Mehengayi Daayan

The above song is only for representation and not the theme of the post.

But this might be a time for us to celebrate the increase in the prices, for there is no other way to keep one cheerful against the spiralling inflation. I know it looks a bit stupid and foolish of me, believe me I’m not keen on acting like a moron for no reason. Unless we get over the shock of quadrupling prices, how else will we find a solution? So let us begin now, please play the above song and shake a leg (own) or two… and sing while I wait. Sakhi Saiyyaann… waah waah! Continue reading

What The @#$% Inflation!

The inflation rate in India was 13.91 percent in May of 2010. It hurts to see the price rise out of no where. It really hurts! When the whole world is reeling under recession since the last 2 years, the prices of essentials and commodities in India are sky rocketing. What has the government done? WTF Man!

I remember the time when I was a bachelor in 2007. I used to stay with 4 other room mates in Kandivali. And every month we used to go to Big Bazaar to buy grocery. I can recollect some of the prices even now. It really pinches me to see how they rose for nothing. It hurts… let me share!

  • Toor Daal was then about Rs. 30-35/kg. In May 2010, the price was nearly Rs. 100/kg
  • We used to eat Surti Kolam rice. The price then was about Rs. 22/kg. Today it costs any where between Rs. 40 to 48/kg.
  • Good Quality aata used to cost us Rs. 80/kg in 2007. Today the price is more than twice.
  • A loaf of bread used to cost us Rs. 12 then. Now it costs Rs. 20.
  • I dont remember the price of vegetables. But even their prices has doubled if not tripled.
  • Petrol used to cost about Rs. 44 in 2007. Today the cost has gone up to 57.

… and I’m not counting the price rise in sectors such as real estate, automobile, commodities etc. It gives me a feeling that I was better off in 2007 than I’m now despite earning much lesser three years ago. At least I had hope. WTF!

PS: Sharad Pawar is the WORST MINISTER for agriculture India has ever had!

Why Should We Pay Income Tax?

Having to pay income tax makes me feel sick… really sick. It gives me a feeling that we are staying in a socialist economy. I can understand why we should pay property tax or why we should pay water tax or road tax (though I feel it is unjust to pay road tax as we also pay the toll… anyway). But income tax? what for? What service or facility am I using from the government for which my income is taxed, and that too heavily. Man!

The people who earn more are taxed more. This results in a sad situation for a person who is just above the taxing bracket. Because he ends up earning less than the person who earns just below the taxing bracket. Indirectly this means the person who is relatively poor is brought on the level terms or some times higher than the person who is relatively rich, or should I say relatively less poor? It gives me a feeling that it is a way to restore economic parity in the society. Does it not sound like a socialist ploy?

Another two idiotic taxes I hate are the VAT and the service tax. Last time I went to Pizzahut to have a pizza, I shelled out 25% more money than the list price. They bloody charged me both VAT and service tax. I was like, WTF man! The cost of the service Pizzahut provides is built in the price of their Pizza. And they are paying the stupid income tax on what they earn by selling Pizzas anyway. Then why tax the service? Is it not double taxation? And what about VAT?

Taxation is increasing the prices of commodities by as high as 30-40% in some cases. So we are shelling out more money to satisfy the same needs. I heard a debate on a news channel on rising inflation and no one talked about taxation. Dont you think taxation is contributing to the inflation as well?