The Origin

Alpha and Omega.
Beginning and End.

Where do we come from?
Where are we going?

I remember buying the Dan Brown Novel, Origin from a bookshop at Mumbai International Airport in the year 2017. And since then it was a part of my collection, on a waiting list, as to when it will be read by me. The delay in reading was because of a mistake I made. After buying the book, I read Wikipedia plot and I kind of lost interest. Hence, the delay. Not a good idea. I suggest one shouldn’t do this, at least not for novels. Reading the plot summary before reading the actual book, ruins the excitement. For movies, at times, it helps. But I think one should resist this practice.

By now, I have read the entire Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown—Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Inferno, and now, Origin. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading each one of them, including Origin. I have also read Deception Point and Digital Fortress, but that was a long time back. Here, I may have to Wikipedia the plot for refreshing my memory.

I haven’t travelled much in my life so far, I mean beyond India and a few countries. Therefore, I make it a point to Google every destination mentioned in the Dan Brown books so that I understand the art, architecture and artist better. Origin took me through various cities of Spain. And now, after Google-Touring Italy, France, Turkey and Washington DC, I would also like to visit Spain (someday) to actually see, feel, breathe and admire the art and history embedded in the structure of these destinations—or rather those that form the very skeleton of these cities and countries.

Besides geographical locations mentioned in the book, I also Google-check the pronunciation of many names of the people and places referred to in the novels so as not to mispronounce. All I can say is I am learning.

I am sure many reviews may have been written on the book, Origin. I haven’t checked. But I know I am not that great a writer yet to attempt to review one of the best books ever written by one of my favourite authors, and one of the best author, the world has. Hence, I will just quote some of my favourites sections from the novel.

The book begins with a beautiful quote:

We must be willing to get rid of
the life we’ve planned, so as to
have the life that is waiting for us.

– Joseph Campbell

Any man can stay sober in a desert but only the loyal can sit in an oasis and refuse to part his lips.
(Navy Admiral Luis Avila)

These two mysteries lie at the heart of the human experience. Where do we come from? Where are we going? Human creation and human destiny. They are universal mysteries.
(Edmond Kirsch, the tech genius, computer scientist and futurist)

…when my passions flare, diplomacy is not my métier.
(Edmond Kirsch – I think the above statement is all creative peoples’ issue. I have experienced it myself and felt it among the creative/visionary people I have worked with. It is hindering and hampering and debilitating when what you see and experience and try to explain to others, no one wants to understand, and most times, not even listen to. It feels depressing when someone who can vision the future is ignored or dismissed by a crowd just concerned about the present or way too lost in the past.)

…religion had survived advances in science for millennia, and that it served an important purpose in society, and while religion might evolve, it would never die.
(Robert Langdon)

Scientist and spiritualists often use different vocabularies to describe the exact same mysteries of the universe. The conflicts are frequently over semantics, not substance.
(Robert Langdon)

Men plan, and God laughs.
(News Anchor)

Nothing is invented, for it’s written in nature first.
Originality consists of returning to the origin.
                                                              – Antoni Gaudi

Memento mori. Remember death. Even for those who wield great power, life is brief. There is only one way to triumph over death, and that is by making our lives masterpieces. We must seize every opportunity to show kindness and to love fully…Your conscience will be your guide. When life is dark, let your heart show you the way.
(The Monarch to the Prince)

Success is the ability to go
from one failure to another
with no loss of enthusiasm.
             – Winston Churchill

The price of greatness is responsibility.
(Winston Churchill)

History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
(Winston Churchill)

Love is not a finite emotion.
We don’t have only so much to share.
Our hearts create love as we need it.
Love truly is not finite emotion. It can be generated spontaneously out of nothing.
(Ambra Vidal)

Love is a private thing. The world does not need to know every detail.
(Julian thinking of Ambra Vidal)

Love is from other realm. We cannot manufacture it on demand. Nor can we subdue it when it appears. Love is not our choice to make.
(Julian reminiscing his father’s words)

I don’t believe the same God who endowed us with sense, reason and intellect intended us to forgo their use?
(Father Bena: My favourite character in the novel.)

Edmond Kirsch’s Prayer for the Future:
May our philosophies keep pace with our technologies.
May our compassion keep pace with our powers.
And may love, not fear, be the engine of change.

Six Kingdoms of Life and the Seventh. Now to know the Seventh, one will have to read this fascinating book.

Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) rule/control humans? Like every scientific invention and discovery, there are numerous pros and cons attached to each invention, each discovery. However, it is our intention that makes each of this invention or discovery, a blessing or a curse. And I think as long as goodness exists, we, the mortal human beings, will thrive, survive, leaving some beautiful footprints, actual and digital, for the generations to come.

I think it was the right time to read Origin. Lockdown, introspection, hermit mode and to ponder on the Origin. Well, let’s end this post on a positive note with another quote from this thought provoking novel:

Abundance: The future is better than you think.

…Ashu Bolar
ashubolar@gmail.com

Order, Chaos, Order In Chaos

Yes, I mean Mumbai, my city, my circulatory system, and like human circulatory system, Mumbai is a city that never sleeps. I like the crowd and the chaos, and finding order in crowd and chaos. It is like an everyday task. But now that task is on a standstill mode. During the 21-Day Covid-Lockdown, I guess, not just the Mumbaikars, but the city itself, got the much-needed rest that was required. Not the crisis way though. But it is what it is.

In Mumbai, can you imagine…

Just trains at an empty Churchgate Station?
Deserted Dadar Station?
Queueless bus stops at Andheri Station?
Only Gateway, and no one around?
A Silent Juhu Beach?
Zero traffic roads?
No noise, silence all around, voice echoing?

Can you? No, you can’t. But due to Covid-19 Crisis, it is what it is.

These can’t-imagine calm-no-chaos scenarios are very well captured by the Scroll Team in a video on Mumbai during Lockdown. When you watch the video, it feels different, it doesn’t feel like Mumbai, but it is no doubt the very busy city in a temporary resting phase as of now.

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Link: https://scroll.in/video/958198/lockdown-aerial-survey-of-mumbai-without-people-or-traffic-on-the-streets-shows-surreal-sights

As for me and lockdown…well, it is Me-Books-Facebook-Instagram-Google-CoronaVirusDiseaseNews-Netflix-AmazonPrime-Researching-Resting-Cleaning-OccasionalVideoCalls-MeAgain…I like the present Google-Doodle…here’s a glimpse…

I like the phrase, which is almost the theme for the last season of Sherlock – TV Series (on Netflix now): “Is it what it is.” When you can’t change it, better accept it. Such is the case now. 21 days or further extension? It is what it is, and it is for the best of the rest.

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Well then, until next, #StaySafe.

…Ashu Bolar
ashubolar@gmail.com

SingleTON: Vadodara, Gujarat

What is SingleTON?
Single TravellingOverNight 🙂

My first write-up on SingleTON was on the Goa Trip. And here comes another shot stay trip, this time is Vadodara, also known as Baroda, Gujarat, India.

Destination: Vadodara
Days: 2 days, 1 night
Travel via: Indigo Airlines

Venue: A business meeting so the stay was pre-arranged.
Food: Gujarati Thali – One must just not miss it!
Cost of a car tour for Vadodara: A 4-hours Ola ride cost (between 4 pm to 8 pm) was about Rs. 850.

Places Visited:
1. Laxmi Vilas Palace—a beautiful palace, indeed. The entry ticket for the Palace is Rs. 225 per person for Indian Citizens. I could not visit the Museum as I reached late. One can only visit the ground level of palace and the surrounding gardens; higher levels of the palace are not accessible to tourists.) A section of the Palace is open for holding events, as I was informed. A good location for destination wedding! It will appear a very royal wedding.
2. Sursagar Lake, the aerial view (when departing the city in an airplane) is just mesmerizing.
3. The Local City Bazaar; it is the first bazaar I have come across in India so far, which has a men’s section and a women’s section, very famously known for Wedding Shopping, so I was informed.

What did I buy?
This time it was farsan (snacks) and sweets—a trip to Gujarat and not buying the local delicacies, oh that can’t happen. My stop points were the famous Penda Shop—Pendawala Duliram Ratanlal Sharma in the city bazaar and Jagdish Farshan (Waghodia Road). Vadodara Airport has Hidesign and The Bombay Store Outlets—good collection.

And now, it’s time for some City Glimpses…

Until my next SingleTON, Have A Great Day!

….Ashu Bolar
ashubolar@gmail.com

The Five Senses and Common Sense

We all know about the known Five Senses.

  1. Sight means Eyes
  2. Hear means Ears
  3. Smell means Nose
  4. Taste means Tongue
  5. Touch or Feel means Skin

And then very important sense is common sense—all combined are very essential for survival. Unfortunately, common sense is a rare occurrence, rather very uncommon these days, especially in the smart phone era. I am not sure if a smart phone is making its user smart or dumb so that it (as in the phone) appears smart. In my experience, most of the time it is the latter; because intelligent use of any smart phone can make an individual really smart.

I have come across many Smart People (SP) in the last few years, who are busy (as in super busy) using phones, posting stories, just for the sake of likes and comments, most of which are only for trading purpose—I liked your post so now you like mine, a silent barter in the 21st century. I wonder sometimes have we evolved or the entire evolution is just an illusion. The infrastructure and ambiance changes, but has the behavior? Not sure.

Case-1:

Sometime back, I had travelled with one such Smart Person to a very famous and well known tourist destination where it is required to travel by a ferry. Now, the SP was busy clicking images and making videos and posting them, and during low network connectivity phases, there was visible anxiety switched to bouts of mood elevation when the signal bars increased to three or four as now the posts can be posted instantly. They are supposed to be stories. In my understanding stories are either fiction or non-fiction. But either ways it cannot deny the core logic. And my logic says if a story is posted and if you call yourself intelligent then you will narrate a story that will communicate something sensible to the audience. Otherwise it is mere waste of time. And time is life. Means it is waste of life.

Now, the images and videos were posted with some catchy lines and icons and emojis. Relevant research was done on the Internet to choose places to visit and make the so called instant stories. But the SP did not know the name of either Wharf of both the districts (extremely famous names, movies are made in and on these locations, and a resident of the city has to know it types of general information), which was a source of dumbness that created a lot of confusion and irritation to me (I got tired answering nonsensical questions) as well as service providers (who were managing a crowd of hundreds of passengers during the Holiday Season) as the SP constantly mixed the wharf name with the ferry service provider brand names (there was similarity in the spellings).

To me, it is like knowing a country and not knowing the capital city or the vice versa. It appears as if you were sleeping all the years in your school. Not expected from an experienced working professional. And not acceptable when you happen to be a trained Communication Professional because any communication is to be posted or published only after a thorough research. A little ‘sensible research’ would have been helpful. The instant stories and posts will get likes, but in real life you are collecting nothing but dislikes with incomplete knowledge.

Case-2:

Similar incidence was with another SP acquaintance, who is also very active on the social media. The person had come to me to discuss an interview disaster. This SP was called for an interview on a Radio Channel for a marketing position. Now the interviewer among various questions asked about the RJs – Radio Jockeys are essential to every Radio Channel as they are one of the main sources of content generation/communication and consumer engagement—very important when it comes to marketing a media service. Now guess what the SP did? Named RJs of another radio channel and mentioned that “I am a big fan of that RJ.” And the interviewer replied, “Great, but that RJ works for the competitor channel.”—which meant ‘if we select you, then you will be working with us but promoting the opposite channel on our payroll.’ Again, a little ‘research’ would have saved the face.

Attending an Interview for the position of Marketing Manager without knowing what is to be marketed is beyond dumbness. I don’t even know what to call it. The SP felt it was bad luck. I think it was good luck as it was not me who was the interviewer or else I guess it may have been the last time the person ever attempted a marketing job interview.

Case-3:

Another instance, a corporate communication senior executive working in a Giant MNC chain (Service Sector, Hospitality Industry) posts a selfie on a Monday during working hours on Social Media with hashtags #MondayBlues #BadDay #Boss etc. etc. If I was in the HR department, then my reply to the post would have been #Fired #LeaveImmediately.

Service industry – Hospitality, Hospital, Tourism, Aviation, etc etc. are very active on Social Media to reach the masses and to proactively or actively enhance the services for the consumers. I cannot imagine someone working in any industry, especially in the service sector (many time employees are expected to wear uniform), posting such nonsense on any day with or without the formal dress code.

Some people think owning a smart phone is smartness. Well, above are three cases of the Smart Phone Smartness. I will call these cases as we do in medicine, and not examples, because to me such SP cases appear more like addiction and obsession that requires some intervention. Now, if you have more than one smart phone, then think, think hard.

Any media, social or otherwise is a source of information. It can be News Paper or TV or Radio or Digital Forum or Trade Event or Any Event—it can be any medium of communicating with the audience. However, the basic rule of Communication remains the same: Always Authentic Information. When I say ‘research’ I mean content based on verified facts no matter who writes it. It can be a journalist or an author or a blogger or a social media influencer or anyone, but factual information. Anything otherwise that is nonfactual is a rumour, which is not to be reacted on, unless you want to Laugh Out Really Loud or you want to be Laughed Out Loud.

One should know what to like/share and what not to, when to comment and when to stay quiet, when to be a part of the discussion forum and when to just be an audience, especially those in the marketing and communication professions associated with media. Once you are associated with an organization, you become the brand ambassador for that organization/brand. One comment/like/share/post can have very detrimental effect on the organization/brand (that probably can still be managed) and on your career (that can kill your career).

Coming back to the Five Senses combined with Common Sense:

  1. Sight (Eyes): There is difference between Seeing and Looking.
  2. Hear (Ears): Hearing is not same as Listening.
  3. Smell (Nose): All that smells good is not roses.
  4. Taste (Tongue): Too much sweet is not good for health – literally and figuratively.
  5. Touch/Feel (Skin): Is it a good one? Or a bad one? Make a wise call. One mistake can ruin a life.

I hope you get the message. So once again, the choice is yours: Either LOL or Get LOLed.

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– Ashu Bolar
ashubolar@gmail.com

Words, Meanings & Voices

Recently, I happened to watch a movie named Some Kind of Beautiful. Now, it has two more titles – How to Make Love Like an Englishman and Lessons in Love. Yes, slightly confusing. But with Pierce Brosnan in the movie, no matter what the title I got to watch it anyway.

It reminded me of my days as an English Literature student. ‘Romantics’ and ‘Romanticism’— important topics for a second year post graduation question paper. Poems and Poets from the Romantic era form a major part of the second year MA English syllabus. One can’t do without reading about and the works of Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, Blake, Bronte, Emerson, Hugo, Scott, Shelley and many more.

But what the movie made me realize is that no one taught me the way Prof. Gordon Haig and Prof. Richard Haig are teaching. Very interesting approach. I wish I had attended or probably in the future would get to attend such lectures. The way in which the significance of Romantics is explained is truly wonderful.

Some of my favourite lines from the movie are…

“…Romantic age which wasn’t about love. It was about going your own way, defying authority and following your heart…” – Prof. Gordon Haig

“Forget the critics. Let them have their own opinions. Let them publish their books and brag about them at tedious faculty parties and let university librarians file those books away…there is nothing theoretical about the Romantics—Where true Love burns Desire is Love’s pure flame; It is the reflex of our earthly frame, That takes its meaning from the nobler part, And but translates the language of the heart. (Desire by Samuel Taylor Coleridge).” – Prof. Richard Haig

“I can tell you what’s behind the words for them, but I can’t tell you what’s behind those words for you…because this class is about you learning to find your own meaning, your own voices. Go read the poems. But know that at this moment you are the Romantics, you are the relevant ones. Let Byron, Coleridge, Wordsworth inspire you to do your thing, to go your own way…Ignore anyone who says you can’t. Follow your hearts. Do good things, be bold and above all else…stick it to the man.” – Prof. Richard Haig

I totally relate to Prof. Richard Haig’s views. Finding your meaning, your own voice…hmmm…and that comes after learning from a lot of life experiences…some good, some not-so-good ones. What is important is that you find that voice, and then, cherish it, expand it and never let it go, and never stop learning, not just words, but the meaning behind them in your life.

Well, it made me think, what am I?

A Dreamer…hmmm…with open eyes and closed.

A Dynamo…hmmm… following heart has always been the way. Some label it as Drifter.

A Rebel…hmmm…if that’s what you call finding your own voice, then I guess, yes.

A Learner…hmmm…always was, always will be.

A Mentor…hmmm…in a way…boldness, advising, doing good things, guiding, comes naturally.

A Romantic…yes…a Millennial Romantic, for sure.

A very interesting movie. Some great acting. Some beautiful actors. Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek being my favourites. And there is the link to the trailer; movie is on Netflix.

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Link to the Movie Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyF9TXiOnLw

…Ashu Bolar

 

I did right, or did I?

Three years to complete the four decades of my life, I stand by myself, but surprising some, shocking many.

I did right, or did I?

Ten years post grieving a broken cord, I stand single, but strong.

I did right, or did I?

Twenty years of continuous evolving from the acquired knowledge, work, life, I stand alone, but confident.

I did right, or did I?

Twenty three years of life after a life altering loss, I stand upright, but attracting many frowns, some odd expressions.

I did right, or did I?

I stand to grow.

I stand to what I believe.

I stand to fly, fly high.

Brows will be raised.

Frowns will be formed.

But I don’t expect the distorted expressions to understand my life.

Because my life is my journey, walked in my shoes, my heels, my flats, my sneakers, my boots, my naked feet.

Yes, I did alright, may not be perfect, but right.

On witnessing thirty seven revolutions of our planet around the sun, I wish myself a very happy birthday, a happy life.

I did right by wishing myself, or did I?

By setting my norms for myself, I have always done right. 🙂 😉 🙂

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…Ashu Bolar

Ten years, a decade, an experience 

The year 2009, yes, that’s when I started blogging, a birthday month start-up. And 10 years of writing made me learn-unlearn many things, about myself, on surroundings, in life. An Experience.

Hmmm, looking back, it has been a great feeling altogether…friends, books, knowledge, coffee times, selfies…time well spent. A Great Experience.

Some baggage shed, some still to be. Some minor changes, some major adaptabilities. Some faded memories, some still afresh. Some forgotten, some still around. Some work completed, some new beginnings. Some dreams fulfilled, some hopes ahead. A Beautiful Experience.

I know I have changed, a better version of me than yesterday–a process I would like to adhere to on everyday basis. So yes, a decade gone, another begins…Awaiting The Next Exciting Experience…

Thanks to all those following, liking, commenting, sharing, reading, visiting my blog. Please feel free to connect with me on my Email id (ashubolar@gmail.com) or Facebook Page (AshuBlogs) or Messenger anytime.

Me in 2009 and in 2019…Changed? Right!

2019…Being hopeful…While still dreaming…

– Ashu Bolar

Women’s Day…

My day began with silencing the alarm vibration on my mobile phone, only to notice many good wishes, some motivational quotes, a few creatives–all wishing Happy Women’s Day.

A good start of the day.

Next, had a meeting. Went well.

Next, thought of carrying something for my colleagues; was wondering what, and there I saw a Mad Over Donuts (MOD) outlet. Ordered donuts, followed by the unexpected at the billing counter. The person asked me for identity proof, and I was thinking, “Since when did retail stores started asking for identity proof!” It took me by surprise, but on asking why, the reason stated made my day. It was to check my birth date as I get discount equal to my age.

Felt good to be old today! 🙂 😉

My next question was, “What if the customer is 75 years old lady?” It seems age limit for discount is 50, with conditions apply. But 50% discount too isn’t bad!

No, no…I am yet to be 50…long way to go, however, I liked the marketing initiative.

Well, donuts were great. They always are.

So far, the day has been good.

Have a great day ladies. And if you happen to come across an MOD outlet, I think it’s worth your time visiting today. 😉

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MOD Image Credit: MOD Facebook Page

Happy Women’s Day to all the ladies out there!!!

– Ashu Bolar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthcare Media: Trends and Challenges

Last month I was to take a session on this topic. Before creating the presentation, I kept on thinking of the possible trends and challenges in media and communication, healthcare or otherwise. Well, the leading trend is Going Digital, for any form of communication or media or project. But what about the challenges?

Hmmm, Digital – can be a challenge. Any scientific invention has its pros and cons – advantages and disadvantages depending on the person using it and his/her intention/s.

Interpersonal Skills – yes a challenge, if all in a team are not aligned towards the common objective, and if the team comprises of members from different backgrounds, which usually is the case. This can be solved through sessions of grooming, team building and project meets.

Gen – By this I mean which Gen do you belong to? Gen X, GenY, Xennial, Millennial, Gen Z? Each generation has its own characteristic—extremely unique, a differentiating feature.

I belong to the Class: Gen Y, Sub Class: Xennial.

Yeah, born in 1982, I have witnessed a tremendous transformation in the communication channels…
From the ring (rotary) dial phones to the cordless phones to the cordless phone sized mobile phones to the smart phones and the touch screens…Nokia, O2, Motorola, Blackberry, iphone, Samsung – name it, and I have used it all!
From the box televisions to the flat LED/LCD screens…
From the telephone dependent long dialing Internet connections to the instant Internet connectors, dongle and WiFi…
From the typewriters to desktops to laptops to tablets…
From the hand-held video games to the onscreen Play Stations…
From the film cameras to digital cameras to phone cameras…
From writing diaries to blogging…
From listening to music on Walkman to ipods to phones…
From Floppy Disks to CDs to DVDs to Pen Drives to cloud storage…
From the time when pictures where clicked on some special occasion to the era of ever-clicked selfies…
From the hours of chatting on phone, to typing on chat windows, to sending SMS, and now WhatsApping…
From searching the books in the library to the very convenient Google Search…

So far I have seen it all, adapted to most of it, and waiting to see, experience and learn more.

Good or bad? Well, I think, one has to change with time. And one thing my generation has learnt is to evolve continuously–keep adapting, be flexible– because we did not have much of a choice. Adapt or extinct was the case.

I think, adaptability to technology (may not be applicable in other areas) is a prominent feature seen from Gen Y onwards. Earlier Gen, not so much, which is something that most of the time poses as a very big challenge. But even impossible says I-am-possible. So, where there is a will, there sure is a way.

The audience to the event was Faculty Members of Ajeenkya D Y Patil University, Pune, and the talk was well received.  I am glad I was invited and looking forward to more such sessions were I too get to learn before I talk/discuss on a topic.

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Some interesting website on Gen I came across while doing my research are as below:

Till next blog post, happy reading!

…Ashu Bolar

Budget 2018…hmmm…

So the Budget 2018 is out. As always, it was eagerly awaited. For some reason, I was super busy yesterday at work, so I kind of missed watching or reading live updates, but my dear friend Appy – an engineer by profession but an excellent Investment Planner by interest, barraged my phone with Budget messages. I did not check it until later in the evening, and when I did, I just could not stop laughing out loud. Her anger had taken a very different shape and angle – humour and sarcasm on herself plus hilarious comments on the probable future.

I decided to call her; when I spoke with her, oh my…there was anger, anxiety and sadness in her voice to the extent half the time either she sounded stern or tried to choke back tears. Post her MBA from a very reputed academic institute, she has put her heart and soul into investment planning, not just for herself, but she helps her entire friend circle making the right financial and investment decisions.

And the budget says – LTCG on equity 10% tax applicable on above one lakh investments.
Hmmm, no wonder Appy and many like Appy were in tears.

So far from whatever I have read, discussed and understood, the Budget no doubt appears to be good at macroeconomic level. However, at individual micoreconomic level, it looks difficult for any common average salaried middle class Indian citizen. Challenges that I have personally faced are…

  • First of all, it is extremely difficult to get a good job.
  • Second, considering the economic scenario despite you have the best of qualifications and experience and repeatedly proving yourself, to get a great CTC is very difficult as companies talk about economic scenario, possible crisis and proactive solutions.
  • Of the CTC (Cost-to-Company) you get, the limit under 80C section (PPF, Life Insurance, Fixed Deposits, etc.) to invest is only INR 1.5 Lakh – not enough to save for the future when you will be aged, cost of living will be higher, and there still will be many many bills to be paid.
  • Considering investing in other sections – 80CCC, 80CCD, 80D, etc. like Medical Insurance, Medical Bills, National Pension Scheme, Home/Education Loans, etc. – still, there isn’t enough provision for a salaried person to save money.
  • So the best possible safe (or say low risk) way to increase money was Long-term Capital Gains (LTCG) in the form of mutual funds and various other SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans) that so far had no tax on income earned.
  • However, with this Budget, now that gain is a once-upon-a-time-story.
  • Demonetisation and GST (Goods and Service Tax) application had already taken a toll on many, and now implementation of tax on long-term investment gains…hmmm…doesn’t look and feel very good.

So coming back to Appy, she has started exploring other options for profitable Investments.

As for me, I am an Indian who wants to see my country developed – ‘develop’ with an ‘ed’ not ‘ing’.

If the Fiscal Deficit will go down, if the farmers will benefit, if rural India will develop, if health and education will be made available to all, if country will be technological enabled in beneficial ways, and if the tax I pay from my hard earned savings will be utilized without it falling in the trap of corruption, then yes, I support the Budget.

…Ashu Bolar