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Just Shoot Me

Bala, 28, Gordon Gekko in the making, pseudo-intellectual, cynic, bibliophile, obsessive compulsive ranter...

Ludus the Laconic

March 28, 2008

As the constant reader probably knows, i have not been blogging much about the stock market (considering the fact that speculation is my day job). The reason for it is - all the ranting i need to do, i do in the office during day time. So there have been few rants about the bull market from me.

Getting to the point - This guy Ludus takes after my own heart and writes much better than i can ever hope to. Read him and laugh.

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Virgin Mobile - asking for trouble?

March 26, 2008

The new virgin mobile ad for getting paid for incoming calls seems to be a recipe for disaster. I mean the one, where some guys are shown running a dial-a-sexy-friend service. I am pretty sure that running phone sex lines in India is illegal - there was some report about 1900 numbers getting in trouble with the law sometime back. And any idiot who tries the same phone sex line trick with a virgin mobile runs the risk of getting arrested under Section 293 of the Indian Penal Code.. (well i dont like that law, but it is the law).

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dropping out

March 24, 2008

It's official. I have dropped out of my MA English Lit course. Too many of my Black Boxes are making it to the production floor in commodities trading and managing them is proving to be difficult than i imagined. So the casuality is the MA course!.

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A request

March 19, 2008

Dear Constant Reader,

I have had a breakthrough in a long running project of mine. The project is about unearthing primary sources on something (eventually it will be posted here in my usual haphazard manner). I need more data as a backgrounder for this project. If you could give me a few tips on where such things could be found (like which book, which library etc) please help me out.

Stuff i need this:

1) Tamil Nadu government budget documents for the years 1952-1957. (allocations, revenue receipts, plan outlays etc)

2) books written by one Dr. RV Parulekar

will be grateful, if you could point me in the right direction. And BTW, the stuff i dug up would certainly be interesting to anyone has an eye on Tamil history.

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Vendha puNNil Vel payvadhu

March 17, 2008

Q : What could be worse than being sold like a soRi Nai for $2 a share, when your supposed book value is 80$ a share?

A : Being sold for less than what your Head quarters is worth

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Freea vidunga...

March 16, 2008

We want laissez-faire capitalism in good times and a government backstop against losses in bad times. It's a tough way to run an economy

Come recession season, it becomes a free for all against the poor libertarians. avanga ennaga paNNuvaanga, paavam puLLa kutti kaaranga.. Edho exxon mobilum, Cato institutum, kodukkira kasukku mudinja aLavu peSranga.

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The mitigating factor

March 13, 2008

Toranaga: There is no mitigating factor for rebellion against your liege lord.
Blackthorne: Unless you win.
Toranaga: Very well, you may have named the one mitigating factor

(from James Clavell's Shogun)
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This is the difference between Kosovo and the also rans.. (Eelam, kashmir etc etc)

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Hitman

March 11, 2008

I saw the movie Hitman last night. If Goundamani sees this movie, he would say vara vara, indha gundoosi vikkaravan, puNNakku vikkaravan ellam Action Hero airangada!... thondaravu thanga mudila, kosu marundhadichu kollungada sami

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Chidambaram and Valluvar, best pals for life

March 06, 2008

This budget, tamil nadu's brand ambassador for vetti - P Chidambaram, went beyond his usual affection for Thiruvalluvar and called him "my muse". Since this might very well be the last budget for PC, i set about compiling the Kurals' he has used in his budgets. They are given below, with my own take on what PC must have been thinking:

1) 2008-09
கொடைஅளி செங்கோல் குடிஓம்பல் நான்கும்
உடையானாம் வேந்தர்க்கு ஒளி
"Kodai Ali Sengol Kudi Ombal Nangum
Udaiyanam Vendharkku Oli"

[Generous grants, compassion, righteous rule and succour to the downtrodden Are the hallmarks of good governance]

What he meant to say: : Elections, man elections. I have to win my deposit back in sivagangai.
==
2) 2007-08
உழவினார் கைம்மடங்கின் இல்லை விழைவதூஉம்
விட்டேம்என் பார்க்கும் நிலை
"Uzhavinar Kai Madangin Illai Vizhaivathoom
Vittame Enbarkum Nilai"

[ If ploughmen keep their hands folded,Even sages claiming renunciation cannot find salvation]

What he meant to say: : Election varrappa kadana thaLLupadi paNNIkalam.
==
3) 2006-07
கருமம் சிதையாமல் கண்ணோட வல்லார்க்கு
உரிமை உடைத்துஇவ் வுலகு
Karumam Sidhaiyamal Kannoda Vallarku
Urimai Udaithu Iv Ulagu"

(The world is his who does his job With compassion)

What he meant to say: : I am gonna get medieval on D Raja and Prakash Karat
==
4) 2005-06
பிணியின்மை செல்வம் விளைவின்பம் ஏமம்
அணியென்ப நாட்டிற்கிவ் வைந்து
“Pini Inmai Selvam Vilaivu Inbam Emam
Ani Enba Nattirkku Iv Iyndhu”

(Health, wealth, produce, the happiness that is the result, and security - these five, the learned say, are the ornaments of a polity)

What he meant to say: : This is getting boring. Do i have to do this every year?
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5) 2004-05
அறன்இழுக்காது அல்லவை நீக்கி,
மறன் இழுக்கா மானம் உடையது அரசு
"Aran Izhukkathu Allavai Neeki Maran Izhukka
Maanam Udayathu Arasu"

(They are good rulers who observe ethics, commit no crime and walk the path of honour and courage)

What he meant to say: : Dear Lord, please make D Raja shut up.
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6) 1997-98
இடிப்பாரை இல்லாத ஏமரா மன்னன்
கெடுப்பார் இலானுங் கெடும
"Idipparai Illatha Emara Mannan
Keduppar Ilanum Kedum"

( Behold the King who reposeth not on those who can rebuke
him/He will perish even when he hath no enemies.)

What he meant to say: : Sitaram kesari, Area pakkam Vaadi, unna vachukkaren.
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7) 1996-97
இயற்றலும் ஈட்டலும் காத்தலும் காத்த
வகுத்தலும் வல்லது அரசு.
"Iyattralum, eettalum, kattalum, katta
Vakuthalam Vallath Arasu"

(To be able to increase wealth, to lay it up and guard, And also well to distribute it, marks a royal lord.)

What he meant to say: : பாத்தீங்களா அண்ணன் பட்ஜெட் போடற தெறமய VDIS potta thana kaasu varudhu, adha vittu pottu, that LSE Phd panRaram reform.

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