Vodafone Idea Limited – An Imminent Bankruptcy?

Let us talk about Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) .
The giant telco came into existence after the merger of Idea and Vodafone – both giants for all facts and purposes.
However, the merger was more of a necessity than a meeting of minds. Facing stiff competition from the big players and a market disruption caused by Jio, both Vodafone and Idea had only two options – come together or perish. The fact that the majority of the mid and small players were already driven out of the market was not particularly encouraging.
Even after the smooth merger, the woes of this telco have not reduced. If anything, it has only increased and has reached such proportions that all projections predict the company to file for bankruptcy in the foreseeable future.
The main culprit is the much-debated AGR dues issue which has been plaguing the company and its predecessors. The Supreme Court is adamant on its stance regarding the collection of the dues and government is very vague in its approach towards the resolution of the issue and has no set deadlines.
All this is gradually hurting the chances of this telecom behemoth. Markets have become apprehensive about its capability to repay and the risk of default looms large.
So, what is at stake?
A struggling company with a 15,000+ strong workforce (direct) and much more indirect.
Banks – private and public – with additional bad debts and NPA in their books.
Dwindling investor confidence and subsequent exit from the Indian Markets.
A nation already derided the world over for tax terrorism – with a new case study and lower goodwill.
And finally, a government, which still won’t be able to recover its dues.

One would ask why is the Government so adamant and keen to recover its AGR dues. Turns out, it is not. Yet, the lack of proper policy is hurting us more than we actually know. Either the government is really inefficient in the way it works or it probably doesn’t care about the welfare and just wants to collect more revenues.
Whatever be the case, it is we, the common citizens of the country, who will eventually end up losing.
A duopoly market, thousands of job losses, funds flowing out and subsequent fall in the markets, rising NPAs in Banks which are already a bit fragile, tax terrorist nation tag, fall in ease of doing business rankings, and so much more.
It is high time that government seriously reconsiders its approach because of the cash cow that Vodafone Idea is (and all other companies in the telecom sector have been), its closure would hurt the government treasury more than it staying in business ever would.

P.S. The government has introduced the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill this evening, while I wrote this article. This bill is slated to primarily benefit VIL and hence, I’m hopefully putting a question mark in the title.

Stay tuned for latest updates!

Should GST exemption be granted to Covid-19 vaccines?

A burning issue in the past few days is whether GST should be charged on the vaccines and other Covid-19 related products ?

At the outset, the answer which any sensible layman will give is – No, taxes shouldn’t be charged, especially in times such as these. The view is only amplified, if one follows prime time news shows.

But, there’s a catch, one which the layman is completely unaware of. Let’s unclutter this.

The entire issue is more about the GST structure and less of the actual taxation on vaccines and other related products and the credit on the inputs.

If one were to understand exact law and rules pertaining to Input Tax Credit (ITC), it is clearly mentioned that Input credit shall only be allowed if GST is leviable on the final product or if the sale of the final product is classified as a “zero-rated supply” i.e the product is either being exported or excursively sold to units within SEZs.

Hence, if the vaccines are exempted from GST, then the companies manufacturing them won’t get credit of taxes paid while purchasing the inputs for preparation of the vaccines. This will inadvertently lead to jacking up the price of the final product viz. the vaccine, by the manufacturer to cover its costs and maintain its profits.

Let’s understand by a simple example. ABC Ltd is purchasing inputs for manufacturing it’s vaccine worth Rs. 50 and paying Rs. 9 (18% – general rate) as GST on the said purchase, which becomes its input tax.
At the time of sale, it sells the vaccine at, say, Rs. 100 and charges Rs. 5 as GST (current rate). The customer pays Rs. 105 for the product, while the manufacturer makes a profit of Rs. 41. But wait- it also stands to get a refund of Rs. 4 (it paid Rs. 9 initially and of that Rs. 5 used to pay off as the tax on it’s actual sale of Rs. 100) and it has already collected Rs. 5 from the customer, which it can keep. So in effect, the manufacturer makes Rs. 50 (41+4+5).

In a situation, where the vaccines are exempted and the manufacturer collects only Rs. 100 from the customer- its profit from the entire deal will be Rs. 41 (100-59). The manufacturer will definitely not be ready to take this hit and it will naturally increase its selling price by the amount of shortfall i.e Rs. 9 (Rs. 50-41). So the new selling price which it will charge will be Rs. 109, thereby increasing cost for the end user by Rs. 4/-

This is a very crude example, but I hope you got the gist of how this works.

Complicated, no?

So what can be done to reduce complications for the manufacturer and benefits for the end user? In my opinion, the definition of zero rated supply should be expanded immediately to include these specific products, or a new supply type should be introduced wherein different goods and services can be placed during times of emergencies so that such situations don’t arise. Putting it in the lowest tax bracket of 0.25% can do no harm either.

In the long run, structural changes are needed to be made to the GSTN to accommodate for such contingencies, because it will be really difficult to micro manage what products and services to be exempted and what not to be exempted during times of emergencies akin to this. I feel the next GST Council meet is going to witness some spectacular showdowns – spectacular but unnecessary and uninformed.

So, the conclusion to the question above is that in the short-term, ceteris-paribus, GST exemption should not be given as it will do more harm than good.

But some quick action needs to be taken in this regard so that the cost is brought down by cancellation of the taxes levied.

If you’ve come this far- I would like to urge you, You – my reader, to get yourself and your family vaccinated at the earliest instance.

Wear masks and stay safe, because better days are just around the corner.

Until next time!

GST collections for April 2021 is Rs. 14,10,00,00,00,000/-

Yes, it is true – GST collections in India for the month of April 2021 is Rs. 1.41 lac crore and everyone is baffled as to how the economy has shown such resilience even as the pandemic continues to rage across the nation.

I’ve heard a lot of people saying that this is a made up figure, as businesses were shut in most parts of the country throughout April and industry revenues have been hit across the economic spectrum. Well, correct! Economy has been hit, but the collections done in April are of the period from 1st March to 31st March 2021, when the pandemic had just started it’s resurgence and when economic output had picked up steam.

Now, 1.41 Lac crores is a lot of money. What is praiseworthy is the fact that this sum has been collected at a time when lockdowns had been reimposed in many big states including Maharashtra, Gujarat, UP, etc. We should rather be asking that how this sum has been collected- what are the main factors?

Factor 1 – Past Experience. Work from home has been aced by many corporate houses. Everything has more or less become paperless. Life has shifted from on-site to online. And so has the Accounts Department. When data is available on time, lockdown or no lockdown- taxes can be paid on time and before the due dates.

Factor 2 – Price rise in major volume-intensive commodities. GST is an indirect tax which is charged on the invoice value. If the value of the goods or services increases, GST automatically increases. GST collections have received a major fillip due to rise in prices of steel, cement, etc.

Factor 3 – Stricter Vigilance. As the GST law gains vintage and some familiarity develops, government brings about various fundamental changes to improve the system and close all gaps. With GST gaining adequate vintage, now the council has enforced a lot of strict rules. Fake billing has reduced considerably. This has helped in preventing tax revenue leakage, which happened freely hitherto. News of Directors/CAs/management being arrest and charged with fraud have become commonplace these days thanks to tightening of the norms. This is the hallmark of a robust economy undergoing paradigm changes.

Factor 4 – March means Year End. India follows April to March Financial Year. As March comes, everyone moves to record all such transactions, which have been done throughout the year but not yet recorded, or which are on-going on the balance sheet date. This leads to increased revenues, even though just on paper. And increased revenues translate into increased GST collections.

While there is no denying the fact that the economy was not just recovering, but growing in leaps and bounds post the first wave subsided, it should be kept in mind that in a country like India, with it’s enormous population – economy is always expected to grow as long as businesses run. The demand supply gap is huge and if trends are anything to go by, it is ever increasing.

We ought to praise all our businessmen, for paying up their dues at a time when one would be tempted to save every last penny. We ought to praise our GST practioners, who, despite everything going digital so quickly, have adapted and delivered.

However, before bidding adieu, I’ll just leave you with one food for thought- regarding collections for the month of May 2021 (i.e GST for the period 1st April to 30th April 2021). The same should fall drastically on account of multiple factors. It won’t be a surprise, if it dips below Rs. 1 lac crore. Though, that would be an issue of discussion for some other blog.

Stay Home. Stay Safe.

We, the People..

If you have even a little bit inclination towards politics, it is highly probable that you would have heard this line atleast once – “Yeh Desh toh Ram bharose he chal raha hai”

It’s common news that the second wave of coronavirus has wreaked havoc and we have been left to fend for ourselves, because neither the infrastructure nor the government were prepared in any way for facing this overwhelming situation. The steps taken by various governments at various levels, is just not enough and many a people have said, and rightly so, that the government should have taken adequate measures when the numbers had declined and the nation was strong and emerging from the first wave.

There are so many allegations from various quarters of the society and counter allegations from those within the government. There are steps being taken, but they seem to be so minuscule compared to the difficulty at hand. It’s as if pails of water are being used to douse the London Fire.

We have all seen on media and social media- how people are running from pillar to post to get the required medical aid for their family and friends. All this is certainly not lost upon any of us.

We have seen people losing their loved ones. We have seen people losing faith. But we have also seen that people have still not given up on one very important and basic thing- Hope. During a time when institutions of the government have all but crumbled under this immense crisis, the common citizenry has awaken – once again.

Volunteer groups, resident groups, NGOs, intellectuals, even the rickshaw drivers and their ilk- all have combined in their own ways to help the country come out of this disaster – one person at a time and sometimes entire communities.

Now coming back to our original discussion. This country is not run by any God (we may surely have his blessings) but it is run by it’s People. When the government is helpless, the people who have elected the government – you and I – We step out and run it. Selfless service from countless people of this great nation ensure that every time we face any disaster, we are able to overcome it.

Let it not be lost on anyone that this great nation is wholly and completely being run by it’s People – at all times and for times to come!

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How can I help?

It’s easy. If you can go out and contribute responsibly, only and only then step out. For most of us who can’t – let’s pledge to stay at home, unless going out is a necessity. This saves us as well as others with whom we stay. Let’s pledge to wear masks (double masks, if you’re comfortable with it). Strive to spread optimism – remember that miracles happened even in Auschwitz and Dachau.

Last but not the least, let’s pledge to always be grateful to those, who are risking their lives so that we and our fellow countrymen can live.

Mental Health

Let’s discuss mental health.

Also, let’s keep it short and to the point.

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So what is mental health and why is it gaining so much attention of late?

Mental health, per se, refers to cognitive, behavioral and emotional well-being. It is all about how people think, behave and feel.

However, when we speak about mental health, we – wittingly or unwittingly – imply depression, anxiety, stress, etc and these are the words which are gaining traction.

Well, to put it into perspective – these above mentioned terms are all issues, which adversely affect our ‘mental health’.

So what’s the solution to this growing menace, which has been exacerbated due to covid 19 pandemic, which has forced people to stay at home. Can you imagine – People, who used to be Hunter-Gatherers, who used to live in big groups, in whose DNA this group affinity still persists, these people are forced to stay confined in their homes. No doubt that they’ll be safe there from bodily diseases, but on the flipside- diseases of the mind have already started taking over.

Living in groups again surely won’t help. Going out and socializing wouldn’t help either (though, these are some of the most powerful tools otherwise). We can have hobbies, read books, keep ourselves occupied, but these are all superficial ways. From my limited yet fruitful experience, I’ve realized that we can always take some time out and connect with our family and friends. Just as we would like to be called and talked to, there’s no reason to point out that others won’t like the same – so :- do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Also, if someone gathers courage and reaches out to you, offer them your full support and encouragement. You never know that a few ordinary words from you, if the timing is proper, might help in influencing the entire life of another person (check butterfly effect) without you even knowing about it. Now isn’t that something!

To conclude: I know that I’ve not given some out of the box solutions, but these are some of the most beneficial ones. Social animals that we are, let’s cooperate with each other and help each other through this mental health crises, because if we don’t help one another now, it’ll soon be the doctors, who will be helping us. 😜

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Any topics for the next write up ? I, personally, decided upon butterfuly effect as an option. Though it’ll eventually depend on what you decide. So please do mention it in the comments section.

1 AM Musings

Hellooo Readers,

How have y’all been ?

First of all, let me begin by sharing some important news- I’ve left my job and in the process, tried to reclaim my life.

Secondly, now since I’ve a lot of time at my disposal, I’ll try to write more frequently (this is one skill which I want to hone and master).

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Let me get back to my musings.

Of late, I’ve been contemplating about life (well, to be honest, this is something which I keep doing all the time, but now as I am free of responsibilities and have a lot of free time at my disposal, I’ve begun to do this more frequently and more deeply :p )

It all started with an unassuming accident that I witnessed on my last day at work. Three of my colleagues and I had gone down post lunch for some dessert and a walk. While returning, a scooter rider collided with a car and fell just 5 steps ahead of me. Though, by God’s grace, it was not a major accident, as the road had a slight bend and vehicles were forced to slow down, but the more I think of it, the more I feel intrigued as well as scared by the ephemeral nature of Life.

It is so easy to loose track of life. We ourselves give more attention and focus to the trivialities, to the secondary things and seldom think about the bigger picture.

For instance, if the above accident had taken place just a moment earlier, I would surely have got impacted as well. And just imagine the outcome, if the road was not curved and the vehicles were cruising at a minimal speech of just 50 kmph. The outcome could have been disastrous.

What’s more unnerving, is the fact that in this grand scheme of things, I, by my mere presence at the wrong place at the wrong time, could have been affected in ways unimaginable.

Add to this, the fact that since the pandemic began, I had gone to the office just on that day.

These seemingly unlinked details could have turned my entire life upside down, only if a few conditions were to be changed here and there.

The funniest part of this all is that my three colleagues wouldn’t even be thinking of all this. And the sad part, for me, is that, they are living a very happy life.

Truly, ignorance is bliss!

But once you know, how can you ignore, right?

Farming Politics – What You Sow, What I Reap

How does a market work ?

Seller and buyer meet, buyer inspects the goods, both negotiate a price and conclude the transaction.

This is the most basic and common idea of how a transaction happens and this whole mechanism is broadly termed as market mechanism.

How does an Indian Agricultural Mandi work?

Seller and buyer meet, buyer inspects the goods, buyer decides the price and buyer concludes the transaction.

Unfair, right ?

But then, one might argue, that why does the seller sell? Why does he not go to some other buyer?

Well, it’s simple. All the buyers decide the rate before-hand and the seller is forced to choose one among the identicals. Law doesn’t permit him to sell elsewhere. Until now. (Okay, until three months ago, when the ordinances were issued).

Yesterday, two landmark bills were passed by the Rajya Sabha, namely – The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill (the Lok Sabha had already passed them earlier in the week) and now these bills are all set to become a law.

Yes, the bills were passed amid chaos and pandemonium.

Yes, proper procedures were not followed.

Yes, the bills could have been debated upon a fair bit more.

Yes, the nuances of the bills could have been a little bit more extensively researched.

But, overall, I still maintain that the bills were the need of the hour. Infact, these are the bills which should have been promulgated a lot earlier.

Now, you might ask, if the bills are all hunky dory and wonderful, then why are the farmers protesting?

Fair question, isn’t it ?

Again, the answer is simple but three fold.

Firstly, the farmers who are protesting are the big farmers from the northern States of Punjab and Haryana, where the Government Markets are very well organized and these bills aims to curb the unchecked power of these markets, which are wreaking havoc on farmers in the poorer states. (Remember when onions were sold at Rs. 2 per kg by the farmer but consumers paid Rs. 80).

Secondly, the farmers are generally unaware about the bills and since it is a matter of their livelihood, they can easily get influenced based on the facts being fed to them.

Thirdly, and majorly, it’s all about Politics. The government mandis are usually managed by ministers, MLAs, MPs. A check on these mandis means a check on these public servants.

And we all know, that it’s essentially the public, which is the servant in India – enough said.

What are the real benefits of these bills ?

Quite a lot, I must say.

The most important one being – Farmers have been freed from the mandis. This means that now, they can sell their crops to whomsoever they so desire. They won’t have to choose one among identicals, but rather, they will have the option to sell to the one who bids the highest. Also, they can sell their produce wherever they want to – intra-district, inter-district, intra-state, inter-state. All the boundaries have been erased. Government has also coined a slogan – One Nation, One Market.

Next, a concept of contract farming has been introduced. This is a total game changer. Farmers can get into contracts with the private players well before they’ve sown their seeds and lock a price. There is also a clause whereby, farmer will enjoy enhanced prices at the time of reaping, if the market prices are significantly higher at that point of time. Though, it should also be noted that benefit of this system will accrue to large farmers and co-operatives. Small farmers won’t be benefitted much and majority of Indian farmers are small farmers.

The role of middlemen will greatly reduce. These bills will surely dent their earnings but on the contrary, farmer’s incomes will increase and for an agrarian country like ours, that should be the primary aim and that is, in fact, the primary aim of these bills. Though, government should definitely think about alternatives for the middlemen as well, since they are also Indian citizens and have the equal right to life.

Lastly, consumers stand to benefit too. If the number of middlemen reduce, the prices also drop. So it’s a win-win situation for all, except the middlemen.

What next?

Most certainly, expect a lot of fireworks in the days to come.

The middlemen which I have been referring to in this entire write-up includes not just the traders but also, and not exclusively, big farmers, local politicians, ministers, state governments, etc.

These people, who have deep pockets and wield a lot of influence won’t sit idle as their clout fades. They will revolt. Not by themselves, but by stirring farmer agitations, bandhs and strikes, protest marches and so on.

What should the government do?

Majority of the farmers are being swayed by a few, who are peddling half truths like rollback of Minimum Support Price (MSP). It is interesting to note that MSP benefit is utilized by just 6% of farmers basis the volume produced, but nevertheless, it is a guarantee which a farmer holds very dearly. It is an assurance that if no one buys his crops, the government will procure it.

It may seem weird, but the government has already said that it won’t be rolling back the MSP. In fact, it has recently come out with the MSP for a variety of commodities. However, for some unknown reasons, it has been unable to write its own stance of not rolling it back in the new bills. This will certainly raise brows and it even should.

Next, the government should ensure that formation of buyer cartels doesn’t happen. If that happens, then all of this would be an exercise in futility.

Lastly, in my opinion, equal redressal opportunities should be given to both the parties. Currently, the benefits are well skewed towards the private players. For a bill (and soon to be law), such prejudices do more harm than good.

P.S. more research is required at my end as well. But here my intention was only to give a brief overview of what has happened, what is happening and what we can expect to happen.

More on it in the days to come. Cheers!

Efficacious Economics

Economics had never been my strong subject. But of late, I’ve begun understanding the various concepts that form up the modern economics as we know it today.

Just a minor tweaking of rules here and there can end up having a domino effect on the entire system.

Let us discuss one such tweak which has happened recently and I’m sure by the end of this post, you’ll be amazed by the brilliance of this subject just like I have been.

The year 2020 has been a very gloomy year for the global economy. With businesses unanimously reporting degrowth across all sectors and Q1 GDP declining by 23.9%, the overall sentiment should supposedly be negative. But ground reality is completely different. India has reached record high forex reserves. Inflation, which ideally should have skyrocketed due to almost zero supply for nearly two months, has surprisingly remained at 7% levels (retail), which is higher than the mean of the previous 12 month data, but considering the pandemic situation, is still in a very good range. INR is appreciating steadily and exchange rate today is at Rs. 73.40 to 1$ (it had touched Rs. 72. 76).

How has India managed all this ?

The first and foremost reason is that agriculture sector is luckily still growing and showing no signs of stress, complemented by an above average monsoon (upwards by almost 20%).

Now, with a growing agriculture sector, the only worry at the moment is about rising inflation and the best option to check inflation is increasing the repo rate. The supply of rupees will diminish as no one will want to take loans at high rates. This will automatically take liquidity out of the hands of the people and restore balance. But how can RBI raise repo rates, since that would mean blowing a death knell for the majority of MSMEs and a lot of large industries as well, who wouldn’t be able to manage their rolling in such times without cheap external support.

Yet, tackling inflation is also necessary as agricultural employment has it’s limitations and Indian workforce is huge. So a very smart decision was taken which had two pronged effect – one on inflation and the other on currency appreciation.

RBI, via a notification, declared that it will start selling the dollar reserves, which are already at their all time high.

The effect was amazing.

Firstly, as the supply of dollars increased in the market, it’s value started decreasing (conversely, Rupee started appreciating). And secondly, liquidity dried up – who could resist those cheap dollars, right ?

And thus, using simple Economics and some luck, RBI managed to hit two birds with one stone. This is really something to marvel at.

Bidding adieu until next time!

Caught Alive, Brought Dead

Yes, this is about the recent Vikas Dubey encounter case. A curious case, wherein people predicted an encounter ‘hours before’ it actually happened.

I have no sympathy whatsoever for this gangster, who killed 8 policemen a few days ago and had more than sixty similar cases on-going against him at the time of his death. Rather, I want to raise the more pressing topics such as the Rule of Law, failure of Criminal Justice System and abuse of power- and consequently Anarchy.

Now, I know that this is a very harsh word to use and that the main accused deserved to be punished with utmost severity, but is it not the prerogative of the Judicial System to mete out the sentence? Is our system so weak that even the police force itself believes that it is better placed to serve justice? The whole idea sounds preposterous and scary.

Public acceptance also doesn’t help much. Since when did we, as a nation, start rooting for police “hooliganism” – if it can be called so- notwithstanding the fact that people were relieved and happy at the news of his elimination. Has our Judicial System – one of the four pillars of our Democracy – failed so miserably that our society accepts such farce encounters (and that’s what this is), as Justice? Has it come to this, that Rule of Law can be thus mocked – so openly and so brazenly?

At this point of time, some might feel eager to question my sanity and argue that police has done the right thing and saved lots of time and funds, which would have otherwise gone into the accused’s trial. Yes, agreed that it does save time and money- but who is to guarantee that if not stopped now, someday this won’t come back to haunt us back. Rather than nipping it in the bud, we are allowing the seeds of anarchy to grow unchecked. We are supporting it, to say the very least. We have to understand that, what’s wrong is wrong and shall always remain wrong- whichever way we may try to justify it.

Another issue that comes to the fore right now is that if Vikas Dubey was such a dreaded gangster, then why wait till he kills other policemen? Are the lives of common citizens so useless that the man, who kills them, is not even put behind bars? Is this some kind of a joke that the police only wakes up when someone from the force is killed, but is ready to turn a blind eye otherwise ? I think, this is a question which each one of us needs to ask. Infact, these are the questions for which we should seek accountability.

Apparently, Vikas Dubey was a member of the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), which ensured that he could continue his illegal activities and yet get away scot-free. He is said to have direct contacts with the party office bearers and hence, most of the times, cases against him were not filed or were dismissed on the basis of farcical investigations. Conspiracy theories are abound that his encounter was as much a political move as it was an act of vengeance by the police department. Whatever may be the truth, now it has been buried as well and the case has been closed.

Now all we are left with is a dead gangster, who surrendered at first and then midway choose to flee, whose encounter was predicted hours before it actually happened and questions- lots of unanswered questions.

Reminds me of the old adage – justice hurried-truth buried!

Seize the day

When Laila said, ” seize the day, my friend.. pehle iss din ko poori tarah jiyo…”, it was just another dialogue for me- notwithstanding the fact that ZNMD is one of my most favourite movies of all time which I have watched more than 100 times (atleast).

Also, when Amitabh Bhattacharya beautifully penned the following:
Kal ki khushiyon ka mehanga
Mutual fund leke
Kisht kyon bhar raha hai
Aaj ko dand deke
(For tomorrow’s happiness, why are you punishing your today)
I let it pass as if it was just any other random song.

But when I was coming home one fine day- last week, after sitting for rigourous interviews during the placement drive, with a confirmed job offer in hand, I didn’t feel any joy or happiness. There wasn’t a feeling of satisfaction or exultation. I had joined the rat race like millions before me. For once, it felt as if all the grind was not worth it after all. For the first time, I was able to relate to the above mentioned dialogue and the song lyrics and a whole lot of other things.

People close to me, people who know me well, shall surely realise this profound change, which had occurred in me.
For the ignorant- I never usually pay attention to the meaning of the song or take any teachings from any movies (most of them are anyway not worth mentioning :p).

At this point, if you’ve written me off as “Confused”, I would humbly urge you to reconsider. I’m not at all confused. Infact, I know what I have done so far in my life and I have a plan ready for all the things I am yet to do and achieve.

It is funny feeling, this, realising that everything you endured thus far in life, was to culminate into one job offer and one job offer alone. All my grand notions of a great life post my CA result lay shattered in that moment. Sure I was luckier than a whole lot of candidates, who couldn’t secure a job offer, but there was a hollow that I felt within me- somewhere, which I probably won’t be able to express in words.

“Somehow”- just like all the major life changing things have happened to me (somehow i started understanding math in 9th grade)-Somehow, I started feeling things more deeply, more intimately. These past few days, I have stopped rushing everywhere, or for that matter, Anywhere! Instead, now I take time out to feel the cool winds, which the blessed Nature always provided, but I never cared about due to my perpetual haste.

Now, I often stand in the balcony when it rains, so that I don’t get drenched, but at the same time, I can also enjoy the raindrops (if you’ve not tried this, then you must..at the earliest- thank me later).
In short, I have started getting a feeling that I’ve begun experiencing Life for what it truly is- that I’m not just merely living Life.

Maybe this is what growing up is all about.
Maybe this is what life is all about.
Whatever this is, it has surely left a very positive impact on me.
I have been able to make a profound connection with my surroundings, other people and with my own self.

Somehow, I realised that “Today is the tomorrow, we worried about yesterday…” And All is Well!