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Midnight Marathon

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RunningFinished the 10k Midnight Marathon with thousands of other runners at KTPO, Bangalore on 15th December 2012. It was quite tough for me, but it was doable with lots of walking in between. Finished the race in 73 minutes. Though most of the times I felt people were just overtaking me, still I am glad that I could run the finish line 🙂 It was my first marathon and first ever medal in my life. Medal Anyways this event was called Midnight Marathon which was sponsored my many companies and the specific race which I took part in was Target 10k. The Gold medal went to a person who finished the race in 31 minutes 36 seconds.

Nikhil Navali

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Impact Day – Deloitte

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Every year, across the country, tens of thousands of Deloitte employees offer their time and talent to help make an impact on their local communities. The IMPACT DAY in Deloitte, Bangalore was observed on 23rd November this year. I personally think this is the time wherein we can spend some time with people and the environment around who/which directly/indirectly affect our daily routines. There were a number of threads (initiatives) to choose from which spanned activities like lake rejuvenation, attending schools, sapling plantation, etc. TreeI chose sapling plantation as it had some physical work to be done and for a few other reasons. For me (an IT professional), an opportunity for some physical activity sounds like some happy news for the body. I am so glad that I was a part of this activity; not only did I plant saplings, but also drove a tractor for the first time.
Our activity was named Go Green for which 35 colleagues of mine had volunteered to plant around 150 saplings at Lowry Memorial School near the K R Puram Bridge. The 35 of us were divided into 7 groups, each named after a fruit and I was placed in the ‘Grapes’ team. Previously, in a meeting I had claimed that “I would make sure that my team plants most saplings at the event” and my junior had challenged me. Coincidentally, both of us fell under the same team! 😛 We reached the venue around 9.30 AM, had breakfast and with our gloves on, started the work. The tractor’s engine (as termed by one of my seniors) had been missing so we had to carry the heavy saplings ourselves all the way to our respective planting areas as assigned. I managed to carry 4 at a time but my junior took up 6 (which he regretted later). The heavy stuff we carried made the place seem farther. The holes where already dug by the BBMP people and we had to uncover the saplings, place it in the hole, fill in the mud and water it. Watering After a while, the tractor was sent towards the planting area to distribute saplings, which made our work easy and left lot of our calories unburned. I remember one instance wherein a kid from the school asked if only planting trees was our job (I wish our job was as simple), I explained to the kid what it was like and then asked him and his friends to look after the plants and not to litter the place. During the activity, I had to struggle for some time as I ended poking a plant into my eye, which caused a little irritation. Here ended the planned part and so the fun time began.
The tractor’s engine which carried saplings had to go back and bring the tanker to water the plants. I hopped onto the tractor and never got down for quite a time. I and few others really enjoyed the bumpy ride, ducking when the electric lines came to execute us and escaping the trees which threatened to bruise us. I then jumped onto the water tanker and roamed around doing stunts on top of the tanker. As there were many who volunteered to water the plants, I just relaxed on the tanker helping the driver with directions. As we started watering, the Rain God joined too. We continued watering when the rains subsided. I and two others got a chance to drive the engine. As my senior spotted me taking the driving seat of a tractor for the first time in life, he became skeptical to get off the tractor.Tractor It was not as tough as I thought, but I drove only on a straight path as I dint want to jeopardize people’s lives there. As the tanker couldn’t move to all the planting areas and also due to the absence of a bucket, me and some of the ISU team used our skills to water by just carrying the pipe filled with water, passing the water through a broken Football goal post, etc. It was really fun and people there were happy to see us work with whatever was available. I guess that’s why we are called Engineers. Everyone did their part well; as a result we ended up planting within 2.5 hours. The plants had had their food but our tummies were growling. It was lunch time and there I, my senior and a junior were named the star performers of the day for working even in rain (which I enjoyed thoroughly). Surprisingly, my neck that used to hurt while in office, that day spared me even though I was hopping around most of the time (that’s why I sense these were happy hours for my body).
Hammer ThrowWe just cleaned the area after lunch and few of them called it a day and a few others went back to the office to attend the closing ceremony. It was a fantastic day wherein we tried our best making an impact on our environment by planting trees in Bangalore where pollution is always on a roll. And for me, I had a very physical day, drove a tractor, played hammer throw with the trash bag, made some new friends and more importantly satisfied with the fact that I am giving something back to the community which has looked after me for years.
The nature of our future depends on the future of our nature. Save and plant trees.

Nikhil Navali

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Ramanagara Adventures

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I would like to begin by thanking Lord Varuna, the God of rain, Rainy cloudfor he bestowed upon us a bright and sunny day that eventually turned up adventurous! The Venture Adventure Club(VAC), Bengaluru announced the availability of adventure activities on Sunday, the 13th. Co-incidentally, 13 were ready for this trip. 13 on 13 sounded a little weird and scary, but only 9 could make it on that day! I had spoken to Lalit (the organizer), the previous night and learned that it had been raining heavily in Ramanagara since that noon. However, we were optimistic and moved on with the plan.  I was glad that my high school friend Sharad would join us(the Deloitte group). All of us were ready by 7AM on Sunday morning, prepared to unleash our long stored adrenaline.  As we left Bengaluru, the mini busBus was filled with 16 enthusiasts, Mr. Lalit Kumar and the driver. All of us were starving as we had woken up early in the morning , we were eagerly waiting for the breakfast. The breakfast venue itself added to the hunger; it was Bidadi Thatte Idli. We savored the breakfast and gathered enough energy for the forthcoming activities.

It was around 10.30AM as we arrived at the place. Hence we wondered if we could finish all the activities before the sun bids a good bye and before the God of Rain showers his love upon us! But, VAC truly amazed us all, they organized everything with near perfection, utilizing every single minute. Oh, I forgot to mention one more thing. The title says Ramanagara Adventures, did anyone go back to 80s and remember Sholay? Yeah, Sholay was shot here. Let’s get to the serious stuff, the first of the activities was Rappelling. Before it could start, we went on; climbing a rock had photo session. Sudha, you gotta thank that tree which saved ur bones! We reached the Rappelling point when it was our turn.

Rappelling:

They arranged such that two people could rappel simultaneously. RappellingOne by one, everyone finished it quite comfortably. I have to share what Sharad did here. He was standing at the edge of the rock on top with his legs literally trembling! It was very funny to see that, which he later quoted it as break dance(Joke le). Sharad kept cracking jokes throughout the day and everybody enjoyed his company.Laughing-long The instructor encouraged to leave hands and give a Titanic pose for the camera as it was safe to do so.  I had done Rappelling before, so I wasn’t scared but, something had to happen. I bought my gloved hands too close to the descender, the glove got stuck in the ring, and the rope wouldn’t slide! The instructor asked me to come up, I couldn’t as it required too much of force defying gravity. So, I took off the glove completely, holding my heart in hands, hoped nothing would go wrong and descended carefully. The glove was completely stuck inside the ring, but my hand wasn’t in it and I was saved.

Rope Traverse:

This is actually called River Crossing, but as we dint do it above the river, I termed it rope traversing. The two ends of the rope were tied at different heights which would facilitate us to traverse easily in the slope. This was neither too scary nor difficult. Sushmitha’s goggles left her eyes mid-way during the action! It’s not advisable to wear any loose accessories during any such activity. I traversed so fast that, my colleague called me Lamborghini. By the end of this most of us were hungry, Basu kept reminding the fact that he was very hungry. Hungry We waited till everyone had their turn and then set out on target shooting.

Target Shooting:

Some of us had been for Chimney climbing, and, in order to utilize the time well, they had arranged for Target shooting simultaneously. A thread with bottles was tied between two trees. There were around 8 empty bottles as the target and Sharad s height rifle was used to shoot. Lalit explained the technique for the shoot, I listened and followed it. We were given three chances, hit my first shot right on target. I asked him to choose the bottle as target for the next shot,Rifle but I hit the bottle beside it. Third one was on target again. I was so damn happy; the sound of bullets hitting the bottles gave a proud feeling. As Sharad missed the shots, Lalit cracked a joke saying that “By now our enemy would have crossed Kashmir and reached Delhi”. Lalit was very funny and extremely friendly, we were very happy to have him on board. As we were done with our turns, we went for Chimney Climbing which churned out most of the energy from me.

Chimney Climbing:

Chimney Climbing is a specific technique of rock climbing, which is used to climb rocks that have some gap between them. In rock-climbing parlance a “chimney” is a fissure between two walls, in which the climber has his back against one wall and his feet against the other. I saw others t-shirts getting torn during this activity; hence I changed mine as I loved my Cliff Hangover tee way too much. As a child I used to climb up the walls where distance between the walls was less. I thought of that and imagined it would be easy enough. But I am not sure if it was cos I wore sandals which were slippery or cos the gap was so narrow that even my knees touched the other wall; I struggled to reach half way itself. Exhausted Basu started after me, he crossed my height and called me when he was higher, I was still trying to normalize myself.  My colleagues were constantly encouraging, but I couldn’t take more, came down. It took some time for me to burn the stored fats to revitalize my body. I wasn’t tired so much for years now, may be never in my life.

It was lunch time and to most of us it was relieving to even hear the sound of food. I duno why, I wasn’t that hungry. We had a tasty meal with lots of soft drinks at Nandhini hotel in Ramanagara. Others had opted for Kamath hotel and went further in the bus. It was for a long time that the bus dint return, we thought of walking that way, but after a few meters of walk, we saw the bus approaching and waved it to stop. The bus took us to the Kayaking spot.

Kayaking:Kayak

The scenery around the lake was too beautiful for our eyes. We were at that place in the evening which made the view even better. We could see that it had been raining at a nearby place, fortunately it dint rain at the lake. We climbed the rock mountain and enjoyed the peace nature had to offer. Kayaking is the use of a Kayak (a small, relatively narrow, human-powered boat) for moving across water by means of a double blade paddle. As other groups started Kayaking, we were getting anxious as time was running out and they were talking longer rides. Finally my turn came, with the life jackets on, Basu and I went at last. We went near the banks where the rock mountain overlooked us, we witnessed the Sun’s rays reflection on the water, thoroughly enjoyed both kayaking and the scenery around. It was a breathtaking experience, as not many places provide this opportunity where we alone are the captains of the Kayak. Basu s and my kayaks played the part of dashing cars until I maintained some distance from him. The best part was when motor boats came close to us. They would create waves which would unbalance the Kayak,Afraid adrenaline would rush through the body till the waves died off. We spent as much time as we could at Kayaking and then returned to the base.

It was an end of all activities, except the ride back. Yeah ride in Bangalore is an activity. Truly, it was an amazing day, wishing for more such days to come.

Nikhil Navali

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Career launched

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The sadness of having  just few days as break after college was all forgotten when I attended DELOITTE s orientation program at ITC Gardenia, Bangalore. I had finished my curriculum on 15th of June and 27th was joining date. Was really very sad for only few days of hols. On 26th I shifted with my luggage to guest house provided by Deloitte, Elite Hibiscus at Kormangala. I was flabbergasted. So luxurious, just awesome. Am posting this using their Internet service itself 😉 Dint have much formals with me as I wore only casuals until now. Went to Brand factory. I realized how bad I was at selecting formals. Took so much time, selected, got stitched the pants and was already for the orientation program at ITC Gardenia the next day.

This was the day which would mark the start of my professional life. Welcome To Deloitte was a 3 day pgm. Laptop was the first thing handed over to us. Loving the laptop. There were numerous sessions regarding Deloitte s practices, culture, etc. Good that we were introduced briefly about Deloitte.  The 268 freshers were divided into different tables. Had nice time interacting with new people. Breakfast and lunch were arranged at hotel itself. I wasnt comfortable with the breakfast as it had a western touch to it (Pastries, Muffins, Croissants, etc). But thoroughly enjoyed lunches. Exquisite. The hotel’s interior itself spoke for its beauty. It was a visual treat. Chandeliers were the ones which stood out. Wall garden added to the beauty. Got a glimpse of Virendar Sehwag at one of the restaurants.  At the end of the pgm I was told that I will be working on SAP. That brought a smile on me.

I was interviewed and selected for Deloitte on 5th oct 2010. That day literally changed my life. If not any reason, I thought atleast for changing my life I should join Deloitte. Now after these three days, looking at their professionalism, culture, etc I really feel I made the right choice cuz this is what is missing in my life. I really need to work and improve on soft skills and I cant think of any other better place where I can evolve technically and professionally. The saying,  Create your own brand/Deloitte was which I liked the most. Training starts from tomorrow and am eagerly looking forward to it. Had an amazing experience on these three days, a fantastic start for my career. As of now I am happy, I launched my career at Deloitte.

Nikhil Navali

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