Like a responsible, educated citizen of India. I thought to fill my tax on my own last year (AY-2013-14) and there, I was in the most complicated trap. :(

Though the government claims that e-file is the easiest thing and we should practice our right and fill the tax on time.  Believe you me it is not that easy. I filed my tax last year using https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. My case was that I had switched my job in the month of July wherein there was a gap of a week from my last working day in previous organization to joining date of new organization. Yes, I went for a vacation for a week!!

The tax accumulated for the gap period was 9500 approx, which was auto calculated.  To this, without further consulting my CA (how! fool of me) I paid it online. The challan was issued and my tax was paid. I received my IT acknowledgement number in next month and IT-return was filed. It looks easy, right? Yes, even I had the same feeling.  And was flaunting this to my friends, I told them it is too quick and try doing it on your own. But I was WRONG!

So the problem started in the month of Oct, when I received a notice from Income Tax department under section 139, defect in tax payment.

WHAT!!! HOW! I LOST IT COMPLETELY.

But still to confront everyone, I thought to clean the mess on my own and again, diligently, went to INCOME TAX office located in UDYOG VIHAR, Gurgaon for clarification.

So, the environment inside Income tax office is like a typical government office, one has seen in movies, where most of the employees are killing time and passing queries to one another. Out of the lot, one gentleman looked into my query and answered me, that you have wrongly filled a column, you have challan receipt? Kindly call our e-file customer care department and they will guide.

Ok. Customer care number (TOLL FREE), the number that is never free. They should check their call bounce. But then it is the “AAM AADMI” of India, who is used to such treatments and never gives up trying. So after trying for few days, one lucky day I got through. A lady in sweet South Indian tone responds, Ma’am that notice is from Income tax department not the INCOME TAX E-File department. (What a confusion, we have two Income tax department and aren’t they run on computer or software and the information is updated on it?).  The lady continuing with her polite tone, unless you receive any notice from E-File department , you can ignore this notice.

Phew!  Feeling of proud bounce back again.  Worst was yet to come.

I receive E-FILE notice on 3rd of April stating that please rectify your error under section 139 (9), under e-file tab on https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in

 

My struggle starts again, now I am dealing with this for few hours, bloody what the hell is schema error. Why can’t they have tutorials to guide? Why the site is not completely updated? Google always misguide in such situation.

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We work in private organization where we are not allowed to make error in entertainment web portal then how these people who work for a government body (assuming them to be more qualified than an AAM AADMI, can make such error.

On homepage they mention, for advance users and software developers, you can download SCHEMA.  Can anyone tell who will mention things about average people who are not software developer or even engineers or by default the IT department has considered that only engineers pay taxes?

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GOD save me from this now I don’t how to file this rectification and customer care (bloody hell, they should be called CUSTOMER SCARE) is not picking phone.

Can someone help me with this?

 

 

 

Online shopping has become a rage in India these days. Spending Power with risk taking ability; of buying stuff especially clothes online have increased manifold.  I am not different.  Having friends who work in various domains of online sphere my level of trust in online portals are comparatively high.  From buying movie tickets to grocery I prefer online mechanism; as it is fast, quick, saves time and energy.  But conservative side in me has never allowed me to shop women apparel online and I never did it too.  Until the day, when I was tied-up with work and stress of attending my best friend marriage convinced me to shop online. I thought let me try it and made a decision to buy stuff online.

Buying clothes online is much more tedious than buying stuff from the market.  Every site I visited had some of the best collection, displayed in a manner that every shopaholic would love to buy all. Smart models wearing, a smart suit is what tricks you.  Anyways I finally selected a product from a site called www.yourdesignerwear.com , considering that it is a start-up and it will be good.  That is where I made a BLUNDER!

I received the product after 25 days of time, lot of time but still forgivable since I had planned accordingly.  With complete excitement when I opened it, I realized that the product was not up to the mark, bas jugaad kar rakha tha. Before a second could pass, I wrote an email with the pictures to www.yourdesignerwear.com  and requested them to replace it immediately, for which they replied, get it fixed from your tailor and we will pay for the alteration charges.  I was furious to the core but had less time so accepted, went to the tailor and asked him to fix it. Tailor responded that it can’t be done, since the stitching is faulty.  I was zapped, since I was left with no time, I wrote them again, asking to replace or refund and sent the product back.

I got a reply from www.yourdesignerwear.com after 2 days, in which they have stated that, they  will replace the suit in a day or two.  When I realized it was almost 3 weeks and I have not heard from them, I wrote an email again. To which they said it is in process. Process?? Which process takes 3 weeks?  I ask them to refund my money and will all mail trails they finally agreed to refund it.

Today April 11, 2012 it is again been more than 2 weeks that I have heard from them.  No mails are reverted and no calls are answered.

After so many follow ups, I have lost all the hope to get my money back. I tried contacting their CEO but he doesn’t respond as well.  With this incident one thing that I realized is, “Things that appear most beautiful are doctored”.

This has also given me a thought that this is just one case; there would be many more similar experiences; which can lead to loss of faith in online shopping.

So, How to tackle these?

Don’t you think that the time has come to create an Online Consumer Forum?  After all we are also “Grahak”

Government should propose a mechanism or a body where all complaints related to quality, misleading, misguiding and charging extra amount should be lodged.  And if the number of complaints against “A” increasing the number “X” which is definite number, license of the site should become forged.  This will also bring discipline into the online system.

 

The government’s decision to award country’s top civilian honour, Bharat Ratna, in the field of sports has been lauded in all circles. It was time that we honour people who have bought fame to our country in their respective sports. The decision to bestow this prestigious award to Late Maj. Dhyanchand and Sachin Tendulkar, arguably the legends in world sports community, is an apt one.

But hold on a second, before you bask in glory and pride, answer one question: Which one of them should be given the award first? “The wizard of hockey” or the “Little Master”?

Well this question (a rather idiotic one I’d say) has been raised by our media. The “piece” has been doing rounds on some prominent national news channels since last few days and it is a rather irritating that how our media can make an issue so small and irrelevant to a large part of population akin to some national security matter just for the sake of increasing their ratings. God help us all!! Can’t we just award both of them together? I am sure that Sachin Tendulkar is far too modest to make an issue out of it and last time anyone checked, Maj. Dyanchand can’t complain (apologies to all the fans if that sounded sarcastic).  A suggestion to media: STOP PROPAGATING SUCH NONSENSE AND IF YOUCAN’T PROPOSE A SOLUTION, THEN PLEASE DON’T TELL THE PROBLEMS TOO.

 

Written by Ankit Rustogi

Other Side of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Dancing on the floor with Virendra Sehwag, Zaheer Khan

 

Sachin Tendulkar with son Arjun and Daughter Sarah

Spiritual side of Sachin Tendulkar

 

 

Sachin with family on his birthday

 

 

 

Today’s Times of India lead story exclaimed, “Love under siege: Cops harass couples in parks in Ghaziabad”

Operation Majnu is initiated by Ghaziabad police’s drive lead by SO Alka Pandey – to cleanse the city from eve teasing and to stop innocent girls being trapped by boys with evil motives”.

On the other hand adult entertainer Sunny Leone is busy sizzling up the ongoing season five of Bigg Boss.  If stats to believe it say, after Sunny entered Bigg Boss house, she has become the most searched adult celebrity on the web search engines and it has become difficult to keep children away from being curious about her.

Video: Sunny Leone performing pole dance in Bigg Boss House

Alka Pandey while punishing young man says, “Is squatting wrong? I have to send a message to these boys who destroy the beauty of society. Squatting is a common form of punishment in schools. What is wrong if we implement it here?”

image credit_Timesofindia

 

 

Now, what should be the punishment for telecasting adult entertainers ‘Squatting’?  hmmmm….interesting

What do you have to say on this?

 

 

 

Known for his bad boy image Vinod Kambli is once again in the limelight with his latest allegation against 1996 Indian World Cup team. He claims that Mohammed Azharuddin went against the team collective decision of batting first and chose to field first.

Kambli breaks down at National TV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-9VezaGpD8

Mohammed Azharuddin rebutted “Kambli was never made a scapegoat. He was dropped from the team purely on the basis of his form. In fact he should be thankful to me for the cricket that he has played. He has always maintained that I was the best captain he has played under and now his statement is very annoying. On several tours he could have sent back home due to his misdeeds. He was not disciplined and that spoiled him”

 Clip from 1996 World Cup

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UO3V_19DZ0

Here are some facts about Mohammed Azharuddin and Vinod Kambli

Mohd. Azharuddin – Towards the end of his career Azharuddin was accused of match-fixing; South African captain Hansie Cronje in his confession for match-fixing had indicated that Azharuddin was the one to introduce him to the bookies and then he admitted to fixing three ODI matches  and this led the BCCI to ban him from game of cricket for life in 2000

 

Vinod Kambli- got axed from the Test squad at the age of 24. His frequent comeback in late 1990s one day arena too was very short lived.   Kambli has dented his image by his wrong timing ‘Emotional Outbursts’

Vinod Kambli confession about Sachin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsdTRLmFQTo

 

He formally announced his retirement from first class cricket on 22nd September’2011 and then while on the set of Big Boss expressed the desire to play in IPL.  His confession against BCCI and Sachin Tendulkar in ‘Sach ka Samna’ had raised many questions and sympathy from his existing pool of fans.

The similarity between both of them is that they are great players be it on the cricket pitch or on the political front.

None can be trusted, unless proper interrogation happens.  God knows this story might can have a political angle too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks, Steve.

Oct, 6 2011 India- Woke up with the fragrance of festivals. Dusshera celebrations, Durga Puja and Happy Dusshera Messages, phone beeping didn’t let me sleep.  Finally picked my phone to reply to the wishes of friends and family and then a beep again, ‘One new mail’- the mail was a feed from Huffington post and the headline said, ‘Steve Jobs dead’. :O

In a state of shock I switched on my T.V and everywhere there was a celebration mode. I could only find a ticker running on Times Now as ‘Steve Job dies’ and the news confirm.

I don’t know why I was feeling so sad on one thing that I wish I could have met him once and in the rush opened my Laptop to read what happen. The techo-sphere was filled with condolences from the netizens.  For the first time Google offered an obituary on its Homepage; Steve Jobs- 1955-2011.

In the middle of all this a line stuck me, Oct 4- for the first time Tim Cook revealed Iphone 4S and on Oct 5, Steve Job dies.  Though it’s just a coincidence but still I couldn’t let it go away.

A man who has given his life for a dream to change the world with Apple,  he couldn’t succeed in changing the world but he did changed our lives with some master pieces like Iphone , Ipad, Ipod and Mac.  For him Apple was everything he would have battled for and that could be observed with him appearing in Conferences, Launches and Apple Events.  He was battling with Cancer from almost a decade from now for apple. His sudden appearance in the launches, leaving people appalled and delivering the best has proved his devotion for Apple.  This Coincidence is Coincidence or the man was content to see Tim taking his way and now he can take rest from his duties after all he chose Tim Cook out of the best in Apple. 

Steve Jobs once said:

“..the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. “

Hopefully he died in full satisfaction with what he has done and has achieved.

The world will miss this genius.

I express my heartfelt gratitude and deepest condolence to Steve’s family.

‘After all he only said, ‘Death is the destination we all share’

RIP STEVE JOBS

Steve Jobs- 1955-2011