Right after graduating from a top B-school, Varsha landed her dream job with an e-commerce MNC. Her Rs 35 lakh starting pay package was much higher than what her peers had bagged and Varsha was proud of her achievement. According to Varsha’s calculations, she ought to have been getting around Rs 3 lakh per month. However, when her first salary was credited to her account, the amount was only Rs 1.8 lakh. An aghast Varsha now wants to know how that happened. The package that Varsha was so proud to have cracked was what is technically known as the Cost to Company or CTC in human resource parlance. It comprises all that a company spends on her. If something is an “expense” for a company because of Varsha, it would form part of her CTC. An expense as small as even the food coupons or meal allowance at the company canteen are also counted in her CTC or ‘package’. Her company had therefore, inflated the salary numbers to attract talent by giving them an … [Read more...] about Find out what CTC comprises of
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She is sassy, confident and strikes you as someone who has come prepped and ready to find her spot among the stars. In a chat with BT, Pooja Bedi’s daughter, Alaya F, talks about how she owes her confidence to her ‘outspoken family’, the initial rejections she faced and how the lockdown broke the momentum, post a successful landing in Bollywood with 'Jawaani Jaaneman'. Read on... This lockdown has given a lot of actors a chance to slow down and unwind. In your case, your first film had just released and you were raring to go when everything came to a standstill…Yes, the lockdown really cut my momentum. I was all ready and thinking… great stuff is going to start. And then, everything stopped suddenly. I was sad, but also glad that my film released, people could watch it in theatres and it was appreciated. I have waited for so long and was dying to put it out there for people to see. Whatever I had invested in so far — emotionally, mentally, … [Read more...] about Alaya F: My confidence comes from the fact that I’ve grown up in a family that’s outspoken
Barack Obama created history by becoming the first African-American to serve as the president of the United States of America. Being an iconic figure in American history, Obama garners people's attention and so does a new biography of him written by Pulitzer Prize winning author David J Garrow. Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama by David J Garrow is a 1460-page voluminous biography of Barack Obama which extensively talks about his formative years and influential figures who helped in the making of an extraordinary leader. The book chronicles, in great detail, Obama’s life-- his tumultuous childhood in Honolulu and Jakarta, being a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side in his formative years, studying at Harvard Law School where he excelled, and how he planned and pursued his political journey in Chicago. The extensive research by Garrow can be seen in the book with more than 1,000 interviews of people who have interacted with Obama in his pre-presidential years. … [Read more...] about Micro review: Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama by David J. Garrow
We debate surrogacy in elite drawing rooms and talk of the dangers of commercializing it. But how many stop to consider a surrogate mother’s emotions when she parts with the child she has nurtured as her own for nine months? Author Amrita Mukherjee does that in "Diary of A Surrogate Mother" – one of the 13 short stories in her anthology Museum of Memories. Amrita’s stories are sensitive portrayals of the life she has seen as an Indian journalist. She picks her subjects carefully from all walks of life, covering an amazing range -- depicting everyday life and phenomena. And then again, her narration reveals a keenly sharp observation and an ability to look beyond what is visible. The author has a fascinating way of looking at same, everyday things from a different angle. As Amrita says in the book blurb, she collected her stories from all over – “at the office cafeteria, at drawing room conversations, during interactions with strangers while travelling on … [Read more...] about Micro review: ‘Museum of Memories’ – Stories that touch the heart!
When the country is aflame with wrath and vexation spawning inside millions of Indians, a dash of Gandhi is what we all need right now. Not just India, the whole world has gone stir-crazy. What brought about these wrongs? How can it be fixed? Is there a positive way out of this whirlpool? The Gift of Anger seeks to provide one universal answer to today’s turmoil: Mahatma. The Gift of Anger is a book that compiles 10 of the wisest lessons Arun Gandhi had learnt from his grandfather, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Arun Gandhi was just twelve when his parents dropped him off at Sevagram, his grandfather’s famous ashram. He lived there for two years under his grandfather’s wing until Gandhi’s assassination. Each of the chapters is dedicated to a single, timeless lesson that takes the reader along a moving journey of self-discovery. The book defines Gandhi’s momentous struggle and his power to harness all of the anger and channelize it into an overpowering … [Read more...] about Micro review: ‘The Gift of Anger’ is the gift we need