Full Moon Lunacy

13th June 2014 was a Friday and it also happened to be a full moon day. Full moon is a time when the whole moon’s disk is illuminated. Few news articles where boldly claiming that people go crazy (lunatic; mad) on a full moon day. But none of them gave any scientific reasons for why this…

Keeping a Diary

Human beings are the ultimate product of evolution. It has produced great minds like Issac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Thomas Edison. Gravity was discovered by Newton. This discovery explained why earth revolves around the sun and moon revolves around the earth. It was the same Newton who lost his money in south sea bubble. He wrote – I can…

Thinking about miracles

Frances Griffiths and Elise Wright were two young English cousins. In 1917 they claimed that they took photographs with fairies. During that time photography was still a new thing and hence everyone believed that fairies were real. One of the believers was Sir Arthur Conan Doyale, creator of the famously infallible Sherlock Holmes. In the…

Hawkins Cookers

Hawkins Cookers Limited was started by H. D. Vasudeva, in 1959 as a private limited company with a share capital of Rs 20,000. The Company went public in 1978 at Rs 12.50 per share and had a total market capitalization of about 1 crore. On 23rd May 2014 the company had a market capitalization of 1,136.88 crore.…

Evolution

Our universe got created 13.7 billion years ago. Consider the following data point to get a sense of how big our universe is. From Earth, light takes 1.29 seconds to reach Moon 8 minutes to reach Sun 322 minutes to reach Pluto 93 billion years to reach the edge of Universe Where did everything come…

The Rule of 72

The rule of 72 states that, if you want to find the number of years it would take to double your money at a given interest rate (r), you divide 72 by r. For example at 8% compound interest it would take 9 years (72 / 8) to double your money. I have been using this rule…

Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting 2014

Being a shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, I had an opportunity to attend the shareholder’s meeting for the second time. I boarded the flight from San Francisco on Friday May 2nd. It was not a direct flight and I had to stop over in Dallas/Fort Worth. During the flight journey I started reading the book How Children Succeed.…