Wednesday, July 26, 2006
So here is the solution :
Note the URL : http://www.valueresearchonline.com/learning/CalcSIPReturn.asp
(For this above URL, you need to Login to www.valueresearchonline.com)
This above URL will provide SIP as well as Obsolute Return for a given fund for an AMC.
For Example :
Magnum Contra - Growth for Jan-2006 to June-2006 :
Annualised SIP Return over period : -3.31%
Non-SIP return(absolute) over period : 16.33%
Franlin India Prima - Growth for Jan-2004 to June-2006
Annualised SIP Return over period : 34.76%
Non-SIP return(annualised) over period : 31.72% (note the return here !!)
Again an caution that, do not go by the misconception that Obsolute return will provide more returns than SIP. This is only true for market which is having upword trend, which was the case for last 1 year ...not more it seems !!
So now you are more smarter to understand the SIP ;)
Friday, July 21, 2006
There is one famous website which probably lot of people who search for Route maps for Indian Highways is : http://www.mapsofindia.com. It surly has good source of information ..But we always ask for more. So there are these others which I find good.
With the Golden Qua
Following are the websites offering Route Maps for Indian National Highways.
- Very good Interface for finding route maps
- ZoomIn & ZoomOut Operations
- You can save the Image & Print for reference
See the US Interstate kind of Legend !!.This is for National Highway.
- This is a great website to get Local City Maps
- Good Website for searching any place e.g. Location of Bank/Parks
- Good if you are searching for a route map
- Good website with Route Maps
- Distance calculations with different cities
- They have a CD package which they sell for maps
- You can print maps for reference
Monday, July 17, 2006
It was a good experience to refresh my knowledge on Oracle 10g Database. I was thinking about giving this exam for long time :) ..I thought its a good way of learning new technology & enhance skills in a area on which you do not work daily.
There is lot of debate our OCP/OCA overall & I do not want to get into that ..:) Personally I feel it does help a person to enhance the skills its being done in right spirit & not just by cramming the exam guides & dumps !!
Advantages of Certification
- New Feature Knowledge
- Enhanced skills in a area you want to learn more
- Good understanding of concepts
- Get into Reading/practicing something new apart from routine work !!
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Yercaud is a calm-quiet picturesque hill station located on Shervaroys hill ranges, with lots of coffee estates, eucalyptus and silver-oak trees.
Yercaud is located in Tamil Nadu at around 4000-5000 feet above sea level. Its around 180 kms from Bangalore. It is around 30 kms from Salem and takes around 90 minutes drive from Salem. There are regular buses to Yercaud from Salem new bus junction. The nearest airports are either Bangalore (180 Kms) or Chennai (215 kms). The nearest Railway Station is Salem Railway Station.
The weather in Yercaud is pleasant. Summers (April-June) are mild, while winters (November-February) are cool.
- Budget Hotels : TNTDC, Star Hotel, and various cottages
- High End : Sterling Resorts, Shervaroys , Sterling Holiday Cottage(pref.)
TNTDC Hotel : This one has a decent vegetarian hotel, and the other veg hotels are one at Udupi hotel near the Yercuad bus stand and one at Shervaroys.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS :
- Yercaud Lake : Located right at the center of the hill-station, it has both pedal and row boats, maintained by TNTDC.
- Shervaroys Temple : Located at the top most point of the hills. The main dieties are Cauvery amman and Shervaroyappan. The priest maintains that there is a tunnel behind the dieties, that goes all the way to Thalacauvery temple in Coorg.
- Botanical garden : This one is open during the weekends, mainly used by botanical students. This garden has a wide variety of herbs. A delight for those who have an in interest in botany.
- Ladies Seat : This one gives a panaromic view of Salem Town. The name came after this view was frequented by a English lady during pre-independence days.
- Gents Seat : Yercaud;s menfolk, wanted a seat of their own, so they made one for their own.
- Rose Garden : This one has a wide variety of roses.
- Estates: The whole hill station is filled with private estates. The estates generally grow Coffee, Silver-oak, Eucalyptus, Black pepper, "Kamla" Orange. For those who like "Narasus" coffee, the coffee comes from Yercaud, they have their own estate here.
- Garden right across the Lake : This one has a Japanese style garden, don't miss this one.
- Montfort School : A convent school, which has students from all over Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES/TRAVEL TIPS : For those who would like to unwind themselves during the weekend, this is a perfect spot. Moving around yercaud is so easy with all directions everywhere well placed.
The good part of going to Yercaud from Bangalore is Driving. As I like driving very much, it was fun driving on cool 4 laned Highway(thanks to Atalji) .Upto Krishnagiri(230 kms) you can go very fast(evg of 65 kms/hour). Just be careful of people crossing. The Ghat to Yercaud after Salem is about 22 kms, its good drive, but need to be careful about vehicles coming from opposite direction while going up, as they come very fast.
The season here is during April/May, other months are off-season. Please bring in Cameras & Binoculars and a woolen shawl/sweater during winters. Enjoy the morning walks and treks. Just like any other hill-station, you can get variety of scents, lotions, honey etc, etc, be careful where you buy the stuff. Even if you buy stuff, buy in small quantities.
I will compile some photo's soon !!
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
I am very much happy with their service. Photo's were delivered to me in 2 days. There was email when the photos were shipped. The quality of photos is good & is printed on Kodak Paper !!
I am going to try out their services more & will certainly talk about them to most of my friends. Infact many have my friends have already registered & are ready to use the service !!
Internet Works !! ..I like all the service which internet provides to you on your desktop !! ..At the same time it is important that companies should provide good service on internet ..that will make them more profitable as the Internet community grows in India
I had one important letter which I posted with SpeedPost on 5th July 2006 to Pune. I was expecting it to be delivered on 7th July 2006 by evening. But it did not.
So I called the SpeedPost Manager at GPO Bangalore to inquire about it on 8th July. The lady politly took all the details & assured me that she will call me back for the status.
To my surprise, SpeedPost Manager called me back in the evening to confirm that the letter is delivered & it was delayed due to heavy rains in Mumbai !!. I am happy to see that the Tracking works & even if the Internet Tracking is not working for some reason, you can call the SpeedPost Managers.
Its good to see the service being improved & responsive when you need.
I wonder how many of us use Indian Postal Services & what their expereinces are ?
Monday, July 10, 2006
We just wanted to have a good day spent nearby bangalore & it was well done trip !
As we started late around 11:30, we wanted to stop for lunch at Kamat Lokaruhi. Its a nice restuarent by http://www.kamatyatri.in. They are famous for their chain of restuarents in South India & infact all over the world !!..The food is vegeterian & alwys tastes good. We had the North Karnataka Meals(a south indian term for Thali). It was very good meal for Rs.
Beside Kamat Lokaruchi there is Janapada Loka. Janapada Loka is a treasure-trove of Karnataka’s folk heritage. The 15-acre complex houses museums, an open-air theatre, a studio and other structures. The museum, drawn from the life and arts of a large number of tribal and rural folk across Karnataka, has an amazing collection of 5000 artefacts that represent the essence of Karnataka’s folk culture.
Quick Facts :
- Kamat Lokaruchi
- 55 Kms from Bangalore
- Good Food
- Quick Service
- Chilrens Play Area
We found a good shop in the town, we which is just in front of Reliance Petrol Station. The shop has good articles..Wood Toys, Frames etc..all reasonably priced. To our surprise he was speaking Marathi !! He gave his shops Number to us Nagaraj : (080) 7255182. He also does good custom made wooden paintings of Gods. These are paitings which are partially done by embossing & carving the wooden peices together.
It was worth visiting this small shop in the town.
After our shopping we went towards the Kanva Reservoir. Its on the left side when you are going towards bangalore. There is a board which says Kanva Reserviour - 10 kms !!
The road towards Reserviour is ok, not too bad except few 1-2 kms of bad patches.
Its a nice place to spend some time.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Look at above photo..Taken @ Oracle HQ, Redwood Shores, Belmont, CA ..My best clicked photograph. Thanks to excellent natural weather on that day !! ..Note that I haven't done any changes to the photo using any tool :)
This was taken using Kodak DX-7440.
What a conincident !! ... July 3rd 2000 was Monday, when I joined Oracle India, Bangalore. Today I have completed 6 years here ..Today also Monday 3rd July-2006 !!
So many years past, I met all the 3 people who joined along with me on the same day & said "Congratulations"!! What a surprise to see them here :) ..I mean they are still here !!. In these 6 years I have seen people coming & going(part of Software job !!)..But we 3 who joined on the same day are still here ..working for the same organisation/Line of business ..is there something in the Date ?
I still remember the day I first came to Bangalore from Pune & my first day of joining. Surprisingly I do not remember much about the same joining experience for my previous companies whom I worked with !! ..It was nothing special that happend when we joined at Oracle, but its that the moment we entered the office & waiting in a conference room for HR person to come ..are still in my memory like a Digital Image :)
So many things changed in last 6 years !! ...But good memrories(& somtimes bad !!) always stays with you :)