Posts Tagged ‘India’

Dewberry’s Restaurant in Chennai – Restaurant Review

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Went to Dewberry’s restaurant in Mylapore, Chennai last night and it was a pleasant experience.

Dewberry’s is located off Radhakrishnan Salai, opposite Kalyani Nursing Home. Dewberry’s looks like a home converted into a restaurant (and they also have a boutique in the same section). You can prefer to get seated inside or outside, we chose to sit inside, knowing that the Chennai mosquitos are trained to carry people away.

We liked the list of items in the menu (and I wanted to get each one of them)!


Can Virat Kohli maintain his consistency?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Virat Kohli appears to have all the stars aligned in the right places for him. He is just 23 years old, but already has eight international hundreds in the past year and a half.

After his magical century at Hobart (Tasmania, Australia) against Sri Lanka, and the announcement the very next day that he will be the vice-captain for India in the Asia cup, Virat Kohli appears to be in the news every where.

Virat Kohli made a wonderful start to his new role as vice-captain, with a wonderful century yesterday at Mirpur (Bangladesh).


Pakistan grants MFN Status to India, does it have a choice?

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Pakistan has announced that it is granting the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India.

There have been a lot of cry from within Pakistan not to do so, based on India’s stand on Kashmir.  The Information Minister of Pakistan has said it will be beneficial for both sides to do so. Historically, at different points of time India has also granted the MFN status to Pakistan.

Indian Rupee (INR) vs Pakistan Rupee (PKR)

As soon as I read this news, I tried to do a comparison of the currency values of India (INR) and Pakistan (PKR). I was surprised to realize that in the past ten years the value of Pakistan Rupee (PKR) has gone down considerably against the Indian Rupee (INR). The chart below shows how for each PKR we used to get .80 INR and now it we get only .50INR.

Overall, it appears to be a very logical move by the Pakistan Government to take advantage of India’s position right now. From a sentimental standpoint, it will take a very long time (a few decades more) for the people of the two countries to really start accepting each other, but for now, I guess MFN is a better deal than nothing from Pakistani side.

England gets their first win in this series – Win the T20

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

England has finally managed to taste victory on the Indian soil in the T20 match held yesterday.

India scored just 120 runs, which is considered a very low score in T20s. Kevin Peitersen showed his class once again by scoring a very good 50 and made sure there were no hiccups. Full scorecard from this match is available here

Dhoni, as usual, was calm and composed in his responses at the press conference after the loss. The most interesting part for me in this press conference was his observations on the fact that it is better to know what went wrong, after something went wrong, so that we can work on it and come back stronger. Though he does not show his emotions, Dhoni has a way of showing his confidence and maturity in the way he talks, and in the way he manages the team. I feel he is one of the finest captains India has ever produced.

India make it 5-0 – Dhoni talks very cautiously about bowlers

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

India completed the 5-0 whitewash as hoped by many Indians around the world.

This is the second consecutive time that England have lost all the one-day matches in the series in India. This only emphasises the point that Indian cricket team has always been extremely strong on the home grounds. Their performances overseas are still very shaky though.

There are many comments all over the place about this series win. One comment made about the 5-0 whitewash by India, by a friend of mine, Santosh, was quite funny:

It is Diwali and the Indians have kept to the tradition of white washing !!! We have been very considerate to the English cricket team as well providing them a flavour of our hospitality.


Dhoni’s press conference after the game is quite interesting as he cautiously takes credit for this and at the same time talks about how the bowling area has to be improved.

While I was watching this video, I noticed an interesting mistake and quickly took a screenshot of it. See if you can notice how they mentioned Dhoni as England Captain by mistake. oops 🙂


Will it be India 5-0 against England?

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Got a chance to catch up on the fourth one day international match between India and England today. India beat England quite convincingly once again. After getting beaten by England in England 5-0, now I guess it is India’s turn to beat England 5-0. England appeared to be the unbeatable team when in England they showed clear supremacy over India in the matches just a month back. Now, it is the exact opposite here in India – Indians dominating the English team in every single match.

What is going on here? Is it the usual reason that the local players know the local conditions much better and are exploiting it well? Or is it that the local pitches are well prepared to suit the home team?

Whatever the case is, such one sided matches are definitely not good for the game in the long run. Who would ever want to watch the fifth match in a five match series, where the home team has beaten the visitors comprehensively in every one of the four matches so far.

Dhoni’s style of talking in the press conference is quite admirable, where he does not want to use the word ‘revenge’ to term what India is doing to England right now. Similarly, he also explains how the plan was to win every single match in England, but it never happened – it is good to see him talk about things as they are. Rather than saying it is payback time and trying to boast about how well the team has turned the tables around.

Congratulations to Cricket World Champions – India

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

India has won the Cricket World Cup after 28 years.

We Indians are proud of everyone who made it happen.

Time to celebrate..Indiaaaaaa – India … Indiaaaaa – India


It was a great finals with Sri Lanka scoring 274 and making India work really hard to won the finals. Dhoni led from the front and scored 91 not out to team up with Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh to win the finals.

Yuvraj was named Man of the Tournament for his all round performance and four Man of the Match awards during the tournament.

MS Dhoni was named Man of the Finals for the way he ensured India did not have any more hiccups on its way towards winning the final.

Overall it was a wonderful world cup and it is always nice to end up on the winning side.

Sachin Tendulkar and Muthiah Muralitharan are playing their last World Cups and Cricket World Cup will miss them.

Harbhajan Singh – The Batsman

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Harbhajan Singh has been a part of the Indian cricket team for over ten years now – primarily as a leg spinner. All cricket lovers from India are also aware of his unorthodox batting style using which he has hit a few sixers every now and then in both one day as well as test cricket.

In the past two weeks, in two consecutive tests against New Zealand, Harbhajan Singh’s batting form has transformed him into a mature batsman who has carried the responsibility of seeing India get to safer totals in three consecutive innings. He had scored a half century and a century in the first test match and today he completed his second consecutive century in the first innings.

All the three innings he has played are in completely different circumstances.


Top Three Investment Opportunities

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Having spent the last ten years managing money, I have noticed three significant investments, which have been a runaway success. Some of you might have had other investment options which were quite successful in the past, but the ones listed below are the ones where I have personally seen good returns.  Based on that experience, I am providing the details as much as possible on each one of them:


Main Street USA ideas for PURA in India

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

I have always been a fan of the concept of ‘Main Street’ that have been in existence in the US for over 100 years now. I have also been a big fan of the PURA (Providing Urban amenities in Rural Areas) concept that is envisioned as a part of India 2020 programme – helping India achieve the status of a developed nation by the year 2020. Only this year, I was able to compare the similarities between the two concepts as until then it never struck me that they are two ways of achieving the same result.

This blog (though it appears to have taken the form of a whitepaper 🙂 is an attempt to see if my view of Main Street USA will help us take some ideas from this and implement it to improve rural India using the PURA concept.

Before I confuse you more, let me explain my understanding of each concept separately and also the thought process behind the similarities in the goal behind both these concepts.