Animals Puzzle

This was the first ever puzzle that we bought for our daughter. She started enjoying it at the age of 1.9 years. Initially she used to ask us to fit the pieces but soon after she got the hack of it and started doing all by herself. The knobs makes it very easy to lift up the pieces. A good toy for hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

Age - 1 year and 9 month
Availability - Online on flipkart ...

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Kids Chair Plastic

I first noticed this chair at an acquaintance’s house. I liked it at the first sight and wanted to buy for my daughter. I searched online but could not find a similar thing. There were many highly priced, highly accessorized chairs but not the one I was looking for. Then one day at Total Mall, I caught sight of it! It was sitting there just opposite the billing counter - simple, small, sturdy, ...

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Animals (Plastic Toy Figures)

I first saw these toys in a friend's home. My daughter liked playing with them, specially the cow (her favorite at that time). Before this, she had seen cows just in books or on computer (sometimes on street also but from a distance) so I guess she felt good to have a concrete cow in her hand.

I bought the animals set from Total Mall, Old Airport Road. I don't remember exactly but it was around ...

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Baby Swing Plastic

We have been thinking of buying a baby swing for long but there were 2 problems - one, we were not sure on how to hang it safely. Two, we felt that the swings available online are highly priced and might turn out to be a waste of money. As there was no pressing need to buy it, we just went on without it.

First problem got resolved when I saw, in a friend's house, how the swing can be safely ...

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UAN (Universal Account number) Launched for EPFO Subscribers

Much awaited UAN service has been launched by EPFO on 16 Oct, 2014. Many of you might have received a sms stating the same - "Congratulations on getting portability facility for EPF account. now you can operate your account without any intermediation. Narendra Modi."

To begin the effective delivery of services through UAN portal, EPFO has launched the UAN programme with the following services...

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Attractive Fridge Magnets

Fridge magnets are one of the favourite playthings for my daughter when I am working in kitchen. She plays with them in many different ways and enjoys them. The animal magnets in pic 1 were bought from Total Mall, Old Airport Road. They came in a set of 2 like 2 Turtles, 2 Rabbits etc. The MRP written on cover was Rs 50/- per set. However, a discount was going on at that time so I got them for Rs ...

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Tax Deduction on EPF Withdrawal

Readers on this blog have asked this question, times and again, "What are the tax implications on EPF withdrawal?" Since the responses to such questions are all hidden in comments, I decided to write a separate post on the same.

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Understanding UAN (Universal Account number) and its effect on PF Withdrawal / Transfer

Universal PF Account number has become a reality now, thanks to the untiring efforts of EPFO, India. A unique Universal Account number (UAN) has already been allotted to all contributory members of EPFO and its services are expected to become operational from October 16, 2014. Right now EPFO is in the process of integrating KYC details with the UAN of each employee.

You might have already heard ...

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Frequently Asked Questions on EPF Withdrawal

Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions from our readers -

  1. What is the minimum required "period of service" to be eligible for EPF withdrawal?
    Ans:- For EPF withdrawal, there is no minimum limit on period of service. But for EPS, it is 6 months. You will not be eligible for EPS - Pension fund, if you have resigned before 6 months.

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Home Schooling / Alternative Schooling / Child Centered Education

I got introduced to the concept of homeschooling when reading John Holt. I liked the idea instantly but did not think it as practical initially. As I read more and more, I became convinced that this is possibly the only way to save our children from the perils of schooling institution.

I have compiled some of the useful resources on homeschooling available on internet or elsewhere. I will keep ...

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