On this Onam Occasion…🌸🌼

Last week was Onam in Kerala; to be exact Wednesday 11, Sep was the Thiruvonam day. Schools close for a week; office goers combine the Muharram holiday on 10 Sep, Tuesday, Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi on 13 Sep, Friday and the 2nd Saturday on 14 Sep and make it a week long celebration too !! There were…

The Grand Indian Equity Sale – Buy ideas📝

2018 was rocking year; I travelled to 4 countries and within India visited 5 new cities. And it was not just for me, 2018 was euphoric for people, companies, markets; there was optimism and feel good all around. And it’s during these trips that I began to notice the range of colourful, smart suitcases and…

vahan.co: WhatsApp your way to a job📱

Our heroes most of the time hail from the three broad categories – sports, cinema and industry. I would call entrepreneurs as true heroes simply because of the jobs they create. Here’s an entrepreneurial venture providing a recruitment gateway for blue-collar workers. To make it super easy, recruitment happens over WhatsApp chats. The main recruiters on…

Karen Anand and Gambas Pil Pil👩🏻‍🍳

This is a very old book; I remember spying it in the bookshop and at that time I had not heard of Karen Anand. I leafed through the book, because of comments behind the book by known celebrities and after reading a few lines, I wanted to devour the book and also get myself something…

Investing in smallcase 🤑₹

Smallcase is an investment idea in the Indian equity market – to put it simply, a combination of the mutual fund concept and a stock systematic investment plan (sip). I have been doing both separately for sometime and now will try the smallcase way. As I mentioned in the prior post on smallcase, the investors buy…

Teachers’ Day👩‍🏫📚

The kid was just learning to answer subjective questions in his third language class. There were spelling mistakes in every other word in the answer; even in the words that were in the question itself. I tried to help him saying that it’s just like Fill in the Blanks; half the answer is already there…

Choco Gulab jamuns at Punjab Grill 😋🍗

And I thought the Gulab Jamuns couldn’t get any better… yet again I have been proved wrong !!🙆‍♀️ Weekend lunch out, I wanted to visit the Forum Shantiniketan mall. Situated in Whitefield, it’s 45 min away from my home, so might as well call it a one day trip. First time at this mall and…

Notes from an American trail 🌇🗽

An American sojourn; traversing the breadth of the country for nearly a month, waking up every two days in a new place, sampling and feasting on new experiences or maybe revisiting old memories. The author has previously lived in the US for a while and now visiting the country after a long hiatus; sharing a page…

The Little Book on Pondicherry 📚🌺

Last October we were on road from Bekal in Kasargode district of Kerala to Kochi. Hubs announces that we will be passing through Pondicherry on our drive. I was skeptical, Pondicherry is nowhere enroute to Kochi, it’s on the other side of the Indian peninsula, facing the Bay of Bengal and we were on the…

The Lipstick Index💄💋

Another interesting term for the current times😀. Not once, but I read this in the papers twice…hence thought worth a mention. Sadly, it’s not a listing of the most popular lipsticks in the world; though it does seem like a good idea to have one !! The term was coined by Leonard Lauder, former chairman…

Nightscape 🏙🌙

Bangalore now feels like the Bangalore of yore, at least in terms of the climate; days are cool, sun is warm and welcomed; nights are cold, sometimes rainy. I tried the nightscape mode on my phone and got a pic of our neighbours. A well lit hive !! 🏙 Encouraged with the results, I try…

TapChief – A Freelancer platform👥

Unicorns, Soonicorns and Unicorpses – the first is familiar but the other two have me stumped. Unicorn in business parlance is the term for a new business with a billion dollar valuation. Soonicorns are unicorns in waiting😀 and Unicorpses were unicorns once, but now they are way below the billion dollar mark. Good to know😊…

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 📚📖

Wedding presents –  “Two people wander around John Lewis picking out lovely items for themselves and then they make other people pay for them…..I simply fail to see how the act of legally formalising a human relationship necessitates friends, family and co-workers upgrading the contents of their kitchen for them.”  says Eleanor Oliphant. I follow…

A novice on The Grand Tour

“The TV Series?” Yes “About cars?” Yes “What do you know about cars?” Nothing From Season 2 – Lamborghini(petrol), Honda(hybrid) and Rimac(electric) Last question…Why then? Because it is fun, entertaining and it’s a show is free of sex, violence and strong language – the usual warnings accompanying  most shows on air now. Fair enough; the…

Service supermarkets for the gig economy 🛒👥

Few months after quitting full time work, the usual question that came my way was “Isn’t there something you can do part-time, from home ?” I normally ignored the question, because even if I wanted to venture working part-time, I didn’t know where to go. If you have a product to sell, there is always…

Ideas for profit from Peter Thiel🎯💰

Peter Thiel – founder of PayPal, his book Zero to One is regarded as a must read for aspiring entrepreneurs, but I would recommend this book for wannabe investors too. The book has been in my Amazon shopping cart for sometime; but I had a nagging feeling that we had this book in the house,…

Easy Indian meal (Set #6)🍳🍖

Last week in Kochi, I was at my brother’s home for breakfast and my sister-in-law made the most crispy dosas ever 😋 !! Back home in Bangalore, I was commending on the dosas and the kid said that he wants to have crispy dosas too. For me the humble dosa became an overnight celebrity when I saw Gary…

August Novelties🍫💰

What have we here…gifts from Bali (not cheap dresses and rattan bags😊), a virtual magazine, chocolates and an investment idea. Let’s dive into them… First up are Snake fruits from Bali🙃, sounds venomous and exotic; called so because of their brown scaly skin. Peel away the skin to reveal the firm white edible flesh – tastes…

ABC 🚗💨

Driving…are you crazy!? Who wants to drive in the rain, jostling for space on the crowded roads with pot holes filled with water !? 🤨 Me !!🙋‍♀️ Most of the old bridges in Kochi are two lane, but to get on the single lane, there will be cars, two-wheelers, autos etc converging at the foot…

Try a Thali 🥥🍚

Google defines a Thali as “a set meal at an Indian restaurant.” I remember having a Chinese set meal once on a cruise ship from Singapore, but never gave much thought to its equivalent back home. The Thali has rice served with a variety of side dishes; the number of sides will vary with the…