One Red Paperclip

S1E1: Kyle MacDonald, a Canadian blogger, is a simple fun loving guy. He had a red paperclip which wasn’t really one of his fondest belongings. An idea hit him and he wanted to exchange that red little paperclip for something interesting. So he put the proposition up on a website, and on July 14, 2005,…

Don’t touch the bricks

If there is something that almost everyone likes, then it is the world of motion pictures. It has a way of teaching the truest life lessons by leaving us in awe. Remember this lady? Yes, Vidya Bagchi from Kahani. Remember how she stunned everyone when she revealed she wasn’t pregnant? Let’s call this situation 1….

What is your Fosbury Flop?

Mexico, 1968, Summer Olympics. It took 10 seconds and 2.24 metres for a 21-year-old Dick Fosbury to change the history of high jump forever. He bagged gold in the event and did so by redefining physics. All he asked before the jump was, “Can I do it differently?” https://youtu.be/Z_sIwv6SAxc Fosbury changed the course of history…

CAGR Newton is dead

On a bright morning of 1665, Sir Issac Newton was sitting in an orchard of Woolsthorpe Manor lost in numbers. Breaking the silence, an apple fell from the tree. The rest is history. The nudge takes its course and one of the most important theories of science was discovered. Let us, for the sake of…

4 balls 1 run and no hero needed

Difficult times teach you the best lessons. As a team, South Africa has always been the team falling short of being ‘the best team’! And they were very very close to giving a befitting reply. It was the 1999 World Cup semi finals. The stage was set with two of the best teams under the…

8th deadly SIN – Stopping a SIP

How about starting with a game? I promise, there is a prize for the winner. A) What is common among the following numbers? 242 , 754, 348, 1143, 648, 946. B) What is common among these numbers? 350, 1105, 3205, 741, 901, 780. Let me guess, you did get the first one right. Good! But…

Death of data and hybrid funds

Data is two dimensional. The real plane, where we feel the impact of data, is three dimensional. And a lot changes in between. A tall, young statistician was sitting on the bank of a river when a semi-Newtonian moment happened to him. He said to himself “Do I need to know how to swim to…

Virender Sehwag and your STP

March 29, 2004. Virender Sehwag was batting on 295 not out. 🏏 Since we started playing cricket as a nation, no Indian had scored a triple century in a Test match till that day. 🏏 On the other side of the pitch, he had Sachin Tendulkar, the best batsman that the world has ever seen…

On the same page?

Argument is valueable. But only when it leads to a logical solution. The question is, are we logical? Mostly yes; at least that’s what we would like to believe. But do we act logical when needed? Not often. Every advisor and his client have difference in opinion, which is very healthy. It helps to clear…

Rise like a hero

Bollywood, in its own dramatic ways, has tried teaching us lessons over the ages. More often than not, you see a hero struggling against a villain with an evil smirk. He finally rises and wins it all. What does it tell you? It tells you: If your fundamentals are strong, no matter how the road…