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Garmin nuvi 215 GPS receiver/device

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I had trouble operating my BlackBerry 9000 GPS while on the go in a recent West Coast of India trip. This was something that guided me through every nook and corner during my East Coast of India trip in January earlier this year so I wanted to get a proper GPS device.

1. To solve this, I spoke to Airtel who said they had stopped providing GPS services. They had a service called Wayfinder which was their tip-up with mywayfinder.com and that used to provide the GPS navigational service for Airtel customers. This was stopped by them for unknown reasons.

2. Another pain point was that my direct subscription with mapmyindia.com for my BlackBerry 9000 for 1-year had ceased in Feb 2010 and mapmyindia.com themselves stopped supplying the maps for the BlackBerry 9000 device for some strange reason which no one in their customer support was able to answer to.

3. Also, my concern was that even the basic Google Maps through the device in-built GPS receiver was not working so we had to manually find our way through a lot of places we covered during this West Coast trip.

This was the problem statement: A need for a reliable all time multi purpose GPS device which is rock solid without bothering about other TPP (third party providers) such as Airtel or mapmyindia.com suddenly deciding to stop operating GPS/mapping services for their own whims and fancies and letting customers suffer as a result without so much as a proper notification of the service being stopped.

Solution: Who else to goto than to GARMIN – the world’s best maker of GPS navigational equipment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Naveen Athresh

June 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

Passport renewal / very efficient service of Indian passport offices/postal service

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Source: Bangalore passport office (http://rpobangalore.gov.in/)

Source: Bangalore passport office (http://rpobangalore.gov.in/)

I am not deviating from my rule of ‘uniqueness’ of content on this blog because this post is truly unique in terms of the sheer efficiency of our Indian Government and much criticized institutions so I owe this good piece to them! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

May 1, 2009 at 11:43 am

Economics of a Tata Nano

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The Tata Nano logo

The Tata Nano logo

Image credit/source: The Tata Nano website (http://tatanano.inservices.tatamotors.com/tatamotors/)

https://ecofin.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/the-tata-nano-launched-in-multiple-variants/

https://ecofin.wordpress.com/2008/01/10/specifications-of-the-tata-1-lac-car/

https://ecofin.wordpress.com/2008/01/10/the-tatas-1-lac-car-the-nano-officially-lauched/

Can they really achieve profitability or is it just an exercise for Tata Motors to say they did it first, build market share in the entry level segment (they have effectively created an A- segment in the entry level segment in automobiles in India!) and built the world’s cheapest car ever even if they don’t make any great profits as their margins would be wafer thin? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

April 1, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Are we staring in the face of a depression in 2008?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression

If you look at the above link, some of the linkages are chilling. There was a liquidity crisis then too (forget what trigerred it), loans were hard to come by, banks collapsed like nine pins, unemployment soared and the US triggered it followed by a worldwide collapse (nearly 3/4 of a century ago when there was hardly any communication at today’s speed) that got rejuvenated only with the onset of the second world war. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

October 9, 2008 at 12:49 am

Security analysis: The classic 1934 edition – Benjamin Graham

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http://www.amazon.com/Security-Analysis-Classic-Benjamin-Graham/dp/0070244960

I finally managed to get hold of this book before the book stores could so I beat them! I now need to read this book that is regarded as the Bhagvad Gita of value investing. I will treat it as my textbook on value investing.

It will be heavy on the head so will wrap up my read of the Intelligent investor that is a less complicated approach to the same principles listed in the Security analysis.

Meanwhile, Alan Greenspan has to wait as I wrap up reading up on my legend’s (Warren Buffett’s) legend – the great legendary Benjamin Graham!

Re-reading The intelligent investor by Benjamin Graham

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I had not got on the pace the last time I tried to read up this book. Its the easier version of Ben Graham’s Security analysis. I tried checking at bookstores all over Bangalore for this book i.e. Security analysis, the classic 1934 edition – Gangarams, Strand and the Landmark, Forum Mall – but did not get it at any. I have ordered it from them even if it costs money and is a foreign print/publication but its to be seen if their reach is better than mine.

I will post review of my combined practice once I am done – as mentioned earlier, it would be based on learnings that translate into future earnings!

Wrapped up reading the Snowball – biography of Warren Buffett

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I did 900 pages of straight  reading in 5 full days to wrap it up – review will follow by virtue of  learnings. Scintillating book!