IDFC Thesis


IIFL Finance Thesis

What matters in Investing -Think like an owner

Investing is being a part-owner in a business

2020 Q1 Letter

Our Thoughts

Value Investing Lecture at IIM Lucknow - 2018

1 pager

IDFC presented at Sumzero, 2020

2019 Q2 Letter

What matters in Investing

Factors that drive success

2019-02 Berkshire Valuation
Indostar Thesis
Manappuram Thesis

2019 Q3 Letter


Self-evaluation and key learnings of 2019

2018 - Annual Letter

UJJIVAN FINANCIAL SERVICES presented at sumzero, 2021

Life-long most of us work to make money. Wouldn't it be nice, to have money work for us. Having money work for us, is one of the most important things we can do. Yet, it's also the most overlooked. Our goal at DoorDarshi is to help you towards this quest. 

Einstein has said, "Compounding is the eighth wonder of the world." ​We are here to help you experience the 8th wonder.

JMFinancial Presentation at Asian Summit 2019

Manappuram Finance presented at Sumzero, 2018

Manappuram at Sumzero 2021
Manappuram at Sumzero 2021

What matters in Investing - Having patience

Patience is critical for success

2018 - Annual Letter

Self-evaluation and key learnings of 2018

IIM Lucknow Lecture

Happy New Year - 2017

1-pager on the key learning from 2016


MAY 2021

KBRL presented at Sumzero, 2020

Code of Conduct Document

SATIN pesented at Sumzero, 2020

Indostar presented at Sumzero, 2019



Pilgrimage to Omaha

Why? What are my goals?

Presentation to IIT Bombay Alumni, 2020​

2020 Annual Letter


Self-evaluation and key learnings of 2020

2019 Q3 Letter
KRBL Thesis

Key takeaways from Omaha

Learning from the Oracle of investing


Infinite Thesis

What matters in Investing - Filtering out noise

Inversion as a tool is under-appreciated

JM Financial presented at Sumzero, 2019

Annual Letter

#1 IN FINANCIALS ON SUMZERO IN DECEMBER 2021 out of 17,000+ analysts on Sumzero

JM Financial Thesis

Business World article on Vedanta delisting

2020 Q1 Letter

MANAPPURAM presented at sumzero, 2021

DoorDarshi Advisors

"Put Money to Work"

IIFL Finance presented at Sumzero, 2019

#1 IN FINANCIALS ON SUMZERO IN JANUARY 2022 out of 17,000+ analysts on Sumzero

2019 Annual Letter
Insights on India 2021-05

2017 - Annual Letter

Self-evaluation and key learnings of 2017

Warren Buffett's 2019 Letter and Berkshire Valuation

Kaveri seed presentation at Asian Summit 2021

Value Investing Lecture to IIM Lucknow MBA class, 2016

KRBL presentation at Asian Summit 2020

Chaman Lal Presentation at Asian Summit 2017

Presentation on our Investment Approach

JM Financial Thesis

Impressions: An Interview Series with Global Thought Leaders on India

Satin Thesis

1. Partnership 

My approach towards my investors is that of a partnership. In the current setup, I am the General Partner while my investors are Limited Partners. However, my key consideration is always to ensure that structure (fees, communication) would be acceptable by me if our roles were to be reversed. This principle borrows heavily from what Warren Buffett has laid out in his Owners Manual – “Though our form is corporate our approach is a partnership.”

A partnership only works if it is fair and partners feel that they are getting appropriately rewarded. Our focus at DoorDarshi is to make money with our investors rather than from them. Hence, our fees are driven based on the performance of the fund with a hurdle. The more money our partners make, the more money we make.

2. Long-Term Orientation

In a world where everyone has all the information, we have to stake out our competitive advantage. The key one that we have is a long-term orientation. We primarily invest in companies where the thesis may play out over many years. This reduces the competition and allows us to enjoy our returns over the long-term.

We carry the same approach when we work with our investors/partners. We would rather have one investor for ten years rather than twenty investors for one year. This allows us to take a long-term view of our relationship with our investors. Hence, all our focus is on maximizing the duration of our relationship with our investors by behaving well. 


3. Work with good people, discourage others

We are lucky to do what we love. We are also lucky to do it with people who are experts in their field and for whom we have a lot of admiration and respect. We find that welcoming good partners provides us new insights, helps raise our game and gives us that extra boost of energy. We can also lean on them when we need suggestions or a kind word. Warren Buffett has a famous saying, “It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction.

We apply this approach even in our investing. We invest more money in our best ideas. These ideas are chosen based on their attractiveness from a future return perspective. The key advantage of this approach is that it allows us to know our top positions better and take advantage of the decent returns that will come from those positions.


4. Be Different

In the investing world, many fund managers are closet benchmark funds. They want to mirror the benchmarks to avoid looking inferior to them. Through this behavior, they end up with bad results because of the costs associated with running the fund.

Our approach couldn't be more different. We don't look at what is in the benchmark or index. We ignore highly promoted stock and that by definition includes IPO and the stock which is the latest fad. We only look at companies with the following characteristics:

a. Business which we can understand.

b. Management who is competent and whose incentives are similar to that of minority shareholders.

c. With a long runway for growth

d. Compelling valuation

Alternatively, it could be a special situation.

By training ourselves to stand apart from the crowd, we are able to better see how the crowd is behaving. It also reduces the "Institutional imperative" which forces most institutions to follow what others are doing.​

​5. Continuous Learning

Jeff Bezos of Amazon says, "It's always day one at Amazon." This mindset is even more important in Investing where things are changing continuously - the price of the stock is changing, the company's business is changing and the business environment is changing. To be able to succeed in such an endeavor one needs to be humble and learn continuously.

We love learning and it is one of the attributes that pulled us towards investing. We learn, not just to succeed in investing but also to succeed in life. We subscribe to Charlie Munger's quote, “I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than when they got up. And boy does that help — particularly when you have a long run ahead of you.”

Our investment partners come to us for our track record and our values. However, they will stay with us for our future returns and our behavior. Hence, our willingness to learn and adapt will be a critical factor that will determine our success.

Infinite Computer Solutions presented at Sumzero, 2017