Ajay Mankotia (for Info only, not official)

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Ajay Mankotia

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    ...The cache would be secreted among her clothes, in the box bed, in her suitcase placed in the loft, in plastic pouches buried deep in rice or flour canisters in the kitchen, you name it. Some even had lockers in which to stow their booty, the key safely hidden from the spouse but, ultimately, not the taxman.Many housewives preferred to convert the cash into jewelry. But in that case, there was no need to hide it. The husband wouldn't have known any better. ...

    NDTV on Nov. 18, 2016, midnight

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    ...The boxing legend was in Delhi. There were only two ways of seeing him: attend the exhibition bout and see him from a mile away or go for the pricey dinner hosted by his sponsors in a five-star hotel. The first option was meaningless and the other unaffordable. But he had to be met nevertheless. And this is what exercised our minds when we friends got together for a Bacchanalian evening. And a solution emerged - why not park ourselves in the hotel lobby when the dinner got over and catch the great man as he walked out? With the heady liquids swirling inside us, there was no dearth of Dutch courage to pull off the caper. We reached the hotel lobby to find half of Delhi had had the same brainwave. We barely managed to find a standing place.Soon all hell broke loose. The dinner had got over and 'The Greatest' had walked into the lobby.We stood glued to the spot, awestruck by the unbelievable fact of his actual presence before us mere mortals. ...

    NDTV on June 4, 2016, midnight

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    ...In his own words - "It is not a VDIS (Voluntary Disclosure of Income Scheme) and it is not an amnesty. Inequality arises in amnesty, that on a certain income, you as an honest tax-payer have paid 30% and you come after 20 years and say that I would also pay 30%. This is not structured that way. You pay 30% tax and 7.5% surcharge, and another 7.5% penalty, which is 45%, ending up paying 1.5 times more. So, you are paying penalties for not paying tax in time. "Amnesty means granting an official pardon to people who are guilty of an offence. The Scheme falls squarely within the ambit of the definition and christening it as something else on the basis of tax rates differential is rather disingenuous and clever wordplay. An amnesty scheme by any other name would still be as morally corrosive.Of course, one reason for the eagerness to distinguish it from its earlier avatars is to get round the Supreme Court ban. ...

    NDTV on March 4, 2016, midnight

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    ...Let's take the "cinema ticket" test. Before the advent of multiplexes, a balcony ticket cost Rs. 100. The snacks in the cinema lobby cost no more than Rs. The total cost was Rs. 500 for a family of four. Now, a multiplex ticket costs 250 bucks a pop, the snacks inside will set you back a minimum of Rs. 500, and the dinner thereafter that your family insists on, at least Rs. 2000 (if you eat like a pauper and drink only a Coke). That's a grand total of Rs. 3,500 To see Prem Ratan Dhan Payo one has to cough up 7 times more than what was spent on Maine Pyar Kiya. Alas, the exemption hasn't moved up at even half this rate. This is, of course, a rough and ready example, but you get the drift. The limit needs to set at a minimum of Rs. 5 lakhs with corresponding increase for senior and super-senior citizens. ...

    NDTV on Feb. 9, 2016, midnight

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    ...Let's take the "cinema ticket" test. Before the advent of multiplexes, a balcony ticket cost Rs 100. The snacks in the cinema lobby cost no more than Rs 100. The total cost was Rs 500 for a family of four. Now, a multiplex ticket costs 250 bucks a pop, the snacks inside will set you back a minimum of Rs 500, and the dinner thereafter that your family insists on, at least Rs 2000 (if you eat like a pauper and drink only a Coke). That's a grand total of Rs 3,500 To see Prem Ratan Dhan Payo one has to cough up 7 times more than what was spent on Maine Pyar Kiya. Alas, the exemption hasn't moved up at even half this rate. This is, of course, a rough and ready example, but you get the drift. ...

    NDTV on Feb. 8, 2016, midnight

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    ...But that's not what I am going to talk about. It's not about pain and separation. While I will mope for a little while longer, I will do that privately. Right now, it's about the practical institution of not marriage but wedding. Yes, that's right; organizing a wedding is an institution in its own right. I will tell you about the nuts and bolts, the logistics, the experience, the learning! We had no primer, no manual to refer to. This was the first wedding of the next generation in the larger family, so no one to turn to. Our daughter and son-in-law were batch-mates in college and had been seeing each other for years, so the "arranged marriage'' thing, was not, thankfully, an issue. I cannot give any guidance on how a marriage gets fixed up through networking or newspapers or numerous matrimonial sites. For the rest: Wedding Planner: Always a good idea. With a multitude of vendors and countless specialized wedding services, direct engagement will turn you mad. ...

    NDTV on Dec. 13, 2015, midnight

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    ...During the Japanese colonial period, Tagore wrote the poem "Lantern of the East" about Korea (In the golden age of Asia, Korea was one of its lamp bearers, And that lamp is waiting, To be lighted once again, For the illumination of the East). ...

    NDTV on May 20, 2015, midnight