2015 Travel Recap

2015 was another exciting year of travel for us. We took 6 family vacations and I went to Vegas to run Vegas Marathon.

Feb 2015 – Legoland & San Diego Zoo: Kids got a surprise when we arrived in Legoland hotel. They were talking about visiting Legoland for a while but had no idea where we were going. We also stopped at San Diego zoo on our way back. 


April 2015 – India & Dubai: We visited India in April and on the way back stopped at Dubai for a day. It was hectic trip but was great to meet family and friends.

With Family


Marine Drive & Dubai


May 2015 – Vancouver: Vancouver trip was quick, primarily to run my half marathon. Kids always have fun in Vancouver.


July 2015 – Alderbrook Resort: We had heard about Alderbrook resort. It is a great place to go and chill. There is nothing much to do around.


August 2015 – Ocean Shores: Another great trip around Seattle area to Ocean Shores. We visited Ocean Shores with few of our friends.


Oct 2015 – DC, Virginia & Raleigh: This was another great trip. I ran Marine Corp marathon, then we visited friends in Virginia and Raleigh. It was great to see all kids grown up. Smile

Marine Corp


Washington DC


Virginia with friends

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Raleigh with Friends



Nov 2015 – Vegas: This was a quick solo trip to Las Vegas to run my half marathon which was my birthday gift from Swati. Smile 


Hoping for even more adventures in 2016. Smile

Book Review: First Break all the Rules

This is one of the best books on management I have read in a while.

Authors:Marcus Buckingham , Curt W Coffman

Rating: ★★★★★

First Break All Rules cover image.jpgTheme is based on “The greatest managers in the world don’t have much in common except that they break conventional rules of wisdom concerning management style.”

There are twelve questions in first chapter that managers should focus on to attract and retain top talent which are really good. These are like “Do I know what is expected of me at work?”, “Do I have materials and equipment to do my job?”,  “Do I have opportunity o do what I do best?”, “ Have I received recognition in for good work?” etc…

According to author,

  • The role of manager is to act as catalyst by working one on one with each person to convert his talent into performance.
  • Also, there is limit to how much you can develop people hence managers should help each person to become more of who he or she already is.
  • Focus on outcomes not right steps
  • When hiring select for talent, skill and abilities
  • Talent cannot be taught, skills and knowledge can be developed
  • Each person has his own strength, focus on strengths and work around weaknesses
  • Most importantly “FIND THE RIGHT FIT” Smile

Great read, highly recommend it.

This data shows how Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland entrepreneurs think differently – GeekWire

Fun read but I don’t think generalizing something across the region makes any sense. Smile 

Seattle-based entrepreneurs demonstrate more stable emotions and are better at coming to an agreement. Entrepreneurs in the Bay Area, however, are more conscientious, energetic, and social than their counterparts up north.

This data shows how Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland entrepreneurs think differently – GeekWire

Awesome Mumbai(Bombay) Restaurants

The best part of visiting India is getting to eat some of the most delicious food. Smile My visit in December was very short, just 1 week but being alone gave me opportunity to visit lot of my favorite restaurants. Here is collage of few.

1. Kailash Parbat is vegi restaurant in Colaba and there Malai Rabadi is the best in the WORLD. Smile


2. Bagdadi near Taj Hotel: This is my favorite non veg restaurant. Smile There Chicken Masala with unique Tandoori Naan is AMAZING!!!


3. Mahesh Lunch Home: You cannot get better seafood then here. Best is Pomfret grill.. WOW Smile 


4. Barbeque Nation: This was a new place my bro took me. It was great atmosphere with good food. They have outdoor seating with grills on every table, they bring out unlimited kabobs and then you can have food from there buffet. It was great experience but food was ok.



Finally we went to a good restaurant for new years eve but I never took any pictures. Smile I will have to visit again on next trip to take some pictures and post it. Smile

Mercer Island Half 2015

Finished first half marathon of 2015. Weather was perfect, cold but not too cold. It was rough race. The biggest learning from today’s race was “GET FIT!!! LOOSE 10+ POUNDS!!! Start serious exercising”. Sad smile 

Best part was seeing boyz at mile 9, Arnav was saluting… Smile He saw that in a movie recently…

Also on the run met couple of runners from Portland and ran with them for almost 6+ miles. I am sure I finished today because of that.

Last 1 mile was really bad, both my calf muscles were cramping up. Sad smile Atleast I finished it and hopefully things will only get better from here on… Next stop is Vancouver marathon on 3rd May.

Finisher's Certificate

Boyz 5th Birthday Celebrations

Abhi and Arni turned 5 this Feb 2nd. Time flies by, they look so grown up already. Smile They have started talking a lot and most importantly started asking so many questions. It is fun.


Both of them wanted to visit Legoland for there birthday so we made that happen and also spent 1 day at San Diego Zoo. Legoland is perfect for 5 year old boys passionate about legos. Smile Actually it was perfect for there dad too. Smile 


The only recommendation I have is if you visit Legoland with kids, stay at Legoland hotel. It is a bit cheesy but kids love it. The songs in elevator, the pirate ship in lobby and legos everywhere in Hotel and in Legoland are just what kids really want But you cannot spend more than 2 days at the park. Smile

San Diego Zoo was fun, quick 1 day trip before taking flight back. We took the bus tour and enjoyed.


Book Review: The Power of Less

Author: Leo Babauta

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I had high hopes from this book. It has 4 stars on Amazon and I wanted to read a book that would genuinely help me with how to manage with less. Smile This book was huge disappointment for me.

Actually when you have author giving you morning routine ideas like Have coffee or tea, Shower, Take a bath, Eat breakfast among others ideas, you really think if author is running out of ideas on what to write. Anyway, mostly the book is just common sense stuff nothing that you do not know already…


The only good part was I skimmed through this book REALLY FAST!!! Smile