Of investing and financial planning

Ok, so this is not another ‘how to do financial planning’ blog post. This is just a page from my life, and I am jotting it down here hoping it would help youngsters in some way. So here goes: I turned forty seven this year. And I admit it – in my forty seven years …

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What is the Fire movement (Financial Independence Retire Early)?

FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early), for the uninitiated, is a financial movement that revolves around extreme savings and worthwhile investments with an intent to retire early and live off small withdrawals from accumulated funds. Once you achieve your FIRE target, the amount will be good enough to provide you with an inflation-adjusted income for your …

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Best Indian comic books for children?

shaniwar wada fort door elephants

Tiger Comics, a new comic books company, brings to life real & inspirational Indian stories through wonderful storytelling and colourful sketches. I grew up reading Indrajal comics, Anant Pai’s stories, Chacha Chaudhary, Akbar/Birbal tales, Shikari Shambu and Tenali Raman. It takes me back to my growing-up years. Could Tiger Comics soon evolve as one of …

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Kemmannu Hanging Bridge

Kemmannu Hanging Bridge Udupi

This is a short video blog of my recent trip to some of the hidden gems in Coastal Karnataka – Kemmannu hanging bridge, Delta beach and Udupi. I have been thinking of creating a series of short videos on Mangalore and surrounding areas – covering its beauty, culture and food. I haven’t had a chance …

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Fun things to do in Mangalore

Fun things to do in Mangalore: Mangalore, or Mangaluru as it is now called, is one tiny city in Karnataka that is really undersold when it comes to tourism. I live in this little speck of a city that has everything one looks for in a tropical vacation destination – beaches, culture, food and fun. …

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A Podcast on Mangalore

Mangalore

This post is about a podcast on Mangalore. What are some of the best things to do in Mangalore? Is Mangalore worth visiting? What is Mangalore famous for? How do I spend a day in Mangalore? Which is the best month to visit Mangalore? I keep getting such questions from many of my friends, and …

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Must. Break. Free

“Time to wake up!”, she says. I half open my eyes, struggling to shake off sleep that had engulfed me with great difficulty in the wee hours of the morning. Through the blur of my eyelids, I see her staring at me—lying in the same position that I’d last seen her before I fell asleep. She …

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Notes from office

How much Covid19 has changed our world! I never imagined that I will ever see a time when we must wear masks before stepping out of our homes—this is indeed surreal. I hope we can get out of this dreaded situation soon, and as the cliched saying goes, let us hope that this too shall …

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Hornbill Festival Nagaland

The Hornbill Festival is held every year from December 1st to 10th in Nagaland, Northeast India, to showcase the cultural heritage of Nagaland. This is an account of my Hornbill festival Nagaland trip.    Bangalore to Dimapur Flight Our flight touches down in Dimapur, and the stewardess announces that the airline has lived up to …

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‘Calaveras Pintadas’ and Natgeo

Calaveras Pintadas by Sampath Menon

This is one of those little joys of life (the micro-happiness bits) that helps you keep going when nothing else is really working for you: my ‘Calaveras Pintadas‘ photograph (shown above) was selected to be a part of a Nat Geo bundle of images featuring the ‘Day of the dead’ celebrations! Here’s the link to …

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Big story from a tiny village

My cousin Jayakrishnan (JK) has been working hard to set up a ‘Tinkering lab’ in a school in our village; the one where he did his early education. Our village – Ezhikkara – is a tiny strip of land about 40 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of its big city neighbour – Kochi. …

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Street photography

As I have probably mentioned in one of my earlier posts, it was around the time that my son was born – way back in 2003 – that I actually started pursuing photography as a serious hobby. I used to take photographs prior to that too, mostly with one of those Pentax point-and-shoot cameras that …

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Odhens hotel Kannur

This blog post covers Odhens hotel Kannur, K9 dog cafe Mangalore and House of Dosas Hyderabad. So life has been moving along, rather like a passenger train over the past few months with a fair share of fun, travel, work and of course, what has become a constant companion for me of late – unwanted, …

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