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Pritika Sood is a perfect example of an All-Rounder.
Head of The Editorial Committe, Class Topper, sportswoman who juggles basketball, football is also a talented runner.
She says, “The discipline, the adrenaline rush, the feeling that I'm keeping my body and mind fit, while enjoying what I'm doing".
When asked whether the Lassis and Butter Chickens make her balance all the things at once, this Punjabi Kudi says " Sometimes,
I don't know myself. But I guess it's the fear of losing it all that makes me put in all that effort to balance out everything that
I do and do the best that I can".
Well this modest girl is little camera-shy, so I had to put extra efforts in fishing out this photo from her profile.
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With a name that sounds more like a rockstar, Mohit Raysoni is our very own 'Bhaag Milkha Singh'. A prodigy of his own arena, Mohit has marathon-ed his way to several glories.
He says "Running has become my drug since 2012. Obesity was the cause of me running but with the passage of time, I started loving it and built many ambitions around it. Three things that are hard to shake away from me are 'discipline, hardwork and commitment'. They always help me achieve my goals."
And then he quips dashing away saying "Running for life". Talking of puns my friend, our best wishes for your future
P.S- Legend says that Mohit has covered more Kms than has what Mr. Modi Bhai has travelled in his foreign trips.
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'Kolla' means pond in Kannada. True to that, this pretty lady has her surname to be as 'Kollali'. Pratima Kollali, an accomplished swimmer who has swum away all harsh waters and brought many feathers to her cap, recently participated in the 'International Youth Olympics'.
No words shall suffice her incredible talent and no water is dainty enough to eclipse her exploits. She confesses to be living a life of an amphibian and says "Swimming to me is like H2O. Two parts heart and one part obsession! I've been swimming from past 16 years and I'm really passionate about it. My teachers, friends and family are very supportive in this endeavour of mine!. One day I wish to bring India the gold medal in Olympics".
Sadly, I couldn't 'fish' out more words from her as this living mermaid vanishes away from the scene to add further glories. Legend has it that she has spent more time in water rather than on land!
Shine, Oh my Mermaid!
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The last time a person was so very humble and passionate about his work ; One hit a century and the other led centuries in South Africa. And we've our very own Josephite taking strides in these lines.
Gm Rishab, a prolific cricketer is a joy to watch in the field. This man dressed in his uniform whites has sent many frights to his opponents all day and nights.
When I sent him a googly, he straight drives it by saying "I consider myself the least talented among all. I make mistakes more often than I excel. It is embarrassing, but where I excel is the ridiculous amount of training I put myself under. I don't consider hard-work as working for long hours,but when your friends are out there partying and you got to refuse to join them each time in order to stay focused; That's according to me is hard-work. I've done that for these three years and I'm happy about it"
On a lighter note you can lend few of your trophies to Liverpool, can you?
Because Sometimes, the Journey is the Destination
Having done the first 40 kilometers of our ride, I turned back and asked Rahul, “Why are we doing this? For what ledger, exactly, and kept by whom?” Even though he didn’t have an answer, it got the both of us thinking about life and why we do the things we do. That’s the best part about cycling, even though it is nothing more than an athletic undertaking it somehow always makes you pause and think about the general direction your life is heading in. There’s something paradoxical about how each time you pedal, the cycle inches forward towards your destination, but on the other side of the same coin your mind travels backwards putting you in a reflective state of mind.
We took our first break at the McDonalds which is located a few kilometers before the International Airport. It was about 8:30am by then and the Sun was being quite unforgiving. After a quick breakfast we hit the road again. We had a general idea as to where Nandi Hills was but just to make sure, we would often stop by the side of the road and make enquiries with the locals. The locals would always give us this priceless expression of utmost unbelief whenever we mentioned the words “Nandi Hills” because in their opinion, getting up there on a bicycle was impossible!
To be honest there were numerous moments when we wanted to give up and turn back home, but every time one of us had enough the other guy would ride alongside the de-motivated guy and give him a small pep talk. A little encouragement can do amazing things to the human mind. Having already put 70 kilometers behind us, there was absolutely no turning back. We slowly but steadily pedaled our way to the base of the hill. We took another break at The Nandi café. After a hot cup of Horlicks, we were all geared up to tackle the last 7.2 kilometers which would take us to a height of about 4,800 feet above sea level.
Inch by inch we slowly made our way upwards. As we got higher, the air kept getting thinner and this added another element of difficulty to the ascent. Our bodies were taking a thorough beating; we literally had to take a small break after every kilometer to get used to the lower oxygen level. The most memorable part about the climb was how incredibly encouraging, all the people who were passing by us were. Almost every single car that passed by would have atleast one person shouting out a, “Come on guys! You’re almost there!” at us. A few of them even stopped to give us water. After 2 grueling hours, we finally reached the summit. Yes, we took 2 hours to cycle the last 7.2 kilometers!
As we sat atop the hill looking out into the valley, the both of us had this huge grin running across our face. For us it was much more than overcoming physical pain to fulfil a goal. It was about proving to ourselves that we were infinitely stronger than we thought we were. It was about pushing ourselves when every cell in our body wanted to give up. It was about proving a point to all the naysayers and most importantly it was about forging a life-long bond with a fellow human being. There are so many people out there who use 'following their dreams' as an excuse to not work. When in reality, following your dreams, successfully, is nothing butwork.
Every once in a while, try doing the impossible.