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My Birthday Month always begins well ! It weekend time and I love it as I get to simply relax and unwind

It began with a two and a half hour lengthy and interesting conversation I had with my eighteen year old son.It began at 10.45 pm on the night of July 31 and went on till 1.15 am on August 1,2008….He was sharing with me all that has transpired in the few months since he has commenced  his CA articleship at a top firm….he had a tiring day filing Client’s Tax Returns at the Income Tax Offices at Lalbaug and Tardeo in Mumbai as July 31,2008 was the last day to do so for Financial Year 2007/8

He tells me that when they sit late at work,the Partner jokingly inquires whether their parents have thrown them out of the house!…he proudly tells me how he saved some tax for the client when preparing his return…he also proudly tells me that the local sandwichwallah has named one sandwich after him as  most of his office orders the same after having tasted it just once…It’s his recipe 

My daughter too got home four ‘Five Star’ Chocolates from School for me…she knows I love these and there were two birthdays in her class and two of her friends gave their chocolates to her too…so I got four of them!….probably a Big Thank You from her for sitting late nights with her for her first term exams that just concluded yesterday…she says she’s done well and it was worth the late nights    

India gets a green signal on August 1,2008 on adequate Safeguards in place for Nuclear Installations  from the IAEA on Consensus and without a need to go for a Vote

The UPA Government has put the Reform Process on the fast tract and announced opening out the 3G Spectrum in the Telecom Sector and also go in for further PSU Disinvestments 

India fires back at Sri Lanka in the ongoing Three Test Match Cricket Series in Sri Lanka….It had lost dismally the first Test Match in Colombo by an Innings and over 200 runs succumbing to the magic of Murli and Mendis….In the ongoing Second Test Match at Galle it scored 339 electing to bat first and got the Sri Lankans out this morning for 292 and then are 121  at tea  for the loss of Sehwag’s wicket…He remained not out at 201 in the First Innings and just threw his wicket in the second after scoring 50

Sensex has climbed a third day in a row and closed the week at 14657 and a Scrip I recommended strongly a week to ten days ago as  an SS 1 Scriptech Stock select has already moved up 15% last week and promises a good upward ride coming week too before it goes ex bonus and ex split

There was some sadness though as a close friend of my aunt and uncle,the well known ex test cricketer,Ashok Mankad passed away in his sleep yesterday.He was 61 years of age.His congenial and friendly nature was well known and I’ve had some good fortune in often engaging him on Controversial Cricketing Issues…his passion and Insight on Cricket came through brilliantly…his ‘full of Life’ nature was evident when we made him a judge for the games my wife and I organised and  played at a surprise silver wedding anniversary party that was thrown for my aunt and uncle….. his wife,Nirupama, was India’s Tennis Champion and is a member of the ‘Open Session’…a group yet thriving and  co-founded by my late Mother in the 1980s….It’s an ‘Eye Opener’ group for Women.restricted to 36 members only and who meet once a month on a Thursday at a Member’s House for lunch and deliberate on Economic ,Social and Philosophical Issues….A Members turn to host comes once in three years….May his soul rest in peace

This Month also will see the first Death Anniversary of my Mother who passed away on August 26,2007 last year after a brief terminal illness…we all miss you Mom…especially I miss your calls to me at office everyday to inquire how I was and if I had had lunch and coming home to your ‘Dal Dhokli’,’Handwa’ or ‘Khow Suey’ and to your ‘Dano and Puri’ in this Corn Season…..       


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