Shakti means power, energy, movement, strength.
Shakti is the divine force, manifested to destroy demonic forces and restore balance.
Every god in Hinduism has his Shakti and without that energy they have no power.
Shakti assumes different roles as Sati, Parvati, Durga, and Kali.
My favorite, Kali, is the goddess of war/destruction - the most misunderstood of all the goddess.
She brings death to ignorance and to the ego as the illusory self-centered view of reality.
She symbolizes the destructive and temporary nature of life.
And so, I have decided to name my bike Shakti.
Shakti is my means of strength and movement on this ride.
She symbolizes the force that destroys hardship and restores balance.
She is Kali, destroying ignorance and bringing about HOPE, KNOWLEDGE, and CHARITY.
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This post is well overdue.
I have been struggling to express myself over Texas4000 and why I am here.
I don’t have much of a personal connection to cancer and didn’t want to take away from those who do. Though, I still ride with a purpose.
I ride for those young woman who have been told “NO” all their life simply because of their gender. I come from a country that deals with such issues everyday and am very lucky that my family has supported me in every decision I have made for myself.
I want to bring to light that these issues aren’t only confined to “developing” countries but happen right here in America as well. There has been numerous accounts where women in general have not been held to the same standards as men. WHY?
I am an woman from India who is biking 4,500 miles from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska to fight cancer. I am here to support others fight their battle with cancer as many have fought for my rights to be here.
Work hard. Play harder.
As with most good stories in Austin, it all began with a taco. All great stories in Austin begin with a breakfast taco. But this story is only good, not great.
Besides, it wasn’t breakfast time and it wasn’t one of those days where one could argue breakfast is good at any time of the day. Have you ever noticed how heavy and filling breakfast foods are? On this day the sun blared and even a split second spent outside resulted in breaking a sweat. On a day like this, does a pile of bacon drenched in grease with a side of waffles (extra whipped cream, per Leslie Knope’s request) really sound like the most appetizing meal?
…ok, maybe it does, but I digress.
It all began with a taco. As Mukthi and I sat on the roof of the Texan Tower on Saturday, May 18, listening to rap, R&B, and a little bit of the Biebz, we discussed the kinds of foods that would be difficult to find in our summer destinations. For me, Paris and for her, Seattle. So we made a quick decision to go to Guero’s on South Congress for tacos. And thus began our adventure.
We drove by the “I love you so much” graffiti on the side of Jo’s and both commented on how we’d never gotten a picture in front of that sign, despite it being a quintessential picture-taking destination among college students, tourists, and high school prom-goers alike. From there, we formulated a list of stereotypical Austin places at which we’ve never taken pictures. Today was the day we regressed from locals (by virtue of being year-round students and residents) to tourists (gross).
Our night ended to the perpetual boom of fireworks as thousands of students, friends, and families celebrated the graduating class of 2013. Halfway inspired by the words of keynote speaker Sanya Richards-Ross, 30 percent inspired by the pride emitted through applause and the changing colors of the UT Tower, 7 percent prompted to leave immediately following the end of the fireworks display, and 3 percent ready to leave the junebug-infested field of itchy grass, we carried on with our lives, ready to take on the world.
Glad I am not the only one! I was jogging on Guadalupe… and I think you were headed to veggie heaven!
I am supposed to be studying… but what better day than today to talk about my year? At least then I can say that I did something semi-worth while. Honestly, so many great things have happened this semester that it makes up for my lack of excitement on 12/12/12. This has been the most stressful semester yet, and it is still not over. I don’t brag about being a McCombs student for nothing. At least I am enjoying every minute of Supply Chain and couldn’t have hoped for a better career path.
SEATTLE - BOEING After the stressful few weeks of recruiting, interviewing, and rejection emails, I get an offer to interview with Boeing. A phone interview. PHONE INTERVIEWS = DEATH to put it simply. I couldn’t play off of my interviewer, gage how they were feeling, my words just stumbled out, and plus the CALL DROPPED. At this point I knew I was hopeless. This was my number one choice and I just knew I blew it… But a few weeks later, I get a call about Boeing officially extending an offer and I was beyond words! (And let me tell you, that paycheck is pretty damn nice too).
After that, all I have been hearing about Seattle are great things! I am super excited for the summer and cannot wait to get my life started. I hope they call me back for a full time offer! I could see myself working there for a few years… but lets get through this first.
TEXAS 4000 for CANCER For years I have known many people who have been part of this organization and couldn’t be more jealous. I mean… riding about 4600 miles from Austin to Alaska in 70 days on a bike in efforts for Cancer research is not a small thing. Spending the year of and the year before raising a minimum of a dollar per mile, training and reaching out to the community isn’t a small thing. My first years here I didn’t thing much about it. I knew I had many other commitments during my summers - studied abroad this, and then my internship next! It wasn’t until I talked to my friend who told me I would still be allowed to ride the summer after I graduate. This gave me hope, but I had to make a decision quick. The deadline for applying was a few days away and I had no clue if I was ready to make this commitment. It was also an issue of whether or not my future employer would let me take a few months off even before I got to work! These opportunities literally only come around once in a lifetime, and I couldn’t back out. I hounded Mars for days to help with my application since he is now an alumni to the organization! I tried to get some information out of Omar, who interviewed me, still no luck. Weeks later, I get a call from Alex, he starts talking about some potluck plans (which we still haven’t had by the way) … I was slightly annoyed since I was expecting a call from T4K. Just as our conversation was ending, Alex says, “So… what are your plans for the summer of 2014?”
I still have no clue what I just got myself into but I am excited to find out. Just as I end my journey here at UT, I will be starting a new one with T4K! I am honored to be part of such an organization. I am excited to get to know all of my teammates.
For any of you who are reading this, I would love to dedicate my ride for anyone you know who has been affected by this disease. I promise to keep blogging about my journey as it progresses. We just got fitted for our first jerseys a few days ago, so we are well under way!
THE WOODLANDS My parents just recently stepped up and bought a home in The Woodlands, and its gorgeous! It is the classiest home I have seen. I am so excited for them and all that they have overcome in their lifetimes! Couldn’t image the hardships they had to face growing up, but they fought through it. I cannot wait to go back home and see it completely moved in. Party soon?
FINALLY My brother proposed today! FINALLY. They are in Chicago right now where Tosa grew up! I am extremely happy for him and so glad that he is finally was able to do it! And what a relief that I actually like her! Haha! I have no words other that I am extremely happy for those two! I remember two years ago when we were on our way to India, my brother told me on the plane that he was planning this, WOW time flies! Congratulations! I love you so much and you deserve the best. Can’t wait to get all dolled up in my Indian clothes!
All in all, I have met many people and done many new things this past year that this post cannot even begin to cover. I feel like I grow and grow each year, but this one especially has been a major point for me. Thank you to all of you that have supported me along the way… I’m going to need it a lot more from now on so keep it coming!
Until next time.
I think I saw one of the people I follow in Austin today…