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Pests….

I am fed up with pests… Now I understand that gardening is not so easy.

Initially I had a hibiscus at my home. It was perfect when I brought it our home. Was blooming well… Then came these ugly little things on the buds. I initially thought that those are from the flowers itself. After few days, my hibiscus looked very exhausted…. Starving…. Despite the fact that I water twice a day. One fine evening I decided to spend some time with it… (trying to talk the problems 😉 ). When I was checking the leaves… On the bottom of the leaves there were tiny small insects moving within the leaves. It was a nightmare… Believe me it was the bad than the best horror movie ever made.

Not being an expert… I googled and found that they are called aphids. Tiny sucking insects which sucks the life of plants.

You know : Aphids can reproduce itself without a partner.

And there were probably billions of them in my plant. No wonder it was starving. I rushed to the shops for buying pesticides. I tried for couple of weeks. But no luck. Then I made this very hard decision. I dont want to abandon my hibiscus and at the same time I cannot watch it suffer. So I took a scissor and cut down all the leaves and branches till the bottom of my hibiscus. It was an horrible moment… I imagined someone cutting me into pieces… How painful it would be… I could imagine how painful it was for her.

Couple of days passed… There was a first new leaf on her. I was so happy that she survived all those painful moments. Now there are bunch of leaves and she looks very healthy.

Moral of the story:
Gardening comes with great responsibility. You have to spend some time with your plants. Do some checks if she is ok & healthy. You have find about pests at the early stage…. Otherwise if the infestation is massive you don’t other options. Cut down the infested areas so that it does not spread to other areas…

Next story: About my roses… Stay Tuned…

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My Pet

When I was a kid, we had a dog. I was very young, I could not even remember his name. He died in a small accident.
After that, I could not get another one. My mom was against having pets.

So from childhood, i love to have pets. When I grew up, i promised myself that i would get a pet after my marriage.
And i expressed my interest to my husband [before my marriage] and he agreed to that [even though he does’nt liked pets].

All these stories are very old…

Now the current story, I still love to have pets and my husband does’nt. So you could know now…that i do not have a pet.

For the past years, I was thinking so hard to fill the position of Pet.

And now I got one.

Here it goes….It does not move…does not poop….does not make noises…However its very pretty…colourful…and earth friendly.
Guess what….A Plant…actually two plants…Both of them healthy…happy in my home now…

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It was 6:15 PM in Singapore and I was at my desk working as usual. And then I felt that some one is rocking my chair. And after few seconds I realised that it was an earthquake. The building was shaking and we all should rush down to a safety place. But imagine coming down from 30th floor as ideally that’s what you should do in case of emergency. But nah! I took the elivator hoping that it won’t crash in between the floors. And we all came down safely and stood outside a 60 storey building. If you look for a safer shelter in the city limit I would say that we do not have one. We are surrounded by tall buildings and I could not imagine what would happen if any one of them crashed.

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After long queue and waiting for more than seven hours, I managed to get my iPhone 3gs. First impression I got when I had a look at the phone “may be it’s quite heavy than my xperia. And my second worry when I was holding my iPhone was about the keypad and how am I going to use it for messaging.

But here i am, writing this post from my iPhone. Using keypad is extremely easy… Far better than qwerty keyboard. Just in case by accident if you have pressed a wrong key, dont worry! iPhone will rectify the error for you.

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I am not able to eat properly…
I am not able to sleep properly…

No No No…You have guessed it wrong…I am not in LOVE ♥ … Well I am in Love ♥…but not a new lover who has the above symptoms…

I am wondering ….What happened to me then…. 😦

Let me think more ….
When I try to be idle…I am thinking of some thing.
When I try not to think…My mind suddenly reminds me of some problem.
When I wake up in the morning, First thing that comes to my mind is “do I have to goto Office early today ?”.
When I switch on my laptop, First thing I am doing is “Trying to connect to my office network”.

Oh My….Some thing really bad has happened to me..
What should I do ? I should go away from my Office…Work…Or my usual stuffs which i do..

I NEED A VACATION.

Vacation ? Where Should I go ? I dont want to go to a bigger place, roam around…looking at the places…

Nah…I would prefer to go to office and work for 24 hrs instead of this.

What I need is a RELAXING Vacation. Get away from my usual stuff, Do Something for Myself…Sit relaxing on the shores of the beach…Watch the nature..

Wow…that would be my perfect Vacation… And the place I have decided is Phuket.

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Net PC

Bharti Airtel, the largest mobile operator here, has just launched a new device called Net PC, which as the name suggests, is a low cost computer designed specifically for cloud computing. The device is powered by Windows XP (not Linux as you would expect) and costs INR 5,000 (or $100) in India.

The Airtel NetPC is a small device that takes the place of customer’s regular PC.

airtelpcIt’s designed to be Incredibly simple to use – take it out of the box,plug in the cables,and it is ready to use.
The hardware & Software for NetPC is provided by Nivio while the internet connection is provided by Airtel

1…2…3… Viola you have a PC

Step 1 – Connect a keyboard, a mouse and a monitor to the relevant ports
Step 2 – Plug in the LAN Ethernet Connection. Minimum speed 256 Kbps
Step 3 – Login and start using like any PC

It is easy to configure…
affordable by everyone…
And we need to make few compromises

1.  Cannot download any software on to the device
2.  No inbuilt CD/DVD drive inside the device
3.  Unable to play games
4.  Unableto play movies or video files
5.  Hardware cannotbe up-graded (if required)

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With all the buzz of emerging equity markets, everyone wants to make money. Everyone wants to becomeWarren Buffett[One of Earth’s most successful investors] and more basically everyone wants to become RICH. Well thats not so bad or evil. Everyone can make money if they plan properly in investing their money.
One way to make money and to contribute to the economy is investing in stock market.

The market in which shares are issued and traded. It gives companies to access capital and investors a slice of ownership in the company.

Business Man X wants to open a company which produces XX thing. And X does not have entire capital to open the company. X needs a partner. Either he can go with Partnership with another person Or He can go partnership with people. X decides to go partnership with people. Thus X company gets listed in Stock market.

A share of stock is the smallest unit of ownership in a company. If you own a share of a company’s stock, you are a part owner of the company.

If you have X company stock; you are a part owner of X Company.

Having said all that…lets see how to become a part owner of the company X. In olden days, in order to purchase a stock one needs to spend lots of time. Knowing / Researching about the company was another big challenge. Then atlast if someone needs to buy then need to contact the broker and instruct about how much they want to buy. And then everything lies with the broker. And you will be issued a paper bond which will act like a receipt of your purchase. Believe me … It indeed is a big hell of time.

Here comes the WEB.

With WEB comes the DEMAT Accounts which will take out most of the complex part of the olden day investment.

Open a Bank Account, Demat Account & Online Trading Account. You can contact a broker firm to get these accounts opened.
Brokerage firms: Sharekhan, Geojit, Religare, Reliance Money, HDFC, ICICIDirect, etc.

Funds from your bank will be transferred to the trading account. Then shares can be brought using that money. The shares you brought will be held on your demat account.
While buying a share: Bank account -> (cash) Trading Account -> (shares) Demat Account
While selling a share: Demat Account (shares) -> Trading Account (cash) -> Bank Account

Well there is no such thing which comes for FREE. Yes…you need to pay some commissions for making trading transactions known as brokerages. Brokerages are fees for the brokerage firms who faciliates easy way of trading for you. Do you need to pay something for the government. Yes indeed. [You have guessed correct]. We need to pay some taxes for these transactions and also for the gain we make.

Brokerage: For the whole buy and sell value,
STT(Security Transaction Tax): Calculated on the Weighted Average Price of the client for a particular days turnover,
Stamp Duty,
Service Tax,
etc.

This doesn’t include income tax. You need to pay a particular % of income tax for all your Gains only, Also you can deduct your losses from the Gains for the calculation of income tax.

I will post a real life example of a transaction.

Share: UNITECH LTD
No of Shares brought: 200
Buy Price: 147.85
Total Amount: Rs: 29570
Brokerage: Rs: 15
Service Tax: Rs:1.86
NET COST OF BUY: Rs: 29586.86

Now you have a Trading Account ready to buy and sell shares.

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