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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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A Ready Reckoner of E-Filing Portals

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Filed your tax returns? Pat your back. Go and watch the latest  Salman Khan flick, if you haven’t read the critics review yet! Mall visits can be alluring too, given the flat discounts can tempt you in to changing your wardrobe.  That’s because anyone who has filed tax returns deserves a break. Collecting bank statements, fund and share transaction reports, …

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A Checklist Manifesto for Tax Troubles!

Getting jittery about how to invest for saving taxes? Don’t worry as you aren’t alone. March is that time of the year when procrastination haunts all of us and we say to ourselves: “How I wish I had planned for this earlier in the year!” “How I wish I had spent more time in understanding how my income tax is …

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Are Special Home Loan Rates for Women Really that Special?

Hello Gruhini’s In the run up to the Women’s Day on March 8, guess who is trying to get your attention? It’s the large banks and housing finance companies (HFC). Some of the large public and private sector banks and HFCs have been offering home loans at a discount of 0.10%-0.35%, to you.  In order to avail this discounted rate …

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Taxing Times

This is the season to get worried, la,la,la!!! Yes fellow Gruhinis’ its tax season! You know the time we desperately wish we had asked Santa for Harry Potter’s wand, so that we could get over and done with those horrid tax return forms. But fret not! For although the Great Gruhini certainly does not possess Harry’s magic wand, she certainly …

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5 Things about Pre-2005 Currency Notes

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Since this post was first written, RBI has increased the deadline for exchange of pre 2005 notes several times. As per the latest circular, the deadline is once again extended to December 31, 2015. Getting worried about Reserve Bank of India’s new rules on currency notes? Here are 5 reasons you shouldn’t. Is Money Kumar (currency notes as my son …

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Kahaani Salary Slip Ki

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A complete guide to decode your salary slip Forget the Ramola Sikand and Tapasya of the telly land, the greatest vamp of all time is the one that shows up in your life at end of every month. Dressed to kill, she seduces you with her charm and you fall for what she promises you, only to realise much later …

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Aaj Ke Chillar Kal Ke Note!

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Whenever I see a leading Bank’s latest commercial of a girl collecting coins in her house, I think of my three year old son, Vajra. Every evening he looks forward to reach out to his dad’s wallet to play with the coins. He puts the coins in a transparent cookie jar in his room. As the jar gets filled, we …

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