30 January 2009

Introducing..... Mathew 'Foodie' Chandy

Mooli's has a co-founder!

Mathew has decided that making a Keralan beef roll (with avocado?) is much more exciting than structuring deals (or credit default swaps?) at UBS. After months of helping me out with Mooli's (from scoping locations for hours to making mango lassi), I'm ecstatic that he's properly on-board.

Besides being a great guy and all, he's also a huge foodie (and a great DJ to boot so watch out for the music at Mooli's). I really did not think I would ever have a business partner who was as passionate as me about the food we're going to serve at Mooli's. I'm sure we'll have a few arguments along the way (it has to be with avocado!) but you can bet your bottom dollar that the food will be incredibly tasty. So get ready to bite into your first mooli and go wow.

27 January 2009

Play it again Sam

"It's hard work. Gambling. Playing poker. Don't let anyone tell you different. Think about what it's like sitting at a poker table with people whose only goal is to cut your throat, take your money, and leave you out back talking to yourself about what went wrong inside."
- Stu Unger, Three-time WSOP Champion

"Guys around here'll tell ya... you play for a living. It's like any other job. You don't gamble. You grind it out. Get your money in when you have the best of it, and protect it when you don't. Don't give anything away. That's how I've paid my way through half of law school. A true grinder."
- Matt Damon's character in Rounders, 1998

Poker has in many ways made Mooli's possible. I couldn't have made all this progress with Mooli's if I had continued working for BCG or any such organization. This month Mooli's is really picking up some momentum (I have some really exciting news but that will have to wait a few days) so the poker has stopped. I won't need the money anymore and there is so much to do.

It is easy to look back on 2008 because I meticulously maintained an excel spreadsheet recording every single game I played. The 2008 P&L ended at £16,120. That's an OK number considering I quit BCG in April but it isn't by any means remarkable (I know guys who make much much more playing poker). But what is remarkable is that every single month ended positive and that I remained a true grinder playing lots of Heads Up and playing well within my skill/stake level. I didn't ever lose my nerve when luck/variance went against me. Sure, occasionally I went on tilt (I wouldn't be a poker player if that didn't happen) but I always bounced back with some more discipline. Sometimes, you have perfect nights, like tonight when you are clinical and probability works the way it is supposed to (for example, I win when I'm 82% ahead). But other nights, everything goes against you. There is a poker saying: "In the long run there's no luck in poker, but the short run is longer than most people know." Suddenly after few such nights, you're down for the month. You have bills to pay and you can't touch your Mooli money because well that belongs to Mooli's. A few months, I thought maybe I need to stop for a bit. But Kartik would say, "you've got to get back on the horse, play lower stakes if you have to but it's obvious you're way better than your average player, it's just variance".

There were some exciting times too in 2008. I reached three final table qualifiers and came within one card to going to Vegas to play the World Series of Poker. Ouch. I had to eat nine spicy chicken wings at KFC to overcome that heads up loss in the Bet365 Last Man Standing final. One day, I will play in the WSOP and we'll find out if it has my name on it.

But for now, its all about Mooli's baby.

01 January 2009

2009 - the year of the mooli

Happy New Year!

This coming year, I have a resolution and a word for 2009. The inspiration for the word comes from my uncle Bholu chacha who started keeping a word instead of a resolution a few years ago (his word for 2009 is patience).

Word: Action!

Resolution: Get really fit.

Both the word and the resolution are part of a greater plan to make sure that 2009 will be remembered as the year of the mooli. I have joined a gym and start tomorrow (they were shut today). I'm also looking for a job at Nando's or McDonald's. Let's go.