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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 »


Finally, USPS gets it right

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The USPS online tracking system finally got it right! This is what their track and confirm website said:

Detailed Results:

Bullet Delivered Abroad, December 31, 2008, 11:30 pm, INDIA
Bullet Out of Foreign Customs, December 27, 2008, 11:19 am, INDIA
Bullet Arrived Abroad, December 27, 2008, 9:29 am, INDIA
Bullet International Dispatch, December 17, 2008, 7:06 pm, ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS)
Bullet Processed, December 16, 2008, 8:09 pm, CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA 91715
Bullet Acceptance, December 16, 2008, 6:28 pm, ARCADIA, CA 91006


And no, after all this, I never received the right email intimation that my package was delivered though I had chosen the email notification option after delivery!

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January 1, 2009 at 1:18 pm

USPS track and confirm – my experience with them

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This post is about the service and tracking information provided by the United States postal service to International locations.

I was expecting a package (a cellphone cover for the Blackberry Bold shipped from Otterbox) from the US that got shipped about 10 days back. They claim their “track and confirm” tracks the shipment but I was not satisfied. FedEx and DHL seem to be leagues ahead of USPS when it comes to delivery tracking. The updated information just stays on the package having left the United States but no information on its arrival at its destination or who we should contact at the destination. As a result of this, I keep pestering my office security daily if the package has arrived! In this 21st century connected by the erstwhile Internet! Ironic! This is quite poor.

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December 25, 2008 at 2:22 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:!

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 »

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 »

Research reports to come shortly – aka McKinseyQuarterly style

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All our research reports would be in PDF format and we are going to do comprehensive consulting analysis for our readers on myriad topics especially on the business sectors.

All research reports would be made available at

Watch that space for more.