I love my city and my life literally revolves around (parallel at times) it.This is gonna be my modest attempt to share info about Bombay's people, its places, markets, maidans, institutions, transport systems, politicians, socialites, food and eating habits, sports, business, underworld, fashion and life. I shall also post Stock market tips, News and Rumours which I normally get from my many friends and sources.
posted by Unknown at 1/31/2006 12:33:00 PM
posted by Unknown at 1/29/2006 10:37:00 PM
Overheard in my hotel room at Karachi:
Half-an-hour later, pot tea came.
posted by Unknown at 1/29/2006 06:50:00 PM
posted by Unknown at 1/29/2006 04:56:00 PM
posted by Unknown at 1/29/2006 02:15:00 PM
How do you react to the Pakistani ambassador designate, Mohamed Asghar Afridi, lighting the traditional Indian lamp to mark India's 57th Republic Day celebrations in Doha?
well that's what happened yesterday....
I'm a big believer in the peace dividend for the sub-continent.
This must the one of the few times when I missed watching the morning parade on Rajghat, I'm sure I'll get a online copy of the same where I can download and watch it in leisure later.
posted by Unknown at 1/28/2006 06:28:00 PM
I'm in Doha,Qatar at the moment for an official assignment for 2-3 months for MyZus.
Qatar is a nice place, I'm yet to explore it fully but the beach is one of the most beautiful in the world.
The last 2-3 have been real hectic but challenging and worth it.
I shall post more about it when i'm at ease and relaxed...
So till then a very big Hi from Doha Qatar.
posted by Unknown at 1/25/2006 07:45:00 PM
While going for lunch I saw this kid in Lower Parel who has a really cool scooter . Baba Scooter is Apna desi answer to the Razor Scooters, Using old SKF Bearings as front wheel and old trolley wheel as rear and some old plywood pieces this guy had made himself mobile. Total cost would have been under 20 bucks the foreign Razor scooters cost atleast 3-4k.
I think a decent scooter can be made from 3 old stumps, 2 as base and 1/2 as handle, use well greased SKF bearings for front & back wheels, the bearings are free wheel types so when your reverse its brakes. Should be a nice toy for millions of kids who cant afford hi-funda toys n gizmos.
I think no-body recycles like we Indians do, even our bloody jokes are recycled.
more on that on another post...
Finally would like to add The Kid in the pic in a lambe race ka Ghoda!!
posted by Unknown at 1/21/2006 12:58:00 AM
posted by Unknown at 1/20/2006 02:57:00 PM
How I lost money in commodity trading
Do read it and I would also appreciate your feedback on the same.
posted by Unknown at 1/20/2006 01:00:00 PM
I'm sure every one of us in some point in our life must have got the urge to club to death or publicly trash the rude and arrogant government staff in various departments.
Mostly the shady females who abuse and torture the helpless victims are ones who do the ugliest of the lot, like they say in Bombay "Usko dekhkar ulti bhi nahi karega"
I don't think the shady government staff ever smile...
One hero who decided to a Tehelka on the shady staff in Dombivali Tehsildar office and did it in style...
If you see anyone doing any atrocities on the citizens just take any mobile with or without camera and just point it towards them... "Abhi Bol"..... Capture it and send it to Aj Tak, CNNIBN or apna Mid-Day or DNA..
Its high time our nation of 60 million mobile phones decided to capture all the scams and shady behavior done on a daily basis by the government staff and publicly shame them....
I don't mind starting a blog to hosting all these Pics or MMS 24/7 Live in my small effort to bring accountability and reduce corruption in India .
Also wanted to add, there are some wonderful people in government departments who do have a clean heart and will out of the way to help and you tend to wonder is this for real or am I dreaming.
posted by Unknown at 1/20/2006 10:04:00 AM
I obviously don’t get pitched for investment by other entrepreneurs, so I don’t know what lies are being told, but I’ll tack on some of my own “at face value” comments to the top ten (actually 11):
“Our projections are conservative.” Like Guy says, an entrepreneur has no idea what her sales will be. Projections, like fortune telling, are a waste of time.
“Gartner says our market will be $50 billion in 2010.” 1. Who cares what Gartner says — Gartner isn’t giving you any of that $50 billion. 2. If you have a slide like this in your deck, 1: get rid of it, and 2: get rid of your deck. Talk from passion, not from slides.
“Boeing is going to sign our purchase order next week.” I love this one. My advice: Never bet your business on one customer. Ever. Never give preferential treatment either. Every customer outta be the same to you or you’re going to start favoring the minority instead of the majority.
“Key employees are set to join us as soon as we get funded.” If you’re small (and you probably are if you’re pitching VCs), everyone should be a key employee. To say your key employees aren’t on board yet is to denigrate everyone you already have and that’s no way to build a passionate team. Further more, it’s an empty promise. You can’t control other offers other people may also have while waiting for your precious funding to come though.
“No one is doing what we’re doing.” It’s exceedingly rare that you’re 1. the only person whose thought of that, and 2. the only person doing something about it. It’s possible you are, but highly unlikely. Don’t bank on it. Like Guy says, “As a rule of thumb, if you have a good idea, five companies are going the same thing. If you have a great idea, fifteen companies are doing the same thing.”
“No one can do what we’re doing.” Amen. Face it: technology is a commodity these days. If you can do it, someone else can do it. And it’s likely they can do it better. What really makes the difference is design, copywriting, execution, clarity, passion, and the overall customer experience. The stuff you can’t specifically define or bulletpoint are the things that matter.
“Hurry because several other venture capital firms are interested.” If you cry wolf you better be ready to rescue yourself.
“Oracle is too big/dumb/slow to be a threat.” Fear and fire are good things when it comes to being an entrepreneur. If you don’t think you can be beat by the big guys you better think again. Yes, they’re slower, but they may be slow enough to watch what you’re doing, learn from your mistakes, and then clobber you down the road. I still think small has major advantages in the world of the web app, but you better be humble if you want to play this game.
“We have a proven management team.â€ Guy says this one best: “If the entrepreneur were that proven, that he (a) probably wouldn’t have to ask for money; (b) wouldn’t be claiming that he’s proven. (Do you think Wayne Gretzky went around saying, “I am a good hockey player”?)” Point here is that most of the people who have to tell others about their greatness usually aren’t so great (except for Muhammad Ali, of course). The way to demonstrate greatness is to prove it today, not to point to the past.
“Patents make our product defensible.” I don’t know anything about this so I’ll be quiet.
“All we have to do is get 1% of the market.” If your goal is to get just 1% of the market then you don’t have the fire necessary to get 2%. There’s nothing closer to nothing than 1.
posted by Unknown at 1/19/2006 07:55:00 PM
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posted by Unknown at 1/17/2006 12:12:00 PM
|Your Life Path Number is 4|
Your purpose in life is to build your vision.
You are practical and responsible. You work hard, knowing that there are no shortcuts in life.
You work for a better life for yourself and those you love, but you are not an idealist.
Trustworthy and honest, you also demonstrate great courage. People can count on you.
In love, you are a loyal and committed partner. You are the ideal spouse.
You don't give up easily, and sometimes you can be too stubborn and unwilling to change.
You also can be too conservative at times. You sometime miss out on good opportunities.
Also remember that not everyone can work as hard as you, as disappointing as that is!
posted by Unknown at 1/14/2006 07:54:00 PM
posted by Unknown at 1/12/2006 05:39:00 PM
Was just redrawing a sequence of events over the past few months.
Koi Insaan Bura nahi hota, Waqt Bura hota hai!!
Is playing politics the only way to get what you want in the rat race or win brownie points?? Its there all around you but I guess who wants to win a race with rats or eat stupid brownies anyways..
posted by Unknown at 1/08/2006 03:36:00 PM
Though I would have liked it as Bombay Festival!!
The schedule of events at Gateway as part of the festival
January 7 and 8, 2006Event: Banganga Festival: Organised by the Indian Heritage Society, Mumbai and MTDC, the Festival pays tribute to the pilgrims who found their way to this region over 2500 years ago. Besides performances by Hariprasad Chaurasia and Veena Sahasrabuddhe, there will also be guided tours between 5 and 7 pm.
January 14-27, 2006Event: The Mumbai Festival: A celebration of everything that is Mumbai, the 13 day festival will have food stalls, shopping, music, concerts, kite flying festivals and other events.
January 15, 2006 Event: Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon: The third edition offers prize money of USD 210,000, with a meticulously chosen route that showcases Mumbai city in all its splendour.
posted by Unknown at 1/08/2006 03:13:00 PM
If you want to torture yourself to death forget tik 20 or spare the Virar Train, watch this Maha shitty movie.
This is the maaa-baap of all depressing movies, even more depressing than the movies one was forced used to watch on DD on Sunday afternoons.. I wonder why so the called intellectual movies makers from Bengal make these Ultra slow movies where the camera moves slower than a snail...You can actually take a smoke and come back to find the same scene..
I watched this move at 11 pm at Fame Malad, utterly pakao, wannabe intellectual, accented English dialogs and wholesale depression.... A gory rape scene, one wrist slashing scene, one hot water self kill method, a epileptic fit with vomit, a peeing scene, a depressing sex scene,hallucination,Bush and Saddam,shikakhai, a shady love triangle between Shabana, kanwaljeet and the Doc, Waheeda rehman the depressed mother married twice, a scary bhikari, scariest of the lot konkana sen, I'm the intellect RAhul Bose, Lusty Shefali chaya....
The movie is a total hogwash.. the ending is the most chu@#$@#giri ending one could have.....
I think the director Aparna Sen wants to convey sublimely that hey you need to have an IQ of more 200 to understand the movie...
I guess I don't have the time to hallucinate and imagine what the protagonist achieved after torturing us and I still dunno what sadistic pleasure Bengali and Mallu directors get in portraying wholesale depression and seem to have taken the sole responsibility to marketing and glorifying poverty, depression and tragedy ... For god's sake we have 200 channels and 500 newspapers who are doing a good job in feeding us the crap.
Please in the name of Christ, Bhagwan, Allah or whatever imaginary friend you have don't watch this even if get a free ticket....
The reviews in the media have been good.. why?? simple reason they are all 'intelectuals'...they don't want to be seen as stupid if they dint chamkao what the movie is all about.
aaahhhhhhhhhhhhh in short Daya!!!!
I would give 0/5!! who cares anyways :)
posted by Unknown at 1/07/2006 02:25:00 AM
Last 15 days has been a great learning experience for me, I lost quite a big amount in Commodity trading.
Am I feeling cheated or sad, well no... I guess I've reached the stage where emotions don't last long it just vaporizes after a while just..like money made and lost in day trading.
What prompted me to go in for Commodities, well I thought markets are at an all time high I should get out of it and invest in the growing commodities markets.....
Rationale used : Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful ..
Rationale not applicable always, even more in Indian Markets.
Some lessons I've learnt :-
Never follow things in greed.
Investing without knowledge or research will hit your hard.
Never rely on others research or judgment, its your money you take the call and do your own research.
Don't shy away when asking about the financial statements, its your money.
Stick to investments you have knowledge of egg. equities,real estate etc.
Learn from your mistake.
When in doubt get out!! I exited the commodities as I was clueless after a spate of losses.
Tough times don't last tough people do.
Day Trading is a very flawed method of trading.
Technicals do not work on daily or weekly charts a minimum of 3-6 charts would be a decent indicator.
posted by Unknown at 1/07/2006 02:22:00 AM
DNA has this story but the approach to BKC is via Bharat Nagar slum where there are 3-4 floor slums and also has a waterworld,slush & shit world combined
DNA - Mumbai - A bit of Dubai coming up at BKC - Daily News & Analysis
posted by Unknown at 1/06/2006 06:26:00 PM
Mondegar is one of the original waterholes of Bombay..
Have the Large Pitcher, Beef Steak, Chicken Chilly and put a 5 buck coin in the Old Jukebox.
The owner once told me how he was hounded by the authorities for his Smuggled juke Box (only 2-3 in Bombay), yet manage to evade them.
The murals are by the famous cartoonist Mario Miranda who drew our Balbharti text books in school.
Also watch out for a fartface waiter who sucks up to Firangs and gives Indians a raw deal when asked to get fags.
posted by Unknown at 1/05/2006 12:56:00 PM
A guy on cycle wid a basket of tomatoes banged a biker on the busy Tusli Pipe road... hazaar tomatoes ala a Hindi movie action scene all strewn all around the road..
I was waiting for some action .. Some maramaki.. Some gaali galoch.... But I was disappointed the tomoatowala without wasting anytime started collecting his tomatoes, also were some free shopper in the guise of assistants...
Bottom line is Bombay mein Dhanda is always pehle everything else can wait.
Tulsi pipe Road @ 8.00 pm
posted by Unknown at 1/04/2006 11:44:00 PM
Some common phrases to be used in kite flying, as the situation demanded (while locked in mortal combat with the enemy):
1. "Ghaseet teri jaath ki baida maaru!"
2. "Aye vinchu! kaapun taak tila. Aie jh*****iya!"
3. "Saala bhardol mein gaya re. Lagta hai black baarikh use kar raha tha woh"
4. "Abbe, pechh laga math. Woh hulcut double kanni baandha hai.. %^(#$$#$%%!!"
posted by Unknown at 1/04/2006 07:38:00 PM
posted by Unknown at 1/04/2006 11:57:00 AM
A PowerPoint presentation should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points. While I’m in the venture capital business, this rule is applicable for any presentation to reach agreement: for example, raising capital, making a sale, forming a partnership, etc.
The ten topics that a venture capitalist cares about are:
2. Your solution
3. Business model
4. Underlying magic/technology
5. Marketing and sales
8. Projections and milestones
9. Status and timeline
10. Summary and call to action
Courtesy Rajesh Jain via Guy Kawasaki
posted by Unknown at 1/03/2006 02:55:00 PM
“RR Package” : The package comes with one room at a Navi Mumbai lodge, one girl and three condoms
The one-night satisfaction is being called the “RR Package”, after deputy chief minister-cum-home minister R.R. Patil.
The service is provided by many of the former dance-bar girls who lost their livelihood because the Maharashtra government, goaded by Patil, banned the bars.
The name is the women’s way of showing gratitude to Patil — “Mr Clean” of state politics — whom they see as responsible for forcing them into the gutter of prostitution.
posted by Unknown at 1/03/2006 12:02:00 PM
posted by Unknown at 1/02/2006 04:58:00 PM
The New Year bash has given the government some good sense, the government plans to do something nice it decided to corporatize BMC...
It has prepared a draft of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) proposing a three-way partnership between citizens, corporations, and the government to execute and maintain the city’s amenities and introduce accountability.
Citizens would hold 50 per cent stake in terms of shares in the new arrangement. The rest would be divided between the BMC, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, and private financial institutions like IDFC and HDFC.
DNA - Mumbai - You will get 50% stake in running Mumbai - Daily News & Analysis
The fun will begin when it get listed on the Sensex and whole of India and world trading in BMC :)), I would surely invest in BMC even though some of their employees come drunk and get paid in gold its a nice company, taking care of 14 million mad people in a even madder city is no joke!!
I also wish they did something about the Indian Railways, Ports, State Bus Corporations and other Government Utility Companies
posted by Unknown at 1/02/2006 04:51:00 PM
I was at Soul, Koregaon Park, Poona....
500 bucks entry, Live band, Good Buffet(veg/Non Veg), Booze was on the higer side so just had a few beers.
It was a formal Ball but there were a few odd ones like us in Cargo's n T'sirt..
In short total VFM.
Also ate at MBStall, A Mallu dhaba in Hadapsar good mallu chai wid less teapowder n more milk, Idlies, Uthappa, and Sada dosa...
Had lunch at Just Parthas.. 35 bucks combo paratha with dahi and green mint chutney and buttermilk....
3 hours to reach Panvel and then 3.5 hours to reach Dadar .. the Volvo driver being a chutfcukr dropped us at Five gardens,Wadala instead to Dadar...
Overall an usual funfilled trip.
Bhatta lost as usual,DC Rohit, Shinu and Dazed Me.
New Year at Soul, Poona (high prices = less booze)
This moron just landed from nowhere and spoiled the snap!!
LiveBand playing in the background, reminded me of a Goan Wedding :))
What did everyone do for New Year? Visit any interesting places? Good food? Crazy Cocktails?
posted by Unknown at 1/02/2006 11:34:00 AM