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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.

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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