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Thoughts during the financialy year end

 "There is no real ending, it's just the place where you stop the story." - Frank Herbert  On 31st March, the last few lines of a story was written aand it's fate sealed. We are talking about the financial year end. The books have been closed for the year 2021 -2022  This part of the year is generally filled with excitement as all entrepreneurs look forward to all the analysis from the number crunching to understand market trends and the financial health of the company. Future strategies are debated and planned based on these reports.  The past 2 years, also strangely coincieding with 2 years of the pandemic have been nothing short of a nightmare. Earlier we used to look at these reports to understand growth of the company and to identify further growth opportunities. Now we look at the reports to see how deep we have fallen, with a question in the mind if we will fall further into abyss or have we bottomed out, can we plan our climb back up and above.  A year back al
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