• Memoir about Running a Weed Clearing Service in Kerala...

    Vaisakh Weed Clearing Service was a micro enterprises founded by me in 2011 to remove weeds and grass in plantations and agricultural lands on contract basis using a worker equipped with a Brushcutter machine by investing 75000 indian rupees.

  • How to run a roadside dosa business (and make it big).

    Interesting video explaining the math behind a roadside dosa business...

  • Munnar Holidays 2017

    Munnar hills you get the blessed presence of Maneesh Jayachandran , a visitor from plain lands. It is me At Rivulet resort, Pallivasal in last week of May. Photo taken on my mobile phone.Apologise for the terrible quality.The background shows river flowing near Rivulet resort.....

Monday, July 20, 2009

Microsoft Teen Diva - Another Indian Social Network

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Health is Wealth

dumbbells
At last i have made a decision.It was a painful one.To join a gym and shed pounds under the instruction of a trainer.I have never worked hard to shed kilos in the past.My father admitted me to a karate school when i was in my third class.It was so boring and exercises were hard.On exams i was failing and at 9 years i got yellow, green and blue belt.Funny because they pass you after couple of failures and in the part where fighting occurs, the elders forgive the tiny kid.Parents who admit their kids when they are tiny tots shouldn't do it unless your son is so genuinely interested and talented in the sport.In my case i had no relationship with sports and physical activity.I hated the physical education teacher and his period at school.I was more cared about the dirt that sticks on my clothes doing outside PT at school.

I didn't like to play Basket ball and failed miserably in throwing a short put,And the arrogant PT teacher who never knew to respect a human being.He found it fun at insulting me at whatever ocassions he can.

Again i joined Kungfu at Class X when a master used to teach a group on weekends at school.That was my own initiative and so it was interesting.But he stopped the class after
some weeks.So i couldn't progress in it.

I started to gain weight after 20 years.5 years later i am now trying to lose that which is a difficult task.Now i got 86 kilos.Let's see how much i can shed.I joined gym one week before.Shall keep you get updated about this project through this blog.

And the title belongs to the old headmaster of the school where i studied till Class 4.He used to address the school assembly preaching the proverb,"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost.When health is lost some thing is lost.When charactor is lost, everything is lost".I remember hearing his take on the First Gulf War through the assembly.I was a small kid when Iraq invaded Kuwait and this headmaster told us about the war.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The love of money is the root of all evil

Say no to dowry

There is a promise i try to keep in life.To respect money as it deserves to be and not to love it so hard.I know that money is like heroine to a human being.It can degrade the goodness of a man.People steal or kill to get or retain money.Another thing people do is that they entangle it with relationships.We indians practise the f****ing practice of dowry which is illogical and absurd.

Dowry means a present or gift given to bridegroom after he marries the girl from a family.The family gives their hard earned money so that the girl is taken cared well by the groom's family.Those who battles for dowry interprets this as a gift given to the girl.But in most of the cases, the money ends up getting wasted by the men and the girls have no say in that.

When people mix relationship with money, you can expect problems and calamity there.How can you trade love between husband and wife, parents and children etc with money?Problem is not with the money.It is with the people who use it and love it with their wicked heart.

Typical Dowry Specification of a Malayali girl's Marriage

100 Sovereigns (Around 13 lakhs)

Could go up to 250 for upper middle class families.

Pocket Money

10 Lakhs (Varies)

Vehicle

All models of maruthi starting from Maruti Alto to Ritz, Swift and AStar.Now hyundai i10 is the hot favourite.Have seen one green tavera recently displayed in front of a kalyanamandapam.

Mallu men should be ashamed for what they and their parents are doing.Because this perverts are proclaiming that girls whose parents cannot afford these demands have no right to get married and live a family life with these perverts.I have read in my civics text book in the school that these kind of things are bad for the society and humanity.Why the other rascals who might have read that page for passing their Class X does take it lightly?So why are we wasting government money in educating these rascals?

Womens need to respected and treated at par with men if we want to build a healthy society. Government should make provisions to monitor such social issues like dowry deaths and torture of girls for dowry.Of course laws are there but we need some social watch dog to monitor each wedding so that there comes no calamity after a splendid marriage ceremony.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Maneesh's Adventure With Shares

I heard first about shares from my father who invested in paper stocks of Barmer Lawrie Limited which was converted to Kochin Refineries Limited and then to Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited.All i had an idea was that by buying shares they send you some letter which is written annual report.In the annual report, a form for proxy voting was there.If we go to Kochi, we get free lunch in buffet style.This was the idea i had in mind when i was a kid.

Later my maths teacher, Mr M.G Daniel who has got a beautiful signature and ability to create instant comedy taught me about shares and debentures when he was taking me tution in the eight standard.I learned it well and read again and got interested.I was interested in Maths and the chapters that taught simple interest and compound interest.But i didn't pursue any.

A person named Tomas (aged minimum 20 years more than me), ran an automobile spares shop in the 'ugly' (i hate this place , mainly the people) village where i live. He subscribed to magazines such as india today and business today.I used to borrow magazines from him to read.I was a kid then and read them well.I didn't get a thing.What is this sensex and nifty all about?

I was observing the word sensex closely.Liks all kids ,i too read the word in a different way Sen - Sex .That is the way god made us - a bag full of imperfections and the weight of the bag is growing day by day with fat deposition ultimately leading to blocks in the arteries and heart attacks.

I am wondering now how i wasted time by moving around the pages of the business today with out understanding a word.

Then time passed and i knew nothing about business and has no interest in it.A program in Surya TV (our funny malayalam channel) inspired me during my plus two days.An entrepreneur named Lalaji inspires the audience every week about doing business rather than settle for a job.He asked people to come up and form teams and take up software projects.He shared the name of one website name Elance.com which i heard as elands.com .It took me years to find that what he meants was elance.

I got a friend in my engineering from Kottayam who told me that he and his father were interested in share trading and they indeed were making money.Still i didn't bothered to knew more and shied away from business and finance news.Everything finance related seemed boring to me.

Then in second half on 2006,i read some inspirational books like "Rich Dad, Poor Dad", Guide to Investing and another book by Donald trump and Robert Kiyosaki which made me think differently.Soon i tried to watch NDTV Profit available on my cable tv and it feeled good.

Now i subscribe Business Line and watches business tv channels like CNBC TV18, NDTV Profit, UTV1 Business News etc. But still knows nothing much about investing in stocks.

I started my investing in 2006 and had some instances of losses and success.I bought a bad company called Aztecsoft and lost some money on it.Made some money on idea cellular.

In May 2009 , i booked profit on a scrip BPCL (Bharat Petroleum) and made around 50 percent returns from it holding it around ten months.I made similiar profits earlier investing in the scrip idea cellular.

Now my portfolio is a mixed basket.I shall share you so that if you have more wisdom you may advise me.
MANEESH'S PORTFOLIO
Biocon Bought @ 200
Infosys Bought @ 1533
Federal Bank @ 135
DLF @ 428
Tata Motors @ 400
I have long term view for all those counters.

Good Message from the Lion King

There was a disney show on dooradarshan tv on sundays morning during my childhood.Since we get only doordarshan during those days through our tv antenna, ofcourse it is terrestrial transmission.They were showing english cartoons dubbed in hindi.Uncle Scrooge and his three nephews with a duck face used to entertain me those days.Also micky mouse and two aviator bears were there.I have fantacised building a holiday cottage near the lakeside with a wooden platform protruding to the lake.They got an airplane tied to the platform floating in the lake.The two seater plane took Ballu the bear and his assistant, another tiny bear to the skies.Don't really remember more about this.Just have a hint that Scrooge was a miser and had a treasury filled with dollars and gold and his three menance creator nephews are the heirs.

Now back to Lion King.Lion king was released in 1994 as an animated cartoon disney movie.They promoted it via this program called DisneyWorld.I got a sticker of micky mouse from my cousin brother and i outsourced the painting of micky in a sheet of paper to my sister.She gave a neatly drawn picture.But i didn't get any prize from Disney world.The prize were some Micky Dolls.

I first saw Lion King from VHS hired from a local cassete rental shop for Rs 10.It inspired me.I think it is a good movie for the kids.More than that ,a dialogue from the movie is inspiring.

"When the world turn its back on you, you turn your back on the world."

Nice and meaningful!

Raised in circumstances that seemed fertile landscapes for a person to become a true introvert, i became one such.In many instances of life where i smelt blood, despair and disappointment, such inspiring statements kept me walking.

Hakuna Matata

Means no worries.Forget about your problems and face them with smile.

Easier said than done.Particularly for a person like me who gets dull in a slight setback or change in wind.When man becomes less spiritual, he is susceptible to all kinds of problems and worries.Lion King inspires the cub to return to his homeland and reclaim his kingdom and pride.