Monday, August 8, 2016


Ms. Sagarika! I am confused whether I have to pity you or The Times of India! Should I pity you that you are working with the most despised, low ranking, rubbish News Paper that India is forced to read today? Or should I pity The Times of India for having you on their rolls in a "role play" you only know or they know? But one thing is certain. One is complimentary to the other. Who will take you on rolls but the discredited news paper or who will work with that paper but the most disparaged Journalist?  

Today I happened to have a bird's eye view of your column in the paper under Head Line. 

"Kiska goods, kya service? Even if we have a Goods & Services Tax, we are still hungry for good services"

I feel you intended it to be humor, pun or fun but midway I got tears in my eyes as I started crying at the fate of India that humor could get tears in the eyes. What did you want to tell? You should know and the editor that cleared the blog should know.  I will tell you a few examples of what subtle humor is. Humor should not evoke laughter, it should evoke a smile, a smile that comes and goes without knowledge.

RK Laxxman drew a cartoon in the "60s. A Congress leader was returing from foreign trip. And his PS whispers to the Media, " He went for AID and returned with AIDS". Viewing this no one bursts out laughing. No one can escape smiling.
But you made humor a crying matter. You wanted to attack GST obviously. But half way you lost the plot. So, you changed the plot, availability of goods and services. 

It is unfortunate that they are available. Or I would not have got your blog, a service. I would not have got the Times of India, the goods. I could have avoided paying my valuable "tears" as Taxes. 

Now to your "funny blog", funny not because it was "funny" but "funny" because it was really "funny" coming from a so-called Senior Journo.  

"Why is Media celebrating a new tax?" you ask.  It is not a new tax. A new tax imposes additional burden. This tax is reducing the burden. What does that show?  You are ignorant of economics even a proletariat is conversant with.  That tells all. Is it not?  Know why India is living with reservations? Because there are millions of youth more knowledgeable than you and your ilk in repressed communities but are denied opportunities because of people like you who stick to high end jobs. As a Brahmin, I advocate reservations to the highly proficient among these communities. They stand a tad bit higher than you.

The next stupid statement from your brain is that paying Goods and Services Tax on goods and services that are not delivered is stupid. So, you prefer to pay 30,35,40,45% tax as it is taxed now instead of 18% proposed, for the goods and services you do not get any way?  Wash your brain with Surf_Excel. Daag Accha Nahain hain, if it is in the brain.

"we are in for taxing times" is like Arvind Kejriwal's "Modi is trying to kill me" stupid Video.  You are already paying these taxes and the Centre and States are collecting the revenue. What is new? The tax rate is uniform, less, payment is less cumbersome, inter state movement of goods is easier. I think you do not read Times Of India, as you too despise it. ROFL. The owners should take a decision about your continuation.  All these facts were published by them in front page. May be you read only "Movie section" like your Fav Kejri.

The next lines are stupidity personified. Your grouse that you pay taxes sitting in palatial bungalow is laughable. It is not humor. Derisive laughter. Good! Do you know your own work maid, cook, security guard, your driver etc., pay service taxes on mobile phone, hair cut etc.? Who is living in hell and who in heaven?

After paying cess after cess, we’re yelling has the taxation system in India ever made any cess at all? 

Your statement. What is the meaning of this?  What is the meaning of Sagarika for that matter. I am confused. What does the third "CESS" mean? Just, as it rhymes you used it? You wanted to use "SENSE" mostly. That would have sounded sensible. Is this a script for a SITCOM or blog? You should know better.

"Man is born free but taxed to death, says mournful graffiti."

Sorry! Sagarika! Man is not born free. (You should include women too. Or Barkha will run a 24x7 show on your lack of feminism.) To be born man pays many taxes. First the service tax. So, correct yourself.

By mocking "Taxsila" tagging it with Tax you are insulting not only one of the most reputed Educational Institutions but the erudite scholar and author of Ardh Shastra, Chanakya!

I will tell you a story. In your anxiety to prove something do not turn into a donkey.

A car was involved in an accident in a street. As expected a large crowd gathered. A newspaper reporter, anxious to get his story could not get near the car. Being a clever sort, he started shouting loudly, "Let me through! Let me through! I am the son of the victim." The crowd made way for him. Lying in front of the car was a donkey.

One more story. Beware of your editors.

Three men: an editor, a photographer, and a journalist are covering a political convention in Miami. They decide to walk up and down the beach during their lunch hour. Halfway up the beach, they stumbled upon a lamp. As they rub the lamp a genie appears and says "Normally I would grant you three wishes, but since there are three of you, I will grant you each one wish." The photographer went first. "I would like to spend the rest of my life living in a huge house in St. Thomas with no money worries." The genie granted him his wish and sent him on off to St. Thomas. The journalist went next. "I would like to spend the rest of my life living on a huge yacht cruising the Mediterranean with no money worries." The genie granted him his wish and sent him off to the Mediterranean. Last, but not least, it was the editor's turn. "And what would your wish be?" asked the genie. "I want the m both back after lunch" replied the editor, "the deadline for tomorrow's newspaper is in about ten hours.

Hope you will not repeat wring humor blogs and make us cry. We too have families to worry about.