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Rediff shopping online / my experience

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I had a terrible time shopping online with Rediff. I placed a fairly decent sized order on the Rediff Shop online about a month ago. I first of all never got a confirmation email of my order itself though the website said it had sent it (luckily I took a screenprint of the order itself and sent it to my email).

I know what you are thinking – I checked the spam folder as well. It was just not there. Ok, this is acceptable since emails could have got misplaced however, my woes did not end there. I never got a proper tracking # for my shipment but did get the ‘consignment number’. It said the courier would be “XYZ” but always said the status was “awaiting dispatch”. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Windows 7 Ultimate – usage review from India

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Windows 7

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It’s early days in my usage of Windows 7 Ultimate but it’s way better than anything I have seen with my last 2.5 years of Vista Ultimate usage.

Let’s come back to some basic items that I feel have improved. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 5, 2009 at 12:45 pm


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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 »

Should a recession affect your purchasing decision making?

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Is the reduction in purchasing decisions/actual purchases made a good thing or a bad thing during recessionary times. While technically, India is still motoring along at over 5.5% GDP growth and is tipped to be the 2nd fastest growing economy in the world for 2009 (a miserable year for other world economies), should the discerning consumer cut down on his purchases of items? Read the rest of this entry »

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March 1, 2009 at 9:12 am

Has the retail bubble in India burst?

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I had blogged about retail opportunities in India about an year and a half ago here –

It was not even an year ago that we witnessed almost every large corporate worth their salt open up stores in the name of “retail” looking for every opportunity to outwit and throw out your neighbourhood “kirana store”.

But, less than an year later, they have a sad story to tell. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 25, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Why am I crazy about Wall Street/US monetary policies?

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Simply because, it has a huge impact – no matter where you are in this world!

What happens out there impacts every single country in this world. It impacts you you and you. It impacts the decision making we make on our jobs etc. It impacts our local domestic economy. No matter how much we claim of ourselves being insulated from Wall Street, the truth is its just an eyewash. We will all get affected by the mayhem on Wall Street and the effects take at least 6 months to trickle into economies such as India and China. This is what happened in the dot com bubble burst of late 2000. Read the rest of this entry »

Hooked onto wireless and to my DELL Vostro 1200 notebook

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I was never a firm believer in notebooks till I bought this DELL mini. The amount of deliberations I made and the thought process that went into analyzing the investment of about half a lac on this utility item would have driven most of the people around me crazy! And, that is not even my usual nature – I am a spontaneous decision maker – if everything about a cost-benefit analysis looks good, I don’t think much but this was different. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 18, 2008 at 7:35 pm 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
Source: Wiki

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 »