17 Honest Facts You Might Not Know About Me

  1. Quite contrary to my interests now, I graduated to become an engineer. A first in a family of doctors and lawyers.
  2. Even though I am an MBA now, my legs are still pulled for being the least educated one in my family – where many are double post-graduates and PHDs.
  3. When I was young, I wanted to become a painter – then a locomotive driver – then an astronaut. As of today, I have not been able to manage any of these three.
  4. I remember being pretty good at drawing and sketching. I even got admission in India’s best architectural college. And that too without doing any preparation for competitive exams. But somehow I never thought of becoming an architect and so never went for it. You might be wondering that if I was not interested in it, then why did I even give the exam? The answer is because of forced by my friends to give all the exams, which they were giving. 🙂
  5. I have the honour (which some refer to as the biggest mistake of my life), of quitting a very safe government job. I don’t regret it. But somehow, the people who come to know of it seem sadder about it. 🙂
  6. Currently, I have a day job. I am now a SEBI-registered Investment Advisor. So you can say that Investment Advisor via Stable Investor is the only thing I do.
  7. I started a financial blog way back in 2005. But somehow, it never got many readers. So I deleted it. I once again tried my hands at financial blogging in 2011 when I started Stable Investor.
  8. I have been an avid blogger since 2003 and used to maintain a personal blog till 2010. But once I started writing here, there was almost zero motivation to write on the personal one. I am once again planning to start a personal blog.
  9. In 2002, I started a free monthly E-Magazine. After 2 months, I made it paid. Any guesses on how many people bought it? Zero!
  10. My mother and wife are much better at managing money than me. I still wonder how they do it.
  11. I love travelling. And if possible, I want to move to the mountains permanently.
  12. I got interested in Buddhism (as a way of life) in the early 2000s. Never converted though. But still believe a lot in simplifying life. Till now, it doesn’t seem to be getting any simple. I am still trying.
  13. When I was young, I used to maintain cricket record books. And I used to update these books every day after reading the sports section of the newspaper. Even today, quite a lot of my time online is spent browsing through the Statistics section of ESPN-Cricinfo’s website.
  14. One of my dreams is to write a script for a movie about stock markets. And to tell you the truth, the story is already half-baked in my head. So if you know some directors or producers or someone from Bollywood or Hollywood, you now know whom to refer. 🙂
  15. There are quite a few people, who think that it was after talking extensively with me, that their finances are in much better shape today. This at times, makes me feel that it is very easy to give advice, but very difficult to implement it personally.
  16. I love to write. When I was a kid, I used to write every day during my summer holidays. And that was not for completing some summer projects or homework. It was just for the heck of writing.
  17. I am a non-vegetarian. I can eat hundreds* of kebabs when in my hometown famous for world-famous kebabs.
*I exaggerated. But can still manage around 20 10 now.
17 Fact About Me
Congratulations on having read through this list. I am not sure if everyone would be interested in reading a list of fun facts about a my life. But I still wanted to share all this with you.
So if you did manage to read all of it, I thank you. And if you didn’t, never mind…I don’t think you will miss anything important. 🙂


  1. That is very honest blog, and that is why I am hard fan of stableinvestor.com Your articles are really inspiring. Thanks

  2. This was a good read from a financial expert. I have recently started following your posts.

  3. Hi friend,

    I am Saravana, working as a Central Govt. Employee (Sorry, Just a Govt.Servant !). I would like to live my life, as i am not much interested to work for others. Can you suggest on your way, how to prepare before quitting the job and live independently and financially ? And another one tough ask is, i am going to marry next year. It is the toughest decision to make against my independent life 🙂 Kindly, Share your words for my queries.

    I love the way, you have…. like you, i was enjoyed to keep and update the cricket record books.. Buddhism, movie about stock markets 🙂

    Njoy ur life !

  4. Hi Saravana

    I am sorry but I am no pro in advising people about leaving government jobs or wedding ;-p
    Its just that I had my own set of reasons for doing it.
    Personally, I don't have anything against people working in government jobs. Rather I would say that it makes one's life a lot more stable and predictable.

    As for the marriage, I better keep silent ;p ;p

  5. Hi Dev, I hardly comment on any blogs but your writeup was so excellent that I had to comment on it. I read your detailed on the template for Financial planning and can only say..it is awesome…I have never seen such simple illustration of financial planning ..Keep up the good work

  6. Yes, mate. You made the financial planning very simple and its engrossing to read each blog/post what you had shared with us. Thank you.

  7. Hello Dev..I just come across your Article..You said you have a Day job..so this venture is not your primary source of your Income! or i am missing something 🙂

    1. Hi Ranjit… this is an old article. I quit my job in mid-2015 (sometime earlier I wrote this article). I have updated this article to reflect the changes. 🙂

      1. Thanks for you reply Dev..The reason i was curious because one of my cousin has just got his RIA licence and he is working in IT industry..he wants to test the waters before jumping full time..so After office hours and on week ends he is handling clients and working as Advisor.

        I am little concern if Sebi RIA compliance will allow this as he has 2 sources of Income!

        Your Advice will be highly appreciated.


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