A very good question right?
The two dreaded questions that should not be asked for a male and female coming up as posts in this web log in that order!!
In the modern era, you can get away by answering this question with a staggering amount by way of CTC ( Cost to company) – there are many things which you only hear but never enjoy – examples like food subsidy, loan subsidy which you dont require at all etc. A good number to flash around for show off reasons.
The Gross is the secret number which reaches your hand but wait – the tax man is waiting to chop it off – normally quoted for rating your “earning potential”.
The take home salary is the number you should be gaurding around and everyone is interested in. So hide this number with CTC, Gross, Nett, Take home and what not?
My closing lines for friends enquiring about my salary is – it runs into 8 digits – only I know how many zeroes are in front while the other party thinks of zeros on the otherside!!!
Last word was heard from Japan where the yen had reached such wrong conversion factors, joke was that salary was doled out in Kilogram bags full of yens – so it would be convinient to say ‘ I get 5 kgs of salary’!!!
So whats your number dude?