Hello, I am Prakash. I was born to wonderful parents in the beautiful state of California and spent most of my life there. After graduating from Cal (go Bears!), I worked in the financial services sector for nearly a decade, with experience in investment banking, private equity, private credit, and the public markets. In early 2013, my wife and I, seeking wisdom, opportunity, and adventure, moved to and spent nearly two years in Bangalore. I’m passionate about my family and friends, reading, technology, traveling, cooking, music, the Los Angeles Lakers, simple living, helping others, and of course, investing. The best investment I’ve ever made is my wife, who has helped me expand my horizons and become a better human being.
About The Jeeva Blog
The word “jeeva” means “life” in Kannada, the language of the southern state of Karnataka, India. This blog will mostly serve as a personal notebook as I explore topics which are of interest to me: better living, better thinking, continuous learning, and business analysis. Over the years, I’ve found that I learn best through writing and teaching and hence will document on this blog my ongoing areas of study. The primary area of focus will be on business and investment analysis. This will include specific company and industry analysis, investment recommendations (to the extent attractive opportunities can be found), a target wish list, a portfolio tracker, discussions of behavioural finance, and some limited thoughts on the macro-economy and money management industry. I will also spend some time writing about better living, models for better thinking and decision making, books I am reading, and topics from other academic disciplines to the extent they connect with the aforementioned topics.
Warren Buffett says that it’s important to find the right heroes in life and to mimic their best characteristics. Two of my biggest heroes, Mr. Buffett and Charlie Munger, have meaningfully influenced my thinking. This blog will often touch on themes which they’ve discussed over the years. However, as independent thinking is a virtue they both espouse, I will focus most of the writing here on my independent thoughts and not simply repeat ideas which they’ve already discussed. There are more than a handful of high quality blogs on the web which are similarly themed. This property has a reason to exist as it aims to (i) help me clarify my thinking through writing and feedback from the community, (ii) provide more in-depth company analysis, (iii) apply some of the approaches and techniques of the great investors, and (iv) provide curated ideas on how to live better and improve happiness.
My hope is that this blog will, over time, extend to a broader audience, starting with close friends and family, and eventually to a larger community of engaged readers. I have so much to learn from the wisdom of other human beings and welcome your feedback. I hope this will also serve as an educational resource for those people interested in the topics I plan to write about.
Thank you for joining me on this journey.