When I Got Kidnapped in India: A True Story

I started running 13 years ago, and since then, every year on my birthday I run for as many hours as my age. But, I got injured at the end of 2017, then slipped into depression and stopped running altogether. A few days ago, while taking a shower, I was reading the label of the [...]

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What are the toughest 100 milers in the World?

Following World's top 10 toughest Ultramarathons, that was very well received by the ultrarunning critics, the following is the list of some of the world's most challenging 100-mile races. As mentioned in the previous blog, there can be no official list of TOP 10 or 20 Toughest 100-mile Ultramarathons in the World as each race [...]

The Aftermath of Pulwama Attack

As a 9-year-old, I often used to walk the distance alone - from my home to tuition classes. Halfway through, I'd cross the busy road of Rani Bagh market to get on to the other side and continue my long walk to didi who would teach me for the next two hours. Off late, my [...]

A Look Back At The Year That Was – 2018

As the year counts its final minutes in the Western hemisphere, I pause and look back at 2018 to see how far I have left my shoes on this journey across the sea. (2) The year began on a disastrous note when I lost my uncle – read grandfather – while he waited for months [...]

The Misadventures of Gappi: The Beginning (Part-I)

As I walk back home, suddenly the ground shakes up. The building in front of me collapses like a house of cards and everyone around me is running in chaos. Despite using all the force, I can barely walk. Scared, in tears, fighting my way out of stampede, I reach my home with a bleeding [...]

Running on Empty: East Coast Trail 50K Ultramarathon

Middle Cove Beach. Newfoundland. When last time I was here, I was sleeping under an overcast sky during Big Birthday Bash at break of dawn. I was destroyed, sleep deprived for the previous two nights, in tears, exhausted, and throwing up. But, right now I am smiling recalling those memories. For the past two hours, [...]

Confession of A Storyteller By Chance: Why I Tell Stories?

I tell stories. Whenever I can. Wherever I can. But, there is something one must know. I'm not a storyteller. Not a writer either. In fact, the first story I ever listened to was by John Cotrocois during Confabulation last year in May - an hour before I told my first story.  I was petrified [...]

Top 10 Toughest Ultramarathons In The World

Running an ultramarathon is pointless, and ultrarunning is fatuity. 99% of your time you spend alone, away from family and friends, alienated on long lonely dark hours, castigating your body to extreme limits of pain, then transcend over crazy terrain and weather conditions to earn that 1% of the time where you are either not [...]

Living In Canada: The Dark Side I Never Talked About

Canadians are the most polite people on this planet. That's the statement I was introduced to when I'd tell anyone - I'm moving to Canada for my Graduate School. And that's a fact. Anyone who has ever visited the country or has met a Canadian would vouch for that. At the time of writing, it's [...]

Big Birthday Bash 2018: Celebrating 30 Years of Life

Blinded by rain and strong winds, I'm sitting under a tree as I shuffle the food in my bag in search of an energy bar. Bugs and mosquitoes are buzzing around me. Every other minute, they get behind my neck and die getting stuck into my sweat. Others continue to bite on my legs, face [...]