In giving we receive; in being dutiful, we become strong..

Soon it will be budgive day

And, all that all of us can do

is pray -

Dear Lord, help us

Get through the day.

Help us not to boo...

Or rue, and feel the blues

Of the tax and spend cues

Or the Customs of the Excise

that leave some renewed..

And most of us to stew.

With GST, nothing's free

Not anymore, unless

You stay grounded

At the bottom of the

Economic tree...

Its low hanging fruit

Tastes best

And it's free..

But not for you and me!

Apparently it's tough

When the freebies are endemic

And war's the new pandemic

And building roads

Opens new vistas and stuff...

They would be remiss

Not to add a Surcharge or Cess

It's the same dirty cloth

And it will clean up the mess?

Thank God

The Vat has gone flat

Still there is no way out

Or is there?

Skip the bill..

maybe there's that..

Only a professional like Tom Sawyer

With rules of cash in the foyer

Can ignore this day and stay

In happy mayhem.

Else, You can't beat 'em

with Paytm..

The salaried are harried

Their income

Is income before before tax.

Like COVID before the vacs.

Oh to be in business,

Legitimate or illegitimate...

where Income

Is Income after tax?

At the end of the day,

Indeed it would be nice

If we could eat

Our curry and rice

At the same price!

Come on guys. Cheer up.  Soon it will be bud-get day. They get, you give. Get it?  You’ve Gotta give, before (if) you get. It’s built on the popular maxim.. in giving you receive! You are precious in this budget process – all 3 percent of you. It’s all about you. But not so in the election process that’s underway.  You could ponder over this dilemma over a Budweiser. And Buddy, hope you will be wiser.

The Budget is always based on history. If something cost Rs 100 last year, this year it will cost Rs. 110. Income, on the other hand, on a revision of history…Rs 100 may become Rs. 90 or 80. Mid year it is revised and it’s called revised estimate. When u revise, it will change. That’s the lesson history teaches us!

Revision of history is not about turning the pages of your textbook for the nth time before a board exam during revision holidays anymore.   There are no holidays for revision currently. It’s an  Everyday task, so that even if there is an out of syllabus question raised, and there are many, you are covered in glory among your stakeholders…

History has always been the most boring subject in the pantheon of Macaulay’s school curriculum. Because it was always His Story. But now its more interesting because His is  whomever you want him to be…. And your imagination can help you in unimaginable ways…to make it interesting and ease your understanding of a complex subject – Would Sachin Tendulkar have had the same success as Sunil Gavaskar if he had played with the same constraints (or lack of them depending on how you view them)in the same era?

Indeed it’s your right to look at your past in new ways and make it your story  rather than his story; and it is your duty to reclaim it from those who wrote it with a  Parker pen and rewrite it with birch bark or bhurjapatra (Sanskrit) on dried palm leaves.

PM Modi too felt it’s time that we fulfill our duties rather than fight for our rights. For 75 years our focus has been off. we’ve   been busy “talking about rights, fighting for rights and wasting time,” he said in a recent speech.

“The talk of rights, to some extent, for some time, may be right in a particular circumstance, but forgetting one’s duties completely has played a huge role in keeping India weak.” Everyone must “walk on the path of duty”, he urged, if we really want to see the country achieve new heights.

In terms of statues? Or statutes? We have the tallest ones, and more to come; now there’s even one that can be seen but not felt, virtually unbreakable, like the man himself, an old style nationalist, in the one for all and all for one tradition, not the one for some or some for one rendition. It weighs less than a kilogram. It’s a hollow gram. Literally. You can’t see thru it, but you can go through it to a  rainbow nation like no other. As regards the latter, there are so many and they are so complicated that the legal-bureaucratic as well as the illegal-aristocratic fraternity can enjoy a lifetime of employment, that some think the bud cannot give!

Surely our tallest is right. Asking for rights is to take a left turn. Doing our duty can put us on the right, if not righteous path; we’ve Gotta make our beds in the morning before we ask for a bed sheet; and there lies the conundrum.

One conundrum leads to another. The conundrum of the girl child. Man knows he cannot come into existence with out her, yet he seeks to destroy her. It’s a paradox if there was one.  Yesterday’s celebration of the international day of the Girl Child  sought to understand and resolve this conundrum through numerous virtual omicronic seminars. At the end of the day we were no closer to a solution or resolution  than at the beginning!

The best way to make  the boy child to remember and celebrate this day with her is to remind him that without her, he wouldn’t be here. Note the spelling… he, her, here. Remind him with his sonogram. Not a hologram!

Have a good week and remember, in giving you will receive! Hopefully.


This Article is written in the lighter vein. It hopes to bring a smile to your face, and you must not ascribe motives to its contents. There is no connection to events and characters in real life and if perchance you find a connect with any such real-life event or character, rest assured its purely coincidental.

Images by Gerd Altmann &  Ishwar Artist

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Brian Fernandes

Brian is VO artist, Content Writer, Ad Copy Writer, a very productive author with a wide and varied output, an EQ and Leadership Trainer, a life skills Coach, a manager and a leader, with a visible track record. Brian is currently a Director of the Spearhead Media Pvt. Ltd, a Media Company that owns and runs media brands,, Karnataka Today, NK+ and NKTv a web based video channel, Verdevice - a Branding powerhouse and Spearhead Academy - a digital platform that offers short term learning solutions for personal growth Brian is an alumnus of Roshni Nilaya’s Post Graduate School of Social Work, HR Department and has 35 years of local and international HR and General Management experience. He is NET Certified for lectureship and has recently qualified as MEPSC Level 5 Trainer. Journalism , poetry, and Fiction and Feature writing is a passion which he is now able to pursue at will. Additionally, he loves compering and hosting talk shows. Its all in a day’s work for him. He loves learning and imparting it; so, when time permits, he provides leadership facilitation and soft skills training to Postgraduate students and Corporates in Mangalore and Bangalore. He is an accomplished Toastmaster under the aegis of the and is a designated Distinguished Toast Master. He is also the Internal Quality council member of his Alma Mater Roshni Nilaya and a member of the Board of Studies of the English Department, St. Agnes College for PG studies, Mangalore.

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