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.


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