Vijay Padiyar's Website Raves, rants, experiences, opinions and ideas. Tue, 08 May 2018 18:39:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 69456049 Padiyar's Website How to File ITR-1 and ITR-2 Online (AY 2017-18) Sun, 30 Jul 2017 19:12:40 +0000 The procedure to file ITR-1 and ITR-2 online this year is extremely similar to that of last year. Therefore, this year I will not be repeating the entire procedure but simply direct you to my blog posts of previous years that cover these procedures. How to File ITR-1: How to File ITR-2: The only notable additions to last ...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 0 6366 How to Pay Property Tax Online in Bengaluru (2017-18) Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:53:39 +0000 For payment of property tax for 2017-18, BBMP has further simplified and refined its new property tax portal launched just last year. The procedure to pay property tax has been vastly simplified from last year with just a single page form with minimal user inputs required to pay the property tax.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 99 6129 How to Get an E-Ration Card in Bengaluru Sat, 07 Jan 2017 21:32:18 +0000 The Government of Karnataka has once again revamped the online Ration Card application process and linked it to the Aadhaar card. This blog post explains the process to apply online for a Ration Card using the new portal.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 38 6097 Massive Investments Needed in Public Transport in Bengaluru Tue, 06 Sep 2016 20:22:04 +0000 An overpopulated country like India cannot afford a private vehicle driven transport solution. The sooner our public and policy makers realise this, the less pain all of us will collectively need to endure. And given that we in Bengaluru and other Indian metros are already enduring a significant amount of pain, it's incredible that we are still refusing to learn our lessons.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 2 6020 Meaning & Taxation of RSUs, ESOPs and ESPPs Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:56:03 +0000 Many companies these days are using RSUs, ESOPs and ESPPs to reward as well as retain employees these days. In this blog post I will explain what RSUs, ESOPs and ESPPs are as well as the taxation aspects of them.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 23 5986 How to File ITR-2 or ITR-2A Online (AY 2016-17) Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:13:26 +0000 This blog post explains how to file ITR-2 or ITR-2A tax return forms online. These forms must be used by those who have one or more of income from salary, interest income, capital gains, foreign assets, etc.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 60 5975 How to File Your Income Tax Returns Online (AY 2016-17) Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:42:20 +0000 This blog post explains how to file your income tax return online for the Financial Year 2015-16 (Assessment Year 2016-17) with emphasis on filing the ITR-1 form.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 3 5966 Alternate Proposal for Bengaluru Airport Signal-Free Corridor Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:09:23 +0000 I was shocked and dismayed to hear that the BDA and Govt. of Karnataka are planning to spend well over Rs. 1000 crore on a single signal-free corridor. Here is my alternate low-cost proposal for a signal-free corridor between Chalukya circle and Hebbal flyover.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 1 5950 Letter to Shri Jayant Sinha (MoS, Finance) to Revisit Section 194-IA Wed, 11 May 2016 20:51:09 +0000 My letter to Hon&#8217;ble Minister of State for Finance Shri Jayant Sinha on the need to relook at Section 194-IA of the Income Tax Act which levies a 1% TDS on all property purchases above Rs. 50 lakhs and puts the onus of paying the same on home buyers rather than the sellers. This has proved to be a nightmare ...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 1 5916 Road Trip to Leh & Ladakh Fri, 08 Apr 2016 21:04:49 +0000 Me and a friend did a road trip to Leh and Ladakh from Chandigarh in August 2013. The trip lasted 10 days and we covered both the famous Manali-Leh highway on our way to Leh as well as the Srinagar-Leh highway on our way back to Chandigarh.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 4 5608 How to Pay Property Tax Online in Bengaluru (2016-17) Wed, 06 Apr 2016 20:42:08 +0000 In this blog post, I explain how to pay your Property Tax online in a matter of minutes. This is an updated version of my earlier article, revised for the new Property Tax website launched by the BBMP in 2016.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 588 5776 How to File Your Income Tax Returns Online (AY 2015-16) Wed, 05 Aug 2015 23:41:39 +0000 Income tax return filing season is here. This article explains how to file your income tax returns online for AY 2015-16.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 23 5650 Xiaomi Mi 4i Review Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:13:42 +0000 The Xiaomi Mi 4i phone is an excellent budget offering designed specially for India by Xiaomi. The Mi 4i stoked the same expectations as the Mi 3 thanks to its competitive pricing coupled with high end specs. The following is my review of the Mi 4i based on a few weeks of usage.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 1 5606 How to Choose a CCTV System for Home & Office Wed, 20 May 2015 21:10:10 +0000 CCTV systems are becoming more and more commonplace, with both public entities and private societies and individuals increasingly opting for them. Having recently installed a CCTV system in our apartment, I thought of sharing some pointers that will help the readers make a more informed choice.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 32 5521 How to Apply for a Passport Online Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:48:52 +0000 Applying for a Passport has become a very easy process in India nowadays. The entire application process, including making the payment and scheduling the appointment, has been driven online.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 2 5492 How to Choose a Health Insurance Policy Fri, 06 Mar 2015 21:09:28 +0000 A health insurance policy provides a vital protection against any unforeseen medical expenses that may strike you. And going by the skyrocketing medical costs these days, this is one decision that should not be postponed.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 3 5471 How to Get a Marriage Certificate in Bangalore Fri, 09 Jan 2015 19:28:39 +0000 Getting a Marriage Certificate has become quite hassle-free in Bangalore these days. The following is the procedure to get a Marriage Certificate without paying a single Rupee as a bribe.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 175 5448 Apple Discriminating Against Indian Customers? Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:39:24 +0000 Apparently Apple believes it's okay to adhere to a lower standard of customer service in India as compared to the US and other countries, even though they charge the same prices for their products sold here.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 4 5359 How to Make Mac OS X More Like Windows Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:32:08 +0000 Having used Windows all my life, it was a bit of a struggle initially to cope with the very different environment of the Mac OS X operating system. Moreover, it was frustrating to note that some very basic features that we take for granted on a Windows system were not there on the Mac OS X. Here are some useful free add-ons that bring some of the useful Windows features to the Mac.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 6 5349 How to Get a Ration Card in Bangalore (New Process) Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:46:35 +0000 After the previous online application portal for Ration Cards was deactivated by the Govt. of Karnataka, a new SMS-based application system has been put in place for applying for a Ration Card.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 39 5290