Robert grabs the headlamp from Seamus and starts running towards the trail deep in the woods, in search for the last solo 50 mile runner on the trail. Mike Russell. Meanwhile, I learn more about experience of Seamus and Abraham from their last [...]

5 Toughest Ultramarathons In India

I was just 12-year-old when I was watching a BBC documentary on Iditarod - The Last Great Race on the planet. A 1000 mile long dogsled race in dead of winter in Alaska from Anchorage to Nome in far West. It was then, I dreamed of racing that trail one day. But, I lived in New [...]

How To Fling Semen Filled Balloons On People: A Tutorial

I was very confused whether or not to write about this as Egonomics was dedicated solely to my experiences with self, learning from the people I meet and stories from running some long distances. However, the sequence in which the recent events unfolded, I felt like taking this step and write about something I believe [...]

Meditation on Tom Thomson

After running in frozen lands of Winnipeg in winter, I spent my first Canadian summer in Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park. It's an immensely special place, and so was the three-month-long journey. While I'll share the journey in series of posts in coming weeks, visualize through the words of Robert Kroetsch (1975) as he describes a beautiful [...]

Why I Believe I Am A Rapist And I Am Sorry For That?

I moved to Pune as a 25-year-old in July 2013. Being born and brought up in Delhi, Pune was the first city outside of Delhi I was going to call home for next two years. So, when I landed, I was nervous, scared, excited, and wanted to socialize. Talk to almost everyone I'd meet, even [...]

How to Leave the Planet Earth?

I know you’ve been wondering this question since you were three-year-old and were told stories about UFOs. People must have told you a number of lies, including “Oh, you have to be an astronaut to leave this planet and get into space.” Not anymore. I worked diligently for years to find out this hidden secret [...]