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First salary: This MBA was paid Rs 2,920 in 1994

December 24, 2019 09:51 IST
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We'd asked you, dear readers, to tell us what your first salary was and what it meant to you at the time.
reader Anjum Parwej, 52 from Indore shares his story:

Anjum Parwez

I got my first job before my MBA results were declared in 1994.

My first company was Sterling Holiday Resorts (I) Ltd. and I was posted as sales trainee at Patna.

My date of joining was March 2, 1994 and my first salary was a consolidated pay of Rs 2,100 + Rs 40 petrol allowance per working day.

The total amount received by cheque was Rs 2,920 (Rs 3,140 - (minus) Rs 210 deducted for PF (provident fund)).

I received it on April 4, 1994.

My first reaction was 'when will I earn Rs 3,000 as take home salary?'

I encashed the cheque and gave the entire amount to my mother.

As there were only two members in our home -- I was living with my mother -- it seemed enough to take care of our requirements.

I paid Rs 900 for house rent and spent the remaining on household expenses.

Those days we had less money and less facilities but there was mental peace and we had enough time for each other.

I really miss those happy days.

I wish someone could reverse time and take me back to 1994.


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