Too Lazy to Vote – Think why you shouldn’t vote?

Still Think Why to Vote

Too Lazy to Vote – Think why you shouldn’t vote?

On evening when the Chief Election Commission sounded bugle for commencement of the biggest festival of Democracy, Elections, posting this picture I found on Facebook to salute the spirit of this young lady to contribute to this festival of Democracy.

Many of us come up with wired reason for ‘Not’ to vote.  I wouldn’t say I agree or disagree to all, but humbly request them to pause for a second, see the enthusiasm of your fellow countrymen & think why you shouldn’t. If the spirit of lady in picture doesn’t inspire you to vote for country, then you also have no right to say about its imperfection. 

Sharing this picture with an expectation that it would inspire someone to shed ‘laziness’ & ‘reasons’ and step up ahead to vote.


Value Add : Official Close of Republic Day Ceremony – ‘Beating Retreat’

Republic Day

Beating Retreat Illumination of Raisina Hill, New Delhi, 2014

One of the less known and very traditional ceremony of India’s Republic Day celebration is called ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony.  Beating Retreat ceremony marks official completion of Republic Day celebrations and this ceremony takes place on January 29, three days after Republic Day, January 26.

I have never attended this ceremony, but became aware of it during 2011 when they changes were made to this traditional ceremony and an official circular was released.  According to Wikipedia and other news articles, below is the glimpse of what is being performed during this ceremony.

The ceremony starts by the massed bands of the three services marching in unison, playing popular marching tunes like Colonel Bogey March, Sons of the Brave and Qadam Qadam Badaye Ja. The Fanfare by buglers then is followed by the bands of the Indian Army marching forward in quick time, then breaking into slow time, then by the ‘compound march’ involving movements to form intricate and beautiful patterns. The massed military bands, again, breaks into quick time and goes back to the farthest end of Raisina Hills. Then the Pipes and Drums of the Indian Army play traditional Scottish tunes and Indian tunes like “Gurkha Brigade”, Neer’s “Sagar Samraat” and “Chaandni” . This band also does a compound march and formation numbers. The last bands to perform are the combined bands of the Navy and the Air Force. This part of the ceremony ends with their compound march.

The three band contingents march forward and take position close to the President’s seat. The drummers, mostly from the pipe bands, give a solo performance, known as the Drummer’s Call. A regular feature of this pageant is the last tune played before the Retreat, when the National Flag is lowered. The chimes made by the tubular bells, placed quite at a distance, creates a mesmerizing ambiance. This is followed by the bugle call for Retreat by the buglers, and all the flags are slowly brought down. The band master then marches to the President and requests permission to take the bands away, and informs that the closing ceremony is now complete. The bands march back playing a popular martial tune and the official march of the Armed Forces, Saare Jahan Se Achcha.

As soon as the bands cross Raisina Hills a spectacular illumination display is set up on the North and South Blocks of the Parliament building. As the PBG’s horse mounted troops arrive back in after the bands leave, the band stops as another band is stationed to play the National Anthem again as the President receives the final National Salute for the day by the PBG, before the President and the PBG depart with the bands.

– Source: Wikipedia
Picture Credit: Anonymous on internet

Value Add : Plane – Etiquette



Planetiquette are the expected etiquette to be followed during an ‘Plane’ (Air Travel) ride.  Found this wonderful notes on side wrapper of sandwich aboard ‘Indigo’ airlines. Sharing with all for enlightenment.

Some rules of Etiquette to maintain on Board.

It is a good idea to say hello and maintain cordial relations with your fellow passengers. It doesn’t hurt to be friendly. However, if your neighbor pretends not to hear you, or plugs his ears with cotton wool and goes lalalalalalala it may be better to abandon the attempt at conversation.

For your relaxation, you may recline your seat during the flight. Before doing so, be sure to inform the passenger behind you: Sudden movement of your seat may cause injury or upset liquids on the tray table behind you.

Once we land, and after the seat-belt sign has been turned off, kindly resist the urge to dive headlong into the aisles.  Not only will you save yourself bumps and bruises, you will also contribute to making the world a kinder, place to live in.

Thank you for your attention, and have a nice flight.

Value Add : Traffic Police are not authorized for checking P.U.C. in Gujarat

A recent RTI (Right to Information) response clearly establishes that Gujarat Traffic Police are not authorized by Pollution Control Board (authority to issue PUC for vehicles) to check P.U.C. of the vehicles. Please download this post and keep in handy in case you are extorted money by Traffic Police for not having or expired P.U.C.

Please note that this is only applicable for State of Gujarat and similar response can be generated for other state by raising RTI query at respective locations. Please file an RTI, it’s just a small investment of your time for better good of entire state residents.

RTO, Gujarat, RTI, PUC

RTI Response on PUC


– many thanks to Shri Hitendrakumar J Patel for raising this RTI & to my friend Vishal for sharing this on WhatsApp.

Note: The RTI response image shown above has been received on WhatsApp and I don’t guarantee authenticity of the content.  However, by logical thinking, I agree with the content of the post and will suggest people to comment on this if they find it useful/ untrue.


Value Add : United India (Undivided) Map (1760 – In time of Clive)

Map of United & Undivided India – In the time of Clive, Year 1760.

1760 India Map

United Undivided India Map

– found this on one of friend’s ancestral archive.

I am not fully sure of this being the correct one from history, date or boundaries perspective as top right looks little different from rest of the map (there are no lines behind writings – ‘India – In the time of Clive 1760’).  Maybe its style of writing during that time or this map is not entirely true.

Use your own judgement & caution while reusing or quoting this map.


Value Add : Regional Transport Office series in Gujarat

Gujarat RTO Number Series

Ahmedabad GJ – 1 Amreli GJ – 14
Mahesana GJ – 2 Valsad GJ – 15
Rajkot GJ – 3 Bharuch GJ – 16
Bhavnagar GJ – 4 Godhra GJ – 17
Surat GJ – 5 Gandhinagar GJ – 18
Vadodara GJ – 6 Bardoli GJ – 19
Nadiad GJ – 7 Dahod GJ – 20
Palanpur GJ – 8 Navsari GJ – 21
Himantnagar GJ – 9 Narmada GJ – 22
Jamnagar GJ – 10 Anand GJ – 23
Junagadh GJ – 11 Patan GJ – 24
Bhuj GJ – 12 Porbandar GJ – 25
Surendranagar GJ – 13 Tapi GJ – 26
Maninagar GJ – 27

Value Add : Mandatory E-filing of Income Tax Return

Five Rupee Coin

Income Tax (Photo credit: Dinesh Cyanam)


A recent circular from CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) mandated the filing of Income Tax return compulsorily via electronic mode if your total income exceeds 5 lakh rupees.

This circular means that all assess with total income more than 5 lakh rupees, individual & HUF, who previously had option of filing paper based return, will now have to compulsorily move to efiling.  This means that they have two options still available:

– Obtain Digital Signature & file returns online.  (Costly option)

– File return online without Digital signature, take print of ITR-V & submit by ordinary post or Speed Post only at Bangalore CPC (obvious choice for most of assess)

While this is definitely a progressive move, however, lot of individuals would not be fully aware of the process of efiling (which personally I think is quite easy) & thus they will need to take service of professionals (they charge anything from 99 to 300 rupees).  From the department, I am expecting a quick turn-around on assessment as this time there wont be requirement of special form acceptance camps during July end period & obviously no data-entry efforts.

A notification dated, May 1, 2013 No. 34/2013, issues this mandatory order. Here is the updated extract for the Income Tax Rule 12 (sub rule 3):

The return of income [***] referred to in sub-rule (1) may be furnished in any of the following manners, namely:—

(i)  furnishing the return in a paper form;

(ii)  furnishing the return electronically under digital signature;

(iii) transmitting the data in the return electronically and thereafter submitting the verification of the return in Form ITR-V;

(iv) furnishing a bar-coded return in a paper form:

Provided that—

[(a) an individual or a Hindu undivided family, if his or its total income, or the total income in respect of which he is or it is assessable under the Act during the previous year, exceeds five lakh rupees, shall furnish the return for the assessment year 2013-14 and subsequent assessment years in the manner specified in clause (ii) or clause (iii);


– Source: Income Tax Circular