Friday, October 24, 2008

Lets wait and watch...

Well India's forex reserve is approximately 300 billion Dollors... RBI can manipulate the value of dollor according to their requirements....

This is the time of recession around the world.. for India's concerns, in US and EU... And India's exprort industry mainly constitutes of IT (softwares and services).. and the major markets for India are US and EU... Even biggies like SAP are offering a 15% discount on their services in this time of economic slowdown... India manipulated the value of Dollor and Euro to increase the profits of IT industry and other major exports... exports will shrink but profit will not with this strategy... have a look at the change in all major currency values w.r.t INR...

USD ----> was 39-43 in last 1-2 years ----> Recently around 50

Euro ----> used to be 54-55 ----------------> recently around 64-65

Aus Dollor---> Was trading between 39-43 from past 6-8 moths -----> Now at 33.15, which is a 2 year low for AUD

Pound ----> used to be 80-84 ----> now also around 80

Canadian Dollor ---> Normally trades around 43-44 ---> Present value 39.5

NZ Dollor ----> mostly trades around 31-32 ----> Presenlty at 29.5.....

Even our stocks markets are crashed and it is in all yime low below 10k...But one good thing is goin to happen Reduction in Crude oil prices...we may get a diwali gift from Doera ..

Friday, October 17, 2008

Felt Nostalgic....Life in 90's.....

Remember your life in nineties.......
Cycling was like a breath of fresh air… No safety helmets, your cycle with plenty of cardboards between spokes to make it sound like a motorbike…
When thirsty we only drank tap water, bottled water was still a mystery…
We kept busy collecting bits & pieces so we could build all sort of things … and we were fearless on our cycles even when the brakes failed going downhill…
We were showing off how tough we are, by how high we could climb trees & then jumping down….It was great fun….We could stay out to play for hours, as long as we got back before dark, in time for dinner…
We walked to school, or sometimes we even rode our cycle 
We had no mobile phones, but we always managed to find each other…. How? No one knows
We lost teeth, broke arms & legs, we got cuts and bruises and bloody noses…. nobody complained as we had so much fun, it wasn't anybody's fault, only ours
We ate everything in sight, cakes, bread, chocolate, ice-cream, sweet sugary drinks, yet, we stayed skinny by fooling around.
And if one of us was lucky to find a 1 litre coca cola bottle we all had a swig from it & guess what? Nobody picked up any germs...
We did not have Play Stations, MP3, Nintendo's, I-Pods, Video games, 99 Cable TV channels, DVD's, Home Cinema, Mobile phones, Home Computers, Laptops, Chat-rooms, Internet, etc ...
We played with sticks and stones, played  Indians, doctors and nurses, hide and seek, soccer games, over and over again…BUT, we had REAL FRIENDS!!!!
We would’ve watched Shaktimaan on TV at least once in your life. And you can immediately recognize the character when you see him.We would have some ‘NRI’ relatives.We couldn’t wait for it to be December so We could have the chocolates your NRI relatives brought to us
We collected trump cards of wrestlers, cricketers, and airplanes
Our summer vacations were often synonymous with visiting your grandparents
We know the song ‘Made in India’ by Alisha Chinoi
One would be the coolest t in class if ge had a computer in your house while it was still the 1998
We learnt LOGO (turtle drawing in DOS )in school!
We couldn’t wait to start 4th/6th standard so you could start writing with PENS instead of with pencils!
We  tried to convince people around you to not burst crackers on Diwali, and then gone straight back home and burst them yourself.
We loved licking off the cream from the centre of Bourbon biscuits.
We probably consumed more mangoFrooti in your lifetime than there is oil in Iraq.
We chewed Big (big) Babool and/or Boom Boom Boomer chewing gum. They were bright pink and disgusting tasting, but we loved them for the temporary tattoos.Talking of temporary tattoos, we sometimes had contests with our classmates about who had more tattoos on their arm, leg, knee, hand, forehead, wherever.
If you grew up in the early 90s, you will recall the nation's obsession with Mahabharata on TV
For the longest time, the Maruti 800, the Premier Padmini,  Fiat, and  Ambassador were the only cars we saw on the road.Though we never knewed anything other than advertisements ,we spent a good part of 1998 drooling over the Hyundai Santro and the  Matiz , debating which one was better.We thought seeing English movies and speaking English makes one the the coolest so we saw Titanic 12 times.Towards the late 90s (1998-99) at least some of us started our Harry Potter obsessions!........................and this continues as sweet memories

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Majesty of Chettinad palaces

Yesterday I met my dad's close friend who is running a furniture stores at Pudhucherry,My memories went to my nineth standard where he took me to his native place Chettinad near Pudhukottai for his family function,To be true i havent seen such a big house in my life , he said that homes in Chettinad are now used for TV serials . I think everyone would have noticed the palace of Raja Annamalai Chettiar in various movies.It is irony that many people left those majestic bunglows and they are living in 2 bedroom and single bedroom flats in US,Chennai,London and a lot in Singapore
The picture of Raja Chettiar's home

But maintaining such a large home itself is a big task due to scarce of labour and labour costs,many left Chetinad because of that.There were many such palace homes in Bangalore but it were made hotels and picnic spot.Since Chettinad is a village and the climate in chettinad is horrible it is difficult to make it as a tourist spot like Mysore.But these architectural wonders can be preserved by developing the Village as a industrial hub so that the people dont migrate to the cities.Our Finance minister is also from Chetinad area,he is planning to bring a SEZ in Sivagangai.Lets hope These palace homes are preserved.

See the above picture,This home was constructed in 1902,but the woods used in that home is very good even now.And the building having very very minute cracks which is very less than cracks found in newly built flats and buildings in Chennai.Pls do remember these homes are constructed without a engineer.
It is very difficult to get a home like this,My uncle told me that Actor Vikram has purchased a home in Chettinad. Imagine number of windows to a home ...10 ,50 or 300...In Chettinad many houses have 1000 Windows..Then imagine the number of rooms in that home.