Tuesday, June 24

The article argues why only 1 out of ten private sector banks in India in the past 10 years have been a success. The main argument is that the parent legacy or PSU culture at the parent caused the failures. I think another reason is that the state sector banks improved their service several notches up and never allowed a mass migration of customers. Today I would say that the SBIs and PNBs are as good as a HDFC bank.Success One Or Maybe Two

Monday, June 23

This is simply great. IRCTC's online rail reservation. Now get your railway tickets delivered at home. Wonderful...what else can this e-thing do for us.
At times I think I should have been born a few years late. Atleast wouldn't have sweated out in those long crazy lines outside the reservation counters to finally end up being told - "You are waitlisted" :-((

Wednesday, June 18

Sunshine! NICE BLOG

Tuesday, June 17

Roadmap Optimism unlimited. A very nice article on how the economic recovery will take place. I liked the step-by-step way it explains the economic factors building up to indicate a recovery. Time for some stocks!!

Wednesday, June 4

Yesterday was a holiday in Hong Kong...and I made the most of it and went to Stanley to see the Dragon boat races. Stanley is my favorite beach and offers a splendid view of the sea and the mountains. Also it's green and clean. The races were pretty boring even though the spectators very interesting ;-) The Kerela races back home are much more exciting than these much-hyped dragon races. Infact I always think that we as a country haven't promoted ourselves ever. There must have been a 100 corporates sponsoring these races but nobody ever cares for our races.
Also saw back-to-back movies. I found "Two weeks Notice" rather disappointing. Sandra Bullock looks quite old and Hugh Grant is too predictable. But "Catch me if you Can" is worth the time spent.

Monday, June 2

Finally the Indian Government has decided to give us 2 time zones. A good move. This Government has really come up with some much needed moves. Also this way, my city will have atleast something to boast about...always ahead of Bombay and Delhi. East-West time zones

The music of Chalte-chalte is very nice. After such a long time, some songs worth listening again and again. Even the plot sounds very interesting and with the very natural Rani Mukherjee, this is going to be a movie, worth watching. Again after a long time.

Sunday, June 1

Today, I begin my second year in Hong Kong. A few targets achieved, a few wishes coming true, many dreams still unfulfilled...and a few dreams shattered. Its been a mixed 52 weeks in Hong Kong and at FedEx.
It has broken a lot of myths and made me accept things rather than changing them and trying to make everything happen my way. Made me much more relaxed, less of a fighter, and a believer in Destiny. I still deny it most of the time but it seems to be there....
This piece on the Quarter-life crisis reflects how I felt when I relocated to Hong Kong. I don't go through most of them these days but then...the coming year is going to start some New Chapters in Life...And often I wonder, how will they come out ?

For those in their twenty-something's...This puts it all into words perfectly. They call it the "Quarter-life Crisis"
It is when you stop going along with the crowd and start realizing that
there are a lot of things about  yourself that you didn't know and may or
may not like.

You start feeling insecure and wonder where you will be in a year or two,
but then get scared because you  barely know where you are now.

You start realizing that people are selfish and that, maybe, those friends
that you thought you were so close to aren't exactly the greatest people
you have ever met and the people you have lost touch with are some of the
most important ones.

What you do not realize is that they are realizing that too and are not
really cold or catty or mean or unsincere, but that they are as confused
as
you.

You look at your job. It is not even close to what you thought you would
be
doing or maybe you are looking for one and realizing that you are going to
have to start at the bottom and are scared.

You miss the comforts of college, of groups, of socializing with the same
people on a constant basis. But then you realize that maybe they weren't
so
great after all.

You are beginning to understand yourself and what you want and do not
want.

Your opinions have gotten stronger. You see whatothers are doing and find
yourself judging a bit more than  usual because suddenly you realize that
you have certain boundaries in your life and add things to your list of
what is acceptable and what is not.

You are insecure and then secure.

You laugh and cry with the greatest force of your life.

You feel alone and scared and confused.

Suddenly change is the enemy and you try and cling on to the past with
dear
life but soon realize that the past is drifting further and further away
and there is nothing to do but stay where you are or move forward.

You get your heart broken and wonder how someone you loved could do such
damage to you or you lay in bed and wonder why you can't meet anyone
decent
enough to get to know better.

You love someone but maybe love someone else too and cannot figure out why
you are doing this because you are not a bad person.

You go through the same emotions and questions over and over and talk with
your friends about the same topics because you cannot seem to make a
decision.

You worry about loans and money and the future and making a life for
yourself and while winning the race would be great, right now you'd just
like to be a contender!

Wednesday, May 28

This website just has good news about India. A concept difficult to digest but that is exactly what it offers...only good news, positive news, news about the unsung heroes of India and news about all those who contribute something to the country. It has some very interesting stories which surprise me...the quite reviolution happening in India.
India news... the good news!

Tuesday, May 27

Top 10 Best Hollywood Movie Lines EverSurvey I am surprised they didnt feature Nicholas Cage in the "The Family Man" saying " I like Kids - on a case-by-case basis."

Sunday, May 25

Diary of a disillusioned banker. It was quite funny, rather amusing reading this. How more the things change the more they remain the same. Looks like my job's not that bad. I liked the way the author ends the article.... Diary
How long are you going to live? It also tells you your real age as against you actual age.Check this out. RealAge

Thursday, May 22

The general time-pass movies are no longer fun. And I had enough of the DDLJ types. And even the Hollywood movies these days have the same ghissti-piti stories. Jajantaram Mamantaram is the movie I will be waiting for, from now. It's adapted from Gulliver Travels. Size does matter

Wednesday, May 21

I liked the comments where the author links American business interests in India with India-Pakistan troubles. Its indeed true that once all these big Fortune 500s start having a significant interest in India, American attitude towards India will change. The BPO juggernaut starts rolling

Quite a nice attempt to quantify the worth of a Housewife. I am sure many women are going to make the $500,000 17 professionals argument. Anybody listening!!

Monday, May 19

This is a fundu article. How to fake work at office. The footnote says it all "A beginner's guide to making it look like you're working when you're not" - one of the very finest i have read in recent weeks. Shirk Ethic Don't miss this one.

Thursday, May 15

The family of every person killed in a train accident is entitled to Rs 4 lakh compensation from the rail ministry, and this has been repeatedly upheld by the SC of India. The ministry still refuses to pay the amount. This is pretty senselss. Ok, We can't run trains on time and cannot ensure passenger safety. Every year-end, India makes it to the world reviews with its train accidents. But atleast have a thought for the sufferers. We have ruined their lives. Atleast now should not make them run around courts. Isn't there anything the SC can do, for violation of its orders?

Tuesday, May 13

It was all a joke, or rather a hoax!! Mr Gates finally decides to leave us atleast in our Loos. The iLoo has now been called a hoax. Link

Also I found the latest offering of Google - Google News India as disappointing. India-based news content is hardly there. And they have put "Lord Ram" in the permanent news section. Wierd !!

And more weird is the concept of Blogshares. I think we are going too far with this blogging craze. What will a high valued blog mean - buyers? Another Rajesh Jain - not after Sify's experience. More, if one is interested in showing his trading skills, we have the stock markets. And if you dont have money, then try any of the mock portfolio games on several financial websites. Blogshares, naaah!!