Year Ender

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 0 Comments

So here is the 'traditional' year ender, an 'year that was' post!!

If 2007 was the 'Personal year of Travel' for me, then 2008 was 'Year of Achievement'. An year ago i wrote:
"2008 is going to be another important year as i appear for my CA Finals in May. So there is a chance that by this time next year i may become an ACA!!!"
and am glad that i managed to pull that off (with a lot of help from someone up in the clouds). So it seems only natural that 2009 is the 'International Year of Astronomy', everyone is in the lookout of that luck!!

Apart from that seriously gleeful event of passing the last hurdle of becoming 'ACA', the year was pretty much normal. 2009 is also going to be very important to me as i step out of V&S after completing the stipulated 3 years of Articleship training.

Enough with these personal scrap, time has almost run out in 2008. I wish all

A Very Happy New Year!!

Have a rocking 2009!!!

Christmas Wishes

Thursday, December 25, 2008 0 Comments

I wish you all a very happy


A Flash Game

Sunday, December 21, 2008 1 Comments

It has been sometime since i did any 'Action Script'ing in Flash. So, this weekend, i decided to revisit those old days when i used to tinker with the Script. Since i dont have any clue as to AS3, i decided to work with AS2 (that is Action Script, people.Not Accounting Standards). The other day i saw this copter game and i thought to make a copy of that game with whatever scripting i know. It was not easy, 7-8 hours' continuous work and finally i succeeded (almost).Anyway, there is nothing hi-fi about this game and at less than 10KB, i guess those dial up guys (like me) can also try. I know most you havent got a clue as to what am telling. So without further adieu, here is EVADE II!!.
You can download the game here.

2nd Anniversary

Sunday, December 14, 2008 3 Comments

Wow, that was fast!! Today Ledger is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary!! Time really flies and what an year it has been! So many happy memories to cherish. Ledger has undergone many changes during the past year from its layout to its contents. Character Sketch Series has been the talking point of this season. 'Examination Accounts' too attracted many readers. I have tried to post as accurately as i can without sacrificing much the 'fun' aspect.

Thank you all for supporting me and thank you all for expressing your thoughts on some of the posts. I hope you will be with me in days to come, although how uncertain they become.

The next year too is gonna be a pivotal one for me as i complete my articleship training. I have 91 days left in my articleship year and after that i dont know what will happen to Ledger (its original purpose ends with the completion of my Articleship training). However, i may extend the scope to keep this space alive!! :). Am too emotional to kill a Blog.

Once Again Thank You all For Your Support!!!


8th National CA Students Convention : A Look back

Sunday, December 7, 2008 2 Comments

8th National CA Students Convention : A Look back
(presentation by Ranjith J)

A very warm good morning to all.

Respected dignitories on and off the dais and all my student friends,First i would thank Board of Studies, ICAI and Eranakulam branch of SICASA for organising Such a 'wonderful national seminar' and also for giving me an interesting topic to blog about.Thank you.

The paper am presenting today is "8th National CA Students Convention : A Look back", a very relavant subject in this age of global meltdown both financial and ballistic. First of all lemme give you a brief overview of what am going to cover in this presentation:

1. Introduction (not mine)
2. Evaluation of technican sessions
3. 'Cultural' Program, and
4. Conclusion

At this time i woould like to remind you all to set an alarm in your Mobile scheduled at 20 minutes from now (ie end of my presentation) so that you can wake up and proceed to the Dining hall.

Now lemme start.

1. Introduction

Friends, Ranjith Jayadevan once said 'there is a first time for everything'. Well, this is my first national
seminar and like all first timers i had great expectations (Budha was rigt when he said expectations and wants are the root causes of unhappiness) about the seminar. So when i landed in Eranakulam on that friday morning with 5 of my colleagues i can say that i was a very happy man. Afterll this kind of gatherings do give us 'exposure' and a chance to widen our knowledge base, right? The theme of the seminar was 'Prayan' and i would like to congratulate the organisers for selecting such a 'kool' word. It really embodies the true spirit of a CA Student. The long journey that one has to complete to get that coveted Membership certificate. There are 5 technical sessions , each being led by and expert in the subject and one Special session. I once again congratulate the organisers for selecting topics of great interests.

Now lets move on to the evaluation part.

2. Evaluation of Technical Sessions

A. Tech Session 1 (chaired by CA V Pattabhi Ram, FCA)
I really hoped that i could hear Mr Chairman speak about derivatives. But the usual delay in starting the function ensured that the session was cut short. Moreover the chairman 'allowed' the student speakers (2) to take control as the seminar is 'for the students'. Of the two student speakers Balacha Adi..etc Rao's presentation (Techniques of capital budgeting) was by far the best. I dont want to speak about the other person as recalling those moments take away all the happiness from my mind.

Rating : Average.

B. Tech Session 2 (chaired by CA Chinnasamy Ganesan, FCA)
The subject was AS. So i dont want to go into lengths here. I can say that Vaibhav 'etc' Kulkarni (Student speaker) who talked about the differences between Indian AS and IFRS was the 'star' of that seesion.

Rating : Average

C. Tech Session 3 (Chaired by CA Venugopal C Govind, FCA)
Now this session was interesting not because one of the student speakers was not able to 'present' himeself to make the presentation, but because i never though a CA could talk this fast. In a blink FEMA was over!!! I cant comment about what he 'presented' because i hardly heard what he was saying. The other student speaker was not bad.

Rating : Below Average

D. Tech Session 4 (chaired by AB Saravanaprasad FCA)
Now this was the best session of the entire event. The chairman and the student speakers (3) were excellent. The chairman of the session talked about Professional ethics and also gave some learning tips which i think was the most practical advise one can give to a CA student. Siddarth Naha made an excellent presentation about Audit risk (i believe he was the best student speaker of the event). Radhakrishna Das also made a sicere attempt to explain ESI and EPF laws. All in all a very good session

Rating : Excellent

E. Tech Session 5 (chaired by CA T Banusekar, FCA)

Now to tell you the truth i really thought of bunking this session because the topic was DT. But i am gald that i didnot as this was the second best session of the event. Both the student speakers were good though they were dealing with tedious topics like 'TDS' and 'Company Assessment' though i think Avinash Guptha who dealt with Company Assessment missed out on one big topic: MAT u/s 115JB. The chairman spoke about Internationl Taxation. He gave a birds eyeview of the subject and it was a great experience!! Another great session!!

Rating : Good

Overall Rating: Average (although the last 2 sessions were terrific, the first 3 compensated for it and so the rating)

Now i can see you people wondering, what about Special session? To tell you the truth i was not able to stand more than 5 minutes of it and then i got moivated by a pull to have a 'tea'. In short, i bunked that session.

3. Cultural Program

Now this was the real eye opener of the entire event. This session really helped me to widen my knowledge base. Friends, there is a general notion that CAs are boring and too serious. But if you were present there during the 'cultural' session i think you may change that opinion. I have to say, My UG college on College day or Arts day behaves much better. There is another urban legend that CAs are good only at number crunching. Well that too you have to change. CA Students possess all kinds of weird skills. One was good at imitating a Calling bell, some were
trying their hands is classical dance while others were exceptional experts in the art of making 'ballistic' missiles with nothing more than a piece of paper (talk about cost cutting!!). Am not talking about booing as its a Standard Operating Procedure to boo in such kind of functions. Well i could see the real 'culture' of the CA Stuent fraternity.

4. Conclusion

Now am almost at the end of my presentation. Friends, we are aspiring CAs who learn to utilise the available financial resources in the most optimum manner. So i hope while you are thinking of attending such a seminar, have some 'professional skeptisism'. It will do wonders for your wallet. I can see some alarms going off. So i think my time is up. I once again thank all of you for patiently listening to my presentation.

However before i go, i would like to share with you some pictures of the 'Cultural' Program.
Thank You all, adios.

PS: Brinjan got a new connection in Eranakulam. More on that later.

To Seminar National!

Thursday, December 4, 2008 2 Comments

A National seminar has been organised by SICASA at Eranakulam on 5th and 6th (ie tomorrow and day after). Usually i dont prefer going to these 'intellectual gatherings'. However the recent turn of events have sort of inspired me to break the longstanding tradition. Yup, am going to the Seminar!! That means i have to get up at 4 in the morning (now that part really hurts) so that i can catch the 5.45 Passenger to Eranakulam. I hope all the others who have agreed to come keep their words.

So will brief you all on Sunday!!!

December 1

Monday, December 1, 2008 3 Comments

So am back in Trichur now after a fortnight of train journeys and 'work' in Calicut. So its obvious that i was pretty happy today (i dont have to wake up at 4 in the morning!!! wew, what a relief!!). So the journeys are over, but that doesnt mean am off the 'bank-hook' now. I have to finish that report (that 80 page booklet) within a couple of days.

Tomorrow am off to a School to finish off the Audit started by me back in May and then continued by Anoop (when i had to leave for Hyderabad in June) and now to be finished off by me. I have become a believer of Karma now, what goes around does come around!!

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