LIFESTYLE & LEISURE


Ashok Shaw 04 October 2010
Rajinikanth creates hysteria with Robot; Hindi-speaking territories to offer more shows Forget Dabangg or 3Idiots, Rajinikanth-starrer Robot is set to rule Indian cinema with its whopping collections in the opening weekend. According to trade pundits, the film has collected Rs95 crore from the...

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Jaideep Mukerji discovers the Indian contribution to the ‘Temple City’ in Cambodia Suddenly, the whole of the Far East, and not just the Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur-Singapore triangle, has become accessible to the inquisitive, adventurous Indian traveller, like in the days of the trade-savvy...

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Ashok Shaw 17 September 2010
Dabangg beats 3 Idiots in opening weekend box-office collections but does that makes it a better and more successful film? Moneylife dwells on parameters that should categorise a movie as a successful one If Aamir Khan can do it, Salman Khan can do it better. Salman Khan's latest flick Dabangg...

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Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion (US$5.7 billion), including cost of the prime land. The resort features a 2,560-room hotel, a...

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The inside story of the British PM’s visit to India Ardent readers have complained to me that I am writing too many serious articles for Moneylife, and that now and then there should be some relief, preferably before the weekend. Please understand, I try to find humour in everything, but lately...

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The ‘Hemline Index’ was developed by economist George Taylor in 1926. The shorter the hemline that women prefer, the more bullish markets become, goes the theory. So is the market maxed out now, because Manhattan maidens are now sporting longer maxis? If history is any indicator, there’s a...

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Charlie Munger, the 86-year-old vice-chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation, is better known as Warren Buffett’s sidekick. Just before the annual meeting last month of Wesco, a diversified savings & loan company owned by Berkshire Hathaway, Charlie Munger seemed in high spirits and let...

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Just how social is Facebook? A survey of close to 500 members of the Facebook community has raised doubts about whether the popular service should still be considered a ‘social’ networking site. According to a study on user behaviour by Denmark-based Red Associates, apparently, Facebook users...

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Hedge fund managers in the US are usually regarded as supporters of the Republican Party. Not quite. The reality is that the biggest of the big-time spenders wrote cheques last year primarily to Democrats, according to an analysis done by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) for ABC News....

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Eddy Elfenbein runs a fine website called www.crossingwallstreet.com. He has come up with what he calls Deep Truths about Markets and Investing. Here is an adaptation of his perceptive ideas: •  The Federal Reserve isn’t nearly as powerful as is    commonly believed. • There isn’t a person...

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Aaron Rodrigues Aaron Rodrigues 27 April 2010
The taste for wine hasn’t quite caught on yet with Indian tipplers. Winemakers are leaving no grape uncrushed to remedy this ‘gastronomic aberration’, finds Aaron Rodrigues The peak season for wine tourism might have just got over, but tourists from within and outside the country, which...

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Singapore’s Changi Airport has been named the world’s best airport in the Skytrax World Airport Awards. Incheon International Airport (rated the best in 2009) came a close second. These awards are based on the results from 9.8 million questionnaires completed by airline passengers during...

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Smart investors look for a variety of indicators to determine where the market is headed. Many of these indicators are taken from societal mores or trends. Most of them are contrarian indicators. There is something called a ‘fancy headquarters index’. Companies that move to a fancy new...

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Warren Buffett’s latest letter to shareholders has been released and, as usual, it is filled with a lot of brilliant observations and a bit of hypocrisy. Mr Buffett wants to distance himself from the notion of ‘too big to fail’ and implies that the firm is not dependent on the ‘kindness of...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 22 March 2010
Click a picture and click to upload. You can convert a hobby into a source of revenue Digital photography has been one of the major benefits of the rapid growth in technology that we see everywhere around us these days. Especially in India, where freedom means that you and I can now...

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You would normally not associate a Middle East country to be among the most welcoming places for expatriates to work. Surprisingly, the tiny Persian Gulf country Bahrain ranks as the most hospitable for expatriates. This was the finding of a new survey of 3,100 expatriates conducted by HSBC...

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Amritha Pillay 29 January 2010
Officials from the high-end luxury goods industry are looking at FTWZs as a profitable option. A few of them are positive that price benefits derived from these zones would be passed on to customers Free-trade warehousing zones (FTWZs) are expected to benefit most of the players across...

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Joshua Brown, who runs a great blog at www.thereformedbroker.com, has decoded the various categories of mutual funds, after 14 years of observation. Here is his interpretation of what a fund brochure says and what it means. He has asked investors to use this as a guide to evaluate funds.

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 06 January 2010
Google's new mobile handset Nexus One will not be available for consumers in India. In the US, it is being sold only through the Google Web store for $529 without a service plan Internet search giant Google has launched its much-awaited, and correctly predicted by Moneylife along with...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 30 December 2009
Be it reality shows or reality-based soaps, the small screen in 2009 was all about getting close to people's lives, while fairy-tale sagas became history Be it reality shows or reality-based soaps, the small screen this year was all about getting close to people's lives while fairy-tale sagas...

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