Walking blah blah…

My recent status msg was this : “Love the time, when my shadows are the longest !!!”

Does it tell you anything about what I am doing ????

Oh yeah, I started a teeny-weeny bit of walking in the early morning hours, when Chennai is quite pleasant and fools you with the climate. Β It’s all the effects of those rants – I hope u remember them, for I am trying to forget them all.

And it was also suggested that walking is one the best exercise to maintain the diastolic blood pressure, near normal ranges.

I knew all these, but was procrastinating the idea of walking. I give myself various reasons for skipping the walking – My heel is hurting – Not enough sleep in the night and hence tired – I wanna sleep late in the morning – I am hungry, so I can’t walk !!! Β Not valid ones, I know, but I justified with all the legality I had in me.

It was my daughter, who literally pushed me out of the cozy comforts of my bed into my hard walking shoes. Naaaa, I didn’t like it at all – but those words about my negligence on maintaining my health was quite a strong one, which I cannot choose to ignore. What to do ???? She does talks sense….Dont u think she has taken after me ???? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

On a serious note, that really got me going and I pulled myself for a walking session everyday morning. But I made sure that I stick to that 30 mins of walking – Why, everyone says 30 mins everyday is more than enough ???

Now, that its going on for a few days, I’ve pretty much got into a routine, I just feel. And I hope I’ll continue this…..not blah blah, but walking. πŸ™‚

Among the morning walkers, I find a lot of elderly men, who have suddenly realized the need to exercise, post-retirement stage. Β And their wives are dragged into this morning routine too. I find these women are immensely happy to share some time with their husbands, during these morning walks. Β But there’s something that’s drastically contradicting. The men look like the better attired ones, in Shorts / Track Pants, Bright Tees, Designer Walking shoes and socks. Β The women, on the other hand, Β are dressed in a really dull sari or a salwar kameez with a dupatta pinned up so well that it resembles a sari sometimes. Β And the other thing which I noticed was, the women wore ordinary chappals – the one u use for home wear or probably a little bit better one, but that has seen the best times and begging to retire.

Did u get my point ????

Why this contrasting dress code ????

Do the husbands don’t want their wives to be better dressed or what ??? Or does the women think that this dressing is enough to walk with this man ????

Why cant the women wear walking shoes ????

And I am watching everyday, how uncomfortable it is for the lady to walk up to that speed of her man, clad in a sari – trying to adjust the pallu or holding up the fall of the sari, in the front. Surely, it looks like the dress is very discomforting to her.

Also, there are other kind of elderly men, who are sly from the top to bottom. Oh, how I hate them !!! Their main purpose of choosing the walking routine, is to look around to see the other ladies who come for walk. Β If none turns up on any particular day, these men are not disappointed either – they wait to see the mommies coming down to drop their kids in the school bus. Oh, what life these men lead….disgusting.

And I love to watch a group of ladies and men, playing badminton – which is just great. How sports can bond people together !!!

There are a few people, who sit on the sides, facing east, waiting for the Sun to rise. And I thought I was the one, obsessed with the Sunrise. πŸ˜‰ Β These people, start their Pranayama exercises, facing the early morning sun – which is so good for health. Β I should be taking inspiration from them. πŸ™‚

So, continues my walking…..which is providing content for my blog…..I’ve no better reason to stop walking right now….Isn’t it ????

Here’s another pic from my Sun Collection !!! πŸ™‚

Ain't it pretty ???? That cloud line over the sun, makes it more beautiful. πŸ™‚

57 Replies to “Walking blah blah…”

  1. Yep, a very pretty picture it is indeed.
    Walking in a sari? I mean walking walking? Sounds like an ordeal!

    I love morning walks. There isn’t a better time to freshen up the mind.


    1. That lady is surely finding it difficult….I am thinking of telling her abt other dressing options…. πŸ˜‰

      The mind is erased blank of all happenings and that makes me all fresh to write new things on it…. πŸ™‚


  2. heyyyy uma-Join the morning walk bloggers gang! So wht if we live miles away! Thi is great! Do add pix after each post! I haven’t posted abt my walks with pics for a while and am inspired to do so again soon!take care of ur health its is ur greatest wealth!

    And talking of walking shoes, I have to get myself a good pair, now tht I’m seriuosly walking every day! i’m sure it makes a world of difference to the gait and speed!


    1. Is there a new gang like that ???? ha ha ha….I love to be a part of it. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      But u being ahead of me, in time, will finish ur walk while I sleep away to my early morning dreams…. πŸ˜‰

      Yes, that BP thingy became a problem to be tackled with sincerity. Thanks, will sure take care of my health. πŸ™‚

      Go on, get one – Nike / Reebok / Or What ????


  3. Puja dawns
    and jasmine mornings
    and He rises
    amidst clouds

    Its becoming a game
    He will see today,
    as He blows aside
    a truant cloud.

    Will it be
    leaders in
    making people vanish
    like in movies ?

    Will it be
    11 guys
    behind a ball
    way beyond the green
    and two guys
    looking at a third
    holding his finger
    up ?

    Will it be
    small children
    huge schoolbags
    to school,
    running to
    catch a bus ?

    Will it be
    freshly bathed Amma
    His arrival
    an intricate rangoli
    at the door ?

    He watches
    the young lady
    the modern Appas
    traditional Ammas,
    of what
    she needs to
    make for lunch.

    Then the lady turns
    quickly clicks
    His photo;

    getting carried away,
    he shoves
    all those clouds aside,
    takes a windy breath
    and decides to
    get to work.

    A long long climb
    till lunchtime…..


    1. U just got me right – I always think of lunch in the mornings, as I need to pack lunches everyday. πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

      Loved those lines on cricket !!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Whenever I post sun pics, I wait in anticipation for a few lines from u….. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you, u made my day and of course, the sun’s too….for he is happy to know that he has been penned by you !!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  4. If you go for a walk wearing a saree, the petticoat sticks to the legs because of the sweat and it is very difficult to put the leg forward.

    I too have noticed all the sceneries you have mentioned here. We are morning walkers for many years now! I wear a dupatta but don’t pin it and wear sports shoes too!

    The picture is beautiful and the poet is here to give a beautiful tribute too! Love Suranga’s poems!

    Keep walking, Uma!


    1. Oh yeah, the petticoats do stick….I think thats why the filmy ladies, wear tight skinny pants beneath the sari….so that it’ll be easy to dance in the rain too… πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

      Thanks Sandhya….I am holding on to that routine with all that I can. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  5. I have a answer to that , Recently I asked a friend the same question while we were walking up and down oxford street.. That why dont you lovely ladies wear Walking shoes, the answer was No ladies dont wear shoes .. I dont know why.. some sort of fashion statement to wear high heels or slippers ..

    But you started to walk EXCELLENT.. and keep it up … and there is no reason to stop ever…

    and beautiful picture…


    1. Oh No !!! Bikram, I dont agree to that….heels or slippers are not meant for walking as a exercise and I am wondering what kind of woman will wear heels for walking like that ??? The heels in her body will kick her….. πŸ˜‰

      And I intend to continue well too….so, thanks. πŸ™‚


  6. Now getting fodder for new posts on your blog should be the added temptation to keep up with this new-found great habit of a morning walk πŸ˜›

    I agree with you on the idea that be it men or women all should put on appropriate exercise gear (including shoes) to be able to exercise the right way πŸ˜›

    As far 30 minutes…well the benefits of any exercise begin at the 30th minute, so make sure you always exercise for 40-45 minutes to seek desired benefits from the routine (including pictures to post πŸ˜‰ )
    Love your Sun and cloud collection πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


    1. Absolutely….isnt getting fodder for post more important ???? πŸ˜‰

      I took ur advice and started doing more than that 30 mins….thank u for being there with those much needed tips for me. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Hugs. πŸ™‚


  7. Inspiring morning post Uma πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Now I go for driving classes in the morning and have come to enjoy the short morning walk.

    Best of luck with your walking . And about the dress code , I have also noticed the same . Men even if they go for walking for one day , first buy their gear !!!

    Nice pic of sun . πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Sun pics are my favourite too πŸ™‚

    And your comment on exam tension brought me back to earth . I was really very tensed you know .


    1. That reminds me…..I too need to take those driving classes….hubby is insisting that I attend them….. πŸ˜‰

      See, everyone of us have noticed that – the men in good exercise gear and the women dont bother with those things….

      No probs….I’ve been there….exam tensions are not worth it at all….just enjoy your time with your children and make sure they learn things happily. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  8. Keep Walking as Johnnie Walker said!! πŸ™‚
    I am surprised about the women’s dress code… because, here in Jaipur and even in Jammu, Lucknow, Jodhpur, have always seen elderly women wearing sports shoes with suits (and sarees)!!

    Nice capture, yet again!! πŸ™‚


    1. Oh yeah, I am planning on continuing…. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      But thats gud Shilpa….women going for walking shoes is the first step towards the thought “they too care about themselves” !!!

      Thanks. πŸ™‚


  9. I have noticed this incongruity between the way men and women dress for their walks. Rather it makes me angry for some reason because I feel some of these men are real proud to keep up with the times, wear colorful tees and walking shoes. But how is it that they don’t seem to feel the need for the same for their spouses as well??
    Do enjoy your walking and write more of what you see. I sure enjoyed reading this one πŸ™‚
    The picture is beautiful too πŸ™‚


  10. walking definately does everybody a host of good and that too a morning walk waiting to catch a glimpse of the sunrise like the one u photographed is absolutely fantastic. Good for u. keep it up and enjoy observing the various people u encounter.


  11. I so need to start this. Uma keep writing these posts and I promise to get inspired and take care of my health as well. πŸ™‚

    I have never understood the Saree + Chappal combination while going for a walk.


    1. U want me to inspire to start walking ???? ahem…ahem….I am so happy to do that for u, Comfy….dont be bored with lots of posts of walking here….u asked for it…. πŸ˜‰


  12. Hahahha…do you walk? Or just sit somewhere and scrutinize others’ actions? πŸ˜€ Kidding!!! Way to go! I think i should start walking too!!! Thrs a lovely park nearby, but i think i love my sleep more. sigh!

    And sexy pic, that be!


    1. LOL !!! Priya, all these scrutinizing happens while I walk….. :mrgreen:

      Oh, I was like that….loving my sleep more than anything else. But now, I’ve learnt better. πŸ™‚

      Sexy pic ???? Thankies. πŸ™‚


  13. I am one of those morning walkers and I walk for almost an hour daily for the past like 12 years?? πŸ™„

    Haa what fun it is to notice people during a walk. I used to love that when I was in India. The milkman, newspaper wala’s, vegetable vendors etc etc. Unfortunately, all I get to see here is people taking their pets out to make them do potty πŸ˜₯


    1. Oh really Saks ???? :mrgreen: Too difficult to believe that u are out walking, when u love ur heels so much !!! πŸ˜‰

      Oh, that pets doing potty is something I dont want to see, but end up seeing….. 😦 😦


  14. OMG that sun pic is divine!!!! As for walking, great job uma, I wish i could muster the will power you have πŸ™‚ About the way the women dress, I really think they need to change their mindset. I know many couples where the man encourages his wife to dress in western outfit that is more suitable but the wife refuses to adapt. And the men who leer and ogle..may they rot in their graves!!!


    1. Pushing myself out of bed for the first few days were terribly difficult….but now its easy and good too. πŸ™‚ Just make a commitment and go for it. Probably u can treat yourself, if u continue ur routine for more than 15 days…..more inspiration, u see…. πŸ˜‰


  15. Oh wow!! I love walking, but the lazy bug in me doesn’t get up early uma 😦
    It was only yesterday I was talking to S about walking everyday…god knows when we start that πŸ˜€
    And this is one beautiful sunrise picture!! I don’t know when on earth, I am blessed to see such sunrise πŸ˜€


    1. Walking with partner is certainly more motivating….just start it one fine day and u wont leave it at all. πŸ™‚

      Thats a lovely thot….sunrises are certainly a beautiful moment to capture. πŸ™‚


  16. U started walking.. thats good πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Morning walks are always pleasant with fresh air around us… welll my day starts at 10 these dats…

    That pic is nice πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  17. Hey Ums our lives seem to be running parrallely…I too go for walks tho I dont see the same sights u see. Just 1 or 2 women who wear saris & chappels, the rest are all dressed well in tracks & branded shoes. Infact its the men who are dressed a bit shabbily & yes have to agree with u on the idiots who ogle at the women passing by :-S

    Enjoyed ur take on it :-D!!!!


    1. Please forgive a typo…I was supposed to write SOME idiots…most of them this side of town are decent really but some are put on this earth to spoil the reputation of the whole gender ;-/


  18. Glorious! Once you make early morning walks your routine…it’s hard to get out of them! πŸ™‚
    Reminds me of the happy days of my morning walks in Delhi… some 6 years back!
    Have made a lot of friends thru my walking days….


  19. The Sunrise is lovely!!

    I have also noticed this! Why do they dress so badly?!! πŸ™„
    Women first put themselves down and then talk about gender issues! They need to start treating themselves right first! Jeez!

    And the older ones who oogle at younger women! Yuck!


  20. Good job going with the Walk…. Amazing. 30 minutes is very good.
    And now for the difference in attire.. Chappals are inexcusable… but yeah, my mom is an avid morning walker. She wears her sparkling sneakers… but will always walk in Salwaar Kameez or Sari (not as much now though)> Even when she visits us here, same thing> i ask her why: “She is like… I am just more comfortable in S. Kameez in public.
    But I am with you- As women, we need to take care of ourselves…. and then we will feel better and more confident and the better half’s better recognise this!


    1. Salwar kameez is far better suited to walking than a sari…it gives u freedom of movement. Right ???? πŸ™‚

      Love ur mom’s sparkling sneakers…. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


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