Monday, 30 November 2009

re-designed blog…

Last few weekends, I have been spending some time on re-designing my blog site. I try to do it occasionally so that the blog site looks fresh and I am also a little selfish here! I try to be in touch with the web designing that I studied during my graduation.
The new design came to my mind on a weekend and I thought it was the best way to describe my blog.. The home page has information scattered and does not follow a sequence, reflecting the nature of the blog… “the random thoughts”…
Initially I thought, Flash should be used to make it interactive and flashy! however, I thought to keep it simple this time..while it still allows for a lot of interaction. Every image on the home page is a link for more information. My college, what I wanted to be as a kid, places where I stayed and places where I want to visit at least once…and so on…
My blog site continues to have pages related to – Photos, Links and Blog Roll.
Navigate the blog site by clicking here or clicking on the ‘take me home’ button on top of this page and it would be great to hear back from you on the design of the site. Happy blogging!

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

pagerank..of some sites…

PageRank is an algorithm developed by Larry Page (co-founder of Google) to set importance to a web page on the internet. Page Rank is used in displaying search results and the PageRank algorithm helps in faster and accurate search. On a scale of 1 to 10, higher the PageRank, higher is the importance of the page. I tried looking for the PageRank for few sites (okay the last one one is no where closer in competition with the rest..it was just for curiosity)-
reuters.com has a page rank of 8 out of 10…
bloomberg.com has a page rank of 8 out of 10…
fb has a page rank of 9 out of 10…
twitter with a page rank of 9 out of 10..
Times of India with a page rank of 5 out 10..
The Hindu (beta site) with a page rank of 4 out of 10 and the old site with a page rank of 5 out of 10..
while I did try to find the page rank of my blog, not bad…it stands at 3 out of 10…
some snapshots for those who like proofs :)
More about PageRank is here

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

friends, food and a good time!

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

for your eyes… a little more about facebook

whoa… the site and the outstanding statistics! Since last year fb has been growing and growing with a lightning speed leaving orkut and other social networking sites in the audience pool… some interesting facts about fb for your eyes…
Founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin in February 2004… has a good number of users with great apps… some interesting stats…
There are 300 million active users on fb and the fastest growing demographic is more than 35 year old or older.. well I thought it would be 25 years old or older! this one was surprising to me…
Average user has 130 friends… now..if you have less or more not to worry.. this is just an average which I guess does not exclude the outliers like some one having 3 or 4 friends compared to someone who has 2k friends… More about having less and more friends will follow on my blog shortly…
There are 2 billion photos uploaded to the site each month and 14 million videos…
Fb allows you more than 70 transactions that can occupy your time…
There are 350,000 apps on fb… I tried creating one..its still in progress :(
65 million users using fb from mobile devices.. technology has advanced so much that lot of information is on the finger tips and connectivity is not an issue any more… mobile phones now come with excellent browsers that support accessing social networking sites… Adding on.. fb has a feature that allows user to subscribe to sms option…which allows the user to get notifications on the mobile phone whenever there is a new friend request, mail, update on the wall/photos etc… brining information wherever whenever…
Where did the money come from for fb? Well it was in three rounds… First 500,000 USD from Peter Thiel in 2004, Second 12.7 mn USD from Accel Partners in 2005 and lastly 27.5 mn USD from Greylock Partners leading the round, Meritech Capital Partners participating, and Accel Partners and Peter Thiel… I guess fb can look at going public, should raise a lot of money and the company has a great future with 300 million active users and still counting…
fb has been a nice site which is user-friendly and fast…the appearance and the apps that it provides are simply best and easy to use allowing you to spend hours and hours on the site… twitter does compete with fb in the area of status updates… however fb allows lot and lot more than 140 char text updates and do lot of other stuff… events are getting more participation, friends who once studied together long ago are able to reconnect with ease… well it also bring the philosopher in you through your status updates! I get to read at least two/three status updates that are philosophical in nature – something about life, work, challenges, change, etc…
you can read a lot more about fb on this link

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Ajab prem ki ghazab kahani…


This was not a bad watch… well there is no firm story in the film, however it is a good entertainer… 150 minutes packed with comedy and lovely scenes from Ooty make this movie a good one… In the movie, Ranbir playes the role as Prem and Katrina as Jenny. Ranbir is a President of Happy club…a club that he started along with this friends…which has a moto to be happy and keep everyone happy! (a challenging objective for the club!!!) Prem (initially a vegetarian) does everything to impress Jenny…from eating non-veg to taking her gifts… making her member of the ‘happy club’…like any other hindi movie does… However, like any other hindi movie… a twist in the story… where Jenny likes some one else, and Prem like a good hindi movie hero still does everything to keep Jenny happy… from convincing Jenny’s boy friend to fighting with a don (this don has five bullets and no money to buy more… ha ha..what a don!)
Few dialogues from the movie are good fun to watch.. ‘i like you..tum mujhe bahut ache lagte ho!’, ‘Happy Club ladki uthane main to mahir hai’, ‘Prem Chopra nam hai mera…’. This one is one of the good entertainer this year barring the scene where Prem and Jenny both stammer when they are upset (why both… that too when they are upset… any logic? well, i think sometimes in movies searching for the logic will land you no where… anything is possible in movies like its in cartoons!)