Heard about India Shining? I did some time ago…The growth story of India has been good especially during the times of global recession…When some countries are facing huge financial crisis, India managed to live with the recession with a good GDP (Indian economy grew by 7.9% during the last quarter, real good number). The BSE 500 Index grew from a low of 3500 in Jan 2009 to 6000+ by November…a remarkable growth.. Better national highways, good number of jobs, etc… All said so far about India Shining, but not everywhere. Recently visited Bailhongal (about 40 kms from Belgaum, Karnataka).. once upon a time, the town had good roads…and the condition of the roads now is real bad, actually, one cannot say with confidence that there existed a road! Similar experiences across some towns in Maharashtra. While on the other hand there are excellent roads, the National Highway Golden Quadrilateral and Bangalore-Mysore Highway for example… Power cuts for almost of 4 – 5 hours in a day in towns and smaller cities just show that Govt babus’ and the elected leaders must really work hard in improving the roads, power situation, and also the quality of education. Last year I met a few MBA grads from colleges from different parts of the state. I appreciate few grads who were exceptionally brilliant while a lot of them were not aware of basics. Some unaware of the current affairs and the market trends, while some not aware of what needs to be looked into when predicting stock markets, and some not aware of the basic balance sheet equation..that was a terrible experience…Quality of education at the primary and secondary levels is great. A few books from NCERT I read in the last few weeks are good, the syllabus is up to date. In my opinion, the college education needs to improve. Even though the syllabus at the graduate levels and post graduate levels are up to date, the examinations need to be made stringent. Exams need to check the ability of students understanding of the subject and they just should not act as a easy gate to pass by. Question Paper pattern look easy for a person to study during previous few days and pass the exams. More objective type questions and only a few essay type questions may be a good one. Lot of essay type questions will just welcome lot of paper wastage with no good answers. People may just end up writing stories or write the same sentence first in active voice and next in passive! While some leaders have said, youth are the future of a country, therefore the youth need to be made intelligent enough to drive the country in future!
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Initial look at the google wave since I started using looks great.. The best way a technology is been used to make conversations real-time. More to follow…Still it needs fixes in terms of some issues. One – While you try to resize the window(s) in the wave, its little slow. Have not tried it on Chrome, guess it would better perform on Chrome than Mozilla as Chrome is from Googles basket of offerings…
More to come on gw review..
Searching for the best methods available for an article to be written on the stock performance. Statistics, Trend Analysis, Fundamental approach, Technical Analysis…etc. All these methods give a good insight on the performance of companies… While I believe in Fundamental approach which is the one I would prefer anytime..however given the herd mentality in stock markets..one needs to look at technicals. Well technical analysis is for those investors who act like a passenger in the shareholding pattern of a company while fundamentals is for the long term and investors… Market anomaly! still needs exploration…
Monday, 30 November 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
It was a great weekend this time… had been to college to judge an event, meet old pals with whom i studied, accompanied by great food.
I was trying to make it to Christ College where I did my MBA, however due to busy schedules on the weekdays I could not manage to wake up early on Saturdays :( to make it to the college.. Well this Saturday was an exceptional one…I did manage to wake up early! It was good being in college after a long time, walking the path which I used some four/five years ago… One thing that has grown significantly is the intake of MBA students. While I was studying, we were 60 students in MBA of which 14 had taken finance. Currently, there are 260 students who have taken finance in their MBA..wow almost 20x increase… Was there in college to judge an event where eight groups made a presentation and played the role of lead managers in a book building process of an IPO. There were colleges which participated in this event from across Bangalore.. I appreciate their effort in collecting data and making a presentation, however a few groups were not able to justify the price band they came with. While there were two groups which impressed me..they were very close in justifying the price band they came with.. Its quite challenging for those young minds to take the appropriate growth rate, compute fcf and using dcf valuation arrive at a price target…I do appreciate their effort in getting closer to it… I enjoyed being there and it was an honor to be sharing the judging panel with Prof Ramachandran who taught me finance while I was in college and played a vital role in helping me understand how markets work…
It was a packed weekend for me…Post attending the college met a few friends from my native at their residence in JP Nagar. It was a good time spending over the weekend. We managed to get up early on a Sunday morning to enjoy tasty and mouth watering breakfast in Basavanagudi. It is a small place in Basavanagudi, however the breakfast is worth mentioning on my blog. This place is known as Sri Guru Kottureshwara Davangere Benne Dosa Hotel…and as the name goes, they specialize in making awesome benne dosa and phad (locally known as..which is made of the same ingredients used for dosa, while it is round in shape and has same slices of onion and mirchi). There are very few such places in Bangalore which serve you these kind of dishes. Mostly these are located in Jayanagar, Rajajinagar, Malleshwaram and Basavanagudi…
The weekend did not end yet…It was now time to catch up with the old pals with whom I studied my graduation. We had plans to meet at Barista, however we ended up meeting in CCD on MG Road where we spent few minutes and after being irritated by the hopeless songs played there, we moved to Cafe Hardrock where there were few more friends whom we had to meet. Cafe Hardrock plays nice songs, old rock songs…just too good…
Coming weekends are gona be a little packed as this one was..Have to catch up with a lot of friends!
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
The new improved functionality of Google is just great… Definitely the Google way! So far Google gave an option to open the searched doc in the HTML format..I like the new way where the docs appear as part of the search result are linked to Google Docs which open the docs in the original format.. say you get a pdf doc in your search, click on ‘view pdf’, it opens…and no longer you need to see it as a HTML file…And more added functionality at ‘This week in Search’…
On the fun side – I just googled for something and ended up accessing this site…It just makes you create the Google search page with whatever name you want to call it! I just tried this one.
Friday, 7 August 2009
Sunday, 26 July 2009
Sunday, 19 July 2009
I have come to this place many times in the last 4 years, and the weather of this place interests me to come over again and again...November to May is the best time to be here as it does not rain much and a lot of places can be visited around. While any time is the best to be here if the objective is to relax and enjoy the nature...
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Monday, 13 July 2009
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Well sims is a good app...however, nothing can beat Kishore Kumar songs...they are evergreen and you just get lost in those songs!
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
All good.. if life is simple. Between all these developments, are we going to miss the physical cash in future? I think yes... we are certainly going to miss the currency notes and of course the feel of holding it. Over hundred million of cards in circulation alone in India and still counting...and the rise in the cash less transactions during the past few years, shows that the focus is shifting from a paper based money to e-money. May be kids in the next generation would be taught of what Master Card/Visa, IBFT, etc mean in their primary classes, rather than being taught of which leaders photo appears on a currency note.
The convenience that accompanies e-money is great and this factor is going to play a vital role in chaning the paper based economy into a digital one...and allowing the physical cash go missing!
Friday, 5 June 2009
How I manage work life balance? I don't keep a count of the hours I work or spend with family/friends, etc. I make sure I am connected to them by meeting them, speaking to them, etc. During breaks using the Internet on my phone to stay connected with Facebook, my blog, emails, etc helps me a lot. Even when it is quite busy schedule, I don't miss on speaking to my family or my close friends. I read a lot and I like movies. I make time to read and watch movies. Sometimes even after a busy day, to watch a good movie or read through some interesting pages i would not mind. All this put together brings a balance with my work and life :)
Monday, 1 June 2009
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Sunday, 17 May 2009
Monday, 11 May 2009
What makes elections much bigger is the media covering it.. Last elections there were around 50 or less news channels that covered the election, this time count of news channel has increased by three folds...taking the count around 140+. I wonder if people take away anything watching so many shows hosted by these channels. Are they watching it for entertainment? Debates, News, Interviews, etc... do they really help in making some one decide whom or which party to vote? Do they really get into the issues or just create a heated debate sessions which the viewer enjoys watching these?
India needs a leader who is strong in making decissions and can have a team which can prevent markets from plunging, keep the terrorists away and not let any activities like 26/11 or riots like in Gujarat repeat again, help the companies grow and strenghten the economy, reduce the number of people below poverty line, reduce the count of farmers ending their life due to the burden of loans... Well at the end its the number game.. I wonder if any party could form a goverment with single majority, its going to be a mix of parties with each one of them having their own priorties forming the government and why would that happen? The answer is simple, the lower percentage of voters casting their vote...
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Taken- was one of those movies. The best dialogue was - 'I don't know who you are...but if you don't let my daughter go...I will find you...I will kill you'. Good screenplay and acting...sequenced action scenes, makes this a good movie...
Get Smart- I love the movies with hi-fi gazettes with incredible dialogues... Get Smart! a good one! Steve with his hilarious dialogues and gazettes makes the movie interesting... the drop out scene from the plane, dancing scene with really really fat lady and the scene at the end where Steve is unaware of his pants been torn while standing in front of a thousand+ audience makes the movie a good comedy...
What happens in Vegas! hmmm... a good entertainer, but it did not meet the expectations I had.
Run Fat Boy Run- quite a few good scenes...especially the scene where Simon Pegg runs from his wedding..one where he is chasing a lady who stole clothes from the shop...and lastly the climax, where he sees his image pushing him to cross the line which would make him complete the marathon and get his wife back - the one whom he had left in church on the wedding day!
Rain Man, The English Patient, The sound of music planned for the next weekend...
Monday, 16 March 2009
I wanted to watch the movie Chariots of Fire from quite a long time. The interest initiated after I came across the movie theme music and post searching the internet about the movie, I thought, I should not be missing this movie. Chariots of Fire made in 1981, is based on a true story of British athelets. The dialogues are motivational and inspiring which for sure intensify the desire to achieve and accomplish. The movie has a good cinematography along with the scene matching background score. Eric and Harold are two athelets who dream of gold medals in the 1924 olympics, and the movie best captures the desire, passion and hardwork put by Eric, Harold and their trainer. One of the best things that come out in the movie is the true desire of a sportsman to cross the finishing line first and much before others. This is a movie which one should not miss watching...More on this movie is can be found here.
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Saturday, 31 January 2009
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Please don't miss this movie...Slumdog Millionaire is a must watch...acting, the background score, each and every scene is at the best.. its gona grab a lot of awards this year..already made a grand entry in Gold Globes Awards..
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Friday, 16 January 2009
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Friday, 9 January 2009
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
Project Green is something which I want to implement...be it changing the lights of the house to CFLs, not using plastic bags, using office cab rather than going by auto to save on fuel consumption, minimum use of printed documents (if something can be read through a softcopy, then why waste paper for taking prints)...etc. 10 simple ways to go green can be found at this link.