Term Plan beyond earning age: Is it Worthy?

November 27, 2018

Indian Life insurance landscape has changed a lot in last 2 decades or so, since the private insurers were allowed to operate in India. There was a time, only LIC was there as a monopoly and in the name of term plan, the product basket was near empty. Yes, those of you, who are old enough and might had purchased, there were plans like Bima Kiran, having Sum Assured ranging from few thousands to single digit lakhs. On top of that, this was a RETURN OF PREMIUM PLAN – ROP.

Look at today, we have 24 life insurance companies as on date (Source) doing business in India. Each one of these are having various combinations of Term Plans. One interesting observation caught my eye. Almost all insurers are now offering Term Plans well beyond the Retirement age in India. Ranging from 75 to 80Y age and few insurers are offering plans up to age 99 to 100.

A basic question to my blog readers and this is also the header of this blog post – Is it worthy to have a term plan going well beyond your retirement age, till 75-80-99-100?

To answer the above question, first we need to answer few associated questions?

  1. Why do we need life insurance?
  2. Why do we need purest form of life insurance – Term Cover or Term Plan?
  3. How much sum assured one needs to have in term cover?
  4. Do we need to purchase Riders along with Term cover?
  5. What premium payment term -PPT, should we have for our Term cover?

Let’s discuss the answers for above questions –

  1. To cover the financial loss, of our income, we bring to our families and dependents, resulting out of our DEATH.
  2. The premium for a high sum assured + investment – combo policy will be so high that We can’t afford to pay. Also it’s advisable to keep INSURANCE and INVESTMENT needs separate.
  3. There are various ways to assign Human Life Value but the most simplistic is to have a Sum assured, which can substitute your income, if the same money is kept in a simple product like BANK FIXED DEPOSIT. In simple words, 15-17 times multiple of your yly income can generate the same income, at current Bank FD interest rates of 6-6.5%. One bonus information, Most insurers don’t offer term cover beyond 20 times multiple of your yly income, taken together your all life insurance policies’ sum assured.
  4. Please avoid riders along offered for a premium with your term plan, as these are neither offering adequate money not cover for the intended use and are very restrictive in their own definitions.
  5. If you are a salaried or a professional with a fixed and predictable monthly income, opt for Regular Premium Payment Term. Limited or Single Premium Payment Term should be opted only by those people who are not sure of their future cash flows.

Here comes the interesting part – Your responsibility towards your family or loved ones’ bright future doesn’t end with purchasing merely a Term Plan and paying it’s premium regularly. No. Purchasing the term plan, is merely the first step. Once it’s taken, the logical next step is to start working on creating a corpus, which is large enough to sustain your dependents in your absence, till your desired time. Once this corpus is in place, answer on your own, do you need a TERM COVER?

In several discussions with people, either over phone calls or in our Facebook group – asan ideas for wealth or one to one chats, one thing I noticed – people don’t see it wrong to purchase term cover well beyond earning age and the primary reason given – this sum assured will help a bit or become a gift, to my loved ones (specially the 3rd generation).

My view – If during your earning years, you could not create enough corpus to sustain your own retirement life as well as to leave some inheritance for your next generation, it indicates a failure of financial planning done by you during your productive years – Active Income Earning Years. Barring few exceptional cases where due to late marriage or late child births or any other special family situations, most people will be able to complete their financial obligations towards family members and loved ones, either through active income already or by creating enough corpus for the intended use, if events are to be happened in post retirement life.

Now Sample this, if a 25Y old person purchase a term cover of Rs. 10000000 (One Crore) till age 100, what’s happening in terms of TIME VALUE OF MONEY? We are aware that INFLATION eats away the purchasing power of our money. On a simple note, if inflation is 7%, the Rs. 100 in our pocket today, will only be worth of Rs. 93 (adjusted for 7% inflation) after 1Y, in today’s value. Please go through the attached excel sheet to notice the impact of inflation over your lifetime for your sum assured.

time value of 1 Crore till age 100

Now answer honestly, how much happy will be your loved ones at your age 100, if you gift them money through your DEATH CLAIM which is equal to Rs. 43274 at your age 25? It can’t even cover your FUNERAL EXPENSES.

 

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The Ant and Grasshopper : 21st Century

August 12, 2018

Almost all of us have either read or listen the old story of Ant and Grasshopper. Many of us are now a days aware of jokes created around this simple yet beautiful story. In this blog post, I’m trying to take the old background to convey the point, I want you to understand.

Once upon a time, there were 2 friends – Miss Ant and Mr. Grasshopper. Both belonged to same neighborhood. Both went to same schools and colleges and ended up earning same university degrees. After finishing their college education, both landed into similar job profile but in different companies but in same city.

Mr. Grasshopper was also aware of the FAMILY HISTORY of his forefather, generations ago and the misadventures of that forefather, so from his first paycheck, he started investing for a Goal.

Miss Ant on the other hand was also aware of her family history and to continue the family reputation, legacy, she was equally hard working and laborious like her older generations. She also started saving from her first paycheck, for a financial Goal.

Both were having a common Goal – To create a Corpus of Rs. 10000000 (One Crore) in next 15Y. The readers are thinking till this point, each and everything is common the life of these 2 characters of our story. Where is the difference? Please hold on with me. Here is the difference.

For their future Goal – the expected return figure, Miss Ant opted for was 10% (Post Tax).

Mr. Grasshopper was true to his family legacy and thus opted for 15% (Post Tax) figure.

With the help of so many calculators, excel sheets and more, both came to a conclusion, if no increment is made in these 15 years, the fixed monthly amount to be invested in, to reach the corpus of 1 Crore is as below.

Miss Ant            Rs. 25081

Mr. Grasshopper Rs. 16424.

Real twist in the story comes here on wards. Although these friends were investing their money on monthly basis, regularly but the performance of Market was not in their control and hence the corpus created was as below.

Case-1

Actual performance of market was just 8%. Yes, you read it right – 8% only. So the Corpus value for both friends after 15Y was as below.

Miss Ant            Rs. 8472852

Mr. Grasshopper Rs. 5548348

Case-2

Actual performance of market was 12%. So the Corpus value for both friends after 15Y was as below.

Miss Ant            Rs. 11839590 or 1.18 Crore

Mr. Grasshopper Rs. 7753018 or 

Case-3

Actual performance of market was 18%. So the Corpus value for both friends after 15Y was as below.

Miss Ant            Rs. 19845327 or 2 Crore (almost)

Mr. Grasshopper Rs. 12995481 or 1.3 Crore (almost)

Story ends here but readers of this blog, needs to introspect on their financial life. Are you having Traits of Mr. Grasshopper or you are more similar to Miss Ant?

The lesson – Instead of chasing RETURN from Market, start putting more money to work.


GST on exit load in Mutual Funds.

June 6, 2018

In it’s recent meeting of GST council, it was proposed and accepted to levy GST on the exit load charged by Mutual funds. How it’s going to impact us, the investor? Let’s discuss it and try to understand it here.

Before we move ahead, please do understand, Exit load is always charged on the redemption amount and not on your invested amount. So no matter, you are redeeming in profit or loss, if Exit load is applicable to your redemption, it’ll be levied on your redemption amount.

Let’s assume, we are redeeming Rs. 10000 (ten thousand) and the applicable Exit load is 1%. So here goes the calculations for pre GST and Post GST situations.

Case 1 – Pre GST 

A. Redemption amount = 10000

B. Exit load @ 1% = 100

C. Net redemption amount in your bank account = A – B = 10000 – 100 = 9900

Case 2 – Post GST

A. Redemption amount = 10000

B. Exit load @ 1% = 100

C. GST @18% of B = 18

D. Net redemption amount in your bank account = A – (B+C) = 10000 – (100+18) = 9882

Now one interesting thing for your information, the exit load is not the profit of AMC. As per SEBI mandate, it’s added back as part of assets of fund for the remaining investors. So, what’s the difference now for this exit load addition, for old investors, who are not redeeming?

Nothing. That 100 in our example was added in pre GST era as well as now also in Post GST era.

One important point, the exit load and GST there on, does not impact your Short or Long Term Capital Gain Tax liability. For tax calculation, your redemption amount is still 10000 in our example.


The TAX SAVING in NPS – A Calculation

January 15, 2018

A lot of young earners are fascinated with the additional tax saving offered by NPS for an investment of Rs. 50000, every FY under section 80CCD(1b). Here I’m going to check the impact of TAX saving. Are we really saving tax today?
To get the answer or to start a calculation, few assumptions are made. Here are the assumptions for your kind considerations – the readers of this blog.

The investor aka NPS subscriber –

  1. Age 30Y old at the time of first investment in NPS.
  2. Only Rs. 50000 yly is invested at the start of year, here year means Financial Year.
  3. The retirement is taken at age 60Y. So the total investment period is 30Y.
  4. The corpus is growing at 12% rate in all these 30Y.
  5. Total amount over these 30Y, invested in NPS is Rs. 1500000 (50000*30 = 1500000).
  6. The maturity value of NPS at age 60Y is Rs. 13514630
  7. The 40% corpus is withdrawn tax free. Another 20% is withdrawn taxable and remaining 40% is used to purchase annuity from LIC under it’s immediate annuity plan, where, the Annuity (pension) is payable Yly for both husband and wife and after death of both, the purchase price is returned to to nominee/legal heirs. Point to be noted, the data available on LIC site, showing an annuity rate of 6.3% (roughly) for age 60Y person.
    Investment year Maturity year Year to remain invested The growth rate @ 12% Growth multiple Amount Invested Corpus for each individual investment Tax saving in 30% tax slab. Tax saving in 20% tax slab.
    2018 2048 30 1.12 29.95992 50000 1497996.1 15450 10300
    2019 2048 29 1.12 26.74993 50000 1337496.5 15450 10300
    2020 2048 28 1.12 23.88387 50000 1194193.3 15450 10300
    2021 2048 27 1.12 21.32488 50000 1066244 15450 10300
    2022 2048 26 1.12 19.04007 50000 952003.61 15450 10300
    2023 2048 25 1.12 17.00006 50000 850003.22 15450 10300
    2024 2048 24 1.12 15.17863 50000 758931.45 15450 10300
    2025 2048 23 1.12 13.55235 50000 677617.36 15450 10300
    2026 2048 22 1.12 12.10031 50000 605015.5 15450 10300
    2027 2048 21 1.12 10.80385 50000 540192.41 15450 10300
    2028 2048 20 1.12 9.646293 50000 482314.65 15450 10300
    2029 2048 19 1.12 8.612762 50000 430638.08 15450 10300
    2030 2048 18 1.12 7.689966 50000 384498.29 15450 10300
    2031 2048 17 1.12 6.866041 50000 343302.04 15450 10300
    2032 2048 16 1.12 6.130394 50000 306519.68 15450 10300
    2033 2048 15 1.12 5.473566 50000 273678.29 15450 10300
    2034 2048 14 1.12 4.887112 50000 244355.61 15450 10300
    2035 2048 13 1.12 4.363493 50000 218174.66 15450 10300
    2036 2048 12 1.12 3.895976 50000 194798.8 15450 10300
    2037 2048 11 1.12 3.47855 50000 173927.5 15450 10300
    2038 2048 10 1.12 3.105848 50000 155292.41 15450 10300
    2039 2048 9 1.12 2.773079 50000 138653.94 15450 10300
    2040 2048 8 1.12 2.475963 50000 123798.16 15450 10300
    2041 2048 7 1.12 2.210681 50000 110534.07 15450 10300
    2042 2048 6 1.12 1.973823 50000 98691.134 15450 10300
    2043 2048 5 1.12 1.762342 50000 88117.084 15450 10300
    2044 2048 4 1.12 1.573519 50000 78675.968 15450 10300
    2045 2048 3 1.12 1.404928 50000 70246.4 15450 10300
    2046 2048 2 1.12 1.2544 50000 62720 15450 10300
    2047 2048 1 1.12 1.12 50000 56000 15450 10300
    1500000 13514630 463500 309000

    7. Now check the next table.   Here it goes.

    Tax free 40% withdrawal Taxable 20% withdrawal 40% Annuity purchase amount Yly annuity amount
    5405852.1 2702926.1 5405852  340713
    Tax @30% on withdrawal 835204.15 105280.3
    Tax @20% on withdrawal 556802.77 70186.85

    From the 2nd table How many of you can see the impact of TODAY’s TAX SAVING resulting in a larger TAX outgo tomorrow?
    Point to be noted, the tax outgo on annuity is lifelong. Year after year, till the couple is surviving.


Social Economics

November 13, 2015

I received this as an E-mail. Copy pasted and hence do not claim that it’s my own work. Blog readers are free to learn their own lessons from this post.

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.


Asking right questions

November 9, 2015

Many readers of this blog are aware of PV Subramanyam. He writes a blog http://www.subramoney.com Many a times, he has asked to readers on asking right questions  to the advisers or planners or agents or sellers of financial products. Why does he say so?

My dear friends, personal finance is also about asking the right questions. Below is an old joke. Please read and understand it.

Two men went into the church and questioned to father.

Man 1 – Father, I’m drinking my glass of wine and suddenly, there is a desire within me to remember God, to pray him. Should I do it?

Father’s Ans. – My dear Son, God can be remembered any time. Please feel free to do so.

Man 2 – Father, I’m praying to God, remembering him and suddenly there is a desire within me to have a glass of wine. Should I do it?

Father’s Ans. – How dare you to do it? When you are in prayer, you should only remember God and nothing else.

Joke is over. Can you people get the point, this joke is about? Both the men were doing the same thing. Mixing drinking and prayer. Yet the answers to both were different.

Now go out and search for right questions within you, so that next time you get the right answers.


Saurashtra Darshan

November 7, 2015

The back ground:- I’m in Gujarat for last 12Y and wife is here for 11Y. Till date, we never went to visit any part of Gujarat. Wife was firing all sorts of missiles on me for not going and visiting in all these 11 years gone by. Luckily, this year, 1 week vacation in Kids’ school on account of Navratri and Dushehra gave a window to plan the things and move on. We zeroed on for Saurashtra Area of Gujarat.

Planning the trip:-  Consult my office colleagues, took help of GOOGLE and some ready made help was available on www.team-bhp.com. As I’m in Ahmedabad, following options were there, before me for the journey part.

Option 1- Ahmadabad to Dwarka (by train) – Porbandar – Somnath – Gir –  Diu (By road)  – Somnath to Ahmadabad (by train)

Option 2 – Ahmadabad – Dwarka – Porbandar – Somnath – Gir – Diu – Ahmadabad (all by road)

Option 2 was chosen as all of us were interested to take the first hand experience of the ROADs of Gujarat.

After selecting the path of our journey, we decided to not pre book any hotel as we were going in a relatively off season. Originally we planned our departure on 18th Oct 2015 early morning, straight to Dwarka from Ahmadabad but keeping the distance in mind, at last minute, changes were made and final planning was as below.

Ahmadabad – Jamnagar (night halt on 17th  Oct) – Narara marine nature park – Dwarka – Porbandar – Somnath – Gir – Diu – Ahmadabad.

It’s 16th October 2015, We went for shopping of snacks and other things for Kids. Petrol tank was filled to the brim. Tyre pressure was checked and Bags were packed and Now we are ready to take off.

Day Zero – 17th October 2015:-  It’s 14.45PM time in my clock I’m just back from my Morning shift job to home and helping my better half for that last minute packing. Now it’s 15.45PM and all 5 of us, me, wife, two kids and Gajini, are excited and moving on the trip. Here comes the first PICTURE from Odometer.

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Took the Rajkot highway through the Ring road near to my home and after a continuous driving of 3.15 hours, it’s 7.00PM time, some 25 KMs away from Rajkot and we took a pit stop for fresh up and coffee for me and my better half, some ice creams for Kids and a good amount of rest of 30 min for Gajini.

After that pit stop, all 5 of us are charged now and with the help of few good traffic cops and Samaritans, were able to reach Rajkot-Jamnagar Bypass road. Voila, we are on Jamnagar road and passing by the Rajkot Cricket stadium. Heavy Police arrangement and stadium is glowing in full lights at the night. Kids enjoyed the scene and we are running fast.

It’s 9.00PM and we are in Jamnagar. Searched a bit and finally reached to the Hotel Deep Palace in Teen Batti area. Nice Hotel. Check in formalities are over and we are now in our room. Completed the dinner. Family demanded some cool stuff. Arranged the locally made Casata ice cream from Shri Ram Dairy ice cream. Nice yummy taste. A wide variety of Ice Cream is available . Family is now in rest mode and I’m discussing with Hotel staff for next day visit to Narara. I thank dear Suresh Ahaan from FB group AIFW for arranging the phone number of guide but some how, the fellow, did not pick my phone and now the hotel staff is arranging another one for me. It’s 10.30PM in the night, the guide came with another guide in tow and now we were handed over to the new fellow Mr. Ankur. I was ordered to be ready by 8-8.30AM in the morning for timely visit during low tide in Narara. It’s 11PM and now it’s the comfort of bed for me finally. Good night. Gajini is also happy to take REST. Total distance covered 322 Km. ‘Gazini’ specially liked the Rajkot – Jamnagar Highway in the night.

Day One – 18th October 2015:- It’s 6AM, I’m making things fast for each and every one. 7.30AM, each one of us is ready and wife dear is demanding some local hot and fresh breakfast. Order fulfilled and finally at 8AM, called the guide and he assured us to be ready in 10-15 min. Check out was done. Guide arrived and 8.30AM, Gajini, me and family are on road now. Guide is on his bike to park on highway. Reached that point and now guide is also with us.

Vroom… Vrom… We are on Jamnagar – Dwarka highway. There goes the world famous Reliance Refinery on our left side. There goes GSFC DAP plant on our Right. Now we are approaching Essar Refinery at Vadinar. It’s also time to fill the petrol tank. Done the same. It’s a right turn and now we are heading to Narara. 4KMs away from Narara, it’s last shop offering mineral water bottles and confectioneries. Guide advised us to purchase the same and we followed the advice. It’s 9.45AM and finally we are at Narara marine nature park, forest office. A permit is required for entry into the park – cost 500 Rs. For the group, camera charges 200 Rs. Extra. Total Rs. 700 Money paid and receipt of the same is received. It’s 10.15AM and we are now on our feet to sea shore. Possibly it’s the only marine nature park in India, where you can watch the following in their natural habitat away from the impact of HUMANs. Let the pictures do the talking.

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Daughter refused to walk down and hence she was continuously on my shoulders. After facing the harsh SUN for more than 1.30 Hours, even SON is now not interested and we are just pulling ourselves to the forest office for a shed and water. 12.30PM and finally we are back to forest office. A tiring yet satisfying experience. Back to Jamnagar – Dwarka Highway. Dropped the Guide on the junction point and paid him his fee of 1000 Rs. Now we are moving towards Dwarka. Now starts the problem. All are feeling hungry but not a decent eatery is coming on the way. Some how stopped on a petrol pump not for fuel but for a OK looking dhaba kind thing. Ordered kathiyawadi dishes, ringan to bhartho (Brinjal Bhartha), fulawar no shak (Cauliflower curry), Bataka nu shak (Potato cury), rotli (Gujarati chapatti) and Bajra no rotlo for food. Me and wife finished it. It was not what the kids prefer, hence some light snacks for them and we are back on road. Khambaliya is gone and now we are getting the view of Wind turbines. It’s indication we are approaching Dwarka.

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It’s more and more Wind turbines and at last we are at Dwarka. The first hotel in the way – Hotel Krishna Inn and we are checking in. Time to take some rest as it’s 3.00PM. After a good amount of rest, all are now ready to have some food. Searched for a decent restaurant and landed into Charmi. Good one with a nice food, liked by all of us. Now we are back to hotel and after confirming the route, walking down to the DWARKADHEESH temple. A 10 min walk and we are at the temple. We are stopped at the security checking gate by the personnel there. Deposited the Camera, Mobile, Keys to the clock room. And now it’s darshan of Dwarkadheesh. Crowd is there inside the temple, still there is a calmness in the atmosphere. The temple is very old, yet we can imagine the past glory from the carvings on walls, pillars the over all structure.

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After spending around 1 hour in the temple, now it’s time for some shopping from the nearby shops. Now we are back in the hotel and it’s time to say good night for a satisfying day. Total distance covered 182 Km.

Day Two – 19th October 2015:-  It’s 7AM in the morning, all 4 of us are now getting ready to move on. It’s 8.30AM and finally we are checking out. Just at Nageshwar Temple cross road, hot and tasty breakfast of fresh Khaman and Palak (Spinach) Gota. Finally at 9.00AM, we are now moving to the Nageshwar temple – 19KM away from Dwarka, It’s one of the 12 Jyotirling. 9.30AM, we are at the Nageshwar temple. Paid the parking fee and straight to Temple. Again camera, mobiles, belts are not allowed. Not much crowd and peaceful darshan. The main attraction of this temple for my kids is below in the pictures.

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Now we are moving towards Gopi Talav. Reached there, paid the parking fee and going in. Kids and wife are delighted to see the floating stone of Ram setu fame in a temple.

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Visited the Talav (pond) and now coming back. Time to drink some Coconut water. Now we are going to Okha Jetty for the final destination of Bet Dwarka in Dwarka region. On the way, crossed the Mithapur plant of Tata Chemicals for Soda Ash and other products.

While entering Okha, a lot of fishermen are busy in drying. Guess what? It’s FISH. A very hard pungent smell was there. Noticed only when the door was opened to ask for direction to Okha Jetty. We are at Jetty now. Boat ride and finally at Bet Dwarka. Visited the temple. We are late by few minutes and Priest pulled the curtains. Now we are waiting for 20 minute. 11.30 AM, now Dwarkadheesh is available for darshan. Temple restoration and repairing work is going on. Finally back to boating point, in between water bottle for all of us and ice creams as it’s a HARSH Sun on our heads.

Boatman is not ready to move till the boat is filled to brim. At last we are back to Okha Jetty and going back. Now it’s OKHA – Dwarka – Porbandar. More and more Wind turbines and finally we are in Porbandar. Asked for directions and in the market we find the way to Kirti Mandir. But before that, it’s time 2.30PM and a restaurant visit is necessary. Done it and finally we are at Kirti Mandir. Can not describe in words the calmness we felt there. Son is stunned with the historic photographs and facts mentioned there. It’s a great experience.

Now we are leaving to Somnath. Google and few good people’s help and we are on the coastal highway towards Somnath from inside the bylanes of Porbandar city. 1 Hour journey and we are at famous Madhavpur beach. A stop of 10-15 min. Wife and Son collected a lot of shells and now we are on our way. Crossed the Chorwad (birthplace of Dhirubhai Ambani). Except one Toran Gate, no major sign of Reliance or Dhirubhai’s legacy. Sunlight is fading fast and we are not in a mood to explore Chorwad. Crossed it and took a fuel stop at a petrol pump. Interestingly it’s raining Coconuts all around. It’s 7PM and finally we are in Somnath.

Checked in Lilavati Guest house’s Suite, run by Temple trust. A grand suite room with ample space and at a nominal cost of Rs. 1500 Per night. Took bath and now we are going straight to Temple. Once again it’s time to deposit, Camera, mobile, keys. Finally we are in the temple. Not much crowd and peaceful darshan of Shivling of Somnath. Got the opportunity to view Jalabhishek in the night. Pots after pots of water are poured in on the Shivling and what a delightful experience it’s it. No words for it to describe. It’s time to come out and rush to the nearest Restaurant for dinner. Ringan no Bhartho, Stuffed Masala Bhindi and Rotli for the adults. Veg. Hakka Noodles for prince of family and plain dosa for the princess.

Now we are back in the room and it’s time to say good bye but before that a change in plans. We are not going to Gir in the morning. Wife wants the evening time to be spent at the beach of Diu and hence tomorrow morning we ‘ll be going to Diu. Total distance covered 304 Km.

Day Three – 20th October 2015:-  Wife dear is not happy with the night only darshan, so we are getting ready for morning darshan and specially the sea around the temple. 8.00AM and we are checking out and moving to temple. After the morning abhishek and sringar, the Shivling was looking very attractive. Alas. Cameras and pictures are not allowed. We are checking the Sea now, at the back of Temple. Time is to move out now but before that a Kesar Coconut drink for both of us and plain for Son. It’s 9.15AM and finally we are moving from Somnath to Diu. Once again it’s coastal highway. Somnath – Mangrol – Kodinar – Diu. It’s 11.00AM and we are finally in Diu. Reached the Pani Kotha Boating Point and checked in Hotel Relax Inn. Good hotel with a very good off season rate of Rs. 1500 Per night. Calm and clean Arabian sea is visible along with the Diu-Ghoghol Bridge from the Balcony.

Lunch time – done it in hotel Restaurant itself, located on the road just outside the hotel. Back in the room and after a bit of inquiry, we are now moving towards Fort. Inside the fort and after watching the old Guns and buildings, I can remember those old lines from a couplet –

Khandhar bata rahe hain Imarat buland thi.

A part of Fort is converted into sub division jail and hence out of bound but still it’s a large area to visit. Sun is shining with it’s full glory. We are now out of Fort. Time to drink the fresh juice of Sugar cane. Now we are going to the Church. An architect example of mixture of different styles.

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From Church to Diu Museum, Jalandhar Beach, sunset point, Chakratirth beach and finally we are at Naida caves. Let the pictures do the talking for these caves.

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It’s 3PM and we are back into hotel for rest. After a good sleep, all of us are ready to go to Nagoa beach. The beach is clean but the water is not. It’s blackish and some what muddy. I opted out, Son and wife are still going in. After a while, the princess also wants to join the party and she is in the party with mommy and brother. Son wants to take the jet ski ride. Rs. 400 and here he goes for the same. A thrilling experience. It’s getting dark now and we are coming out. Few kid rides are available and the prince and princess are enjoying all of these. Now we are moving back to Hotel. After bath, it’s time to walk a bit and to go for the dinner on a beachside open restaurant. Regular stuff was ordered. Nothing special to write about. After the food, we are now in the Pani Kotha boating point area, Ice creams in hands and the cool sea breeze is blowing softly.

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Finally we are back into hotel. Now is the time to plan for GIR. Two route options,

Option 1 – Diu – Kodinar – Prachi – Talala – Sasan (This means, returning and travelling back on last day’s route till Prachi on Coastal Highway)

Option 2 – Diu – Una – Khapat – Talala – Sasan (this means, going straight into GIR forest in patches)

I decided for option 2, for the thrill and adventure of Jungle driving. Total distance covered in the day. 106 Km.

Day Four – 21st October 2015:-    It’s 7.00AM and we are getting ready. It’s 8.30AM and we are checking out finally and straight onto Diu-Una road. Diu is not a DRY (Alcohal)  area but Gujarat is. The police men are asking for checking at the entry check post in Gujarat. No issue for me being Teetotaler. With the help of few good people on the way as well as google map, finally at 10.45AMwe are at SINH SADAN in SASAN, the forest office, from where the permits for Jungle safari are issued.

Anti Climax:- We are getting shocks after shocks. Here goes the list.

  1. No room available in the Govt. guest house.
  2. The morning Safari of 5AM and 9AM are already over and now only 3PM safari can be booked. That’s with only 23 permits in que (if I’m successful to sit within those lucky 23).
  3. There is no guarantee of meeting with the KING – the Asiatic lion, in that evening safari.
  4. Devaliya safari (12Km away from Sasan), in GIR Interpretation zone is over now for the morning at 11AM and we can not join even there. For evening it’s available.
  5. For boarding, we need to check into nearby lodges and guest houses.

It’s already 11AM and I’m telling the situation to my dear wife. The home minister ordered – Leave the Safari for some other day in future, we are leaving for Ahmadabad. But before that, it’s time to fill our empty tanks (stomachs). Just in front of the main gate of Sinh Sadan, a restaurant is offering Hot and crispy Aaloo (Potato) ka Parantha and Methi (Fenugreek) ka thepla. It’s parantha for me and son, thepla for the ladies of the family. In comes the Curd, the Lasan (Garlic) ni chatni and Mirch no athanu (Chilly pickle). A typical kathiawadi Brunch, we Munch. It’s 11.30AM and now we are leaving Sasan with a heavy heart and hope to come back some other day.

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Now it’s a long drive. Sasan – Junagarh – Jetpur – Gondal – Rajkot – Ahmedabad.

Few Kms before Jetpur, the 4 lane toll road is there and Gajini is liking it again. A pit stop for fuel after crossing Rajkot and finally it’s home, sweet home in Ahmadabad at 5.45PM in the evening. Except that Post Rajkot pit stop for around 10 min, we did not take any stops and Gajini did not created any fuss. Handled all the workload superbly. Distance covered in the day 481 Km. Total distance covered in the trip from Home to home, 1395Km. Here comes the trip ending odometer Picture.

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Now are you people eager to know about Gajini? My dear friends, here is our Gajini, Amazingly Indian.

Our Honda Amaze. Returned from the heavy workload and resting in the garage after taking a bath.

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