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Month: March 2008

Bablu’s School Work

Bablu’s School Work

Last week Bablu handed me a sheet of paper with what looked like a lot of scribbles and drawings on it. Initially I could only stare at it, bewildered. Then a pattern started to emerge. I finally noticed the number 14 on the top right corner and realized that he had given me his class work 🙂 Bablu is in his first year of Kinder Garten (LKG) and they are learning common 3 letter words now. Dog, Pig, Log, Bag,…

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Tiger! Tiger!

Tiger! Tiger!

Tigers are the most majestic animals created by Brahma. The Nandankanan Zoo at Bhubaneswar, Orissa, has a number of Tigers. 15 year old Sailaja gave birth to a cub about a month ago. The photo below is the first one I have seen of mother and cub. (Click for full size image)

DSP Merrill Lynch Mutual Funds’s Envelopes

DSP Merrill Lynch Mutual Funds’s Envelopes

I recently started a SIP in a DSL Merrill Lynch equity fund. This was my first investment with DSPML. I really like the envelopes they use for their snail mail post. Most such envelopes carry advertisements but somehow I like this one best. Judge for yourself: (Click for full size image)

Kalinga Samaj, Hyderabad – Address & Map

Kalinga Samaj, Hyderabad – Address & Map

The Hyderabad Kalinga Samaj is located in Banjara Hills, Road No. 12. Kalinga Cultural Trust Kalinga Cultural Center Plot No 1269 Road No 12, Banjara Hills Hyderabad – 500034 Phone: 040 – 23303889 Map, with directions from Panjagutta Circle. Jubilee Hills Check Post is also visible in the map and directions from there are self evident. The Kalinga Samaj office is located in the same building. Membership forms are available there. The new Shri Shri Jaganath Temple is under construction…

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Fake 500 notes at ICICI ATM

Fake 500 notes at ICICI ATM

The following email was sent to our internal mailing list at work:- During lunch today, I had been to the ICICI ATM in Cyber Gateway to withdraw some money… Due to past experiences of a friend in my team, I had checked whether the notes are original… And I was aghast to find out that 1 out of 3 INR 500 notes were found to be fake… Fortunately I had taken the transaction receipt and also had found this out…

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The Best Job In The World!

The Best Job In The World!

This came in the mail today. An advert for the best job in the world! I agree. Do you? The advertisement (click for full size image) Which leads to – The job! (click for full size image) And the job description says – The Job Description (click for full size image) The application process is simple and does not use four letter words – Apply Today! (click for full size image) Finally, there is this cool badge that you can…

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Hyderabad Airport (Shamsabad) – Connectivity from City

Hyderabad Airport (Shamsabad) – Connectivity from City

The Hyderabad Airport web site has a page with details of connectivity from the city and another page with route maps to the airport from various places in the city. Needless to say, both these pages are sparse and leave out a lot of information. For example, airport shuttles are listed as starting from 4 locations: Secunderabad, Adjacent to Keyes High School Greenlands, Ground floor, Paryatak Bhavan Charminar, adjacent to Quli Qutub Shah Stadium, opposite City College Mehdipatnam, Adjacent to…

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Hyderabad’s New International Airport – Shamsabad or SHAMEsabad? An email from a frustrated user

Hyderabad’s New International Airport – Shamsabad or SHAMEsabad? An email from a frustrated user

The following is an email sent by Prem S. Mani to an internal email list at work. Prem describes the experience of landing at Hyderabad’s spanking new “International” Airport at Shamsabad. Hi, Sharing my experience with the so called Airport with International Standards. I was traveling in Deccan Flight from Coimbatore to Hyderabad. Original Travel time was 19:30 to 21:30. However, flight was delayed by 2 hours due to the late arrival of same flight from Hyderabad. (root cause –…

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SEBI & Mutual Funds – No load on Bonus and Reinvestment of Dividend

SEBI & Mutual Funds – No load on Bonus and Reinvestment of Dividend

Starting April 1, 2008, Mutual Funds can no longer charge entry & exit loads for Bonus & Dividend Reinvestments. SEBI issued a new circular on March 18, 2008 to this effect. This move is based on recommendations from AMFI’s Working Group on Standardization of Key Operational Areas. This is a welcome move. Dividends and Bonus are not new purchases. They come from the investor’s money. So why should the investor be made to pay a price? Thanks SEBI. (Business Standard…

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Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera Audiobooks

Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera Audiobooks

An audiobook of Captain’s Fury, Jim Butcher’s latest book in the Codex Alera series is now available for pre-order on Amazon. The previous three books in the same series are also available as audiobooks from Amazon (pre-order). The price in each case is steep $50! Fifty bucks for an audio CD? Codex Alera I – Furies of Calderon Audiobook (Release Nov 20, 2008) Codex Alera II – Academ’s Fury Audiobook (Release Nov 20, 2008) Codex Alera III – Cursor’s Fury…

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