KYC-II: What my Broker taught me

The phone rang last week. It was my stock-broker’s excited voice. “Do you know that the share price of Klingon Technologies Ltd. breached Rs.750 today?” Now, I am a hoarder, I don’t churn my portfolio. I subscribe to Investment-Guru Warren Buffet’s philosophy that one ought to invest for the long-term. (Warren and I share  the…

The Return of Greycat

Story so far For years, our family had owned dogs. Dogs protect the family’s izzat; they conduct themselves with wafadaari and imaandaari. They are easy to understand. And Cats? Nothing prepared us for the arrival of a cat. Cats are not attached to anything— they are the original free-spirits that roam the animal world. You…

Underwear Analytics

When I was young, I failed  this trick question: “What’s the difference between Man and Superman?”. The (now famous) right answer was: “Man wears his underwear inside his trousers, but Superman wears it outside!” Have you ever wondered why most Superheroes of our times wore their inner-wear out? Not merely that, they usually wore contrasting…

Bedazzled in Barcelona

Kowie’s Paradigm, again Last winter, we had to make a perverse choice: of staying 3 days EITHER in Madrid OR Barcelona. Both cities are irresistibly charming — only an idiot’s travel plan would create such a terrible dilemma: we were the idiots! Ultimately, (after a big swig of antacids) we chose Barcelona. On our first…