Smart ways to invest and attain early financial freedom

Having answered a YES in the 11 questions listed in my last blog – the company in question (CRISIL) is in our shortlist for investment – it means that the company has a long term sustainable competitive advantage;
I will share with 14 questions that we need to ask before we invest in any share – these questions describe the way Warren Buffet analyses companies – these questions are not mine – it is from a very popular book called Buffetology by Mary Buffet – she had access to Buffett’s thought process as she was his daughter in law for 12 years and she has described his philosophy of investing in the book - I have tried to follow it since 2003 and it has given me good results. 
In this session, I would like to share with you the basic strategies that Warren Buffet has followed over the past five decades. Warren started out early in life - as a school kid, he made money selling lemonades and having a news paper route. At the age of 14, with his earnings, he bought 40 acres of land and rented it out. In college, he studied Value investing under Benjamin Graham –the father of value investing. Value investing denotes an approach where investors pick up stocks at rock bottom prices.  He went into stock broking after college and by the age of thirty, he was a millionaire. He started Buffet associates in 1962 - over time bought a dying textile mill called Berkshire Hathaway. Using the cash generated from the mill, he slowly invested in other companies – overtime these investments overshadowed th
Here is a real life case – the name has been changed though. My presentation for this session can be downloaded from had finished her MBA in 2008  – lived in Bangalore with her friends –– was employed in a mid tier IT services firm – had a saving of about 20 K per month. She had come to me for advice regarding investments - this was in Aug 2009. She had looked at options like recurring deposits, fixed deposits, and post office schemes. She knew investment in equity was a high risk / high returns option - was not sure where to start. Pos