Madhusree Basu

Madhusree Basu - Bestplaygear

Welcome to Best Play Gear!

Hello Runners, my name is Madhusree Basu and I’m the person behind Best Play Gear.

I’ve been a runner since my early school days and have many trophies and medals that can vouch for that.

When I entered college, due to the change of environment and no sports to go along with it, I left running completely.

Also, a bad diet and junk food addiction made me put on a lot of weight. Then came the time to join my job. I moved to a new city and my junk food consumption became really bad.

By 2018 March, I was around 20 kgs or around 45 lbs overweight and finally decided to do something about it.

I started running as that is what I knew at that time as the most effective way to lose weight.

Since the time I’ve picked up running, I’ve run a half-marathon, two 10Ks, and a bunch of 5K and everything in between. Although, I’m at a manageable weight, I’m far from perfect. But I’m happy overall.

Also, when I started running it is almost 13 years since I had run. The shoes have changed, so have the gears.

I quickly fell in love with my running shoes and learned a lot about them. It’s fascinating the kind of technology and precision and the thought process that goes into them.

Also, I realized that there are a lot of misconceptions and myths about running shoes and fitness equipment in general.

So, I created Best Play Gear. I wanted to share my knowledge and experience with running shoes and gears.

My goal with this website is to provide as much real information as possible also that you can make an informed choice.

Sourav Sarkar – Certified Personal Trainer

Sourav Sarkar - Certified Personal Trainer

Introducing our esteemed coach and personal trainer, Mr. Sourav Sarkar (CPT).

Sourav has been nothing less than a monumental inspiration for us. He started from a very humble background in a suburb of Kolkata. From there he went on to become a professional bodybuilder in the early 1990’s.

At that time, professional bodybuilding was not taken seriously by most of the people in and around the circles that he was part of. This was a choice that not many supported.

However, through his pure grit and determination, he has won many championships.

In the later part of 2000, he transitioned from a professional bodybuilder to a personal trainer. For that, he studied hard and earned the certification of CPT (Certified Personal trainer) from the National Fitness and Nutrition Academy (NFNA).

Since then, Sourav has personally coached more than 500 students and from the end of 2021, he has been a personal fitness instructor for me as well.

With more than 14 years of experience under his belt, he has kindly agreed to help us with our journey with this blog. Under his supervision, we hope that, we will be able to better serve you.

Connect with him on Facebook, or Instagram.

About Best Play Gear

This website was created primarily to help runners pick up good running shoes.

However, this website has grown, into any type of gear and equipment that a runner may need. This includes compression gears, treadmills, rowing machines, training shoes, and running shoes.

There are a lot of buying guides that will help you with your running gear needs.

We sincerely hope that you find this gear information helpful and useful so that you may make an informed decision.

You may also email us: madhu@bestplaygear.com

On a side note:

If you want to use photos like the ones I have used for this site, you can source them from

depositphotos.com or canva.com like I have. However, both require premium subscription of $9.99 and $12.95 respectively and this is what I’m using.

Of late, I’m observing that there is a photo overlap between both these platforms, so I’ll most probably go with Canva in the future.

Also, the pictures of the gears and shoes are what Amazon provided through their API and this is being used as per our affiliate agreement with them. If you will be referencing their products, then this is the best way to go forward as you won’t be breaking any rules and the photos will be authentic.

We have provided credits to all the photos that are required.

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