Monday, October 31, 2005

ICICI Direct University

ICICI Direct University gives insight into various investment options. It gives gyan on things like Equities, Futures, Options and Mutual Funds. There are many sites in the internet describing these topics in much detail. But good thing about this site is that all the explanation is done in an Indian context. ICICI direct is a mechanism for online trading. An account in ICICI direct comes with an embedded demat account which enables trading of stocks in electronic format. The site is still not mature with some broken links and missing information. However the demos present here are encouraging.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The States of Indian Cricket

"The States of Indian Cricket" is a book written by Ramachandra Guha. I recently bought this one by exchanging a few coupons in landmark. This book is divided into two parts
  • Wickets in the East
  • Spin and other Turns
I have managed to read the first part of the book. Here Guha deals with various domestic teams of Indian cricket listing his all-time teams to represent them. The books focuses on many old-timers starting from Ranjitsingji, CK Nayudu, Vinoo Mankad, etc. Guha is settled in the state of Karnataka and shows his open appreciation for the players from here. Being a follower of the game of cricket and a big time fan of it, i loved to read about the tales of some of the all time great cricketers of India. The book also talks about the major cricketing tournaments which were being played then like the Pentangular tournament - now banned, was contested by Hindus, Muslims, Parsis, Rest, ... While telling about the state teams Guha talks about the tough luck of the players from Bengal - the lack of opportunity given to them. He compares the changes in cricket with that of politics of that time, like Subhash Chandra Bose being sacked from the Congress presidentship etc..This thing however cannot be said about the current crisis in the Indian cricket team over Ganguly's issue. Ganguly had been a great captain but, in his current form he should make way for Dravid, a humble cricketer and a consistent performer. He has justified this with a fantastic win over Srilanka today. I hope the good form of Sachin and Dravid continues... Being a crazy cricket fan, this book has been worth a buy. Being mostly jobless till 9th, I hope to finish reading the second part of the book.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The Graduate

I just watched this 1967 movie. The Graduate is one of the best Romantic Dramas i have watched so far. Its about a fresh graduate who is confused about his future. Then he is seduced by his father's bussiness partener's wife and he ends up having an affair with her. The Graduate ( Ben ) then falls in real love with this woman's daughter -Elaine. The rest of the film is about how he tries to convince Elaine about his love and what he does to get her love. The Graduate is fun to watch and it rightly falls into the genre of Comedy also. I had thought i would write only about technical things in this blog. But i have no such fundae anymore. Moreover i watched this from my office... Some of the other Good movies i watched this week - "Wicker Park", "Crash". Not so great one - "Mon tresor" ( a hebrew movie ) Bad one - "See the Sea" ( a french movie )

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Google Press Center: Zeitgeist

Google Zeitgeist Search patterns, trends, and surprises according to Google This captures the general interests of the people using google around the world. Google generates this report from the millions of searches done through google search engine. It has some interesting summaries like Popular Celebrities, Google News Queries, Google image search queries, etc... The word Zeitegeist derives from the German words Zeit(time) and Geist (spirit). Going by the number of users of Google search it truly captures the sentiments of the people. For example the popular queries from india include - sania mirza, kingfisher airline, tsunami etc... The Google Zeitegeist report is free to use but should be attributed to Google.
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