Sunday, December 30, 2007
Bollywood is surely going through one of its best times after 60s and 70s.
The movies I liked in recent past were, and not in order of preference but ramdomness, Rang De Basanti, Black, Iqbal, Chak De India, Life in a Metro, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Omkara, Yahaa, Parineeta, Lage raho Munnabhai, Kabul Express, Black Friday, Gandhi My Father, Parjania... and many ones I'd be missing to see or recall here.
- Bollywood Script Writer Jaideep Sahni in an article published in Economic Times, 29th Dec. 07. Jaideep Sahni has written the scripts of movies like Company, Khosla ka ghosla, Chak de India and Aaja Nachle. Since the times of Saleem- Javed, no script writer(s) has got so much acclaim as him.
Monday, November 26, 2007
From Various websites:
About Audio Speakers:
Actually it started while doing graduate work at MIT in the 1950s, Dr. Bose decided to purchase a new stereo system. He was disappointed to find that speakers with impressive technical specifications failed to reproduce the realism of a live performance. He aimed to design a speaker that would emulate the symphony hall experience in the home. His speaker system was one of the first to make use of sound reflecting off walls and the ceiling.
About Car Suspension System:
For Bose, the search began with a question he asked himself several decades ago. “I wondered,” he told Popular Science magazine, “what a car suspension could do without hardware constraints, if you could have any force you wanted, at any time, between the body and the wheel.”
Bose focused on figuring out mathematically what kind of performance was theoretically possible. Five years of mathematical analysis revealed a tremendous performance gap.
Throughout his life, Amar Gopal Bose has had the avid curiosity of a child, the tenacity to follow it through, and the gumption to flout conventional thinking.
In 1980 he decided to work on it. As is his wont, he ignored the 100-year-old beaten track of automakers who had perfected fluid-based suspension hardware. He threw away the hardware model, and along with it the limitations.
At his alma mater MIT, when he was hired to teach network theory, he threw away the syllabus and confronted his students with nine blackboards. He urged students to ask tough questions, expected section leaders to think out loud to illustrate the problem-solving process, abolished exam time limits and allowed open books.
William H. Brody, now the president of
On Bose Corporation:
At the end of the day it’s Bose’s way of thinking that remains such a unique gift: Simply put, it is just a wondrously dogged courage to chase an idea to its very limit. Bose Corporation may have a billion-dollar turnover, but Bose says he started the company to chase ideas, not make money.
“I would have been fired a hundred times at a company run by MBAs,” he told Popular Science magazine. “But I never went into business to make money. I went into business so that I could do interesting things that hadn’t been done before.”
So number crunchers’ myopic obsession with the bottom line was out, a commitment to pure research was in.
Bose says it’s the principle of allowing bright minds to search for answers that was more important to him
Popular Science, in a long, admiring essay, sums it up best about the merit of Amar Bose’s mindset and contribution.
“The value of Amar Bose—and by extension, his company—isn’t so much in the things he has invented, but in the sense of possibility he inspires,” the magazine wrote. “Bose reminds us that we could all afford to be much more skyward-looking, far-fetched and curious, and that we could all believe more strongly in our own potential to create.”
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The world around me is changing…or perhaps it’s just me thats changing-maybe I’m finally able to see things from a more rounded perspective.
I have to admit I’m a bit jaded. I’ve been out of it for too long,
actually make that forever.
Even my parents have been encouraging me to go out –not just with my girlfriends but also to meet guys on dates etc. “It dosent have to be serious you know -just enjoy yourself” they tell me
now I know the world is really changing!!
Just the other day my teenage neice played me a song that’s a huge hit in school and college campuses all around India. Its called “Soota na Milla” supposed to be anti tobacco song… looks like the underground music scene is India is coming of age… but the lyrics…Oh my God! I’m still blushing…BC & MC & (*%^%) “so what’s the bid deal-I think its so cool “ she said ,eyes closed and her head nodding to the beat of the song, the butterfly tattoo at the base of her spine shining.
Jeans have to definitely be worn below the tattoo I’m instructed. “Cool na”?
So I’m trying to catch up with cool.
In an effort to expand my universe and throw my blinkers out, I’ve been going out a lot. Travelling, partying, doing things I’ve never done before, trying to overcome my fears and inhibitions, putting myself out there and trying to see the world devoid of my earlier conditioning.The judge has fallen off the moral highhorse and is slowly turning into a dinosaur
there is a communication explosion
The demarcations of age, sex, economic status etc are blurring and people are suddenly happy to just be people. The online friendship and dating sites have miraculously shrunk the world, and no one is a stranger anymore. People are feeling less isolated.
Some are single, some are attached, some are dangling at a precarious angle between single- double, single- triple, while some are multiple only please etc. And yes some are happily married and monogamous too.
One repeatedly announces that she is a lesbian when asked what she does. Hello-since when did that become a profession? Whatever… I’m learning to not ask too many questions
I’m also learning to be anonymous, blend in, and play the part of observer.
Sometimes my face comes in the way. When people ask me if I’m Suchitra I deny it & announce myself as her twin sister Sitara!
Some actually believe me, while most don’t ,but the hilarity of it seems to set the tone for the interactions that follow.
sexuality is open.
People talk about it in very simple terms.
It is refreshingly candid and a far cry from the cloak and dagger hypocrisy of the past.
I learn that to some sex is merely a bodily function-almost like going to the toilet. They just have to let it out.There is no thought or emotion attached to it.
Many do it for proffesional gain –and no they don’t see anything wrong in it. So what if the boss has a wife/ husband-that they say is the bosses problem.
After all isn’t “I saw losing my virginity as a career move” one of Madonna’s most famous quotes?
Discussion of these issues is no longer taboo
Yes people watch porn-and log on to porn sites
There seems to be no guilt or shame in anything anymore.
Everything is consensual and to each his own.
Some people are dating with a vengence while some people are dating till they find the right one
More and more older women are dating younger men- economic independence has erased the lines of earlier traditional norms.
People meet on line and meet up on holidays across the country or sometimes the world.
People are determined to enjoy themselves.
I discover a whole new vibe.
There is a controlled aggression in the way people are going about their lives.
Everybody is fiercely individualistic. As long as they get what they want their world is a happy place.
They are out there, working hard, earning well, partying hard, exercising hard, and living life on their own terms.
I discover a whole new vocabulary where
Attitude is the key word.
Memory is a selective word
Promiscuous is definitely not a bad word
Honest is an untrue word
Selfish is a good word
Morality is a debatable word
Friendship is an all encompassing word
I have been discovering so many things
and though I’m still wildly oscillating between being jaded and catching up with cool
I’m actually having myself a really good time… but yet, I cant help thinking…
In all this… where is the love?
Is this my tipping point? :-) am I on the verge of discovering a brand new meaning of love…
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Our Police, Judicial System... all seem to have been filled by the people of dead character. The biggest idiots are the people of India who vote for such politicians and make them attain power.
Another similar incident which occurred one year back reported on a blog:
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
"There is a split-second, a nano-second, just a moment in time when you are the only person in the whole world who knows that you've hit it right in the middle (of the bat)," Gilchrist said
"A second later everyone else knows but that's just the best feeling as a batsman because you've probably taken a bit of a risk (to hit it)"
"When I'm not thinking about trying to be overly aggressive and not trying to hit the ball over the fence that's when my natural instincts come in and it happens a bit more"
Click here for Full Article
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Oh threats of hell and hopes of paradise!
One thing at least is certain: This life flies.
One thing is certain and the rest is Lies;
The Flower that once is blown for ever dies!
The Moving Finger writes: and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it
-Piety: Piousness, Wit: Intelligence. Sent to me by my friend Lokendra.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
The best time to be in the market, is now. When it dips, you wont be able to buy because of the fear of further dip. When it is up, you wont be able to buy because of the feeling of loss. -Anon.
Only one thing is known in the market- That it will go up in the long run. -Anon.
Aim: To win all wars despite losing many a battles. - RJ.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
You can google to know more about him.
".....And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on."- from the same speech.
"Let me tell you guys...........it was the best speech I have ever heard in my life............ Hope you all will also like it.........." -My friend Nitish after watching it.
Click on the link below to see the video.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
-Rahul Dravid. Read this quote with Deepak Chopra's quote posted below in past .
Friday, September 14, 2007
-17th century French scientist Blaise Pascal, best remembered for his contributions to pure geometry and inventions such as the syringe, the hydraulic press, and the first digital calculator.
What sleep is to the mind, silence to the soul.
Q: What do you like second most after the music?
A.R. Rehman: Silence.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
- A speaker, Sudhanshu Trivedi, as reported by a correspondent, in an alumni meet of my friend Ramanuj.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Click here for the article
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
People tend to underestimate low probability events when they haven’t happened recently, and they tend to overestimate low probability events when they have happened recently.---Warren Buffet.
"Optimism for a Fundamentalist is the highest at the Tops while the Optimism for a Technical is the greatest at the Bottom" - Unknown.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Here are some of his comments which I liked recently.
- one of my biggest learning as an investor is that good stocks always remain expensive.
- Investment strategy: If you find an idea that you are convinced of take a position which if proved correct makes a meaningful difference to your Balance Sheet.
- Do you think analysts know what value and valuations are? They would be the richest people in the world.
- When I bought Praj, it was very difficult decision because in January of 2003 the price was Rs 10; I bought the stock at Rs 100 in December 2003. So the stock had appreciated 10 times in a period of one year before I bought the stock. So, I don’t know; stock appreciated 10 times is a vast appreciation and I bought after that. So I am not buying anything to be different. I am only buying it if in my thinking, the earnings will grow and valuations are reasonable.
- The other lesson is that do not expect that you will have this kind of return constantly. Some of the worst mistakes are made when you get an abnormal return and then you start feeling that you must take steps so that this return can be replicated.
On the face of it, they look very common sensical, but it is this common sense that we loose completely when we make major decisions, I feel. And that's why perhaps he emphasizes so much on these.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
नहीं रखता दिल में कुछ
रखता हूँ ज़ुबाँ पर
समझे ना अपने भी कभी...
कह नहीं सकता मैं क्या
सहता हूँ छुपा कर
इक ऐसी आदत है मेरी...
सभी तो हैं जिनसे मिलता हूँ
सही जो है इनसे कहता हूँ
जो समझता हूँ....
मैंने देखा नहीं रंग दिल आया है सिर्फ अदा पर
इक ऐसी चाहत है मेरी...
बहारों के घेरे से लाया मैं दिल सजा कर
इक ऐसी सोहबत है मेरी...
साये में छाये रहता हूँ...
आँखें बिछाये रहता हूँ...
जिनसे मिलता हूँ...
कितनों को देखा है हमने यहाँ
कुछ सीखा है हमने इनसे नया...
पहले फुर्सत थी अब हसरत है समाकर
इक ऐसी उलझन है मेरी...
खुद चलके रुकता हूँ जहाँ जिस जगह पर
इक ऐसी सरहद है मेरी...
कहने से भी मैं डरता हूँ...
अपनों की धुन में रहता हूँ...
कर क्या सकता हूँ...
दे सकता हूँ मैं थोड़ा प्यार यहाँ पर
जितनी हैसीयत है मेरी...
रह जाऊँ सबके दिल में दिल को बसा कर
इक ऐसी नीयत है मेरी...
हो जाये तो भी राज़ी हूँ...
खो जाऊँ तो मैं बाक़ी हूँ...
यूँ समझता हूँ...
रस्ते न बदले न बदला जहाँ
फिर क्यों कदम हैं बदलते यहाँ...
Click here listen to song
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
"It was deeply satisfying...... Teaching children science was far more satisfying then working in a corporate. "
- Arvind Gupta.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
There is no alphabet from which a mantra cannot be made. There is no herb from which a medicine cannot be made. There is no person who is incapable. Who is rare is the one who can organize.
पर उससे ना बोलिए, जो आप से तगड़ा होए !!!
-Poet unknown. May be Kaka Hathrasi??? Anyone to help??
Sunday, May 13, 2007
These are the companies I have invested in. I dont invest in cyclic old economy stocks as these involve extensive follow up and labour, with nominal, although less risky returns. My choice of area is the new economy sunrise sectors.
The stock idea should have a big long term potential, excellent management, an early mover and possibly catering to the great Indian middle class or else export oriented. There should be something in the story that can make me believe that if clicked, the idea can make a significant change in my portfolio.
Of late I have gained interest in software stocks also, which has made the portfolio loaded with some of these stocks. More are to come. One or two media stocks can also find place.
I recognize that 22 scrips is a huge number as far as the no. of scrips advisable in a portfolio. It should have been ideally 6-12. And I do recognize it's a symbol of investor under-confidence to invest in more and more companies. OK! my major holdings at present are in IBREALEST, Geoinfo, ENIL, Polaris, Indiabulls & Mindtree. & these companies account for over 70% of the portfolio. Other companies have a minor share of the pie.
I like to follow Vinod Sethi, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Ramesh Damani & and some mutual funds/ magazines also while selecting stocks. Though lack of time many times doesn't allow to do intensive research.
Next few months I aspire to learn technical & fundamental analysis of stocks. Till the next posting in this field,
Sunday, April 29, 2007
सोचा तो हर किसी से, मे्रा सिलसिला मिला !
फ़ुर्सत किसे थी, जो मेरे हालात पूछता..
हर शख्श अपने बारे मे, कुछ सोचता मिला !
बहुत गरीब हैं.
उनका कोई घर है ना ठिकाना,
लेकिन छः रोज़ मुसलसल,
अलग-अलग मकानों में
मेहनत-मजदूरी करने के बाद
इतवार कि शाम को
एक-दूसरे से मिलने आते हैं
तो, सारे शहर को अमीर बना जाते हैं.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Use it whenever you feel frustrated and let down by the system. It may work!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Sachin's SON: Mummy mummy !! dekho papa six pe six maar rahe hain
Sachin's WIFE: Beta theek se dekho,advertisement hoga
After the shameful defeat of Team India ,
the team members were not able to
show their faces to people and they
chose not to go in public and rather
just pack up in hotel rooms.
Dravid could not resist for too long to be
in the hotel room and still not be able to go out shopping.
who greets him "Hi Dravid!"
Surprised for having been caught he
comes back and makes himself up as
a muslim woman - in Burkha etc and goes
out. Yet the same woman greets
him "Hi Dravid!".
Dravid comes back
determined to give it yet another try with the make up
of a Hippie wig and shorts etc.
again and greets him "Hi Dravid!".
Bewildered by now, he could not help asking, "How did you
The lady replied - "I am Sachin!"
Sunday, April 8, 2007
- My friend Nitin Gautam, in a conversation to someone.
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Friday, April 6, 2007
Wikipedia: What a site!
Flickr.com: My Photo Album
pagetutor.com : Excellent web page tutorials
mouthshut.com : Reviews and comments on anything
NSE stock chart
The Equity Desk.com
Current Stock News: Link contributed by an Anonymous
Monday, April 2, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Meanwhile just presenting a piece of quawwali that I recall most..
(Sakal = entire, Bun (Van) = forest, Gadhwa = bouquets, bunch of flowers)
Sakal bun phool rahi sarson,
Sakal bun phool rahi sarson,
Umbva phutay, tesu phulay,
koyal bolay daar daar,
Aur gori karat singaar,
Malaniyan gadhwa lay aayin karson,
Sakal bun phool rahi sarson,
Tarah tarah kay phool lagaaye,
Lay gadhwa haathan mein aaye.
Nijamudin kay darwazay par,
Aawan keh gaye aashaq rung,
Aur beet gaye barson.
Sakal bun phool rahi sarson...
The yellow mustard is blooming in every field, every forest
Mango buds are clicking open, the 'tesu' flowers too;
The koyal chirps from branch to branch,
And the beatiful girl tries her make-up,
The gardener-girls have brought bouquets.
Colourful flowers of all kinds,
In hands everyone’s bringing;
But Aashiq-rung (the lover), who had promised to come
To Nizamuddin’s house in spring,
Hasn’t turned up - its been years.
The yellow mustard is blooming in every field.
(Nizamuddin Aulia, a Sufi saint, the Peer (master) of Khusro. The tinch of pain in the end of poem makes it even more moving for me. The poem and translation were taken from here and here. -Gaurav.)
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
A good site for having movie reviews.....
My favorite movie critics are Rajeev Masand(CNN IBN) and Nikhat Kazmi(Times of India). For most of the movies, their reviews are available on this site. I have learnt that Rajeev is an IIM-A passout and has turned into a movie critic for his interest in the subject. Just recalling another IIMian Harsha Bhogle at this juncture.
I find it always awarding to first see the ratings and then go for any movie. But dont know why majority of people just go and sit in the movie hall and then come out blasting the movie like anything if it is not good. It was their choice to go for it like this, ultimately.
Meanwhile, in the recent times I liked movies Black Friday and Parjania very much.
"This week I watched Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday, a film about the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai and I've decided it's one of the best films I've watched in recent years."
"For at least a few days after I attended a screening of Parzania, I couldn't stop talking about the film to everyone I met.
It's not the greatest film I've seen, it's not the kind of film I could watch over and over again. And yet, it's a film I'll recommend to as many people as I can."
Monday, February 19, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
सूनी सूनी थी फिज़ां
मैने यूं ही
उसके बालों में गुन्थी
खामोशियों को छू लिया
मैं भी हंसा
फिर हमारे साथ
नदिया, वादियां, कोषार, बादल,
फूल, कोंपल, शहर, जंगल
सब के सब हंसने लगे
फिर मोहल्ले में
किसी घर के
किसी कोने की
छोटी सी हंसी ने
दूर तक फैली हुई
दुनिया को रौशन कर दिया है
ज़िन्दगी का रंग
फिर से भर दिया है
Monday, January 15, 2007
So friends! Here I am with a reflection of my being on the webpages though words, images and sounds.