Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Salem Marathon 2016

The most anticipated Salem Marathon 2016 finally concluded on Feb 19th 2017 after being deferred multiple times. It was initially planned on 13th November 2016 but postponed to 29th Jan 2016 due to delay in getting permission. The rescheduled dates were postponed yet again due to massive state-wide protest over jallikattu. The tentative date provided was Feb 19th 2017.

I was eagerly waiting for this event and this Salem marathon was so special to me because it was happening at my very own hometown ‘Salem’. Since it’s a small town, I was not expecting much crowd and crazy cheering or banners.

Report says more than 3000 people enthusiastically participated in Salem Marathon. It was organized by Rotary Club of Salem Galaxy as a part of the Organ Donation awareness. This is the 5th Edition and I am extremely disappointed for missing the past 4 events.

Not sure whether 3000 people ran, but I am sure around 400 people ran in 10Kms category. The reporting time was 5:00 AM and the 21.5 KMS category was flagged off from the Gandhi Stadium at 5.30 a.m. For 10KMS and 5 KMS it started sharp at 5.45 AM at 6:00 A.M respectively.

Unlike Bangalore Marathons which has the lot of spectators, big sponsors, loud peppy bands and music screaming and cheering, there is no such thing in Salem. But I loved every step of my running, because I was running on my land. Salem marathon is an experience that every runner from Salem must experience and will never forget. 

Another memorable incident to remember in this Salem marathon was a 101-year-old man completed 5KMS. He is an inspiration to all of us. May he live peacefully for another decade.
The Inspiration...

101-year-old man Completed 5 KMS
I love the picture below. The professional photographer was covering this inspirational person and It was my luck to get captured in the frame.

Its my luck to get clicked with this inspirational man :)

Another Inspiration

Buses was not stopped :(
One thing I hated in Salem Marathon was there is no control with the traffic. Even though it was at early hours, buses and dangerous Lorries were running parallel to the runners.  How risky and dangerous it is? I wonder why the organizers have not thought about it. Some routes were inside the residential area and it was nice to see the expression of dogs.

I am sure, again in 2017 Rotary Club of Salem will organize its 6th edition of Salem marathon this year during the month of November and I urge my readers from Salem, Erode and Namakkal to take a day off from your routine and try to participate in this marathon. At least once in your life time run a marathon and it’s worth it.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer with sunscreen SPF 15 - A Must avoid Lip Balm

While buying a lip balm or any beauty products, its necessary to do a through research on the ingredients added in the product. Recently I happened to purchase Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer and was shocked to see a warning message on the product."If swallowed, contact Poison Control Center right away” 

Of course, no one will be hungry enough or crazy to sallow a lip balm. But there are higher chances of ingesting a bit of balm while drinking water or eating something. I was concerned about this warning factor and hence I dig further to find the ingredients added.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisture:
Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5% Oxybenzone 4%, Castor (Ricinus Communis) Seed Oil, Corn (Zea Mays) Oil, Ozokerite, Petrolatum, Beeswax, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Paraffin, Stearyl Alcohol, Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera) Wax, BHT.

In any lip Balm,  the below ingredients has to be avoided.
  • Parabens
  • Petrolatum or Petroleum
  • Chemical Dyes 
  • Mineral Oil
  • Octinoxate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Avobenzone
  • Cinnimate
If you could see, there are 3 dangerous Ingredients Octinoxate, Oxybenzone and Petrolatum added to the product and hence this lip balm should be avoided.

Monday, February 6, 2017

How To Throw The Perfect Oscar Party

Roll out your own Red Carpet and invite your friends to a night to remember at your classy Oscar Party. Renowned for its glitz and glamour the Oscars bring out the latest fashions and party trends for A-list guests, so why not give your crowd a magical evening that gives them the opportunity to wear their finery, eat, drink and be merry in a manner befitting celebrities and film stars.


This fun infogrpahic offers hints and tips on how to achieve your party's success that deserves its own Oscar! Starting with the invitations, which should reflect the occasion, get your guests in the Oscar mood with a taste of what your sophisticated evening will be like.

We've also included some suggestions for activities and fun games that will ensure your party is the glitziest and most glamorous in town without being starchy and boring; after all who wants to be a party-pooper or wall-flower when dressed to impress at the most sort after night on the social calendar!

A night for social glamour and grandeur, take a look at the recommended drinks selection we've included in the piece below, this is a night for champagne bubbles, and film star themed cocktails, not pints and cider! Be inspired by the Oscar and host a party that all your friends will want to be invited to this year.

P.S : This article is a guest post by Louiss Dixon