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A cashless day out

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Like others, I also thought that the life without cash would be hell. Seeing the queue outside the banks and the horrifying deaths of many people in the queue had made the thinking environment quite conservative. So I thought let me have a day our without cash and see, how much troubles are there on the path of cashless life? Though living in a city like Bangalore, one may not have much of the trouble with his daily chores without cash, I thought it was worth trying the outing with family in this politically biased atmosphere. Continue reading

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The veracity of jumping professions

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The other day I was reading the story about doctors and engineers opting for the civil services for ‘a greater canvas to work for the people’. I couldn’t but laugh on such a statement coming out from a doctor whose job is considered as the most sacred job for the humankind and at times compared to that of the God. Can someone compare this with the routine jobs being carried out by the babus? In our country at present, the only thing that attracts the youth keeping government service in mind is the civil services because of the money and the power associated with the posts. Not a single aspirant has any intention for serving the nation. These may be termed as filmy dialogues written to either mislead people or please the interview board. The civil services exam is all about the hard work for an year or so and subsequently harvesting its benefits for the rest of the life for self, for family members and for all those who come under the circle of concern of the officer sitting on the seat of power. Continue reading

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Online shopping fiasco

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This is to share the experience I had after shopping at HomeShop18 for the first time. I had ordered a Roti maker for my old parents residing in Orai, UP, in India. Since I stay away with my wife and kid in Bangalore, India, I found HomeShop18, the best alternative for fulfilling the needs of my parents as it has the reach to almost every nook and corner of the country. Continue reading

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One versus all – the nation awaits

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The opposition parties have come together under one black umbrella in the most childish act by the opposition parties in the history of independent India. They have only one argument, ‘The poor is getting affected by the ban on Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes.’ Surprisingly, I could never understand, if the poor people are the biggest holders of those banned notes? Rs. 10, Rs, 20, Rs. 50, Rs. 100 all are under circulation, but the poor man is suffering because his Rs. 500 or Rs. 1000 notes is not getting exchanged or he is not able to draw money from ATM? Is that the life, deed, actions and plight of a poor man? Which are those reports that say that 75 % of rural households have a monthly income of less than Rs five thousand in India? This amounts to around 133.5 million families! Is the authentic report false or these politicians are lying? Which poor people are they talking about?

So in this ocean of poverty that has been watered for years, three in four households in rural India, earns less than Rs. 5,000 a month and there are whopping 90 % households who earn less than Rs.10,000 a month. Going by this figure, whether the limit of Rs. 24,000 a week imposed by the government is less? May be less for those who want MORE, but surely the poor man is not going to withdraw more than Rs. 96,000 in a month. Continue reading