In love with my T10 sports polo

Since I started running 2 1/2 years ago, I have acquired quite a collection of T shirts.  As one does.

Races, promotional runs, fun runs, our running club –  many of these events come with a T shirt.

t10sports in Gurgaon, just over the border from Delhi, makes Tshirts, fleeces, running jerseys, cycling shorts – pretty much all the essentials for sports, clothes-wise.  Caps, jerseys, polos, corporate gifts –  they are the go to people.

We used t10sports when we had our running group Ts made, with custom printing, logos, names etc, and the works was done quickly and efficiently.

I was lucky enough to win a voucher for a free personalised shirt from them in the recent Women’s Day 10km and opted this time for a polo, the first I’ve had from them.

I really like the fact that their polos are designed for women, meaning the cut and the sleeves are different and better suited to our body shape.  Mine was comfy from the first time I wore it.

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Nice cotton, and I really like the striped inset (below).

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Detail of the buttons.

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Check out their website for prices and sizes.

Prompt, efficient service.

Recommended.

I didn’t pay for this polo, since I won it as a prize, but we all paid for our running group Ts, and t10sports has no idea that I blog or write reviews.

What is Aravali Biodiversity Park in Gurgaon like?

Last summer, I spent many a hot summer Sunday morning yomping round the Aravali Biodiversity Park in Gurgaon with my trekking buddy Sunil Nehru, as we trained for our high altitude trek in Ladakh.  Gurgaon might not be all that hilly, but we found the park a great place to train, as my review said at the time.

Fast forward almost a year, and Sunil, his delightful wife Nina and I met up last Sunday for a yomp.  They are going off on a trek later this month, I am planning a climb in August, so with our backpacks on, we did 3 rounds of the park.  Quite like old times…

And it’s not q-u-i-t-e as unspoilt as last year, sad to say.  There is more barbed wire than I had remembered.  Plus a nice new perimeter wall, which is good.  But for some reason, fancy metal gates have been installed at several points along the path (I’d actually seen this back in January when I came running here) but now they have been semi-chained and padlocked –  the way the grills outside nationalised banks are ? – which meant we rucksacked folks had a bit of a struggle to get through.  As did everyone on a bike, or (I imagine) with a dog on leash.  You squeeze through, precariously, one at a time.

Don’t see the point.

Other than that, the sunrise was every bit as lovely as I had remembered.

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No nilgai or jungle cat this time, but flowers.

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And, of course, Sunil’s famous jam butties.

We always have a picnic breakfast thanks to him, and (I suspect) that British Public School education he received as a teenager, which must have marked him for life.

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As on every occasion I have visited this great public facility, I felt perfectly safe.  It is clean by any objective standards and by Delhi/Gurgaon standards it is spotless.

I especially love the views, below –  for a few minutes as you crest this slope, you really do not feel you are in a crowded city at all.

 

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It was amazingly green on Sunday, despite the heat – doubtless the result of the rain we had in March.  Gardeners were out at work, there is a massive drip irrigation system in place, which will be brilliant when the summer really takes hold.

Conclusion?

All you Gurgaon people –  get out and enjoy a facility that is on your doorstep, that is free, and that is clean and safe.  It is rare to have such a wilderness space, so use it and cherish it.

Aravali Bio-Diversity Park, Gurgaon

I first discovered this impressive park last year, when I went to listen to the divine Sonam Kalra in concert.

These last few weeks have seen me re-acquainting myself with the park in a very different avatar.  I am training for a high altitude trek in Ladakh next month, and since one of my fellow trekkers lives bang next door to the park, it has become our Sunday morning training ground.  Sunil and I meet at the park at 5.30 am and walk for several hours, all rucksacked and hiking-booted-up.  I can tell you in the never-ending pre-monsoon heat and humidity, we are both seriously overdressed…

The park is huge, and since there has mercifully been no attempt to prettify it, what you have is kilometres of original vegetation – thorn trees and low scrubby bushes, with good paths winding through them.  It has a wild feeling to it, and certainly makes for more interesting walking, rather than –  say –  somewhere like Nehru Park in south Delhi (where we also train, by the way).  The land was apparently heavily mined, and you can still see the results of quarrying, but as nature takes over, that raw ugliness will soon disappear.

In the early mornings, the park feels safe. There are a couple of guards, and there are always gardeners doing their stuff-  mainly watering the kikar trees – and there are enough people out walking, running, cycling, bird-watching – it’s all quite energetic, despite the searing temperatures.

Over the course of our walks we have seen nilgai, a jungle cat, a “dhaan” or rat snake, a mongoose, birds galore – last Sunday was bee-eater convention day, clearly.  We were told there was a litter of jackal pups last Sunday, too, but we couldn’t spot them.

There are stray dogs, but they don’t seem overly aggressive.  There are often herds of cows grazing.  All quite rural, considering the back drop is the tower blocks of Gurgaon.

A good parking area, otherwise no facilities at all.  No loos, no benches, nothing.  The open-air auditorium is there of course, very close to the entrance.

For those of you who live in Gurgaon –  go use a great facility on your doorstep.

Dawn breaking over the park.

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The open-air auditorium as it usually looks…

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…and during the wonderful concert I mentioned earlier.  Magical.

 

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“Soup for trees” always makes me smile

 

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Nilgai

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It may not be our ultimate goal, Mentok Kangri (all 6250 metres of it –  help!!) but let me tell you that on a baking hot morning, this slope is a killer.

And here is Sunil acing it.

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DLF Phase 3, Sector 24, Gurgaon, HR 122002

 

V Spot Café & Bar – a great find

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I was asked to go and review the V Spot Café & Bar in Gurgaon, and so on a lovely sunny February day, three of us went there for lunch.

A carnivore.

A vegetarian.

A fishatarian.

And we all loved it.  Even though 2 of us were about 3o years older than the average diner.

The V Spot Café & Bar is located in the Cross Point Building, which isn’t in itself very prepossessing but the café has jazzed its decor up, and has a fabulous outdoor terrace, and whilst sitting out there, as we did, so lovely was the weather, you could forget you were surrounded by the usual scruffy unfinished landscape of Gurgaon.  Trellises with (fake) creepers give a lovely garden feel, the sofas are comfy and invite you to lounge, and the whole atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.

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Right, down to the main event –  the food.

My husband (the carnivore) had a club sandwich, which he declared delicious and said was almost too much to finish.  Notice the “almost” since he eventually polished the whole thing off.

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My daughter (the vegetarian) had the roasted veg panini which got an equally enthusiastic thumbs up.

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I had the fish milenge which was, yet again, delicious.  Buttery sole, lovely mashed potatoes, a sprinkling of capers as a nice contrasty taste, and the whole dish elegantly presented.

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Hubby’s Margarita was excellent, he assured us, and so all in all, a great lunch.

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Service was charming though a wee bit slow, given that the restaurant was far from full.  Well, inside was pretty empty, though the terrace was  pretty busy for a mid-week lunchtime.  Loud music played all the time (though not too loud, in case you think I’m being a grumpy old woman)

The whole mood of the V Spot Café & Bar is decidedly funky, with corny jokes in the menu, and droll remarks even on the paper napkins, and the whole thing works.  Sometimes restaurants appear to try too hard to be hip (though I’m told you don’t describe things as hip any more, but you take my point).  V Spot Café & Bar is trying to be funny and cool  –  and it is.

Take the drinks menu, for example, which has slightly daft stories behind many of the drinks :

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The food menu comes with a zany health warning :

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Even the napkins, as I mentioned, are funny :

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You open it – obviously – and

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Even the (clean!!) loos have zany graffiti :

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Good value for money. Nice location –  I can imagine it must be lovely at night, sitting out on these bar stools :

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Or lounging the evening away…

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A good find.

Address and phone number are on the bill below.

Or you can check their excellent website

http://www.vspotcafebar.in/

 

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