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Month: March 2009

Make Your Own Handwriting Fonts For Free

Make Your Own Handwriting Fonts For Free

YourFonts.com is offering a free online Font Generator. Their web site has the following on the front page and I must say that they live up to their promise. Your own handwriting turned into your very own font for free Optionally include your signature and digitally sign your contracts You’ll have your very own font within 15 minutes Make as many fonts as you like Use your fonts on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux Personalize your digital scrapbook pages…

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National Stock Exchange Web Site Down?

National Stock Exchange Web Site Down?

The NSE India (National Stock Exchange) web site has been down for more than 24 hours now. I first noticed it yesterday afternoon when my automated BHAV copy download failed. That had never happened before and I had stopped checking the log files. I was surprised when my portfolio tracking software was still showing stock prices from March 25, 2009 instead of March 26. Investigation revealed that the BHAV copy download had failed. I have been trying since then without…

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Today’s Quote

Today’s Quote

“We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side” – Charlie Munger

Import Duty On Chinese Aluminium Flat-Rolled Products

Import Duty On Chinese Aluminium Flat-Rolled Products

The Indian government yesterday imposed a 21% duty on imports of aluminium flat-rolled products and a 35% duty on aluminium foils from China. While the duty has been imposed only till the 8th of October 2009, Indian aluminium makers like Hindalco and Nalco stand to gain from this move as it will protect them from dumping of Chinese aluminium in India. Imports from the country have in recent times threatened to cause damage to domestic aluminium industry and such a…

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Tata Nano – A Real Gold Mine For Tata Motors?

Tata Nano – A Real Gold Mine For Tata Motors?

Are you subscribing to Tata Motors’ 8.75% fixed deposits? How, you may wonder? And how on earth can the company pay a paltry 8.75% when ratings agencies have downgraded the company and have forced it to raise debt at the rate of 11%-12%. Well, if all goes as per plan, the mad rush to buy Nano could easily hand Tata Motors a cool US$ 800 m to fund its working capital needs. And if more people decide to wait out…

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Driving in India For the benefit of every Tom, Dick and Harry visiting India

Driving in India For the benefit of every Tom, Dick and Harry visiting India

An Expert who works in BAAN, Netherlands who spent two years in Hyderabad, wrote this hilarious article. Driving in India For the benefit of every Tom, Dick and Harry visiting India and daring to drive on Indian roads, I am offering a few hints for survival. They are applicable to every place in India except Bihar, where life outside a vehicle is only marginally safer. Indian road rules broadly operate within the domain of karma where you do your best,…

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Mamli & Bablu’s Birthday Party – March 22, 2009

Mamli & Bablu’s Birthday Party – March 22, 2009

Mamli & Bablu celebrated their 10th and 5th birthdays respectively with a small party at home. And this is the first time they didn’t have home made cakes for their birthday parties. Mamli no longer has girls her age in our apartment complex. All her old friends have moved away, either out of Hyderabad or to other areas in the city. She had a class mate a good friend as her only “friend” in the party. On the other hand…

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The US Has Multiple Languages?

The US Has Multiple Languages?

I wrote about Countries with Languages at risk of extinction a little while ago. I was so absorbed in the fact that my own country, India, is at the top of the list that I didn’t spare a glance at the others in the graph. When I did I was struck by the fact that the US of A came a very close second! Brazil at third place I can understand. It too is an old land with many different…

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Countries With Languages At Risk

Countries With Languages At Risk

India leads the world in yet another aspect – the number of langagues at risk of extinction! The graph above draws a very disturbing picture. Why are our languages threatened? And in such numbers? How come? At first I did not understand. Then the definitions of the categories used, Unsafe, Endangered, Highly Endangered & Extinct, helped me understand what’s happening around us. The most damning is the definition of Endangered – “Children no longer learn it at home”. Why don’t…

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