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Has Indian ‘Eros International PLC’ Started Taking Viagra Or The Indian Rip Off Of It?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Oscar and I suffer from the same affliction, the ONLY thing that we have in common. Like Oscar ‘I too can resist everything but temptation’ (though I am getting better in my dotage). So, I bought a FEW shares of EROS when I was offered the chance to participate in the IPO.

For ‘3 months’ it did NOTHING other than sink like a delusional Indian trying to walk across the Adam’s Bridge thinking that they are the new Messiah. Given it is Indian run there is zero real news — other than that the Indian directors, classy as ever, smeared their OWN excrement on the IPO papers they signed. (See below.) What can I say. Indians are like that. Since I only had a negligible number of shares and I am fully resigned to always lose money I kind of wrote it off as yet another brilliant move on my part — though I bought this through temptation.

Click for original. I don't make up this stuff. When it comes to Indians, you don't have to ever make up anything. They will always surpass any and all expectations when it comes to strange behavior.

Click for original. I don’t make up this stuff. When it comes to Indians, you don’t have to ever make up anything. They will always surpass any and all expectations when it comes to strange behavior.

Well in the last couple of days it is going straight up, the chart doing the Viagra thing.

Click for chart from MarketWatch.

Click for chart from MarketWatch.

I can’t find any news as to why it is going up like that. Yes, given the Indian ownership there is probably a lot of unethical insider trading going on. Not sure what to do. Should I sell now. I will probably make about 50 cents, or should I hold on to see what mischief the Indians are bound to be up to. Yes, I am sure that within a few days it will plummet with the same trajectory of a used condom tossed off a Mumbai hotel room.

I don’t know what to do. Screw it. Might as well enjoy the ride, though mine is, of course, nowhere close to what the Indians get to experience.


I bailed. Couldn’t take. Better to take the 51 cent profit I had now than regret it later.
So I am out. Feel relieved. I think I will stick with U.S. and European stock.


Not Seeing Much, If Any, Sri Lanka v. Pakistan or New Zealand v. West Indies On TEN Cricket Right Now.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.tenlogo

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I am lucky and I am very grateful for it: I get to watch cricket on TEN Cricket, every night (that I am home), thanks to Skybox TV.

These days I preview the Live feed before I check Catch-Up.

Then yesterday, with Sri Lanka throwing away their Christmas ODI against Pakistan, it occurred to me that I had not seen any of the Sri Lanka v. Pakistan ODIs in TEN. I just checked the TEN schedule online. The emphasis, rightly, is on the South Africa v. India Test and I am sure going to watch that. I am still partial to Test cricket.

I will keep an eye on this. In theory TEN has contracts with SL, Pak, WI, SA etc. etc.

Click to access TEN schedule at 'TEN'.

Click to access TEN schedule at ‘TEN’.


Watching With Growing Delight The Zimbabwe Cricket Team Playing ODIs Against Pakistan.

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Hamilton Masakadza in full flow -- like a budding West Indian.

Hamilton Masakadza in full flow — like a budding West Indian.

I have been watching cricket again, more or less daily, for 40 to 90 minutes a day, since February 2011 — first on DISH with their ‘Cricket Pack‘ and since June with the SkyBox TVTEN Cricket‘ option.

During ‘all’ that time, until last week, I had never bothered to watch Zimbabwe or Bangladesh! Since I rarely, if ever, watch live broadcasts of cricket, I can pick and choose what matches I am going to watch. Yes, I am when it comes to cricket a traditionalists and SNOB. I didn’t expect to see cricket worthy of MY time from Zimbabwe and definitely not from Bangladesh — so I just overlooked matches involving them.

Starting last week on TEN there has been a surfeit of Zimbabwe cricket given that Pakistan is on tour. I do like watching the Pakis. They have some outstanding players that I am very fond of: Mohammad HafeezShahid AfridiMisbah-ul-HaqNasir Jamshed (when he is playing well), 9′ 6″ Mohammad Ifran, Saeed Ajmal, the entire ‘Akmal’ clan etc. So, I decided to watch the ODIs mainly to see the Pakis. But, I was in for a surprise. Zimbabwe has some ‘interesting’ (if not outright ‘decent’) players. They have amused me. That they can’t catch to save their lives cracks me up. Yes, I have seen a few outstanding catches, but they drop about 16 for every one they manage to hold onto. Something else that amuses me no end: such a huge, palpable difference in attitude and competence between the white and black players. It is a riot. But, it is all fun.

I have already become a fan of Masakadza and Sibanda. They really can bat — and they look like West Indians when they are in full flow. Echoing the West Indies all the quickies in the Zimbabwe team are black — and most of them are pretty good. So, I have been having a ball watching them. Their dropped catches and relatively below-par fielding reminds me how bad I used to be. So I can empathize. But, I definitely endorse watching these ex-Rhodesians. Maybe one of these days I will sneak in a Bangladesh game.

P.S., These Zimbabweans have LOVELY, catchy names: Tinashe PanyangaraElton ChigumburaProsper UtseyaTimycen Maruma etc. etc.


I Resisted Buying “FKU” But The “Eros” IPO Was Too Great A Temptation.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Eros_Farnese_MAN_Napoli_6353

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Though, thankfully, I differ from Oscar when it comes to very important things, like him, I too can resist everything but temptation (though I am getting better).

So when Fidelity told me that I can bid on the Eros IPO — I couldn’t resist. I had money burning a hole in my account since, of course, I didn’t get any Twitter IPO shares. I knew, given my near destitution, that this would be the case. 

BUT, of course, I got the Eros stock because there appeared to be NO demand for them. Shares are already down — which is what always happens with IPO stock that I get! Thanks, Fidelity.

The premise is good. Bollywood. If this household is anything to go by the demand for Bollywood has to grow in time — though it might not in my lifetime. That Deanna and the two kids love Bollywood movies and music cracks me up. With my SkyBox TV we can get unlimited Bollywood media though of late the box is used only for TEN Cricket.

Click to check out Eros International and their movies.

Click to check out Eros International and their movies.

Did YOU Know That Canada Has Internet Bandwidth Limits & Caps? OMG!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Check it out on Wikipedia.

Check it out on Wikipedia.


This from a year ago. Click to access.

This from a year ago. Click to access.


I first heard about this, from some folks in Canada, when I started setting up and using (the outstanding) Skybox TV for TEN Cricket. I first thought that they were joking or were misinformed. I Googled. I was shocked.

I agree, 100%, with the Netflix executive. In my book Internet bandwidth caps come right below gassing your own citizens and way, way ahead of spying on their e-mails and phone calls. It is barbaric, but I kind of, deep down, expect that from Canada.

I am no stranger to Canada or Canadians. Don’t get me wrong. I like Canadians and have nothing against them — other than the buggers who used to work for immigration and customs and made my trips over there a nightmare. Yes, it is the hassle that I used to get at the airports that finally poisoned me, well and truly, against the Permafrost, Tundra of the lands to the North. Yes, brown folks are used to getting hassled at airports and border crossings. That is why I was so amused, a couple of weeks ago, when Glenn Greenwald’s boyfriend complained (and supposedly filed a lawsuit) about being ‘questioned’ at Heathrow Airport — Greenwald the U.K. Guardian newspaper reporter who breaks the Snowden stories. Heathrow and the U.K. has always been the exception for me — given that I do travel on a British passport. They are always extremely pleasant and some even welcome you back home. To be somewhat fair to the Canucks their main beef about me was that I was coming to do business in Canada — and that as a self-employed consultant I was depriving a Canadian of work. That used to crack me up. Like there was anybody in Canada that could do what I did. If they was, why would Canadian companies pay ME to come over — and I was never CHEAP. I worked as a consultant for a GREAT Canadian company, Eicon, for nearly a decade. One of the longest, continuous consulting relationships I ever had. Wonderful people, good products, load of fun and amazing to work for. It was just going to visit them in Montreal. Yes, I also did a fair amount of work for Cisco (Canada) and Northern Telecom (NT). I also worked for another Canadian company, Farabi, but never visited them in Montreal. They used to come here to meet with me — as did many, many folks from Eicon. Canadian immigration hated me coming over. Yes, I could have lied and said I was coming for pleasure. But, I don’t like to lie. Couple of times they forced me to BUY a temporary, 6 month work-permit — for about $450 Canadian (but that was when a Canadian dollar was worth about 60 cents). Anyway … that is where the animosity comes from. The sheer hassles I endured. It was a running battle. As most people who know me will testify I am rarely rude, but when I set out to be rude I can be very good at it. I am ashamed to say that I have been rather rude to Canadian custom officials — when I was leaving. They would ask stuff like: ‘did you buy anything while you were here?’. Well in all my ‘recent’ trips, and we are here talking the last two decades, all my trips were fully expensed and paid for by my clients. They paid the hotel bill, they bought all my meals, they plied me with drinks, they took care of transport. So, I used to love telling them: ‘No, I didn’t buy ANYTHING while I was here, not even a cup of coffee or a newspaper’ and watching the look on their faces.

So … that is my recent history with Canada and why I still refuse to cross the border … because the last time I left, c. 1999, I said I am never coming back to this damn country. I like to stick to my words.

Today, as it happens, my 60th birthday, is also the 46th anniversary of my 1st visit to Canada. Sept. 4, 1976. My 14th birthday. I was in 3 different countries that day. Left London around 10am in the morning. Flew to New York and then a few hours later drove to Montreal and crossed the border just before midnight.

I have relatives in Canada, in Toronto. I tell them that I am amazed that they can live up in the COLD up there.

Central New Hampshire is about as FAR NORTH as I ever want to live in North America. It is cold enough here. Of course it gets colder as you go further North — on this continent.

So, Canada’s bandwidth caps will never be a problem for me. I would NEVER live in Canada. I would rather move to Rwanda! 

Watching ‘TEN Cricket’ With Skybox TV ‘Catch Up’ Feature With Great Success All Week. ‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.tenlogo

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Catch Up‘ for TEN Cricket, essentially a server-side DVR capability that will go back 30-days became available on Skybox TV last Sunday.

I have, as was the case when I had cricket with DISH, been watching cricket every night from 10:00 to 10:45 pm — before coming up to do another 2 hours of work. All this week I used ‘Catch Up’ to watch the 2013 West Indies v. Pakistan ODI series. Great series. 3rd ODI was a nail-biter. Good cricket. Amazing bowling. Some memorable batting performances. The new tall West Indian bowler, Jason Holder, who can also hit, appears to be a GREAT FIND. Joy to watch him bowl. Reminds me of the greats from the 1970s and 1980s. And then Pakistan has the 7′ Irfan.

I wasn’t sure about ‘Catch Up’ since I had never used it. I like it. Saves me having to record the matches. They are there … on the menu … and you just select them. The 30-day window could be a problem. Maybe I could get them to extend it, at least for ‘TEN’, to maybe 90 days. That would work.

Quality has been GOOD. Actually GREAT. No delays, no jitter, no breakup of the video. Actually it is better than what I was getting on DISH. Yes, one program was only 1/2 recorded, 57 minutes out of 2 hours. But, I think that was an initial glitch. Yes, I have told them about it and they promised to look into it.

So, I am a very happy camper.

Had another call today from somebody who wants a box. Here is THE LINK.



‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S. With Skybox TV: ‘Catch Up TV’ Feature Now Available For TEN Cricket! Great News.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.tenlogo

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As I had anticipated, based on what I had been told by the Skybox TV developer, ‘Catch Up TV’ was available as of Saturday, August 17, 2013, for TEN Cricket.

I actually used it. 10 to 10:45 pm is my de rigueur time slot for my daily dose of cricket. So I tuned into the Skybox TV. Saw that TEN was now appearing in ‘Catch Up TV’. Of course selected that. Saw a West Indies vs. England ODI — labeled as a Classic from 4 pm that day. Selected that. It was a match from 1997. It was good to watch the likes of Lara, Hicks, Walsh etc. Picture quality was very good. Kind of funny but I would even say that the TV coverage was also better with Picture-in-Picture (PIP) insert to show what was happening at the wicket while the ball was heading towards the rope. I miss that in the modern coverage. Good game.

Catch Up feature seems to work well. I am delighted. This is getting better by the day.

No question whatsoever. Skybox TV is a REAL VIABLE option for getting TEN Cricket in the U.S.

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