Nifty Futures Freak High 8888 (July 21 2016)

Those who trade nifty futures might have noticed that the index futures contract that expires by 28 July 2016 made a freak high of 8888 on July 21 2016. In fact the open price of the contract is this value. On 20 July 2016, the futures contract had a closing price of 8584.15. The very next day, the contract opened 303.85 points up – seemingly without any explanation.

Days such as this is one of the reasons I tend to gravitate towards trading the forex markets. In forex markets, every up-move / down-move has a reason. Such ‘fat finger’ errors do not simply exist in the forex world.

I am sure that once all the stops were taken out by moving the price to 8888, the price of the contract will now gravitate towards 8150. Someone on the inside is about to make a killing in the coming days. Sadly NSE seems to be in bed with these culprits too because I am yet to see any kind of explanations from the exchange for such price movements; which, by the way happens quite often in the Indian markets.

Issues With My Tata Docomo Wireline Broadband Connection

Soon after disconnecting my Reliance Broadband connection, I decided to migrate to Tata Docomo wireline broadband services. To test the quality and reliability of the service, I opted for the 1 Mbps FUP Plan 256 10GB @ 549/- plan. My account number is 947028797.

Once again, I am here to report the issues that I am facing with the connection.

1) Soon after applying for the connection, some technicians came and did the wiring. However, nobody came to install the connection (set up the modem, give me my username and password). After making at least a dozen calls to the customer care, a very interesting and curious person (who goes by the name of Shameer – 9249444xxx) came to install the connection on August 9th (about 14 days after they had laid the wiring to my place).

2) The connection was not working when the technician used my username / pass word. In fact, the link light was not even lighting up in the modem – pointing out to the fact that I am not connected to the local exchange. Shameer hurriedly left my premises after stating that it should be working within a few couple of hours. About two days later, I come to know of this ‘cable cut issue’ from him and they fixed it then. It was my mistake not to opt for a connection termination request then.

3) Shameer offered me two contact numbers. 18002097070 and 0471 2700295. He claimed that the first number was the customer care number and the other was the local trivandrum office number. Both of these numbers turned out to be useless. The local trivandrum office number was not working at all. The other number turned out to be incorrect – it was the customer support number for some other service offered by Tata Communications. How could he offer me two numbers that did not have any relevancy to the connection I am taking? The correct customer support number for Tata Docomo wireline broadband service turned out to be 18002661111.

3) My connection stopped working all of a sudden at September 14. After waiting for a couple of hours, I decided to contact the customer care. They allocated me a service request number (380057525). They also said that someone will be visiting my premises within September 17. During this period of three to four days, there was absolutely no form of communications from the local team. I had to rely upon my trusty BSNL 3G prepaid mobile connection during this period to work from home. By September 18, the connection was back online (for the time being). I really hope they waiver off the rental charges for the three – four days when my broadband connection was not functional at all.

I will be updating this post with the issues that I am facing with this particular ISP..

Finally Disconnected My Reliance Wireline Broadband Service

I have been using Reliance wireline broadband connection since January 2012. My subscriber ID was 264148914823. During this period, I have experienced a whole lot of issues with the connection. Reliance Broadband will work flawlessly for weeks until an issue arises. Then you do not have any other option than to be at the mercy of the local technicians. These technicians (at least the ones who served me) did not have a basic understanding about the network. They fiddled with the wiring every now and then causing disruptions in my internet connection.

I am in contact with some senior officials working for Reliance. They admit that the retail broadband division is in shambles. And that they are currently focusing on the corporate sector only. My question is the following – how will I ever take Reliance Broadband for my company after going through all these experiences at home?

One of the irritating aspects that ultimately forced me to request for a disconnection is the following. The complaints that I post via the customer care gets closed within 24 to 48 hours – without offering me any resolution. The last complaint that I posted (complaint no: CNM10000972439  on August 17, 2013) also had to face the same fate. A technician called me and inquired about the connection status. I told it is not working and the line has high downstream and upstream attenuation values. He merely stated that he will come and check the connection at my premises. Within three hours I get the SMS from Reliance saying that the complaint has been processed.

Reliance Broadband gives you a connection that does not have any fair usage policies. The prices charged by them are also reasonable. However, please bear in mind that you will have to start facing various kinds of issues soon after the installation of the connection. Hence, it will be a safe practice to avoid them. An internet connection that comes with fair usage policy and that which works all the time is better than a cheaply priced connection without fair usage policies.

Please post your experiences with Reliance broadband.

Update (26 August 2013): Please look at the first comment posted for this post. An automated bot that keeps on posting the same thing if it detects someone complaining against Reliance services on the internet. Readers can find the exact same message posted by this service on every discussion forum or blog that complains about the pathetic services rendered by this company. As expected, nothing good comes out of it. No one will call you. That is how they have designed the system.

Practical Tips to Take Good Reptile Photographs

Photographers are always searching for excellent themes to produce appealing masterpieces. Taking pictures of reptiles is gaining widespread popularity and acceptance in this industry.  Reptiles have distinctive patterns on the surface of their body. Easy access to the subjects is what makes this kind of photography much appealing. One will get plenty of opportunities by visiting the nearest zoo or natural preserves. Perhaps, if you are in the mood for some adventure, you can find them in the wild. There are variables that come into play when a photo of cold-blooded vertebrates is taken. The following sections will contain some tips, which could help you take good pictures.

An in-house photo shoot session is recommended if one wishes to take pictures of reptiles. It will give the photographer much more control over the composition. Many experts often tend to take such pictures at the local pet store. Alternatively, they will contact with someone who collects reptiles as a hobby. Make it a point to take pictures when the reptile is in a good disposition. There are certain pivotal angles that could give the photographer an edge. The techniques used to photograph a turtle may not work out for a snake. Plenty of trial pictures will have to be taken in the beginning to get some notion.

Unlike the human or inanimate subjects, it is difficult to coax a reptile into good positions. Taking photographs of a turtle is easy because of the painfully slow movements. Getting good pictures of snakes, especially when they are coiled is tough. Seasoned photographers are already aware of the techniques. For instance, they use an empty flower pot to cajole the snake into its coiled form. It is already understood that the photographer must be using the right set of tools. The developments in this niche have provided the experts with various plenty of feasible options. It is possible to alter the shutter speeds while taking the pictures. This feature helps in capturing the subject with greater clarity.

Every reptile is unique when it comes to photography. Glare is a factor when taking photographs of reptiles lying in glass enclosures. It is possible to circumvent this by using special polarized lens filters. Consider adding additional scenery if you are taking pictures of a domesticated reptile. The best photographer will have to use a lot of imaginations to visualize the subject. The props should be added so that it increases the originality of the scene.

How to Take Photos Underwater With Ease?

Underwater photography is a tough nut to crack. Many have taken up this form of photography as a career or hobby.  However, the benefits are charming and attractive. There are several factors that can make or ruin your underwater experiences. Try to have a good notion about them. Some of these pivotal aspects will be discussed in the latter sections. Preparation is the key to success in any activity. Only those with ample years of experience and skillset succeed in this profession.  If you wish to achieve fame, then please pay attention to these points.

Taking photos underwater requires you to have the proper equipment. A waterproof camera tops the list of must-have accessories. Some professional photographers like to build custom housing for their cameras. Purchasing a camera that is exclusively designed for the purpose is the best option.  The low lighting conditions under the water make it an ordeal to get good pictures. Bearing this in mind, you must invest on a camera that has a powerful flash. Experts like to carry additional attachments, which can aid in boosting the ambient lighting levels. Even the brightest flash producing devices have their set of limitations.

They can illuminate only up to a couple of feet. Ensure that the subject lies within this range of effective light dispersion. Never try to take a photo at a downward angle. Traditional photography asks the photographer to keep the subject at either ends of the frame.  This is generally not recommended for taking pictures underwater. The subject must fill the entire frame. It is unwise to take chances with the photo. High resolution pictures can be obtained if one has complete understanding of the camera settings.  Take a few practice or trial shots to get a ‘feel’ of the subject.

Capturing the background scenery is easy if you know to fiddle with the aperture settings. The speed of the shutter also plays a considerable role. It helps to sharpen the images. Shutter speed must be set according to the nature/agility of the subject. Post-processing of the photos might be required in some instances. Please understand that the software sets a variety of limitations. It cannot ever replace excellent photography skills. This includes learning more about avoiding backscatter or propping up the camera against the rocks. It allows you to retire for the night with a sense of accomplishment! Good quality underwater lens can bring out the true colors with minimal efforts.

Feasible Photography While Using 35mm Films

Digital cameras have become very popular during these times. It has the innate ability to produce photos with great originality. These cameras are very easy to handle. Most of the models have been designed while considering the commoners. Point and click photography has been made simpler thanks to these innovations. However, there are some expert photographers who still use the 35mm films. They rely on the traditional methods and come up with equally exciting photos. A true photographer does not have to depend on technology to compose brilliant pictures. This is their reasoning behind using the 35mm films. If you are interested in following their footsteps, these pointers will help.

There are plenty of classical tips which a photographer can use with 35mm films. Everyone likes to come up with pictures that have a high appeal. Bear in mind that you will not have access to any form of technical advantage. Focusing on the subject is important under such strenuous scenarios. Position yourself at an appropriate space. Old equipment will have provisions to affix lens that can be zoomed. Apply it to your maximum advantage if you wish to remain at a distance. It is relatively easy to capture the essence of the scene. Placing the candidate at either side of the frame provides deep insight into the surroundings.

Taking the photo of the subject along with the background in a proportion is recommended. Photographers are always on the lookout for tips to increase the depth of fields. There are certain tried and tested methods, which are quite effective while using 35mm films. Basically, the field depth is decided upon the nature of the photograph required. Increased aperture size aids in enhanced exposure of the film. In plainer terms, more details regarding the surroundings get impregnated on the 35mm film. Likewise, let us consider the common routine used to make hazy backgrounds. Keeping the aperture size narrow will result in sharper images of the subject.

Many photographers believe that digital cameras for better for taking pictures in the night. However, some of the brilliant night time photography has been accomplished using 35mm films. The photographer must set the shutter speed to slow. Only then the 35mm film will get an opportunity to register the scene more appropriately. Bear in mind that the subject must be motionless for fine pictures. Never underestimate the usefulness of a tripod during situations such as these.

Drawing Tips and Strategies for Beginners

Coming up with detailed illustrations using pencils is often recommended for beginners. Quite many professional artists had kick started their journey into this domain using pencil sketches. Pencils are relatively cheaper to obtain. They are available in various shades. A skilled artist might be able to use a normal pencil to create breathtaking portraits. It is cited as one of the most elementary forms of drawing. Enthusiasts always like to experiment with their skillset. The tips and techniques listed in the latter sections may prove to be highly useful.  Portability is yet another aspect, which makes sketching using pencils much more appealing.

Take a note of the essential items that you may require to get started with the drawings. You need to have a collection of good quality pencils and a pad to sketch. Accessories such as a pencil sharpener and an eraser are indispensable tools for an artist. Pay close attention to the kind of paper on which you will be sketching. It can determine the final appearance of the work. Various types of papers are available to choose from. Select a pad that is affordable. It should not compromise the quality of your sketches. The paper must never induce smudges while erasing the outlines.

Apply the same set of precautions while selecting a good pencil to draw. As cited earlier, pencils are classified into many grades. They range from black to hard black. The density of the lead changes according to the grading. Having access to a wide variety of pencils is recommended. It will enable you to draw any type of shades. Many artists use a grading chart (found in stores) to select the correct pencil. Once you have all the necessary items to draw, it is time to get started. Make up your mind and focus on anything particular to draw. The experts have the ability to draw pictures from their memory. Beginners will have to use an aid to help them draw properly. It can be a photo or even a live human being!

The drawing will take its own sweet time to materialize. Never try to rush through the process. Always have a calm temperament when you sit to draw. It will help you to focus better on the task. Start making an outline of the subject on the sketch pad. This is a pivotal part which can help you create good sketches very easily.

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