Saturday, June 04, 2016


It's like what Sartre said, freedom is terrifying.

If you make people accountable for their lives, people won't be able to handle it.

If you tell them that whatever place/situation they are in, is solely because of themselves and the decisions they made in life, it's going to be painful for them.

I think God is a way to comfort themselves, to hang on to a hope that someone other than themselves is incharge...and if they have faith, that someone can change their lives for better.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Understanding Risk in Investing...

Infinite number of factors influence the future. This results in large entropy (more randomness), and the weak relationships between many possible outcome events. 

Hence, the future events cannot be predicted with any consistency.  

This brings me to my next point:

We should not see future as a fixed outcome and capable of being predicted. 
Rather, future should be viewed as a range of possibilities.  (hopefully on the basis of insight into their respective likelihood occurrences, as a probability distribution).

This uncertainty, as to which of the possibilities will occur, is the source of risk in investing. 
Risk means more things can happen than will happen.

Reverse of above is also true. Even though many things can happen, only one will.

For investing, there should be two main risks to consider:
1. Risk of permanent loss
2. And risk of falling short. 

Either one can be eliminated but not both. In other words, we should consider the risk of not taking enough risk.

Another risk to be aware of is FOMO risk:  risk that comes from excessive Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO).

Whereas Risk Control is mandatory, Risk Avoidance is not an appropriate goal. 
This is because of simple reason: risk avoidance usually goes hand-in-hand with return avoidance

Risk Avoidance <==> Return Avoidance

One should not expect to make money just for bearing risk. 
At the same time, we should not expect to make money without Bearing Risk.

In short, Move forward, but with caution.

Also Read my old post: Understanding Risk

Source: My understanding of OakTree's memo Risk Revisited.
Image Credits: iStockPhoto

Friday, April 04, 2014

Organizational Hierarchy...

There is so much a simple street photography image can tell you.

For instance:

Source: unknown; credits due
  • the trainee, usually the youngest guy, starts by cleaning the tools and equipment. Probably allowed to install and uninstall the minor parts too.
  • the regular mechanic who knows how to do stuff when told what to do. Most of the work is done by such people.
  • the expert, I think the guy squatting and smoking, provides diagnostic and knowledge expertise but do little of the actual work himself, unless required.
  • the owner or customer keeping an eye on the work(ers).

Bonus: Writing on the wall.  "yahan poster lagana mana hai"  (it's forbidden to put up posters here). Rarely followed.
These are like corporate policies, may or may not be directly related to employee daily tasks. 

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

On Managing People...

1. The best way to manage people, is to persuade them that you are good for their careers.
2. The only way to get people to believe that you are good for their careers is actually to be good for their careers.

Friday, March 21, 2014


  • is nothing what it seems...
  • Moving forward/progressing would happen no matter what direction you take..
  • is filled with obstacles that repeat over the course of your life, but looking at things differently each time lets you explore opportunities you might have missed..

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Ideas are not stolen...Ambition is!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sawaal hi Sawaal...

It's that time for us..when parents deal with endless questions day-in-day-out.
And we make sure to enjoy this phase..just hope it stays though.

Sawaal Jawaab

वो वक़्त भी क्या वक़्त था
सवालों का छज्जा जवाबों से मिलता
हर मोढ़ पर एक ऑर सवाल इंतज़ार करता
जवाबों में ऑर सवाल ढूंढता
आस पास हो रहे फेर बदल ने
परत दर परत चढ़े अबोध ने
हरप्पा मोहेनजोदरो की सभ्यता की तरह
सवाल कहीं गहराई में दफ़ना दिए
जेबों में भरे सवालों को
किसी जेबकतरे ने चुरा लिया
जहाँ सवालों पर जवाबों की छूट थी
उस दुकान को क्यों बंद कर दिया
Source: Rajesh's Blog.