The day started with this ad of Dunkin Donuts, the announcement of opening of their first outlet in Chennai at Phoenix Market city, Velachery. Then saw good friend Sorav Jain’s post on Facebook calling for bloggers to attend a special culinary workshop at the Dunkin Donut outlet. Got excited, readily agreed for the workshop. I had very little knowledge about Dunkin Donuts and also Donuts as a food item.
Dunkin Donuts has got a prime place at the Phoenix, at the basement , right opposite when you come down the escalator.
Its a relatively big outlet with lots of interesting and bright coloured murals and pictures.
Whipped, cut up, baked, all mixed up and so imperfect.
Dunkin Donuts sells not only just Donuts but Burgers, wraps, iced tea, salads and coffee. Dev Amritesh, who heads the operations introduced the products in The culinary experiential workshop.
The 15 course meal was very exhausting but then if the food is great, you don’t mind it, right 😉
Now the Dunkin Donut chennai outlet is opening on May 23, believe me, its a great place to hangout, good food, great ambience! And for the first 500 people who walk in get free* donut for the entire year, conditions apply
(Photo courtesy: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust)
On 6 May 2015, the former President of India and the Missile man of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Inaugurated Chinmaya Birth Centenary Celebrations at Ernakulam. His speech was both inspiring and informative. Here are excerpts of his wonderful speech, in tweet form
Swami Chinmayananda was an active supporter of inter faith dialogue.
Concept of spirituality is undergoing rapid change in this age of 24 hour connectivity.
The development of wholesome spirituality is the most urgent task to be addressed today.
Tolerance of other views and opinion in necessary to accomplish a task when work is group.
If you see the world as mean and rude, it will interfere our concentration.
(Photo courtesy: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust)
A good leader takes the responsibility in failure and gives credit to the team in success.
Problem should not become the captain, you become the captain and defeat the problem.
Spirituality is the way to connect to the God, always keep grounded.
Spirituality need not follow particular religious style.
Tradition and change, social sciences to be applied to spirituality.
Chinmaya Birth Centenary Celebrations at Ernakulam is happening from May 6 thru 8. You can watch the live streaming of the event at
You can get the updates of the event at
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The newly released “Aluva Puzha” song from the upcoming movie ‘Premam’ is the latest rage in Mollywood. Premam is the second movie directed by the ‘Neram’ fame Alphonse Puthren starring Nivin Pauly. Its an Anwar Rasheed Entertainment production.
Now come back to ‘Aluva Puzha’, simple yet catchy lyrics, great music, soulful rendering, refreshing visuals makes the video a hit.
If you have not seen the video, here it is,
Details of the song,
An Anwar Rasheed Entertainment Presentation
Film Name – Premam (love); Language (Malayalam)
Song – Aluva Puzha
Music – Rajesh Murugesan
Singer – Vineeth Sreenivasan
Lyricist – Shabareesh Varma
Flute – Rajesh Cherthala
Tabla – Kannan
Starring – (in this song) Nivin Pauly, Anupama Parameswaran, Eva Prakash, Althaf Salim, Shabareesh Varma & Krishna Sankar, Vijai Suresh & Jayesh , Dinesh , Siju Wilson, Anju Kurian, Vimal Kumar, Mathew, Rinsa Jacob & Franco.
Art – Sunil Babu
Costumes – Sameera Saneesh
Make up – Ronex Xavier
ARE team – Sunil Singh & Boney George
Production Controller – Alex E Kurian
Cinematography Team – Viswajith Odukkathil , Kumaran Anbu, Anurudh Aneesh, Sooraj K Sathyan
Direction Team – Mohsin Kassim , Pradeep Palarr, Govind Muralidharan, George P Roy, Sandeep Kumar, Jeevaj Raveendran & Sujinesh K Sundar.
Editing – Alphonse Puthren
Sound Design – Vishnu Govind & Sree Sankar (Sound Factor)
Sound mix – RajaKrishnan M.R. (Four Frames)
Cinematography – Anend C Chandran
Produced by Anwar Rasheed
Written & Conceived by Alphonse Puthren.
Music label – Muzik247
Distribution – A&A Release.
Production Company – Anwar Rasheed Entertainment.
Nowadays the hype and expectation about a film starts from the appearance of first poster (if not from the Pooja of the film). Once you send out the first creative of the movie, it’s almost a make or break for the film itself. People start discussing about the film, they have just seen a poster, mind you. Thats the power of social media.
“Premam”, a much awaited malayalam film launched the first poster on 11 Feb, around 11 pm. Since then the ‘first look’ has created a sensation. Leading online publications have been praising about the creativity behind the design. People are sharing the design among their friends.
Here it is, the first poster of Premam.
The film is directed by Alphonse Puthren. Film produced by Anwar Rasheed. Here is the official Facebook page of the film https://www.facebook.com/Premamfilm
Rains couldn’t reduce the fun and excitement of the first edition of Chennai Puma Urban Stampede 2014. The circuit was close to the beach so there was cool breeze throughout that made the run comfortable. This was the first time I was running through ECR and it was a clam sunday morning. No pollution, no honking and no stray dogs, perfect condition for running.
By the time i parked my car and came, the warming up session was happening. There were close to 300 people, all getting ready for the run. There were lots of kids, an encouraging sign. And I also joined the group and did my warm up.
( Photo courtesy : Runners for Life)
The run : Then started the Marathon, as i mentioned earlier, this was one of my best races. The weather was perfect, the circuit was too good, lots of greenery around, no pollution and no stray dogs
( Photo courtesy : Runners for Life)
Thanks Runners for Life for choosing this circuit And I finished my 10k in the best timing, 1:23:30. Even though I missed the free foot massage, the wide spread breakfast was good. Overall, I would rate the first Chennai edition of Puma Urban Stampede as a great experience. Now my attempt is to run 10k sub 1 hour
Two days left for chennai edition of PUMA urban Stampede and lot of excitement in the air. This is the first edition and Chennaities are excited to be part of Urban Stampede. I started running last september (2013) and have ran in and around chennai city. But so far I never had an opportunity to run through the picturesque East Coast Road (ECR)
VGP is the starting point of the PUMA Urban Stampede Chennai circuit. The circuit is quite serene, pollution free (away from city) and with lots of greenery. I am sure runners will enjoy the circuit. So for the first time I am running in ECR. Hope it rains too, you know, rain and run is a deadly combination 😉
Here is the video of the PUMA Urban Stampede 2014 Chennai circuit
So I am eagerly waiting for this weekend, to be part of first ever PUMA Urban Stampede Chennai edition. Preparations are underway, for the past few weeks, i have been training for the run. While registering for the PUMA Urban Stampede, I came across these “good to know” tips. I thought it would be useful to share them with the experience i had so far in running marathons.
First and foremost, pick the right pair of shoes, do a little bit of googling and you would get tonnes of informations on what shoes to pick. Make sure that you pick the shoes some weeks prior to the main event so that you get used to the shoes.
Set achievable goals
Start small and gradually scale up. Follow a training program and monitor your progress. Start with 5K, then move to 10k and half marathon. Make sure that you don’t get injured. Consistency is the key. Don’t miss the weekly runs and fitness regime.
Running long distance can be boring (in the beginning). Having a right partner who can push you will make a good difference. Identify a person who can run along with you. Running with someone can be really fun. Try it and you won’t regret
This is important especially when you start the training. I followed the 2:1 patten first, i.e 2 minutes running 1 minute walking and gradually moved to 5:1. Try to find your timing comfortable for you.
I found these tips very useful, try to follow these “good to know” tips and I am sure you will appreciate them too.
if you are yet to register for PUMA Urban Stampede, you can do it here
Got a chance to visit the recently concluded International Camera fair in Chennai. The fair showcased some of the super cool techs. The best part was that, I think photography has become the biggest hobby on earth. Anyone can become a photographer. Now should I buy a camera?
So whats the picture that comes to your mind when I say stampede? this one right?
well then how an Urban Stampede would look like? something similar to this?
Yeah, so its time for the Urban Stampede again, The PUMA Urban Stampede powered by Flipkart is happening all over India, to be exact, in 8 cities.
Runners For Life (RFL), India’s largest running community are the organisers of PUMA Urban Stampede. The idea behind starting the RFL was for runners to meet, train and exchange ideas. You can read more about RFL here www.runnersforlife.com
As in any Marathon race, PUMAUrbanStampede has got various categories, here are the ones
Corporate Relay (5km X 4)
Individual 10 km Race
Individual 5 km Race
PUMA Urban Stampede 2014 Chennai Circuit
Its been an year that I have been running marathons and this time I am running the inaugural edition of PUMA Urban Stampede chennai circuit. The UrbanStampede in chennai will happen on Nov 2.
So interested to be part of this Stampede? Then register here http://urbanstampede.rflregistrationcentral.com/register/
I am sure that this would be a fun filled stampede!