Sunday 27 November 2016

Thinking Of Soulmate

When they met by chance on the way,
Sparks flew turning night into day.

It was inexplicable as it was their first meeting.
They were already hooked; no cheating.

After that did they feel everything is all right?
Life felt dark even when there was light...

Things were great when they were together,
Separation was nauseating; it did matter.


Make In Odisha Unit

It was late evening when we were returning from the India Surf Festival 2016 held at Konark, Odisha, two weeks ago. On our way to Bhubaneswar, on the way, we decided to stop by and visit a woman entrepreneur's unit as they had invited us several times. We called up our contact, the manager, Kedar babu, and he said that he, along with the owner, was available then. He heartily welcomed us and guided us about the route to reach their address.

It was very easy to reach the unit as everyone, we inquired on the way, knew the way! It showed the popularity of the owner, the much-awarded entrepreneur, Smt Meenakshi Prusty. We successfully reached our destination. 

Smt Meenakshi Prusty made us feel at home. With the able support of her team- her daughter, Maansi, son-in-law, Kedar babu, and other dedicated members, their unit has been sincerely working & growing. 
2nd from Left- Kedar Babu, Centre- Meenakshi Prusty, Extreme Right -Maansi 
Smt.Prusty said that she had been busy that month, having to visit Puri almost everyday for the holy Hindu month of Kartika. We were grateful that our timing was right to meet her!

We were impressed by the sight that greeted us in her unit. We found many women busy at work. There were many electronic sewing-machines. Her daughter, Maansi, was also working with the other women.

Thursday 24 November 2016

Demonetisation - Problems And Advantages

For India's progress, our PM Modiji took the bold step of Demonetisation.
Why Demonetisation was considered:
  1. Restricting hoarding of black money cash
  2. Curtailing cash-usage for illegal transactions viz narcotics & terrorist activities
  3. Tackling fake notes in circulation
Black money is the income that escapes taxation.But, many are not under the tax-system, having never paid any taxes in the past, nor plan to in the future. Untaxed people must be under taxable public. Presently, less than 10% of the population is paying Income Tax. Demonetisation is an effort to ensure that business is fair and transparent. 

A study by MasterCard shows that the cost of using cash i.e. printing, transporting, storage, soiled notes, etc. is almost 1.5% of GDP. The move to ‘Digital’ transactions, through the Banking System will help to lower costs and benefit the customer and our economy. 

Demonetisation has hit those hoarding bags of cash. Money laundering is rampant as hoarders wish to convert black money to gold, dollars or new currency.

  • Bank & ATM long queues
  • Leg cramps for customers standing in lines
  • Hands ache & extra busy work and long days with extended working hours & workloads for bankers with full-day operations even on the weekend-Nov 12-13 2016
  • Trade Disruption
  • Business hit & activity slowdown -50% down
  • Transportation- Buses & cars- people staying indoors as they don't have change or are queuing before Banks & ATMs
  • People coming with Rs 500 notes.
  • Small traders shopkeepers not having change or cash in low denomination 
  • Some roadside eateries have shut-down
  • Losses in lakhs - cakes, icecream parlours, sweet shops, vegetable vendors 
  • Many had to shut shop to deposit cash in banks. They had kept that cash to buy goods.
  • Some lost their day's wages to deposit cash they had earned 
  • Great intent, poor implementation 
  • Some companies accepting old notes as currency for membership etc
  • Unfair that some honest people have to suffer owing to some hoarders
  • Some died of shock that currency had been demonetised.
  • Poor & illiterate people do not use plastic money.
  • Demand for gold & USD increase
  • Gold coins & bars will finance black deals.
  • Tracking of black money-  Advance salaries paid to employees to get rid of black money-Advance cash to construction workers for raw-material purchase
  • ATM issues-  a) ATMs were not functioning or were damaged or out-of-order, b) ATM were running out of cash  c) ATM machines were not calibrated for dispensation of the new currencies. Many ATMs need to be recalibrated.
  • High data and electricity availability, lietracy & internet security is a must for a cashless society 
Many of these problems were and are being encountered initially and things should be better soon. Many are supporting demonetisation despite the above problems. Some are happy that though business is down, they don't have to accept fake notes!
Government should have considered the marriage season and the other difficulties. However, to its credit, it has tried to attend to problems with solutions viz. drawing cash from petrol pumps by swiping card and putting big ads and info that too in multiple languages so as to reach all.

  • Halted funding of terror and Maoist groups 
  • Online payment gateways, Apps & free services & offers- Users of some digital wallet companies can transfer money from their mobile wallets to any bank account at a zero percent fee till 30 December 2016, as compared to 4% for a non-KYC compliant user & 1% for a KYC compliant user.
  • Demand for portable swiping machines from bank
  • Spread of online transactions everywhere
  • More people will enter & be active in the banking system
  • Fake notes can't be used to cheat at least for the time-being
  • More than 5 lakh crores deposited in accounts within a few days.
  • Customers whose bank-balance had been 15K for long, have now deposited lakhs into their accounts.
  • Banks will have the capacity to lend and also to bring interest rates down.
  • Services/loans will be available at competitive rates
  • Smarter younger generation
Main points-
  • More number of smaller notes should be there.
  • People should be able to identify the real vs fake notes- This time, the new notes feel different & people need to get adjusted & learn how to identify new from the old notes
  • Banks & POs, despite rush, must be careful & not accept fake notes from public. 
  • There must be enough currency in stock to meet demand.
  • People should be digitally & financially literate.
  • More people should come under the banking fold.
  • Government has to take steps to stop the new currency from getting converted to black money
  • There must be a fear for the demonetisation of Rs 2000 note in the near future that will dissuade people from hoarding it!
‘Digital’ transactions, apart from providing convenience to the customers, will reduce corruption and enhance banking services. Just like 43% of the voters on PM App's survey, I do not mind note ban inconvenience at all. I feel Demonetisation is a positive step that has emerged with initial hiccups. Economy has got a jolt and should be catapulted after revival in the future. As such an abrupt move as Demonetisation in such a vast land like India is unprecedented in any nation of the world, only time will tell its impact.

Friday 18 November 2016


Dear Zindagi*,

I am grateful for the four JUGs in my life! Thank you!
As the years go by, I realize that I have sailed through!
Thanks to my JUGs, all is well & I say cheese!
My JUGs fill my life with love, happiness & peace :)
These special JUGs carry goodness beyond compare.
They are invaluable for me & so precious & rare...

My first JUG is the Lord; Almighty is always there.
I have many reasons to pray; I feel the power & care.
The Lord knows what's best for me, I sense & understand.
I share my prayers & believe in miracles & magic wand!
Everything happens for a reason; Lord is at work 24X7,
The mysterious ways are evident when I find heaven!

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Thursday 10 November 2016

Holistic Education For The Next Generation

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Yet another child has committed suicide. Few may feel that a few marks less in a paper doesn't matter. But, for many, unfortunately, it's the end of the world. They decide to end their life while their parents and friends may not be even aware of such a far-fetched reality...

Seeing the spurt in the suicide rates, I am convinced that our system is flawed and needs to be fixed. Just IQ (Intelligence Quotient)  is not enough, EQ (Emotional Quotient) is needed too. Schools & parents must ensure a child's holistic education.

Education should be much more than gamy rote-learning and bookish knowledge. However, our schools focus on 'marks' more, rather than stressing on 'understanding'. Many students are enrolled in private tuition, mostly conducted by teachers of their school, so as to score more marks. It is believed that such teachers would share the sure-shot questions that are probable to be asked in the examinations. 

TOI, Children's Day 2016*

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