Friday, February 03, 2006


Atlas I finished my thesis defense and graduated :)

Apologies for not updating my blog for a longgggggggggg time.....

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Amma as Chandramukhi

Got thru a fwd..
laka laka laka lakka lakka lakka

Monday, October 03, 2005

For the past few months, the BSE sensex index has been touching new highs consistently and most of the stocks are trading with high volatality. Like any other investor I am also very much puzzled over this behaviour of the markets. Even the FM and PM have started losing their sleep and had instructed SEBI to monitor the markets more closely for any unusual activities.

Most of the financial news reports attribute this sudden rise in the sensex to the continuous flow of FII (Foreign Institutional Investor) money into the Indian markets. According to those reports this flow is due to the fast growth of Indian economy (8.1% growth during first quarter of 2005) and the associated belief in India rising stories.

But my worries are how long would the market sustain this high level? Since the FIIs are not under any control from Indian govt. and if they start pulling their money out of BSE/NSE then it would contribute to a huge downfall in sensex/nifty. It shows that sensex can be easily manipiulated by external players (FII) which is definitely not a very good sign. Already in the past our markets were battered by scamsters like Harshad Mehta and others. Another scam in the name of FII will give a body blow to the financial strength of the country.

The spurt of satellite channels are providing too much information about the markets from half-baked journalists. I am very critical of these channels and news papers which provide rosy picture of the markets and induce the retail investors into the already 'abnormally' HIGH markets. I am sure those who enter the stock exchanges during this bull run are going to lose their shirt unless otherwise they enter a fundamentally strong stock. I can only hope this bull run is not a scam as in the past, rest lies in the hands of SEBI. With all my fingers crossed I am hoping for the sensex to become stable sooon....

Sunday, October 02, 2005

commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

Annoyed of anonymous Sploggers!! Hope Haloscan saves me.
Keep commenting.....

Friday, September 30, 2005

Born into Brothels

It was by a chance that I watched the documentary film 'Born into Brothels" screened at the Film festival here. This film revolves around the kids born and brought up in brothels located in Calcutta's red light area 'Sonagachi'. It was horrible to see the sufferings of these kids who are abused, insulted and sweared using filthiest of filthiest words. To make matters worse they are all totally ostracized by the society.

This film is very well documented by Zana and Ross Kauffman. Zana is a photograher who went to the red light area to study about the sex workers. During her stay she befriended their kids and started teaching photography to them. After a while she decided to take those kids out of the brothels and provide them good education. This film captures all her troubles and obstacles in getting those kids out of the brothels. She even raised money by auctioning the photos taken by the kids in New York and took a kid, Avijit, to Amsterdam for representing as child photographer from India. In the end she succeeded in persuading both the parents and the boarding schools for providing education to the kids. Being a foreigner, the achievements made by Zana in Calcutta after crossing all the bureaucracy hurdles is just amazing. I have no words to appreciate her accomplishments.

However the film does not have a happy ending, only one girl is still studying in the boarding school. Other childrens were either dropped out or taken out for business by their parents. I left the theatre with a heavy heart...

ilamayil varumai
migavum kodumai

See the review @ IMDB
Donot miss this movie if you get a chance to watch it.

ps1: To my surprise the theatre was filled with all Americans and apart from the core issue nothing 'very' bad about India was intentionally portrayed in the movie.

ps2: This film had won Oscar and several other awards.


Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Italy or India?

Got this interesting link thru a fwd.
Be patient till it gets fully loaded......

There seem to be not much diff between (I)talian and (I)ndian :o)


Sunday, September 25, 2005

India Sliming!!!

The two leading magazines of India are now on a 'smutty' competition against each other. I wonder whether it is purely coincidental or a marketing strategy to come out with a sex issue in order to prevent other magazine from gaining market share. It is disgusting to see both the magazines carrying such smutty articles on its covers.

Yellow journalism and sensationalism have nowadays become flavors for many magazines. This is a disturbing trend which will eventually destroy 'quality' journalism. Another worrying factor is the sales of such magazines which gives enough confidence for other magazines to take a plunge into the world of smut.

When there are porn magazines to deal with such surveys and articles, why should IndiaToday and Outlook publish these stuffs? Are they running short of news articles? Are they concerned more about their profit than their reputation? The kind of articles published by IndiaToday and Outlook are like Doordarshan showing porn movies to grab market share. Shame on these magazines!!!