"Next year, I will run" I said jokingly. My friends laughed and said "Forget it, look at yourself". They were in a way right. I was overweight and didn't do any sport. I even
had an experience of 17 years of active smoking. This incident took place in April
2012 at the sidelines of Zurich Marathon. Standing there that day, I saw men and women with diverse age and sizes pulling and carrying themselves to cross the finish
line. "Why are they doing this" I asked myself. I didn't get an answer but something happened after that day. I got my running shoes and tried to run. It was hard. Very
hard. The first run was and will always remain the most difficult race of my life. It was a race against my own self. After running few steps, I stopped.
But I did not quit.
Now I run regularly. I love to run.
Running opened many new doors. The door for public speaking and as a lifestyle coach.
Somehow something was missing in my very comfortable life. Something that could make my heart sing. Running helped me to identify it.
I found Connecting with others makes my heart sing. Now, I do this by motivating people to lead a healthy lifestyle, as a public speaker and by contributing in social projects.
Indranil (Indi) is a scientist in the field of obesity and vascular biology. Presently, he is based in Zurich and has been associated with the University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland for 10 years. Prior to that, he worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich, Germany. He completed his doctorate degree in Biochemisty from University of Delhi and has a Masters in Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India.