Tuesday, October 16, 2012

An Introduction


A joint effort of Abhinav Mansinghka and Niren Parekh this blog will focus on thoughts & investment opportunities in the Indian equity market. “Manufactured Luck” as the name suggests is the basis of our investment philosophy.

Asked whether he would prefer courageous generals or brilliant generals in his army, Napolean replied; "I would rather have lucky generals"

God be with those who do not think that luck has a large role to play with investment success. While all of us like to be lucky especially so with investments, we believe that there is a process, which employed diligently can increase the odds of getting lucky over the longer term. A river with lots of fish might be your best chance at fishing success as compared to the pond at which some bloke got lucky yesterday.

Some pointers to our thought process: (we’ll keep exploring details of the same via posts later on)
  • Rather than trying to be great value investors we aspire to be professional opportunists (as Sam Zell said). We try to go where there is a money making opportunity with minimal downside risk.
  • We use multiple frameworks including Graham’s statistical cheapness, Buffett’s economic moat oriented businesses, Phil Fischer’s scuttlebutt approach, Munger’s multi-disciplinary approach etc. etc.
  • We are not obsessed about finding the next super multi-bagger, virgin stocks which no one has tracked till date, micro cap or small cap ideas. Rather we think liquidity serves as a good risk mitigation tool against your mistakes of evaluating ideas.
  • We strongly believe in “Shit Happens” and hence believe in diversification for building a portfolio.

Why this blog?
  • Having some experience in both the buy and the sell side, we think the most abused word in the equity markets is “Maine bola tha” (i.e. I told u so). To guard ourselves from this hindsight bias, we think the simplest solution is to documents your thoughts at a particular point in time. This blog is mainly to serve as an aide memoir to us for improving our thinking process over a period of time.
  • There will be no TIPS here. We have no expertise and can’t guarantee magic in the art of making money and hence the ideas discussed in this blog should not be taken as an investment advice. It is your own hard earned money and hence only you should be responsible for all decisions regarding it. It can be safely assumed that we have a vested interest in the ideas we have discussed on the blog.
  • Lastly and most importantly, we seek counter arguments, constructive criticisms and different perspectives on our ideas and thoughts. As Daniel Kahnemann , puts it seeking “disconfirming evidence”. We thank you in advance for letting us know your views.

Who are we?

Abhinav has spent more than a decade in various functions in the Indian mutual fund industry. He now works as an independent equity analyst and advisor and is also an avid corporate trainer.
Email: mansinghka.abhinav@gmail.com

Niren is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a PGDBM from MDI, Gurgaon. Had the fortune of studying under Prof. Sanjay Bakshi and working with Mr. Raamdeo Agarwal. The last engagement was with the investments team of an AMC. Currently managing own funds, he aspires to known as one of the greatest common sense investors.
Email: nirenparekh@gmail.com


  1. Welcome to Blogisthan guys!
    Cheers and all the very best!

  2. Came here from Neeraj's blog.
    Looking forward to listen and learn from you guys.
    Sometimes will try to give the “disconfirming evidence” :)


    1. Welcome Manher & Raja,

      I am sure we will learn from each other

  3. Good .. welcome to the blogosphere and investosphere :-)

    looking forward to some new learning :-)


  4. Replies
    1. Hi Achin n Zero point someone... Will keep sharing our thoughts and ideas.. hope to learn as well.. Thanks

  5. Hello manufactured luck, lets have economies of large scale....All the best....

  6. Hi Niren,

    It is always a pleasure listening to your views ....
    Eagerly look forward to your posts :)


  7. Hi Abinav and Niren,

    I simply loved the blog name "manufactured luck". As Prof. Bakshi puts it in order to be at the right place at right time, one has to be at many places at many times. So from investment perspective, it may mean exposing oneself to diverse set of opportunities where there is minimum/limited downside while potentially large upside (heads I don't lose, tales I gain a lot). I eagerly look forward to your posts and further interaction.

    Best Regards
    Dhwanil Desai

    1. Hi Dhwanil,
      Welcome to the name lovers club!! That makes 3 of us, though your vote is most important as we are likely suffering from endowment bias : )

  8. Hello,
    Came here from Neeraj's blog.... looking forward to good learning from you two.


  9. Guys,
    Perhaps this might interest you, if you haven't already read it..

  10. Hi Guys,

    Congrats fr your new blog.Came form Neeraj blog. Looking forward to read more from you.


    1. Hi Sachin & Balaji,

      Welcome to the blog. We surely have a lot to thank Neeraj for encouraging our eeforts

  11. Hi Niren,
    I hope, you remember me. All the best for this adventure of entering a different stream of work and in the area that has always fascinated you.

    All the best.


    1. Hi Rupali,
      Thankyou for your encouragement.
      Very much remember you, but surprises me that you stumbled upon on this blog.

  12. Am possibly the slowest to respond ! Niren, It was fun working with you for that very brief period. Abhinav - we met too briefly for my liking. Perhaps this will be the start of something new. I know I will learn so much from the two of you. Looking forward to consuming as much as possible to find a path on the random streets of investing.
    - Sahil

  13. Abhinav How are you doing brother. Look forward to connecting

    1. Hi Ayaz,

      Good to see you here. Do share youe mail ID at mansinghka.abhinav@gmail.com Will write to connect