Thursday, August 26, 2010

Direct Tax Code !!!

It's time to rejoice for salaried ( also enterpreneurs , actually I meant taxpayers ) persons as the GOI (Government of India) has announced an exemption for every slab of income.

Here are the details: -

  • Tax for income between Rs. 2 lakh - Rs. 5 lakh: 10%
  • Tax for income between Rs. 5 lakh - Rs. 10 lakh: 20%
  • Tax for income over Rs. 10 lakh: 30%
The limit for exemptions for salaried people is Rs. 2 lakh, while that for senior citizens is Rs. 2.5 lakh.

Corporate tax has been kept at 30%.

The revised proposal has also made it clear that tax incentives on housing loans will continue. Payment on interest on housing loans up to Rs. 1.5 lakh will continue.

The new Code comes into effect from April, 2011.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Blunder Blunder Everywhere !!!

This wasn't supposed to be the topic of my 50th post. But this is how it goes.

Making a mistake is not common for human beings, but it hurts when we take it to the next level. The day started with me waking up late. Courtesy late night socializing on web 2.0. (Mistake rated * )

I get ready for the office, notice that the maid has not come today. I suddenly realised that it's Rakshabandhan and tomorrow she will come with her meekly voice and say that she deserved a holiday on the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan. Damn, it's only WE who do not deserve a holiday. (Mistake rated *)

Left for the office, notice that the lift has just gone down, and it would take it another 10 minutes to reach back to the 15th Floor. My mistake again, didn't press the elevator button on time. Somehow I reached the ground, start walking down the hill towards the bus stop.  To my amazement, the bus to the office has arrived just in time. I moved towards the bus but didn't realize 50 odd other people were moving with me towards the bus. I missed the bus, ( it seems a mistake , doesn't it ??? --> read on ) suddenly a girl who wasn't able to catch the bus got down and bumped into me. My left hand got hurt a bit, but the look that I got from the girl was she had been struck badly. With the kind of glare that was thrown at me, even a mirror would have cracked. ( Mistake rated ** ). I knew at that moment this is not my day. I reached the office and got a call, a courier guy has reached home and has a parcel in store for me. I complimented ( *#@*%$#*# ) him in my mind for the On Time Delivery ( Mistake rated *** ) . Another reason why things must not be delivered on time.

Rest of the time was spent in the office, you can imagine how it went considering the kick start I had for the day. Mother called up and inquired whether the Rakhi had reached me. I had to say yes, the courier did come, I wasn't there. :(        ( Mistake rated **** )

I returned home, everything seemed to be normal and just checking out the social media sites that I check everyday. Suddenly, I got a call from my colleague on my friends cell. My friend called me up and said it was for me, I took the phone hastily and started talking. She was asking "Did your friend cancel the train ticket, which I had booked from his account ? " ( WHOA !!! not able to gauge mistake or blunder ???   ). As all engineers, I responded " I will get back to you in 5 minutes" . Few days back I had booked a ticket from my friends account. My friend saw an unknown ticket booked from his railway account and had canceled it saying, " I should ensure that the person who has accidentally booked the ticket from my account gets back his money " . This was told my another roommate. I immediately called her back and told her that he had accidentally canceled the ticket. She said " Thank You, I will call you back". The ticket was for her parents who were going to another city today and they were unable to get their name in the reservation chart.

I called her back and she hasn't picked up her phone until now. Time to face the music tomorrow in the office. And Yeah , forgot to tell this was a  Mistake rated ***** . A BIG BLUNDER !!!

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Office Life !!!

Got this one as a forward, owner of the content can very well claim this ! ! Hope all working people enjoy this

Here i am sitting in my office @ night?
Thinking hard about life
How it changed from a maverick college life to strict professional life?...

How tiny pocket money changed to huge monthly paychecks
but then why it gives less happiness?.

How a few local denim jeans changed to new branded wardrobe
but then why there are less people to use them

How a single plate of samosa changed to a full Pizza or burger
But then why there is less hunger?..

Here i am sitting in my office @ night?
Thinking hard about life
How it changed?..

How a bike always in reserve changed to bike always on
but then why there are less places to go on??

How a small coffee shop changed to cafe coffee day
but then why its feels like shop is far away?..

How a limited prepaid card changed to postpaid package
but then why there are less calls & more messages??

Here i am sitting in my office @ night?
Thinking hard about life
How it changed?...

How a general class journey changed to Flight journey
But then why there are less vacations for enjoyment?.

How a old assembled desktop changed to new branded laptop
but then why there is less time to put it on???.

How a small bunch of friends changed to office mate
But then why we always feel lonely n miss those college frnz.?.

Here i am sitting in my office @ night?
Thinking hard about life
How it changed?.. How it changed??..

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Corporate Life !!! Independence Day Celebrations at the Office !!!

15th August Independence Day of India, for us it started on 13th August. One of those few days when I get up early for the office. I don't know what is so special about Friday, that it gets me waking up early. This Friday was not an exception. Our office HRs had planned an Inter Zone competition which involved the decoration of each zone on a particular theme. The zone with the best theme would be the winner.

In our zone, we discussed on many themes, and finally it was decided that we should go ahead with the "States of India and their Culture" theme. Each cubicle was allotted 2-3 states to depict. Every zone seemed to be upbeat with the decoration, but somehow our zone was a bit slow in starting off the decoration. The clients do not let you breathe when you are in office and the effect showed on us. :(

We got the materials on Thursday Evening. Ha ha, that seems too late for depicting all the states of India.

Somehow we managed to decorate a few states. By EOD (this word is amazing :P ), we had only managed few states Goa was alive and kicking already. But the other parts of India were totally in a disarray. Jokes were flying all over the place, Rajasthan was totally BANJAR (totally barren cubicle with no decoration), Madhya Pradesh seemed like it had been struck by Bhopal Gas Tragedy ( things kept half hazardly and thermocol all over the place), Assam with empty tea cups in which tea was drunk the whole week....etc. Only Eastern part of the Himalayas was visible. LOL!!!

Forgot to mention there was a group singing competition, leave alone the rehearsal we hadn't even decided on the song. LOL again.

Coming back to Friday morning, I took off for the office with Guitar in one hand and bag on the back. Guitar was to be kept at Goa cubicle.

Some of us had planned to reach early and take care of things. Only few people turned up, everybody else was on normal office time but late for the preparations, me included. Got some angry stares from colleagues for turning up at office timing. Somehow we managed to decorate, all of a sudden everybody was busy decorating their own cubicles. Out of the blues, we had all the states flourishing in the zones.Our zone was beaming with colors and representing the colorful India.

Suddenly, an announcement was made with that monotonous TING TONG beep. Usually the lady makes announcements for the bus pass renewal or some security incident. Maybe she also had a day off. The announcement was for the song Vande Mataram. The announcers were singing Vande Mataram today for a change. Wow !!!

It was 11am and time had come to for the celebrations and more importantly competition. Compliments were flowing in from the HRs for the entire floor's effort. Celebrations began with group singing competition and guess what we were chosen to sing first. Ha ha ha . Somehow we diverted it to other zone, meekly decided to sing second.

This is where the fun began, we joined in each and every zone's song and gave them a good chorus support. We didn't care if we had won or lost as we were enjoying the most. Singing songs in chorus, hooting aimlessly and having fun. We started singing our patriotic song and somehow began well. Everybody was singing so patriotically that nobody got an iota of idea that we hadn't rehearsed even once. After that there was an event in which we had to prepare an impromptu skit. We were given "Dandi March" for enacting. We executed this one also in one take only but this time with one light rehearsal. We managed to prepare the skit in 2 minutes. WHOA !!!

After that the judges came to our zone, they were amazed by the kind of effort that was put in by all of us for our theme. They seemed to be impressed.

Then it was time for the prize distribution ceremony. Usually, the prizes are announced from 3rd, 2nd to 1st but as this was an exceptional day the 1st prize was announced and guess what ???

Our zone had won the overall competition and there was special praise for our zone's theme decoration. We jumped with joy and continued with our chorus celebrations. We were shouting madly slogans like "Joh Jeeta Woh Sikander, Jo Haraa Woh ............, well complete yourself !!!

The cubicles which were undecorated the previous day were more colorful than ever and impressed the judges. Rajasthan which was totally BANJAR was decorated with puppets and colorful bangles, Madhya Pradesh seemed like it had recovered from the  Bhopal Gas Tragedy and displaying the Kanha National Park and specialities of MP, Assam was displaying the Kaziranga National Park and the tea baskets. Complete Himalayan range was visible now with snow and five rivers flowing down in Punjab. ;)

The unrehearsed song had won us the prize in singing and what's more the person who depicted Gandhi in the Dandi March skit won a Special Prize. All in all a total team effort and example of Just in Time (JIT) compilation, maybe everyone is inspired by Java's JIT compilation. :P

And yes forgot to mention what was the prize, it was huge box of chocolates !!! Mmmm!!

A totally enjoyable day with lots of fun. Wish we get paid for more such days !!! ;)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Corporate Life - Chapter 1 "Drop in a Mail"

I am quite new to the so called Corporate World. You must be wondering why my post reads "Drop in a Mail". Well, MAIL is the only thing that gets things moving in this world. It's not all hunky dory out here, if you want to get something done you have to DROP A MAIL.. If you have to inform something you have to DROP A MAIL. There are even team leaders who ask the team members to DROP A MAIL so that they come to know when their teammates are in the office. LOL !!!

Gone are the days when work was done on a sheer request of words. Words don't matter any more. Actually there is very little space for words, only thing that matters is a MAIL which is DROPped into your mailbox to get things done.

So why am I writing such a thing in my blog, after all it is important for us to communicate and have something for our records to know what we had planned,said and executed. I agree, completely agree, but there are some things in the world that could be done through golden words spoken from our very own mouth. Ironically, there are some stubborn people who do not listen to your requests and just say "DROP IN A MAIL". LOL.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Corporate Life !!!

In this series, I am going to tell you about the hilarious events that take place in the corporate world. Here's one of them.

Today I went to the HR for changing my appraiser and reviewer on the company portal. I gave the EMPLOYEE IDs of my appraiser and reviewer to the HR and asked him to change them as I had been moved to another project.

The HR took the IDs and started dialing the number and replied, " It says these numbers do not exist ". LOL.

I said in my mind ** how could they ?? they are the employee ids of my seniors ** . Later I told him that they were EMP IDs and you need to update them on the company portal.

After that a girl from the HR team came and interrupted us in the process. The HR ragged her by saying I am the new entrant in the HR team and asked her to contact me if she had any doubt in her work. On the top of that he called a number and asked me to talk to the concerned person for whom the girl had come. LOL.

Must say HRs ROCK and without the HRs the corporate life would have been monotonous and fun free !!!

That's all for today !!! See you after the office , errrrr they call it EOD here ! Will write on the "EOD" sometime, it's an interesting WORD in this WORLD.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 Spain Vs Netherlands

FIFA WORLD CUP  Spain Vs Netherlands today at 12:00am India time ! See you there !

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bharat Bandh and the Spirit of Mumbai !!!

July 05 2010, BHARAT BANDH alias Nationwide Strike against fuel price hike and inflation. Looking at the funny side of it, literally BHARAT BANDH means India Closed !!!

Ohh  was India really closed? Ask any Mango Man ( Aam Aadmi ) , he will say it WASN'T ! Whatever any political party does, it only adds to the woes of the so called common man. That common man who decides the fate of the so called VVIPs and political leaders in pursuit of pinnacle of the Indian Governance.

While there was BHARAT BANDH , many things turned ON ! The stopping of local trains , setting ablaze tyres, throwing stones at Best buses were the things that switched on. The only thing that reaches the spot before the police these days is, MEDIA , reached out to these spots and gave us updates. Ironically, they didn't get scratch from these incidents although BHARAT BANDH meant stopping of all services in India, MEDIA included.

Anyways, I went to the office today. The city which never sleeps , almost seemed to have calmed down today. There wasn't the everyday crowd which throngs onto the road, which makes Mumbai one of the busiest city in the world, but there were people seen patches walking the street walking to the bus stops under police surveilance.

Not many people turned in the office, the usual buzz on the floor wasn't there. I must tell you the thing which is constant in the office is WORK. Whatever the occasion or day, your company ensures you have your share of WORK. Left the office quite early, went to the gym and had dinner.

This is the most important part in todays post, after dinner I walked to the bus stop with my colleagues. It had already started raining heavily. After I got down from the bus, while crossing the signal to reach the home, suddenly, I heard a THUD and saw an old man tumbling and a bike skidding on the road. For a moment I thought the old man had fallen from the bike, but then I realized that the rash bike drivers had actually hit the old man who was trying to cross the road. It was a ghastly hit since the man bounced 3 times before bumping his head into the road divider. I rushed to the spot and stopped any vehicles that were coming towards the old man. I gave my umbrella to a small boy and started lifting the old man. Thankfully people were around, especially young ones, who helped me took the old man off the road. Moreover, by God's grace one police van was around, police also rushed to the spot and ordered for a stretcher from the van. They also took into custody the rash drivers and put them into the van. The boy whom I had given my umbrella actually turned out to be the old man's son. He was completely shocked and asking his dad to get up. Only to get silence in reply from his father as he was unconscious. May God help the injured man recover quickly from this accident.

Kudos to the spirit of Mumbai people who rushed to the spot immediately in spite of not knowing who the victim was or where he came from. However, this incident has taught me many things. Here are some of those : -

1) Life is too short so enjoy it to the fullest.
2) Stay in touch of your family and friends no matter where you are.
3) Forget about all the grudges.
4) No matter how a big problem is , it is too small to be worried  about as there are many more things in life that Matter.
5) Everything in this world can vanish withing a second.

Thanks , I hope you enjoy the later part of this post..

Monday, June 14, 2010

14 June 2010

The weekend with the most minimal expenditure this time. Stayed at home all the time barring the breakfast, lunch and dinner. Weather is excellent at this time.

After a lazy weekend, it's Monday and what a day ! Watched Germany Vs. Australia, Germany thrashed Australia ( they call them Socceroos these days ). On top of that Cahill was RED CARDED for the first mistake.  

Rained in the evening, first heavy rain of Mumbai. Roads Flooded with water. Went to gym, had dinner. Came back home by bus with Ronak.

And yes wrote this blog post ;) !

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Saturday 5 June 2010

First weekend of June 2010. Went to Siddhivinayak temple today. Had to sign the agreement with landlord at the registration office. Booked tickets for the movie Rajneeti. After that came home and slept for an hour. Woke up at 8 and went for dinner at 9pm. Watched Rajneeti from 10pm to 11am.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

First Rain at Mumbai !!!

It's First June, First Day of the Month, First Rainy Season in Mumbai !!!

Finally Monsoon has struck Mumbai. And at what a time, I am sitting in my room, 1am Midnight !!! I was just fiddling away with my laptop, when suddenly I heard the ceiling of the Mall in front of my apartment make a splattering sound. Seemed like some construction work. I ignored it for a moment, but when I smelt that sweet Earthy scent which comes everytime the mud meets the water; I looked out of the window and Oh Hell Yeah, it was raining.

I wish the rain would have come on a weekend afternoon so that I would have got the chance of drenching myself again in the first rain. But nature has it's own ways, who would have thought that after a Sunny Afternoon, you will get a sweeter midnight....

There is rain, there is lightning, there is everything that could entertain me at this time but there is still a void of not being with the family which surrounds this beautiful eve on rainy midnight.

Anyways hope this rain continues to come all through the season, and bring down the Inflation with them.

Good Bye people . I am feeling sleepyyyy zzzzzzzzzzzz !!! Ohh yes Good Night ;) Take Care !!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Back with a Bang !!!

Hi I am back on my blog ! will keep U updated ! Till then enjoy !!! ;)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Year 2010

Hi guys and gals, I will be writing the blogs from today onwards for the year 2010. Till then enjoy ! See U till next time


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