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Demonetization : RBI Chennai NRI deposit

The last couple of months have been very turbulent for Indians as we try to get a grip on the demonetization wave.  While people residing in India seem to have come to an understanding with the new normal, Indians abroad are still confused and trying to make sense of what this means to them and how do they convert/exchange the devalued SBNs (1000 and 500 Rs Notes) with the new ones. I can claim that I am one of the few NRIs who have successfully submitted my old currency notes at RBI and while I wait for the money to be deposited to my account, I wanted to share my experiences that may be helpful for others who are looking for pointers /directives online but don’t find any useful information. I visited RBI Chennai on 18th Jan 2017. I had Rs 18,500 that I carried with me when I landed in India almost a week before. Below, I try to provide as much information as possible. If I commit any mistakes in this post, please help me to correct it by leaving a comment.
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PCC for Canada Immigration

If you are within Canada and you need to get background check done in India to apply for your PR, I hope the below information is helpful.

The Consulate General of India is located at 365 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor, Toronto ON M4W 3L4. The closest intersection is Bloor and Sherbourne. The nearest subway is Sherbourne station (http://www.cgitoronto.ca/)

Visa and consular applications are handled by BLS International Services Canada Inc. (BLS). NOTICE. Applications for Visa, Passport, Surrender Certificate, Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card, Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), Certificate of Birth and Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) should be submitted at the BLS Visa Application Centres (VACs) at :


Toronto – 1448 Lawrence Avenue E, Unit 6 A, ON, M4A2V6

Brampton - 10 Gillingham Drive , Unit 201 , ON, L6X5A5

Winnipeg – 1806, 201 Portage Avenue, 18th Floor, MB R3B3K6


BLS International Services Canada Inc. Helpline number is 647-846-8141 and their website http://www.blsindia-canad…

Book Review : The Shadow of the Winds

Book Review: The Shadow of the Winds Author: Carlos Ruiz Zaf√≥n (Spanish) Translated by : Lucia Graves Genre :  Fiction, Mystery Other books in series : The Angel’s Game
The Shadow of the winds is the story of Daniel and his quest to locate the author of a book that he has found and adapted at a secret book society called the Cemetery of Forgotten books. The plot is based in Barcelona, 1945 that is reeling through the aftermaths of the Spanish Civil War and throughout the book you will realize the impact these aftermaths have on the life of the main characters of this story.
To sum it up, Daniel, a 10-year old, son of bookseller is lamenting the loss of his mother. His father takes him to Cemetery of the forgotten books to get him a hobby and in turn a new life. Cemetery of forgotten books is a place known by a few and visited by far lesser people where in everybody picks a book, adapts it and makes sure its passed on to a  new generation. Daniel picks a book titled “The shadow of the wind…

CELPIP for PR application

One of the requirements to apply for Canada PR (Permanent Residency) is that the principal applicant must meet the minimum language requirement and prove that he / she can communicate in one of the principal Canadian Language - English / French. You need to clear the language test from an agency dedicated by CIC.

All you need to know about CELPIP

CELPIP stands for Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program. Like IELTS, CELPIP is an English language proficiency exam specific to Candian scenario. The certifcation can be used either to apply for Higher education, job opportunities or to prove English Language proficiency while applying for Canadian PR (permanent Residency) or Immigration to Canada. 

Tips to create engaging Facebook Page Posts

Facebook Fan pages are central and essential to any social media strategy. It is the means as well as the ends to engage the audience in social media and can also be the doorway to e-commerce. In this post I share 10 tips to create engaging fan page posts that are advised by the masters and creators of facebook.