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IIFT EMIB 2004 - 2006 (Source:

IIFT EMIB 2004 - 2006 (Source:

It’s been exactly five long years since I joined for my EMIB (Executive Masters in International business) from the prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi! I joined it on 9th August 2004. Time flies! But can say for sure that this degree has been my best investment made on education till date. With zero opportunity cost (it was held only on weekends – non stop for one and a half years) and the schedule was honestly grueling with no respite and kept us busy on weekdays with assignments, quizzes every weekend, mid-term exams, classes and of course, the end terms. Read the rest of this entry » and its statistics from an year ago

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I was chancing to look upon my blog’s readership and it has skyrocketed in last few months. To give you an idea of how much the readership for has gone up by, Alexa rating has shown a consistent rise in my webpage ranking (it currently stands at 755139 worldwide and its India ranking is better at 58137. Furthermore, my year old blog stats shows my blog to have averaged 9999 hits way in May 2007. The current count stands at 77791.

Above means nothing if people don’t read posts. Simple page views/hits serve no value absolutely. The most important indicator that indicates the health status of a blog is its post:comment ratio. My blog’s average post:comment ratio is at about 1:2. This means, for every post I put up, I get double the # of comments. This ratio was about 2:1 last year at about the same time and it had not even reached breakeven. So, it is a satisfaction that my blog is a success in terms of these critical metrics.

Thank you, all for making this blog readable! Its only my readers who can turnaround this blog and I hope to keep you as repeat readers so the value of this blog is enhanced further!

Keep visiting back – you know where to look for me:!

Another delay in the Devanahalli International airport opening!

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It looks like even without a formal Government, the administration in Karnataka is equally laggard when it comes to taking quick decisions.

This airport project has again been delayed by another 1-month (the earlier date given was end of March 2008). Moreover, there has been enough hue and cry on whether to keep the HAL airport catering to needs of domestic travel since the Devanahalli International airport is not yet well connected from the city center with the typical delays that are entrenced in any Indian social sector project. Read the rest of this entry »

Lalunomics on Globonomics!

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Indian Railways
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This has been the single biggest turnaround in recent days of the Indian PSU sector! Indian Railways making a cash surplus (before dividend) of Rs. 25000 crore for 2007-2008 with an operating ratio of 76%. Read the rest of this entry »

Texas Instruments – BA II Plus Professional Financial calculator acquired!

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I bought this advanced financial calculator (the Texas Instruments BA II PLUS Professional) for all my complicated calculations and to manage my portfolio of assets. Actually, this is primarily used only by CFA’s and CPA’s as its one of the only two authorized calculators for their examinations etc. Its cool! Read the rest of this entry »

Blogging guidelines – my two cents

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What are the important factors one needs to consider before one begins to blog:

1. First, get over this obsession of Google adsense. 99/100 bloggers I meet first think of making a quick buck on adsense rather than focus on quality of their blogs and its relevance towards the topic(s) chosen! This is really very disturbing statistics. Read the rest of this entry »

Caveat Emptor: Guidelines for purchasing an apartment unit in India – due diligence to be carried out

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One of the biggest issues one needs to factor in is to make all payments to the seller in plain cheque. That should be the right logical approach. This is easy on first sales where you buy a property directly from a reputed builder where you make payments by cheque and in instalments.

Second sales are invariably having this complication where cheque payments may not be accepted in entirety (its different if you buy directly from a builder as they accept money only in cheque) and this is where I felt there was a lacuna of information and therefore tried to fill in this gap with below due diligence/analysis.

Some of the principles used in Real Estate investing are highlighted below. These are from my own experiences in dealing with this tricky (and murky) world of business. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

October 16, 2007 at 8:40 am