Saturday, July 28, 2012

A perfect case of actual inequality.

Weekend Verses.

The Alibi

My mind was racing.
It was some years from now.
We were together again in our old flat.
You were admiring yourself adjusting your hat.
'Oh of course I was mad then,' you said with a forgiving smile,
'Something snapped in me and I was mad for a while.'

But this madness of yours disgusted me,
This alibi,
This gorgeous madness like a tinkling sleigh,
It carried you away
Snug in your fur, snug in your muff and cape.
You made your escape
Through the night, over the dry powdery snow.
I watched you go.

Truly the mad deserve our sympathy.
And you were driven mad you said by me
And then you drove away,
The cushions and the furs piled high,
Snug with your madness alibi,
Injured and forgiven on your loaded sleigh

       ........From Yellow Tulips: Poems 1968-2011

Weekend music

Friday, July 27, 2012

7 Free online education sites

1. Coursera
WHAT Coursera strives to make education accessible to anyone.
HOW Free courses online from world-class universities, including Princeton University and the University of Michigan. The topics are varied, and lectures are formatted into series of 15-minute-long clips.
BONUS POINTS Freedom is the name of the game: students can watch videos at their convenience and in their own time.

2. Udacity
WHAT A free education website for brainy types, founded by four Stanford roboticists.
HOW Udacity currently offers 11 courses , all of which are in science and math-related topics. According to the website, plans are underway to expand the curriculum.
BONUS POINTS Udacity is free of deadlines, free of prerequisites, free of quizzes and other annoying school stuff. Needless to say, courses are also free of charge.

3. Open culture
WHAT High-quality cultural and educational media.
HOW A staggering collection of 400 courses, online, for free, from Ivy League universities, such as Stanford, UCLA, Columbia and Oxford University. Courses run the gamut from science and art to math and economics.
BONUS POINTS Classic and indie films, including many from the 1940’s and 1950’s, are available to watch for free.

4. Ted
WHAT TED, The powerhouse of jaw-dropping lectures needs no introduction. Now, they’re bringing their talent into education with an offshoot, Ted-Ed.
HOW A treasure trove of beautifully animated and gripping videos on a wide array of subjects, such as The Power of Simple Words  and How Many Universes are There.  All videos are under 10-minutes-long.
BONUS POINTS Supplemental materials such as quizzes and discussion questions are also available.

5. Mentor mob
WHAT Curating and ordering learning materials.
HOW MentorMob is like the YouTube of learning materials: users create learning “playlists” from first-rate websites.
BONUS POINTS MentorMob is a community, whose members share and rank each others’ learning playlists.

6. Memrise 
WHAT Effortless learning based on three pillars: science, fun and community.
HOW Based on scientific methods for implanting new information, Memrise proves that what may seem impossible is in fact doable - yes, even learning Mandarin Chinese.
BONUS POINTS The Guardian Wallcharts are mapped Memrise style, teaching you all about cheeses, herbs and other wonders of life. 

7. Learnist
WHAT Learnist is the Pinterest of learning.
HOW The interactive platform allows users collect teaching materials and educational content that are grouped into "boards". 
BONUS POINTS The platform is equipped with the Learn it! bookmarklet, which enables picking images anywhere on the web and automatically shoots them to your Learnist board.

S&P CNX Nifty for the week 30 July 2012 to 3 August 2012

The outlook on the market for next week is bearish and the market may test the support of 4991 if it trades below 5077.  However those trading on the short side may put their stop loss at around 5158 levels. On the flip side if the resistance of 5158 is overcome with good volumes then the Nifty may go up to 5227 levels.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Finding story in a painting.

The Man Booker prize 2012 longlist

The Man Booker award 2012 longlist is out. Which one do you think is going to make it?

The longlist

The Yips by Nicola Barker (Fourth Estate)

The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman (Sceptre)

Philida by André Brink (Harvill Secker)

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Myrmidon Books)

Skios by Michael Frayn (Faber & Faber)

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Doubleday)

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy (And Other Stories)

Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)

The Lighthouse by Alison Moore (Salt)

Umbrella by Will Self (Bloomsbury)

Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil (Faber & Faber)

Communion Town by Sam Thompson (Fourth Estate)

Sunday, July 22, 2012


आदतन तुमने कर दिए वादे,
आदतन हमने एतबार किया,
तेरी राहों मे बारहा रुक कर,
हमने अपना ही इन्तजार किया,
अब न मांगेंगे ज़िन्दगी या रब,
ये गुनाफ़ हमने एक बार किया !

Saturday, July 21, 2012

USD-INR ahead.

Trades below 54.95 levels may see the INR further strengthening to 53.95 which is a crucial resistance. However above 54.95 it may see further weakness and may fall further to 56.10 which is the support for it and if breached may see new lows for the INR.

S&P CNX Nifty for the week 23 July 2012 to 27 July 2012.

If Nifty holds above the 5215 mark in the opening trades, then only can we have an upward bias which may take it towards the resistance at 5302 in the triple witching week. However, below 5158 we can see Nifty slide down to 5127, 5076 and then 4991.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Bankers.

Weekend verses.


Ripe is the night
to sever our hips,
to unfurl the locked fingers
and unbuckle the kiss.

Ripe is this night
to come clean and confess,
to unshoulder the burden,
admit we want more than
this fruition of boredom,
the equation of us.

Ripe is the night
to let lips re-acquaint,
to talk in nostalgias,
exhuming I love you's,
sandwiched in sheets
and cwtched under covers,
resuming our throne
as the meant-to-be lovers.

Will the night ever ripen
to slice us in two?
When the kisses core hollow
and the mattress sags sallow,
when the sleep of your face
is decrowned of a halo.

Ripe will that night be
to rip up the twinning
and become whole as a half,
leaving love and its tedium.

        .......Rhian Edwards's adventurous debut collection, Clueless Dogs.

Weekend music

I have waited here for you....everlong..Foo Fighter's one of the best hard rock performance.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

S&P CNX Nifty for the week 16 July 2012 to 20 July 2012.

To continue the uptrend, the market must conclusively trade above the 5282 levels. Below 5192 the market will remain week and may go down to 5132.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Weekend Verses.

I am no good at love
My heart should be wise and free
I kill the unfortunate golden goose
Whoever it may be
With over-articulate tenderness
And too much intensity.
I am no good at love

I batter it out of shape
Suspicion tears at my sleepless mind
And, gibbering like an ape,
I lie alone in the endless dark
Knowing there's no escape.
I am no good at love

When my easy heart I yield
Wild words come tumbling from my mouth
Which should have stayed concealed
And my jealousy turns a bed of bliss
Into a battlefield.
I am no good at love

I betray it with little sins
For I feel the misery of the end
In the moment that it begins
And the bitterness of the last good-bye

Is the bitterness that wins.

.........From The Complete Verse of Noel Coward

Monday, July 9, 2012

S&P CNX Nifty for 10 July 2012 onwards.

5240 level remains the key support below which Nifty may display some weakness and go down to as far below as 5185. However, if it trades above 5286 in opening trades and above 5305 for most part of the day then the uptrend may resume with bullish bias.

Success stories lead astray.

 Are success stories worth the attention they get. Read on.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

S&P CNX Nifty for the week 9 July 2012 to 13 July 2012.

All the technical parameters and charts suggest a clean breakout in Nifty and if Nifty continues to hold above 5310 level, a bullish trend towards 5648 with immediate resistance at 5375 and then at 5420 is indicated. On the flip side, the immediate support is at 5275 and in case of a round of profit booking, it must go down to 5240. However, below 5185,which should act as a stop loss, all the recent gains will be reversed and fresh shorts will be built up, but chances of it going down to that level are remote.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

USD-INR Ahead.

After making a new high as envisaged earlier, the $ turned weak and closed around 55.63. The immediate resistance is at 55.91 and then 56.17. However, if the $ crosses 56.60 conclusively, then we can conclude that this weakening down to 55.63 level was merely a bout of profit taking and unwinding of longs and the currency has resumed its strong bull trend into unchartered territory. However, on the flip side, if the $ goes down below 53.95 with good volumes, then fresh shorts will be added in dollar probably taking it down to 51.90 levels.

S&PCNX Nifty for the week 2 July 2012 to 6 July 2012.

As envisaged in the last week post and earlier, Nifty did take a shot towards the 5301 mark in the last session of the week climbing up to 5286. The immediate support for the opening sessions should be around 5220 above which Nifty will continue to be in a consolidation mode with an upward bias. If 5301 is conclusively conquered albeit after a spurt of profit booking, then we a may see further uptrend towards the ultimate resistance of 5648. However, on the flip side, if Nifty doesn't hold the support of 5164 then we may be headed towards 5189 and then the final support of 4965 below which all the gains will be reversed.