Thursday, April 27, 2006

Ruby or not Ruby that was the question....

Finally took the plunge and accepted a new assignment that uses Ruby on Rails. I had been working on M$ technologies so far and the J world and the R world were something that I kept a distance from so far.

So far I am facsinated by ROR. Its intutive and one can see results very quickly.

Let see how it turns out....

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

One day trip to Nasik

Had to rush to Nasik due to two reasons. Firstly parents wanted to come to Pune and needed a driver to drive our Santro to Pune. Father drives it but not this far (200+ kms) and we did not want any other driver to drive it :o) and secondly, my father-in-law was incidentally hospitalized due to sudden weakness and high blood sugar.

So we (yes we all three traveled for this one day journey. Sonali wanted to see her father..) took 7 pm asiad bus to Nasik. Tanvee slept for most of the journey.

Next day we went to see Sonali's father at the hospital and while there, I tried to make a call to one mf my friends at Nasik and realized that my outgoing and incoming calls have been put on hold (discontinued in plain English). Reason being their system was showing that I had not paid the bill !

Now that was interesting because I had dropped the check 6 working days before the due date. (The cheque was drawn on SBI and they were on strike from April 3rd. So effectively I had dropped the cheque 4 working days in advance!) and it takes a single working day for clearing local cheques at Pune.

The customer care executives (all of them) (I had called using a paid phone booth and using another service provider :o)) kept telling me "Sir our system does not show that you have paid the bill" . So I tried to explain them that "system" on its own is a dumb thing and does not do anything unless humans do something like entering bill payment details.

The service was discontinued at most un-appropriate time and I was frustrated.

So after seeing my father-in-law we started back to Pune around 4:15 pm. Took a chai-pani halt at Daulat dhaba. The place is really good as compared to other dhaba's on the road. Father drived for some 20 kilometers or so.

Finally reached Pune at 9 pm.

Need to talk to the cellular service provider first thing in the morning!

Friday, April 07, 2006

India won 4th ODI against England at Kochi

India won 4th ODI against England at Kochi and grabbed the ODI series. Its India's 15th straight win while chasing a target and England's 9th loss in last 11 ODIs.

However England were playing without 6 prominent players. So I wonder whether India were really good or England were a poor side. Kaif and Sehvag did not click and that is big worry for India. Despite his poor form , Sehvag will be leading the Indian side for next couple of ODIs! Why ? I fail to understand.

Yuvi got his second bike in a week as his second man of the match title. I am imagining Yuvi riding both the bikes simultaneously like Ajay Devgan in 'Phool aur Kante' :o). Are they paying for the fuel as well?

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Investment planning

It's new financial year and time to plan for year's investments.
My mutual fund investments done in last year proved to be good. I highly recommend Valuresearch site for Indian mutual fund investment studies. The guys know their business well, provide very good analysis which help you choose appropriate funds.

This year I am planning for more than a year. I am planning to start some investment for Tanvee and for our retirement. Unit linked instruments are giving good returns currently and I think will continue to give good returns for few more years – thanks to huge investments pouring in for basic infrastructure like roads and energy.

I checked few unit linked schemes and HDFC standard life schemes (Insurance and Pension) appear to be most suitable for me. Their charges are lowest and performance is good. They have been in Indian market for a while and understand it better.

Monday, April 03, 2006

India won third ODI against England at Goa

India won by 49 runs!

Weekend trip to Alibag

Went to Alibag this weekend. Tanvee saw the sea for the first time in her life and was very much excited. She did not want to come out of the water and wanted to play there the whole day.

We took the Pune Mumbai express way till Khopoli. Then took the Khopoli exit and took the Khopoli-Pen road. From Pen we went to Alibag. Total journey (one way) was around 14o km. Apart frmo Khopoli-Pen road, the road was good. Khopoli-Pen 30 km streach was the worst road. I could not go above 3 rd gear and it took us aeround 70 min for the 30 odd kilometers!

We stayed at Hotel Sea View just next to sea. Went to Nagaon beach and spent the afternoon there.

While returning, we took the Alibag-Pen-Panvael (NH17) - Old Mumbai Pune highway route. Entire road was good.