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Kolkata

I was recently in Kolkata, for Durga Puja. It was a very short trip, of just 7 days. Considering Kolkata my home town, and birth place, 7 days is short! All my childhood friends are their, my school, collage, places where we hangout, the list is endless! Its been almost 13 years I left Kolkata, and moved to other cities for job, but I haven't left Kolkata as such. I can not leave Kolkata, not just because it is my birth place, but there is something in this city, which keeps this very close to my heart! The city is still very much traditional, old fashioned, and full of poor people. But the city also have new shopping malls, multiplexes and clubs/discs. So, you get the best of both world. You can sip a cup of tea early in the morning in Bhand (small clay-pot), and I mean as early as it gets, even at 4 AM! Then you have the option of egg-roll @ Rs 20 to Kathi Roll @ Rs 700/-, both in the same city! Hand-pulled Riksha to Auto Riksha to Taxi to Radio Taxi, the choice is yours! Well…

Subho Bijoya!

Wishing you all SUBHO BIJOYA! Those who don't understand the meaning of Bijoya, its the celebration of victory! Victory of Good over Evil! I will post more details and some pics, as I was in Kolkata, the home of Durga Puja! But, for the time being, here is an video with lovely animation and Durga Puja Dhak Music!

One Year after the Blasts!

Its one year since two blasts - one in my city Delhi, and another in my line of work, Investment Banking. Last year, Delhi was shocked with multiple blasts, and Lehman went bankrupt, sending multiple shock waves and panic to the industry!

How we have cope up so far in last one year after these incident? The world economy went into recession, and now on the recovery path. Governments had to shell out much more money to banks in order to survive the economical breakdown. Had the Lehman was saved with Government funding, things could have been much better. But not all is lost, and it help reducing the overspending of the Banks. Now, Banks across the world are cautious about how and where to spend money.

The Phantom. Ghost Who Walks

The Phantom is an American adventure comic strip created by Lee Falk, also creator of Mandrake the Magician. A popular feature adapted into many forms of media, including television and film, it stars a costumed crime fighter operating from the African jungle. The series began with a daily newspaper strip on February 17, 1936, followed by a color Sunday strip on May 28, 1939; both are still running as of 2009. The strip was at the peak of its popularity read by over a hundred million people every day.

If you don't know who I am talking about, this post is not for you. But if you know, read on! There are many of my friends who post Phantom Comics on their blog, so I will not repeat the same, and encourage you to visit their blog for Comics, specially now unavailable Indrajal Comics! Try finding Indrajal Comics on Google, or thy their blog search, and I am sure you can find lots of links for blogs posting Indrajal Comics.

So, what am I bringing on the table? Below is the details of …

The Financial Crisis Explained In Simple Words By a fellow alchoholic

The story is really insightful: Heidi is the proprietor of a bar in Berlin. In order to
increase sales, she decides to allow her loyal customers -
most of whom are unemployed alcoholics - to drink now but
pay later. She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a
ledger (thereby granting the customers loans).

Word gets around and as a result increasing numbers of
customers flood into Heidi's bar.

Taking advantage of her customers' freedom from
immediate payment constraints, Heidi increases her prices
for wine and beer, the most-consumed beverages. Her sales
volume increases massively.

Since she was buying more liquor , she got extended debt
period from her alcohol suppliers to bar . A young and
dynamic customer service consultant at the local bank
recognizes these customer debts as valuable future assets
and increases Heidi's borrowing limit.

He sees no reason for undue concern since he has the debts
of the alcoholics as collateral.

At the bank&#…

Wii Homebrew Channel

After almost a year of purchasing my Wii, I finally installed Homebrew Channel on it! It was a risky decision, as I could brick my Wii, making it completely useless. So far, I have spent around US$800-$900 on the games and accessories. If you risk making an investment of such a large sum useless, it’s a big decision. I spend many hours on google, and found a lot of tutorials, made a list of what needs to be done, still was not sure how to get help if I do something wrong. I tried looking for people, who can do this for me, but it was suppose to be such a simple thing (only for those who has done it), no one seems to be able to make a living out of it! But I think it’s a good idea, as I know there are a lot of people like me, who may not wants to do it on their own, and let someone expert do it for them, like unlocking the phone. So, where was I? Ok, I had the tutorial, the stuff, but not the courage to do it. Finally, I registered myself to two such forums where this is being disc…

Another fresh new year is here . . .

Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”


The above poem is written by William Arthur Ward, I found it on the net somewhere, and thought of sharing with you, as it reflect my feelings for the new year!

Wishing everyone a Great Year Ahead! May this year be peaceful, economically good and everyone enjoy their life without any fear!