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What is the Mystery Method?

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM Comments comments (11)
Today the markets looked so mixed, I decided to take a stroll to the town and popped in at a bookstore.
 
There is something a bit forlorn about the carpets, and so many shelves looking emptied during open times gave me the impression that they are either going to lay on the decorations for Christmas or close down.  I hope not the latter, for there were half a dozen people browsing, in the 50 plus group, at one glance, so the type of people who enjoy books and likely have the spending power also. 
 
I couldn't see any books on technical analysis, nor on social media.  Perhaps that's what the empty shelves are for. 
 
My eye fell on a seductive book, The Mystery Method...a glance through it made me cheer up.
It says use women's perfume instead of aftershave!  and the man seen with women at a bar finds more attraction, just like the house just sold or the girl just engaged gets envious glances. 
 
The writer of that work on etiquette for the lothario or would be Casanova must know a few things, as he has even coached people to sit at a pub with him and directed them to go and chat up the woman of their fancy.  Certainly some willpower is necessary to go and chat the gorgeous woman no-one else seems to go up to.  That's what the Mystery Method teaches.  It's somewhat like giving someone the courage to trade.
 
Useful skills.
 
The book gives fresh amusement, such as seems to be absent in some of the oh-so-direct books that people probably buy in a hurry then wish they hadn't.  But this book liked like a nice cuddly cat.
 
Kind regards,
Duru-darshan.
 
 

Hello, Kollam and Madurai....!

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 4:26 AM Comments comments (5)
So glad to note so many readers from Kollam (near Kerala) - perfect weather you seem to have, friends - and Madurai, which has one temple after another in the unique layers of elegant figures building up to a welcoming temple...
 
Also glad to note so many visitors from Germany as well as Holland.  Good weather across Europe will add to the feel good factor, as the stock markets there seem to be recovering after recent retracements.  If Europe remains open for tourism without any strikes and such-like, then the potential for growth will return.  It is ultimately up to the people to provide a welcome and keep their economies growing.  That brings in additional tourists and students, giving a boost to the GDP.
 
I really feel the banks by extending loans and facilities to small business enterprises will help turn paper money into wealth.  Especially to restaurants, entertainment, kindergartens, reflexologists, hypnotherapists, new tech retailers, new tech trainers, and so on.  As one door closes, another opens, and the new technology should bring a new impetus for growth.
 
Imagination and implementation....Dream, make plans, and put into practice, bring into being your dreams...As you do good for yourself and the community at large, may God bless your enterprise and endeavour.
 
Well friends, so long now.
 
Duru-darshan.
 
 
 
 

Where's the potential growth for the future?

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 3:57 PM Comments comments (4)
Obviously, there will be a lot of growth in China and India over the next ten years.  The same is likely to be true of Latin America and Africa.  In other words, all the young, emerging economies with young populations and plenty of resources and demands. 
The Chinese leadership will, of course, elect and appoint as their Leader someone who will be trusted with providing a visionary leadership to continue the growing tradition of stable, friendly relations with the global community and maximising opportunities for growth at home and abroad by trade and co-operation.  In other words, progressive continuation of policies developed under Chairman Mao and getting fuller expression under Premier Hu Jintao, who when visiting Washington to meet President Obama last year expressed the goal of bring a common prosperity to his people.  Such a nation is blessed with such leadership, and this tradition will be extended into the future.
 
In India there is huge potential for growth, but the system seems quagmired with politics of old, where the development of the masses is being sacrificed for a narrow self-interest of the ruling class.  With 1.2 billion people, this populous democracy needs to open up and provide opportunities to many more than the 200 million middle class people.  The roads, power generation, industrialisation, irrigation, building of hospitals, schools, universities and expanded political institutions will be the way forward. 
A helping hand towards further progress may be provided by the RBI cutting its interest rate, which at 8 percent has really acted as a constraint on development and indeed slowed down manufacturing so much already.  Input costs of the two key macro driver (oil price and interest rate) when lowered will automatically translate into lower output effects, among them inflation. 
 
Forty percent of the growth over the next ten years is going to come from these huge nations.  Everyday, the decisions their leaders make affect the destinies and future of their people.  Not only that, but growth in China and India adds to growth around the globe, and hopefully will add to the picture of a worldwide economic Recovery.  For that I pray.
 
Kind regards,
Duru-darshan.
 
 
 
 

Thanks, Search Engines! to w/e 15/9/12

Posted on September 15, 2012 at 9:17 AM Comments comments (3)
Yesterday, my website had 304 visitors from Oakland, California.
Over the last week, a lot of visitors also from various parts of China.
Unusually high number from Germany.
 
Thanks to Search Engines for listing me and letting people find me :-
  -  Stumbleupon.com -  Tops, 31st weekrunning
  -  Myspace.com - thanks
  -  Google.com  (the one with the trillion dollar superbrain)
 
I am glad people enjoy reading my blog. 
 
Please let me have your comments and views.
 
Until next time,
Kind regards,
Duru-darshan.
 
 

The Paralympics, a celebration of human spirit...

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM Comments comments (6)
If you asked me to name three Paralympians, I would not be able to name even one.  That I admit is a shortcoming on my part, which I hope to remedy forthwith.
 
The Flame has once again reached London, in readiness to light the cauldron tonight, to mark open the London Paralympics, the celebration of human spirit. 
 
Just seeing some of the clips on TV, I am truly amazed at the javelin thrower in a wheelchair, or the World Wheelchair Tennis Champion in India, who has yet to be given the highest sporting honour by the government there although of course he richly deserves it.  Again, on Facebook I saw a photograph of a man born without the lower limbs, but has worked himself to build a perfect upper part, the body of a bullworker champ.  I cannot help but marvel at the dignity of these personalities, who through sheer determination have triumphed with a competitive spirit of self-worth. 
 
These sportsmen and women are an inspiration to us all.
 
Kind regards,
Duru-darshan.
 
 
 
 

A Preview of Terry Pratchett's Dodger...

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM Comments comments (1)
Popped in today to Waterstone's local branch, looking for some inspiration for my blog.
 
Dambisa Moyo has a couple of books prominently displayed.  Winner take all - about China's quest for dominance of global resources.  Dominance is not a word I associate with the Chinese personality.  Amibitious, yes, but dominant, no.  But seems an interesting read, penned by the journalist who is billed as one of the 100 most influential women in the world.  Words have an impact, I guess.  I look forward to reading Miss Moyo's books.
 
Actual paper-and-cardboard books are a joy to handle.  Kindle versions are cheaper, but I cannot afford the eye-strain.
 
Anyway, I picked up one book on Maths, and saw a free Preview booklet of Terry Pratchett's Dodger.
Amusing and entertaining, it seems, and nice pictures to refresh the eyes.
 
Kind regards,
Duru-darshan.
 
 

What are they planning at Sun Valley, I wonder.

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM Comments comments (1)
It seems all the media moguls and magnates are gathered in Sun Valley, Idaho, for what seems like a weekend retreat.  They play golf or go horse-back riding, and wear their best designer casual clothes, but apart from that they seem to work hard, getting up at the crack of dawn at 5 a.m. to be up and about and to be doing their top-secret meetings.  Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch, Marc Zuckerberg and other company owners are there, together with invited friendly media personnel.
 
Are they going to jettison the print media, or expand it with even more titles?  How can they monetize the huge footfall they have on Facebook?  Some of the old and new economy models are going to be mish-mashed and integrated, to come up with a workable whole that will make more impact for the media moguls, adding to their kudos, as well as perhaps adding to the world growth picture. 
 
Just like they like to do and achieve success, so too do they know that their employees and subscribers aspire to the same values.  The world has to be a growth story, of an expansionist agenda by creating opportunities for more and more.  All these ultra-successful folks know the Law of Attraction, that God has given the driving force to each and all, and, as a new chapter opens in this new world Digital Economy, it may be possible to create work and leisure and fun for all.  But just how?  That is the question they are all exploring.  With all the giant brains brainstorming, they'll come out of Sun Valley with a lot of new ideas for growth, to create heatmaps of happiness and joy.
 
Kind regards,
Duru-darshan.
 
 

Drink a pinta milk a day....

Posted on July 12, 2012 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (2)
I remember the time when milk was 12p a pint.  That was in 1974.  I was a young boy at that time, just having left High School, and I used to enjoy drinking a pint of milk after work each day, sometimes straight from the bottle, at others mixed with milk rose or sherbet.  Healthy and delicious.
 
Today, milk seems about 25p a pint.  That is by no means expensive; indeed, milk is still very cheap in England, compared to the wage price inflation, cost of housing, petrol, almost any measure of pricing.
And yet, farmers' existence seems at stake as dairies are having to squeeze prices down. 
 
My suggestion is : On the issue of milk, a common-sense review in pricing should be done by an ad hoc committee, and implemented straight away, so that farmers can retain their livelihood and not be forced to close their businesses.  Milk is not expensive, and I feel most customers would not mind paying 10-20 pence extra per 4-pint container.
 
There ought to be a campaign to encourage people, especially youngsters, to drink more milk.  With Nesquick in different flavours, or with rose water, it is a delicious nutritious drink.  With a pinch of turmeric (haldi) it is a good antibiotic. 
 
I believe farmers should be given all the support to continue trading, to the betterment of this economy and the good health of the people.
 
Kind regards,
Duru-darshan.
 
 

The Libor-fixing scandal

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM Comments comments (0)
It is indeed a scandal, the fixing of the London inter-bank offered rate that the Bank of England could not control.  What is the point of it, in the absence of such a mechanism?  Should there perhaps be an independent body or some senior civil servant to oversee such a rate and its fair dealing?  I think there should be
 
The fact that these practices have been in operation since late 2008 makes it a bigger scandal, although the inability to control or monitor it properly is left to open question.  Those were difficult times, post the Lehmann collapse in October 2008, when credit-worthy institutions such as Barclays stood staid and continued their business when a lot of other organisations were having to be bailed out by the Exchequer or were simply folding up. 
 
When the Bank of England rate is low due to market conditions, it would be natural to expect that the Big Four have a rate pegged to that.  Four or five percentage points is quite high, but Barclays seemed to have a prime position in having the lions share of the market, not "low-balling" as Baroness Vadera may have liked it to be, but instead going for the "higher end" of it.  This would have effectively meant offering loans and cash flow to Barclays customers with good credit ratings who could pay that rate and get the money.  Those who would be looking for a lower rate would be counted out, which meant a lot of customers in those hard times.  The case is still valid today as recession once again threatens economies in Europe.  Cheaper money should be made available to all enterprises, and bankers must take a responsibility to ensure it is available to a wider customer base.  Only then can an economy grow and create wealth, through enterprise and creation of jobs.  Bankers should not be reminded of the function they have in that.  When the customers flourish, so can the bankers continue to do so as well.
 
If the Bank of England had been able to influence such a rate, or indeed even set such a rate (and perhaps it should, it ought to, in the future), lots more businesses would have been able to access much needed funds.  When the economic market conditions dictated a lower rate for the Central Banks, the High Street lenders should also have gone by that guideline.  Having the lions share of funds and lending brought healthy profits to Barclays, and bonuses to its CEO and the top-fliers in the investment division. 
 
It is to the credit of the Financial Services Authority to bring this scandal to light, but it has taken a fair while to get round to it.  What about the other checks and balances within the system?  This seems like a saga of dedicated men, all pursuing their own, and to each one in their own light, honourable ends.
 
Kind regards,
Duru-darshan.
 
 

Floods, forestfires, landslides...what's happening?

Posted on July 8, 2012 at 4:37 PM Comments comments (1)
Recently, the unseasonal torrential rains across England and the east coast of U.S., as well as the heavy floods in Russia and Assam and mudslides and landslides in various parts of the world, suggest that the eco-system has been disturbed to an extent that the global warming, change of current streams and so on are impacting everywhere.  No country seems immune. 
 
The recent forest fires in Colorado in the U.S. suggest that forests have not yet been thinned, where there ought to be space between adjoining trees so that when a forest fire starts, it can be contained.  Trees which are so densely close leave no choice but for the fire to spread on.  There at least the training and deployment of more lumber jacks could be the appropriate action.  It is a highly skilled job, taking a certain type of natural intelligence and co-ordination to do it safely.  More people ought to be trained for this job, even in the Mediterranean countries, so the dreaded fires you read about during each summer could be avoided.  If this task of "forest thinning" could be carried out before the hot summers, so much wealth of the forests could be safeguarded and preserved. 
 
There is so much need for furniture in African countries like Kenya, so the wood can be utilised for that purpose.  Jobs could be created in furniture making in Africa, where factories could be set up.  The former colonial masters of such countries which could be helped could perhaps give a helping hand in such initiatives. 
 
A world growth will happen with catering for the young and growing populations of the developing countries.  They have the human capital, and young age groups, who need housing, schools, dispensaries, hospitals, roads, libraries, more electiricity to supply the demand which would be there.  Eventually, they may be the ones working in the mature economies with aging populations.  The world is in that sense one big family of God, whose joy it would be I believe if we all help each other and give a helping hand to spur further growth in the developing world.  Western know-how, capital, large-scale implementation and management of work creation will help to harvest the wealth which exists in the world, and bring prosperity to more and more.  If all this can happen in the midst of Peace, the benefits will be sooner for all the world. 
 
Kind regards,
Duru-darshan.