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Gruhini’s fables : A tale of six sisters (banking crisis explained)

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As a mother of a 6 year old who loves to imagine stories, your Gruhini imagined a story that will help you understand the current state of banks and markets.  Once a Jeweller had six daughters who were bitten by the start-up bug. Their dream was to start a jewellery lending business. The father agreed and lent his precious diamond gold and silver pieces from his …

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Your bank is in your mobile now

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The world of mobile and technology innovation is changing so rapidly that  we need a crash course to understand these innovations. Don’t you think so? Atleast that’s what your Gruhini feels. Inherent to our nature, we love security and safety first, especially if its our hard earned money from our job, our work from home business or even our savings. …

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9 Steps to Filing Income Tax Returns on Your Own

My 5 year old son confided in me that he believes a scary old man or “Buddha Baba” visits his room at night from time to time and that he wanted to sleep in with us, as he was scared of entering his room.  Just as I was about to tell him that there is no such thing, I realised …

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5 Tax Saving Tips You Must Know

Hello Gruhinis! Its time of the year when our spouse, brother or father (and ofcourse few among us) will be planing to do investments that reduce tax burden. Since we all are so meticulous with our house budgets, how about giving them a tip or two about tax planning.  Well, I know the chances are that when you utter words like “tax saving …

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Understanding a market storm with your tea cup

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Sipping your morning tea and reading about the big fall in stocks, the Indian rupee and the global markets? You will encounter some heavy stuff out there today. Don’t just drop the papers. Let the maid turn off the milk on a boiler, grab another digestive cookie and continue reading the newspapers. For the Great Gruhini’s Making Sense Guide will help …

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How Not To Depend On Charity When You’re 80

For women, ageing often goes hand in hand with financial dependence and vulnerability. Checking nomination on financial assets and understanding your insurance status should be every woman’s first step to financial security.  Until I met some gruhinis for lunch, I believed that an educated woman would always fight for her rights. Post lunch, I sent that belief for a long walk. When mommies catch up sans …

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The Games Rajan Plays: Decoding Monetary Policy of RBI

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With The Great Gruhini’s Guide to Understanding Monetary Policy,you will have much more to look forward in the business papers! The news about interest rates, economy, growth and inflation are often complex and academical. The only saving grace in these topics is the charming face of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor, Raghuram Rajan.   But it could all change …

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Bank Lockers:How Much Will You Pay to Get One?

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Can banks put conditions for providing you safe deposit locker facility?  Few weeks ago, I opened a savings account with a leading private sector bank in her vicinity. I had two accounts with other two leading banks and this one made sense because it was closeby and the relationship manager promised that a big locker is available too. Anything for a …

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7 Wealth Creation Rules from Lord Ganesha

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This article was originally written for idiva.com With the vibrant colours of rangoli, the fragrance of flowers and sandalwood essence, Lord Ganesha will find his way into your home. You always pray to Him to clear the path to prosperity and bestow your mind with knowledge. But as I read about the significance of Lord Ganesha’s four-arm avatar, to satisfy …

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Money Lessons from our Freedom Fighters

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On the 15th of every August, patriotism comes alive in India. We see tiny flags in car dash-boards and flag badges being worn as an accessory. We wear tri-coloured clothes to show our love for the country. If the 15th happens to be towards end of the week, as it is this time, it becomes a quick family get-away time, …

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