Category: Blah Blahs

The GST Experts’ day out

By an odd coincidence, the CA day and the GST rollout falls today. We are probably the only country that celebrated the rollout of a new Tax law with so much enthusiasm. I am so proud of us. Twitter has been on fire since morning with people tweeting the same damn bill from Murugan Idli Shop (Shobha De, I am talking about you!) after having ghee pongal and tweeting that idlis have become unaffordable.

This is the bill that people shared claiming that they paid extra due to GST. The same bill used by at least ten different people. 😀 I still don’t see why people would come out of this shop without having their podi dosa and jigarthanda though!

Now, I just happened to observe in silence, the nation’s reaction to GST and the surrounding confusion. I am amazed to realise that all this while, we have been surrounded by scores and scores of economists! Thumping good ones at that. People who had been ignorant so far as to what all taxes they have been paying, have all become GST experts overnight. Don’t even get me started on the GST commentary and bashing that is going on in almost all the media.

GST, as far as I observed, has an effect of reducing the cost for the manufacturer in the long run. So when the cost price reduces, logically, keeping the other price variables same ( including Profit) the selling price also should be lower. That is the logic. This is because now the manufacturer will be able to take credit for every input he uses without the usual border troubles owing to different states and different taxes.

But trust me, that is not gonna happen. The manufacturers will be profit hungry and so will retailers. Even if the sourcing rate comes down, they are going to keep increasing the price at least a little because, hey! GST. Bashing the government for this is not fair.

Secondly, the loud noise that says the implementation is confusing and not in order. My dearest people, name one damn law of this magnitude that was implemented as smooth as a hot knife driven through a chunk of butter. I bet you can’t. Ever heard of the Companies Act? It was revamped big time in 2013 and rolled out. Any idea about the confusion it created?? I suppose not. Believe me when I say that there are still clarifications pending for a lot of issues regarding the Companies Act 2013.

So don’t even think GST will be a cake walk. It will not be and rightly so.

Hi-speed internet has actually given us a lot to be thankful for. We boast day in and day out about how information is just a click away and how we are all connected 24*7. It would be equally great if such information is verified before outraging on.

It would not be wrong if I say that arm-chair activism has reached a whole new level with the advent of such super instant messaging platforms.

Before hyperventilating on something, study, for God’s sake. Study the concept thoroughly. Study the intention behind such action. Study the implications. Study the time that would be required for such an effect to materialise.

Remember one cannot become an expert without studying. But hey! We have WhatsApp and Facebook so even I can become an expert in anything.

Growing up

A Facebook post made me think. One of my Facebook friends had updated about how she had attended a conference about mental wellness of teenagers and how we end up scaring them and in fact, scarring them about the future.

To be honest, not all of us think about that. All we do is crib. Crib about misfortunes of growing up and complain about how life is not treating us well. Suddenly all that we want to do is to go back to childhood. Pages and pages will be written about nostalgia and what it was, to be a 90’s kid.

She had written that the words that we speak to our juniors and younger siblings, about life, love and career have a serious effect on them. This was not something that was new to me. Having a younger sibling, has its own pluses. I grew up in a household, where each word of mine, which I spoke in front of my baby sibling was watched with microscopic eyes (or ears, should I say?) . My parents always told me that the child’s mind is a tape recorder. It will record each and every little thing it can and would take those to be the governing laws of human relationships and life. Consequentially, old habits would die hard and then things would be too late to recover from.

So when I read this post of my friend, my 24 years of existence fleeted past as a hazy memory. I am afraid, I have been guilty of doing the exact same thing to my juniors. We would say that growing up is such a pain in the neck and that life was better when we were at school or college etc. I swear I never thought of the repercussions of my words at that moment.

We all would be familiar with this scenario, growing up,”Finish your school, life would get better”, “Finish college and get a job, life would be set” from our parents. These were not empty words, now coming to think of it. They were, in fact, preparing us for life. They were kindling our curiosity about life and about growing up. And what are we doing? We are propagating negativities, in the garb of being brutally honest. We are scaring people, by being blunt about the ground realities.

I do agree, a hundred percent, about the ground reality bit, but what is the cost of being a little mellow? What is the problem in being diplomatic? Why can’t we be mysterious about the future to our younger generation, in such a way that they are eager to get there? What are we doing to them, by scaring them?

We are actually sowing seeds of fear and cowardliness in them. We are weakening them by disarming them. Is it worth it? Definitely not.

This is something to think about, or should I say it made me think about my actions and may be resolve to get better?? Time will only tell.







A “Quote-worthy” journey

It is almost the end of a glorious year. 2016 is ending. I say ‘glorious’ not because it was fantastically awesome for me, but because it made me rediscover reading. A long lost hobby and craziness of mine,which had slipped into a coma the moment I had given my allegiance to the world redefining rat race that the mankind is proudly a part of.

This post is a collection of my favorite quotes which I had stumbled upon during these 12 months, along with a snippet of explanation to it.

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake   

This quote by Jhumpa Lahiri is simple yet profound. She is one of my favorite authors, whose style of narration, I find, is gripping and beautiful. It is not too much yet not too little. It is just the perfect amount that would need to relive the scene in the exact same way she had hoped for.

These lines, coming from her, made a lot of sense. I still remember reading one of her works, Lowland, and visualising each and every scene in it. The riot filled parts of Bengal, the romance between the protagonists, the love, the despair etc that filled the pages and the story. That was one effective piece of writing that took me to Bengal and made me be a part of the plot.

“human memory is short, and history always repeats itself.”
Devdutt Pattanaik, Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

These lines are by Devdutt Pattanaik, who I respect for his opinions and take on age old topic of Mythology. I loved the way he retold something as massive as the Mahabharata and the Ramayana without having to pepper it with spice that sells.

The above lines convey a blunt truth, no matter how much we continue to deny it. We, as human beings, have exhibited this trait time and again and this is what is being seen in our political, economical and social scenario these days.

“Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.”
Colleen Hoover, Slammed

Now, I have no idea who this author is or what her works are, but this quote from her will definitely stay on for long with me.

I love the way this quote is aired. It has an air of nonchalance and casualness with it which gives us that rare confidence- you know,the one which we get, with a smile on our face?? That type. It is not too preachy. It does not have a false, blingy coat of sugar/honey in it to give us that fake confidence and assurance that all is well with the world. I love it for its plainness.

Well, I can go on, but let me restrict myself to these three for now, lest it gets too long for a quick read.

There will always be a few lines, which will stay on with us, long after we are done with the book. I wish I am able to write at least one such line during my lifetime, then will I consider myself to be successful.