This blog will express views on Indian Stock Market, Wit, Chennai, Travel, Reflections, Current affairs, Music, Movies and photography. Emotions are reflected through some film lyrics which get posted regularly. I am Jack of all trades and trying to become master of few ! :) Hope you will end up liking the blog.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Reliance - RPL Merger Move
Wow... It was expected for a long time., but the timing of it was real surprise. It is the first time in recent past that insiders did not get a clue of this entire episode and it can be seen from the market volume data for the entire week. Satyam saga still playing on minds, i suppose !
It is going to be advantage Reliance when compared to RPL shareholders on March 2nd. It could be a good tax saving move for Reliance as a whole. Does this move indicate SEZ tax holiday saga could get over by 2010?
I love these guys - this is the only group which extracts work from CAs & MBAs to full extent !
Update on March 2:
16:1 swap ratio announced just a while away. Lacks punch for stock market movement. But in line with market prices !
Thursday, February 26, 2009
PJ on Cricket Helmet
According to any female, it took men 100 years to realise head is also important !!!!
PJ on Pathan brothers
A: Yusuf hits all bowlers all round the park., where as irfan gets hit all round the park. So., so many people "round katti adikkiranga" - hence, all rounders !
Source, one SMS i got today !
Monday, February 23, 2009
Slum Dog Millionaire wins 8 Oscars
Best picture - Slumdog Millionaire
Director - Danny Boyle, for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor - Sean Penn, for Milk
Best Actress - Kate Winslet, for The Reader
Supporting actor - Heath Ledger, for The Dark Knight
Supporting actress - Penelope Cruz, for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Animated feature film - WALL-E
Adapted screenplay - Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire
Original screenplay - Milk, written by Dustin Lance Black
Art direction - Donald Graham Burt; set decoration: Victor J. Zolfo for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Donald Graham Burt
Cinematography - Anthony Dod Mantle for Slumdog Millionaire
Costume design - Michael O'Connor for The Duchess
Documentary feature -Man on Wire
Documentary short - Smile Pinki
Film editing - Chris Dickens for Slumdog Millionaire Chris Dickens
Foreign language film -Departures," Japan
Makeup - Greg Cannom for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original score - A.R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire
Original song - Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire, music by A.R. Rahman, lyrics by Gulzar
Sound editing - Richard King for The Dark Knight
Sound mixing - Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty for Slumdog Millionaire
Visual effects - Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Oscar Winner Jai Ho A R Rahman
Jai Ho Oscar Winner - A R Rahman ! You have made us proud !
"All my life I've had a choice between hate and love, and I chose love, and now I'm here," said Rahman in his acceptance speech.
Congrats Gulzar saab !
Ella Pugazhum Oruvan Oruvanukke., Nee nadhi pole odik-kondiru.
Watch video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adm50X9ctF0
Oscar Winner Rasul Pookutty
Thank you., You made us, our country proud ! Thank you very much for quoting the power of "Om" in your acceptance speech.
Are you going to be behind sound mixing outsourcing business to India?
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Frost / Nixon Movie Dialogues
Frost / Nixon is a different movie. It is a political drama and it has one of the wonderful performances of Frank Langella as Nixon, Michael Sheen as David Frost. The supporting cast has also shaped out well. Fine direction by Ron Howard.
What stands out in the movie is its wonderful dialoges., so here I go in listing some of it !
James Reston - But instead of satisfaction i'wd imagined, i just got angrier and angrier bcoz there was no admission of guilt, there was no apology.
Swifty Lazar: i got 500,000 dollar, Mr president its a half a million dollars for a television interview, it is unprecetended
Nixon: yeah? wehh, what's the catch?
Swifty Lazar: with frost? None, it'll be a big wet kiss. This guy'll be so grateful to be getting it at all, he'll pitch puff balls all night and pay half a million dollars for the privilege !
David Frost - Success in america is unlike success like anywhere else and the emptiness when its gone
air hostess: champaigne?
Caroline: no thank you
David Frost: you dont like champagne?
Caroline: not on airplanes
David Frost: yes it dehydrates one terribly. The trick is to have a glass of water on the go, too like the vieneese serve the coffee!
Caroline: well, i'hv never been to vienna
David Frost: oh, you will like it, its like paris without the french
Caroline: but, what made you exceptional, they said, was that you were a person who had achieved great fame without possessing any discerbible quality
David Frost: how kind
Nixon: right there, now you can put that in your apartment in new york, and all your liberal friends can use it as a dartboard
Caroline: well, actually, i am living in monte carlo at the moment
Nixon to Frost: hey, take my adivce, you should marry that women
David Frost: yes, lovely isn't it?
Nixon: more important than that, she comes from monaco, they pay no taxes there
Zelnick: what about jack kennedy?
Interview Director: that man...he screwed everything that moved, fixed elections and took us into Vietnam. and the american people, they loved him for it. whereas me, nixon, worked around the clock in their service and they hated me !
Nixon: grand university, what was it, oxford?
David Frost: cambridge
Nixon: did the snobs there look down on you too?
David Frost: chuckles
Nixon: of course they did, thats our tragedy, isn't it, Mr frost? no matter how high we get, they still look down at us
David Frost: i really don't know what you are talking about
Nixon: yes, you do. Now, come on, no matter how many awards or colomn inches are written about you, or how high the elected office is for me, it's still not enough. We still feel like a little man the loser they told us we were a hundred times. the smart asses at college, the high-ups, the well-born, the people whose respect we really wanted, really craved. And isn't that why we work so hard now, why we fight for every inch, scrambling our way up in undignified fashion? If we are honest for a minute, if we reflect privately just for a moment, if we allow ourselves a glimpse into that shadowy place we call our soul,
isnt' that why we are here now? the two of us? Looking for a way back into the sun, into the limelight, back onto the winner's podium, bcoz we could feel it slipping away. ,we were headed. both of us, for the dirt ! A place the snobs always told us that we'd end up. Face in the dust. Humiliated all the more for having tried so pitifully hard. well, to hell with that !
We're not gonna let that happen, either of us. We are gonna show those bums, we're gonna make them choke on our continued success, our continued headlines, our continued awards and the power and glory ! We are gonna make those motherfuckers choke !
Am i right?
David Frost: you are, except that only one of us can win.
Nixon: Yes, and i shall be your fiercest adversary. I shall come at you with everything i got, bcoz the limelight can only shine on one of us. and for the other, it'll be the wilderness, with nothing and no one for company, but those voices ringing in our head.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Clashes in Chennai High Court
Lawyers have worked only 9 days in 2009 - rest of it were devoted to strike in support of Sri Lankan Tamils & LTTE. No one bothered about service - after all, every case goes for years so what if it adds another 3 months to it !!!
Dr.Subramanian Swamy (read as Naradar) came to the court - the learned lawyers, professionals threw couple of eggs on Swamy - called him traitor for not supporting LTTE - Police came and tried to arrest 16 lawyers - lawyers resisted - police strength were 500 & they could not practice how to handle riots for a long time as tamil nadu remains a peaceful land - they used this as practice ground - resulted in bloodshed between lawyers and police
Now, more protests, dharnas, strikes, enquiry, investigation, justification etc...
- Unruly mobs taking law into hand is a success story of movies;
- it remains a success story called strike and bandh
- it became political unions from welfare unions
This is a sad result of politisation, polarisation... Long live our democracy
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Recent Cricket Series - Update
India Vs Srilanka - Not a surprise at all for fans. Sri Lanka had lost their consistency in recent past whereas India gained the same under Dhoni. Srilanka can comfort themselves from Dilshan's recent knocks. Where as India had nothing to complain from its performances !
Australia VS New Zealand - NZ had wasted opportunity to take revenge on Australia. NZ started well but failed to capitalise the 2-0 advantage and ended the series with 3-2 to Australia. Australia's star performer turned out to be Nathan Bracken.
Forthcoming Series - Outlook
I feel India would perform well when compared to their past outings in NZ this season. It is going to be a huge challenge for India to overcome the speed tracks and bouncers. I predict shaky start resulting in consolidation in later matches. For me, result does not matter - I will be happy as long as India does not come back with wash out series or humiliating defeats !
Australia does not have to prove anything when compared to South Africa. I feel South Africa would win the series. Hussey's return to form is a good news for Australia. It is going to be a tough fight although.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Movie Review of Seven Pounds
Will Smith plays the role of IRS Agent with a great secret to help the lives of seven strangers. He carries out the role with his spirited performance.
Rosario Dawson plays the role of a patient with a million dollar smile at ease. The bonding between the lead characters develops beautifully and you want to see more of it !!!
Photography is very good with natural lighting with some so tight close-up shots. Screen play is damn good and the way story unfolds is so powerful. Director Gabriele Muccino does a fine job and brings out the best in all departments.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Many colours through many races
Many designs yet so unique
can i know mine?
Beautiful, expressive, communicative Eyes
Short, sweet, juicy lips
Wearing enchanting smiles
Can i know which one truthful?
bald heads, towering necks
expression covering beards
can you help us to find out what is hidden?
Bow like Eyebrows
Sharp, short, lively noses
elevating foreheads, uninspiring chins
does that reveal what route the mind runs?
Face is vital, Face is identity
Face is inimitable,
Face reveals inner beauty
Oh God, why am I threatened to face the face that comes in dark situations?
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Price of Rice shoots up
The surprise point is No newspaper is reporting it, no news channels reporting it; Forget that one - even the political parties who are bothered about Lok Sabha election votes are not exploting it !!!!!
I am unable to understand why no one shouting about the price rise of Rice - Puzzled, bewildered, worried. The government is supposed to protect the civilians by managing unusual price rises - they are not bothered ! Long Live our Democracy !
Monday, February 9, 2009
Fiat Linea TV Commercial
I liked this advertisement very much ! http://www.youtube.com/?v=ec1DyHNwfKg
was an ordinary day then you came by
looking so fine oh you were divine
now i'm stuck at the sight of you
stuck at the thought of you
there's a voice from inside
saying youre the best
my heart doesn't need to know
so i will just scream
cause i'm stuck at the sight of you
stuck at the thought of you
stuck so stuck...
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Sex and Sensex
1) Some like it long, some like it short.
2) You can study the market as much as you like, but it all comes down to luck.
3) Those who talk about it the most, have the least experience.
4) One simple mistake could lead to 18 unprofitable years.
5) Some prefer to sit back and watch it grow.
6) Terms include swing trading, asset turnover, naked call, after hours, insider trading, silent partner, blind entries, 30-day wash rule, straddle, triangles, descending tops, ascending bottoms, pump and dump, partial surrender, stop order, position limit, voluntary liquidation, and explicit interest.
7) Low confidence can keep you out of the market.
8) Everyone tends to focus on performance.
9) Some do it alone, others do it with a group, and some hire professionals, and the best reason ...
10) Some positions are better than others and the best position is always up for debate!
And remember, past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Stock Molestors on the prowl
They select around 3-5 stocks a day, rip it, create chaos, fear and leave the trail of damage !
Unfortunately, some of their background news have proved right Like Citi, Unitech etc. So, one can not simply wish away them.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Chennai auto fare - daylight robbery
Minimum fare unofficially charged at Rs.25/-; In the last one year, fares have gone up atleast 25%.
This is significant when MTC reported highest ever passenger traffic on Feb 1, to the tune of 50.5 Lakh passengers which resulted in 2 Crore rupee of ticket sale.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sensex Outlook - Feb 2009
Buy on Dips would work well rather on buy on gap up openings !
Gold has rallied smartly and i dont think it can sustain above 940 USD over a period of time. It might be able to hold these rates due to Institutional support rather than strong demand in retail shops.
Watch out for Emerging markets trend - I feel China, Korea stocks are not falling much and able to hold on despite bad sentiment in USA. Whether India would join them is the key question to be answered over next 3 months....
Monday, February 2, 2009
Tribute to Nagesh
You made us to laugh
You made us to cry
You made us proud
You acted with stars
yet made your identity
You acted with beauties
yet made us to follow you
You acted with legends
yet made your mark
You worked with great directors
Yet you worked wonders on us
You are too unique
you are too wonderful
you are too lovely
you are too addictive
No need for any padmas
No need for any sahebs
No need for any mamanees
You are in our heart for ever
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Australian Open 2009
I enjoyed this season of Australian Open 2009 fully barring the two walk over episodes; I liked the way Tsonga & Verdasco played their matches; Serena over-powered her opponents and won the tournament. But i felt little sad for Safina - she has to overcome her slow start attitude; Fairy tale come back of Jelena Dokic was wonderful; I am looking forward to see more of Carlo Suarez Navarro - dont you feel her left hand back hand shots are similar to Fedex? ;
To an affectionate fan like me, Sad to see Fedex disappearing into Sunset.... He was too good through the fortnight until the 5th set against Nadal.... and I could not digest the way he lost the rhythm..... Was he nervous, emotional, desperate for victory... I could not figure out.
As life moves on, we will find another player to say - wow soon. But it would take a while for some one to match the grace of Fedex !
But the star of the tournament was undoubtedly Rafa Nadal - what a great two weeks he had ! He is so muscular to pull off 9h 45m of touch tennis in three days... Great job man.... You are wonderful.