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A qualified Chartered Accountant running his own finance advisory firm. Mehul has wide experience in Finance and Information Management in varied industries Financial Services, Utilities and Information Services.

Mehul's experience ranges from working closely with the CEO of a Rs120 billion-mega utility as an Executive assistant to driving a team function in Oracle Projects as the Team Lead to creating and building valuations models and maintaining industry-wide databases.

12 May 2011

Why Walk When You Can Fly

Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons from Arabia. They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained.
Months passed and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived.
The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly. He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch. Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, "May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem." So he cried out to his court, "Go and get a farmer."
In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, "Bring me the doer of this miracle."
The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, "How did you make the falcon fly?
With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, " It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting."
We are all made to fly -- to realize our incredible potential as human beings. But instead of doing that, we sit on our branches, clinging to the things that are familiar to us. The possibilities are endless, but for most of us, they remain undiscovered. We conform to the familiar, the comfortable, the mundane. So for the most part, our lives are mediocre instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling.
So let us learn to destroy the branch of fear we cling to and free ourselves to the glory of flight.
From the Book "Why Walk When You Can Fly"

7 January 2011

The Year Gone By

The Year Gone By
Broken promises in the year gone by
Promises to myself gone by
Promises kept up in the year gone by
Promises to do something new
Promises to have fun
Promises to live and enjoy each day
Cheers to the New Year Ahead
But I have more promises to keep this year
I have more things to do this year
And I have to learn to live life this year

The Year Gone By
Taught me to be humble
No one is infallible

The Year Gone By
Taught me to do what I was afraid of
Never fear fear

The Year Gone By
Taught me anger and anxiety are not always bad
But they need to be in your control

The Year Gone By
Will not come back
Live each moment, it too will not come back

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19 February 2010

What Am I?

I love, but hate too
I care, and despise too
I can see, but still blind
I am a learner and a teacher
I have a dream, but am confused
I am nothing, I am everything
What Am I?
What Do You Care, What Do I Care
I Am What I Want To Be
I Am What I Am

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Promising myself to make a new beginning

It's been a really long time since I last blogged. My Random Rantings had almost disappeared. Is this the effect of moving to Bombay? Maybe I am realizing it too little too late, or maybe better late than never.
I sincerely hope to change this. I am promising myself to blog more often. I am promising myself to to make a new beginning.
More Random Ranting more often are surely on the way Cheers to myself.

30 March 2007

Steve Job's Commencement Address (2005)

Below is an extract from Steve Job's 2005 Commencement Address to the Standford University students.
This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The full commencement address is available on the Standford site, and here too.

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29 March 2007

Book Review: In The Pond, Ha Jin

Book: In The Pond
Author: Ha Jin

The backdrop of the book is the corruption and politics in a plant where Shao Bin, the protagonist of the novel, works. This plant is in a small village where most of the people are uneducated.

A well written book that carries you through Shao's life at work when he is a middle cadre worker. It leads you through the time when he is not alloted better housing than his one room dormatory apartment because he did not bribe his superiors, and his wife critizing him for it; While others, junior to Shao, have larger apartment at the plant housing facilities.

Shao's struggle for recognition of his apptitude for art (calligraphy to be precise), and his eagerly to contribute his skills in this area is nicely intermingled in the struggle for a better life for this family.

In essense, its a nice refreshing change in language and fun to read.

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19 March 2007

My Quote in DNA Money

Being quoted once again ... this time in DNA Money today

Fourth-quarter results expected to be robust

MUMBAI: If the weak-kneed markets are looking for support, here's one: Consensus estimates for India Inc's fourth quarter (Q4) results - due in April and May - show that analysts are bullish on most sectors and sector leaders.
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The consensus is equally bullish on the power sector, which is expected to churn out improved figures for Q4. However, Q4 may not be as good as Q3 for the power sector. Consider: bottomlines of power industry leaders jumped up during Q3 because of tax refunds and that will surely not happen in Q4. Says Emkay Share's power analyst Mehul Mukati: "However, Reliance Energy should report higher profits for Q4 because of other income."
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Here is the full article.

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8 January 2007

My Interview on CNBC TV18

I was interviewed by CNBC TV 18, a leading business channel in India.

Tata Power best pick in sector, Emkay Share

Mehul Mukati of Emkay Share & Stock Brokers believes that the power sector will do well for the next few years on the back of the demand from a power starved country like India.

Here is the link to the video file, and this is the transcript of the interview

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