From Resignation to #Cycling2Work! - Part 2

Wandering and Wondering.

Hello readers. this is  Part 2, Continuation on the previous post.

In th previous post, I wrote about how I came to the decsion if quitting my job and how the decision got changed. Also I wrote onn the pros and cons of my IT job and how the thought of buying a bike(bicycle) came to my mind.

In this part I continue about my Wanderings and Wondering about buying a bike.



Even though the idea of getting a bike brought a lot of excitement, there were some doubts lurking in my mind.
Those worries or doubts were as follows

  • New Toy Tendency

The scariest of all, will this too become like a new toy thing meaning I will buy, use and treasure it in the initial days later to get bord of it and neglect it.

  • Grownup on a Kid's bike

The last time I had bought a cycle from a shop it was a Red Razorback by Hero Cycles in 6th or 7th grade. So I remember Cycle to be like a thing for children's recreation and the Indian market for Cycle too catered the children. So I was unsure about how to get the perfect one for my use and not look like a grownup on a kid's bike.


  • Budget and Priorities

I already had a big list of things to be bought which also had a Mobile phone in it. The smartphone I was using was not  over 3 years old. My colleagues also advised me n buying a phone instead of a bike. Anyhow that advice made my resolve to buy a bike lil more stronger.

So when I sat down to weigh my options and think through the decision of buying a bike, Team Bike had very less points compared to all the worries listed above.

As a good omen, came in Cycle Village, a Facebook page of the nearby Firefox outlet in Mira Road. Till then I had not heard of Firefox or Trek.
The page had me glued to it swiping down their timeline, reading, enjoying and liking all their posts. Some were cycling advice, some were cycling apparels, some were cycling inspirational posters, some were reviews by happy customers, some were cycling trips or cyclothons organised by them.
I went through some of the patron profiles and there were so many from my city itself. There was a club in my city with the name of Mira-Bhayander Cycling club. Throughout Mumbai so many passionate cyclists were there. It was like I was introduced to a new world.

This is not a commercial post for promoting anyone, but I have Cycle Village to thank to bring out to my notice this new world and rekindle the passion for Cycling in me.

All my worries were then vanished.
With this whole world introduced to me, the phobia of Cycling being one of the new Toy tendency was gone. With this whole world of Cycling available a lifetime wont be enough, nor one bike would be ...so surely this wont be one of thee things abut which I get bored.

The second worry of being a grownup on kid's cycle also no longer existed. The range of bikes offered by Firefox  covered every age group and moreover every kind of Cycling. Instead I would have to put in time in deciding which category of cycle I must look for and which I must buy (the next post is about that).
BTW Firefox was also bought by Hero Cycles ;)

The third worry of the Budget and Priorities  no longer occupied my mind. My birthday was nearing and I had decided this would be the best time to implement this decision. So there was no looking back.

Cheers :) it was really fun writing this post. i could feel all the excitement coming back. I write this post after 2 weeks of buying the bike...so... lot of catching up to do...
Next weekend or if lucky before that i will write how I made the decision to buy the Bike I have now.

Thank you for reading.

From Resignation to #Cycling2Work! - Part 1

From Resignation to Cycling to Work! - Part 1

FLASHBACK &  DECISIONS.

Its been long since I wrote last, the name of my blog must change to "Unsatisfied Soul"đź‘» for my tendency to not stay interested in one thing for far too long. :D

I keep searching for new things to do.

New roads to take, but blogging, writing & reading always finds its way back. Its like my Fallback plan.. But I always wish to make it my Pit stops, and this again is my attempt to.

The last change started almost this time last year, travelling, events and living on the go.
Thus this blog:
http://shettyanirudh.blogspot.in/2015/04/the-journey-begins-vacation-001.html

I got myself into numerous outdoor events, thanks to artist and friend " Varnodhar ".
Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and my Mumbai too...
So with all this events came its load of planning and preparations to do. So we both got busy and I couldn't take many pit stops. So the promised blog updates & travelogues also didn't come.



Ok Now getting back to the topic of this Blog post,
Yes I put down my papers on first week of September,2015.
The idea behind this was freedom, after all that travelling coming back and being glued to a system and a routine 9-10 job bothered me. Work was not getting anywhere and I was at the peak of my frustration. I won't say I was not thinking clear enough, just that I was little bothered not to get captured in the routine forever.
Then I waited for 3 months for the notice period to end, but guess what in these 3 months a lot changed at work and suddenly everything got interesting and the groove was back.
Then I got to become one of those people who continue to show up to work post their Official last date, eventually things fell into its place and now with new vigor and hope I am back at the job.

This didn't stop me from looking back at what had got me worried in first place other then all that was going down at work.
So I listed down the pros and cons as one of my Experienced seniors had asked me to when he got to know I had put down my papers.
He really came in as Yoda who changed my perspective of  Freedom with Responsibilities.


So I listed the pros and cons of daily job. My daily job

PROS.
  1. Steady Income
  2. Lot of Learning
  3. Job security
  4. Future scope in field


CONS.
  1. Routine life
  2. Less Trips/Travelling
  3. No time for Other Passions & Activities
  4. No Dual Career
  5. Frustrating Travelling to work & back


So the solution would be to work towards eradicating all the CONS
when I got back to work, I also noticed that a lot of my energy was wasted in travelling to work and back and lot less I was burning as my job didn't require much physical activity.

I don't know from where the idea struck me, I had always been a fan of Cycling.
I had bought one also when I shifted to Mangalore, if not for that accident which I got into.. Maybe you would have found me writing about cycling already.
So in month of Jan, 2016 many of my colleagues caught me staring into the computer screen past work hours, browsing through firefoxbikes.com
I opened up to a few who ridiculed me on the idea of buying a expensive bike and moreover riding it to work.
Considering my physique, they said "So you plan to become Mr. India by doing this(become invisible due to excessive cycling). This was not demotivating at all, it was actually encouragement to me.
I couldn't wait to prove them wrong.
So that is when it was decided, we would be buying a Bike(a bicycle).
For now, I would like to end the post here. Next would write on how I went forward on choosing one.


From Resignation to Cycling to Work! - Part 2
will come soon.
Wish me luck :)




P.S. Felt like I am writing diary after long time and having a hard time writing all that I missed to write.



4G Speeds for the Frequent Traveller in me

I write this post while on my way to Bangalore. A journey I am taking alone, but am I really alone?
Oh, being alone is now a myth with the mobile connectivity on the go.

So yes I have my smartphone and Tab with me to keep me entertained or at least busy all the way.
Mumbai to Bangalore, they say it is 19hours... But eventually with all the traffic jam and delay becomes a 24 hour journey.
There is a need to be connected all the way as my team is having a major event in Bangalore and it needs coordination among all of us.

Can I rely on my Smartphone?
Necessity at this moment is Good Power backup & Good Network.
I am prepared. For the power requirement, I have a Power Bank and for the network I am equipped with Airtel.

Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox & Google all applications are running in the back end and I am drafting my blog post in praise for the network I am using.
Airtel.

So while on twitter I get to know that Airtel has introduced something to add up to the Network Speeds and yes it is 4G.


Currently my mobile being loaded with a 3G pack, I am able to seamlessly browse and stay connected with my folks while on the go. Yet it wouldn't harm if I could upgrade.
So I got curious & got browsing about how to get 4G.

Didnt take me much time to land up on Airtel's brand new website for 4G: www.airtel.in/4G

What I came across next was surprisingly awesome!
AIRTEL IS OFFERING 4G AT RATES EQUIVALENT TO 3G.

The network support of Airtel is undoubtedly Great and also 4G speeds are equally reliable, but what really makes this interesting is the competitive prices they are offering it at.

Browsing through the website and getting know more, I try to figure out how could I get this upgrade.
Its well explained on the website.

All I need is a 4G sim which I could request from the Website to get it delivered to me & 4G enabled phone.

Oh! It strikes me now, my smartphone does not support 4G. Duhh!

So what next? I am determined to get a 4G enabled phone before my next travel plan is drafted.

Take a look at the TVC for Airtle 4G, it will get you curious too & when that happens visit:
www..in/4G