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Just Shoot Me

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

hee.. hee..

November 25, 2008

Give me a leverage large enough,a trading terminal to trade and i will give you a global financial meltdown..

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posted by Bala, 6:44 PM | link | 0 comments |

Free Market

7.7 Trillion Dollars!!!!.. And this does not include the auto makers who are standing next in the line with begging bowls. This is why they call themselves "free" marketers?

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posted by Bala, 8:11 AM | link | 0 comments |

I am not biting

November 20, 2008

The retest of lows (in nifty, dow etc) for which i was waiting for is here. And i am not buying anything. I have decided to sit this bear market out. Maybe i will bite into something in a couple of years. Till then, i am playing chicken.

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posted by Bala, 10:55 PM | link | 0 comments |

The unbearable hilarity of being single

November 19, 2008

Every now and then, my dad decides to make an attempt to change my marital status. He has a very standard shtick - stable marriage good, lonely existence bad;everyone gets married so should you etc. A typical "marriage convincing" session from him ends with me a)either laughing uncontrollably at him after reminding him of his screw ups in his life b)or screaming an highly inappropriate stream of invective at him.

A couple of weeks back around deepavali, he called me up and started his routine again. Only this time i noticed something strange with the "marital bliss" examples he was giving me. Out of the six or seven people he cited, i know for a fact one has a mistress (his wife is trying to run the mistress out of town), one is trying to fuck his college going neighbourhood girl (while his wife takes care of his two year old) and one is gay (my dad is not aware of this). Now i am not turning bigoted toward gays and the polygamists, but it does feel strange to have your father try and tempt you toward matrimony using such examples of marital bliss.

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posted by Bala, 6:24 PM | link | 1 comments |

Life in Iceland

November 17, 2008

apparently sucks. As for me, I live in a third world quasi-banana republic and I am quite grateful for that.

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posted by Bala, 9:39 PM | link | 0 comments |

We are all bigots..

November 14, 2008

Life in the Tamil caste hierarchy is pretty funny. Everybody has the same philosophy - those who rank above me are bigots and those who rank below me are quota addled welfare parasites. What happened in Chennai law college is something that happens everyday everywhere. The differences are that this time cameras were rolling and the numerical balance was in the dalit group's favor.

Maybe i will get burnt tomorrow along with a bus or maybe not. Since i am a non contributing member to the whole caste hierarchy circus, i hope they will burn the bus only after throwing me out.

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posted by Bala, 9:17 PM | link | 4 comments |

Ethirpattu

November 12, 2008

பாண்டியன் அறிவுடை நம்பி
(புறம் 188)

" படைப்புப்பல படைத்துப் பலரோடு உண்ணும்
உடைப்பெருஞ் செல்வர் ஆயினும், இடைப்படக்
குறுகுறு நடந்து, சிறுகை நீட்டி,
இட்டும், தொட்டும், கவ்வியும், துழந்தும்
நெய்யுடை அடிசில் மெய்பட விதிர்த்தும்,
மயக்குறு மக்களை இல்லோர்க்குப்
பயக்குறை இல்லைத் - தாம் வாழும் நாளே."


Vs

பட்டினத்தார்
(சித்தர் பாடல்கள்)

".நாப்பிளக்கப் பொய்யுரைத்து நவநிதியம் தேடி
நலமொன்று மில்லாத நாரியரைக் கூடி
பூப்பிளக்க எழுகின்ற புற்றீசல் போல
புலபுலெனக் கலகலெனப் புதல்வர்களைப் பெறுவீர்;
காப்பதற்கும் வகையறியீர்; கைவிடவும் மாட்டீர்;
கவட்டு மரத்து இடுக்கதனில் கால்நுழைத்துக்கொண்டே
ஆப்பதனை அசைத்துவிட்ட பேய்க்குரங்கு போல
அகப்பட்டீர், கிடந்துழல அகப்பட்டீர் நீரே! "

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onward the recession

November 11, 2008

The first retailer casualty of the recession. Wonder which sector is next in the line?
posted by Bala, 5:29 PM | link | 1 comments |

Thraxas

November 10, 2008

Once in a while, one comes across a completely underrated book. One reads it and exclaims - "dude, why isn't this famous!!!". I am rereading such a series - Thraxas by Martin Scott. For people who like urban fantasy/high fantasy/detective thrillers/comedies etc, this is a must read.

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Schadenfreude

November 07, 2008

I just learned that my room mate in the first year of engineering has become a samiyaar (ascetic/monk/whatever). Last i heard he was in the US of A doing some sort of PhD.

This is the guy who wouldnt pay his share of the newspaper bill (he always claimed he didnt read it) and would then try to claim his share when i sold the old newspapers to pazhaya paper guys!!!. They (there was a whole gang like him) had their own reality - they had a whole racket going on - every day they would borrow " just 10 rupees" for lunch from every tom,dick and harry in the hostel and then disappear for days to their local relatives' places. I would be left to answer the constant stream of creditors turning up at the room trying to get their 10 rs back. And he is now a monk!!. Life... man.. just when you think you have heard it all...

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Regular ranting resumes

November 06, 2008

Dear Constant Reader,

Due to a long running superstition of mine, i stopped writing anything for the past couple of weeks. It is basically this - if i open my mouth about any team i support in anything - be it sports or politics, they tend to lose badly. I have what is colloquially referred to as a kari Naakku (a black tongue). So i had to hold my tongue till a certain event on Nov 04 had passed. (see still i am not speaking about it). Now that it is over, regular ranting resumes.

Two weeks back, i was talking about 2700 as the line in the sand for Nifty. Well it seems i was wrong by a "mere" 25 percent. Thankfully i didn't put my money where my mouth was, so i didn't lose anything except some of that smug self confidence. I am not worried about the bounce as well - A dead cat has nowhere to go up. It is going to be a bad couple of years of equities. There will be plenty of opportunities to buy stocks at great bargains. Till then i am perfectly happy to park my money at 10% with the Indian Government. In a recession, inertia is a virtue.

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