Friday, 29 July 2016

IT RETURNS in Few Clicks

 “Month end billing pressure is killing me now and on top of that today is the last date of filling the tax. I should have given to any agent….did a mistake …God help me out”…atrocious was my situation until I remembered a hoarding of H&R Block for e-filing platform for tax filling.

I quickly typed H&R Block and came to the home page. The Login was simple with email ID and a normal 8 character password. I started filling my basic information. I followed the instructions mentioned by them and kept on inputting details step by step. Thankfully the steps were very clear and simple to follow. Atlas I could complete my tax filling on time and was astonished as I did it myself. I had a sign of relief and walked up for a coffee break J

I found my colleague puzzled seeing me so happy and excited that I completed by tax filling. On enquiring I found she never files income tax and has no knowledge on importance of it.

 Was little worried to know the reason for not filing the tax “why should we give our earned money to government, how will it benefit us. Its complete waste of time and money”. Honestly I felt little sad for India, that even educated people are less studied about importance tax filling.

I explained her that with the money we give as tax is one of the source of income for the government. With this money they provides fund for various infrastructure and welfare projects. This helps to increase the standard of living in the country.

Also this is very important for our personal benefit as well. She was little curious when I used the term “personal benefit”. This is one of the important document required while applying visa for another country. Secondly if we wish to apply for any loan then IT returns record is one of the primary requirement.

IT returns for loan? Yes, now-a-days many of us applies for housing loan. For this last three years tax return is required, even if we are co-applicant. After hearing this point she was getting convinced to fill the IT returns. Later I learned that she was planning for a housing loan in near future.
She also quickly opened the HR Block website and filed her IT returns.

Thus with few clicks I and my colleague filed our IT returns and completed our job on time. 

So pls file your Tax Returns on time and enjoy the benefits :)

I’m taking the #TaxPledge to file IT returns with the easy Income Tax efiling option from H&R Block at BlogAdda.

Friday, 8 July 2016

TREK- A real good FUN!

“Walk, walk and walk ….”This was my definition of trekking, until I experience my first trek to Rajmachi fort. I would always prefer an outing which would rejuvenate my energy level (both physical & mental which drains out thanks to busy Mumbai life) with nature and some fun. Hence decided to go for an outing once monsoon begins in Mumbai.

2016 heat had become agonising and we all were waiting for rains. Well our prayers were answered on 19th June where we all had our first rain bath in worli sea-face. 

Then came the plan for trip to lonavala, but one of our friend (Neha) proposed trekking rather than picnic. Since final go was for an outing we all decided to trek this time. (Frankly speaking I was not much keen but thought of giving a tryJ)
Deciding a place was another challenge as all wanted to be little easy and enjoy more. After exploring though google we all finalised Rajmachi fort near Pune. After the destination next was the route as reaching rajmachi has two ways, one through karjat and second though lonavala. Lonavala won the battle and we all were set to go. 26th June 2016 was “The Day for the first trek of my life with other 8 friends.

 Food is major question while trekking as we all are JAINS (so no potato, no onion).But all gals were ready to make food in the morning which could be carried on top for eating. I found little vague but supported the experienced people. So JAIN Poha, Upma, Maggi and moong chat was ready by 7am. We all started our journey at 7.30am and before we took halt for a tea break (at our regular lonavala food court) delicious Maggi was in our tummy J

Tea Break
Passing through Della’s we went ahead on our way to Rajmachi fort. We had hired tavera, which we drove till vehicles were allowed. As frankly we had checked in google that it takes 45-50 min climbing to reach rajmachi fort.  Our actual walk, sorry trek started at around 9.30 am.

Gals and photos always goes hand on hand. And we were around 5 girls so clicks at every junction was obvious. Let me tell you the climate was very pleasant and luckily it was not raining. So we took pics in all poses with every possible background.

Suddenly we realised that its 11am and we have not yet reached half the way. We asked people passing by and were amused to hear that trek is actually not started. We need to reach one village which will be another hour and then the fort. So in total we had another 2-3 hours more to reach the top. All our phones were hijacked by kevel (my hubby) so that we could reach by at least lunch time. No doubt in between he used to have some mercy on us and clicked few pictures. J .

But still we were enjoying the trek with beautiful climate and fun with our Kumar (one of our friend did not come but husband joined us).We had melody, pulse toffy and khakara (Jain) breaks in between.

We were at village by 12.30 pm. truly speaking we all were exhausted and tired. We could actually feel that trekking is not that easy and after the village it was more difficult. We tried some short cuts to reach early. The only mantra was to reach fast and have food…ha-ha yes we all were too hungry…..

With the naara of “Chale Chalo “we reached the top of Rajmachi Fort. 
During childhood days had painted many sceneries with green and blue, but today could live these colors completely. This part of nature was different. The cool breeze made us feel energetic once again. The blue sky with drizzling water took us to new horizon. The blanket of green grass was a feeling of motherly earth. We were mesmerised by this atmosphere and wanted to capture every memory to re-live again & again. It is said that hard works always pays, each moment we spent on the top was incomparable to the hunger and tiredness.

We then ate our home-made lunch Upma & Poha with hot tea. We started climbing down at 3 pm. And to add cherry on the ice-cream it started raining. We all felt that now our monsoon trek is complete where we experienced cool climate, with scenic beauty at the top, lots of memorable pics and now the rains.

But rains added to one more adventure in this trek. It made the muddy roads full wet and made our way difficult. Even the bikers who were returning got stuck in the mud and were unable to get through the same. Our pace reduced as we had to take baby steps in many patches in order to avoid any fortunes. But as I said it was my first trek I had to experience everything, so I fell down on that muddy slippery road having a good mud bath. Yuks but was fun J

The last half hour was fun as we had all sought of stupid jokes we could think of. I had plan to stay there and have sanyas ...Guess what everyone started having “Ghee bolvanu”i.e auction who will make me wear the garland for this gesture. Trust me it was fun were the auction went to 1 lac. 
checkout some nautanki pics...

Finally we all could see our vehicle waiting for us at around 5.30 pm. Achievement of completing the trek could be felt on everyone's face. Especially Bhautik ,who could manage complete trek without any tantrums.

The next achievement was to have proper food for our chouviar guy (Ishan), remember we all are JAINS. Having bath had also become necessary as we all were wet and I was with mud. Thanks to Ishan, we got one room in Zara’s dhaba and also had our dinner there. Check out the fresh look with all yellows :)

So was my 1st trek to Rajmachi Fort. Although tiring but enjoyed the the adventure of trekking. 
In fact also learned that patient is very important in life to achieve any goal. Also because of our intolerant nature we generally have a blind eyes to the motivation factor that are around us to achieve the destination.

We enjoyed a lot and have lots of memories to be cherished later. 

Will surely go for another trek J

Friday, 22 January 2016

Book Review- ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ by Ravi Subramanian


Brief about the Book

In today’s corporate and publishing world, The Best-seller She Wrote is the story of an established and famous writer-banker Aditya Kapoor and how he meets Shreya Kaushik, a final year IIM student. The story is all about the love story between the two leading character’s to a big smash of Aditya’s personal and professional relations.

The story of a banker-cum-author written by a banker-cum-author shows light on the below arguments…

Can one person love two people at a given point in time? Can one wisely make a choice between blind passion and ambition? Is it possible to trust someone again after betrayal?

Beauty of the Book

Aditya Kapoor is a banker turned author. He is a gem of a person and is living a balanced yet a starry personal and a professional life. Anything and everything he touches turns into gold. He has everything a man can dream of. 

Shreya Kaushik is a student with who is bold, young and ambitious. Young, beautiful and reckless, Shreya speaks her mind and obsessively chases after what she wants. And what she wants is to be a best-selling author.She is instantly expressive about the ramblings of her mind and loves to chase her dreams. Currently she wants to be a best-selling author. She is one of the top authors but now she wants to be the one. 

The book is easy-to-read. The first half of the story seemed a little slow and clich├ęd to me. Married guy having an affair with a younger girl who takes helps from him for a project and the wife finds out… something predictable. But the beauty is that the pace of the story changes after this.

Until then it took me almost 4 days, but the last 170 pages I finished in a single seating as the story had become exciting and the fun of reading a suspense novel was back- the genre the writer is great at and is famous for.

I really liked the way the other supporting characters Aditya, Maya and Shreya are sketched as they play important roles in the story and take it forward. The feeling for Maya, hating Shreya while admiring her guts and feeling both love and hate for Aditya is described very well.

You keep wondering throughout this time- Could Shreya’s selfishness actually lead her to take such deteriorating steps? Is Diana the culprit? Is there a different side to Sunaina? 


I was a little disappointed the way story is dragged.

Inadequate description of the protagonists shades of grey. I felt it was probably to us.

Aditya’s wife Maya is central to the story and yet, we don’t see what drives her. I feel the relationship with her husband before he meets Shreya could have been better explained. The author gives us only get a glimpse of it as if to explain that he had a happy married life and no real reasons to stray

My Rating: 3/5

Read the book if you like reading romance mixed with some suspense. The book provides some real insights to the Media business of today, the way it works, the way stardom hits the potential and ultimately how fame kills you. 

I am reviewing ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ by Ravi Subramanian as a part of the biggest Book Review Program for Indian Bloggers