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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Manage your Time

Following Tips will help you in Understanding and Analysing Time: -

1. Set aside time each day to review and prioritise demand on your time.
2. Take a small chunk of a difficult task, and deal with it straight away.
3. Think through your day while making your way to work
4. Always delegate your tasks that are not time-effective for you to do.
5. Split your working day into chunks of 30 minutes each.
6. Review your time log to assess your work efficiency.
7. Allow for some thinking time in your schedule.
8. Estimate how long a task will take you, and see how accurate you were.
9. Update your time log as often as possible-memory is often unreliable.
10. Break down long term plans into weekly and daily action plan.
11.Draw a flow chart of your career, and plan where you want to go next.
12. Ask for a second opinion if you cannot prioritise competing tasks.
13. Identify conflicts of priority between you and your boss.
14. Find out whether your colleagues priorities conflict with your own.
15. Classify all work engagements in your diary according to their importance.
16. If your schedule is full of A-tasks, then delegate or redefine them.
17. Alter priorities continually in line with changes or new information.
18. To keep discussions short, avoid open-ended questions.
19. Ensure that you have some quiet time every day.
20. Do not be afraid to leave the phone hook.
21. Time your physical and mental peaks so that you know how long they last.
22. Keep some energy for home life and leisure activities after work.
23. Suggest working flexible hours to improve company productivity.
24. Choose a diary that looks good and that you will enjoy using.
25. Always keep your pen in your diary for noting information and dates.
26. Use coloured pens to denote tasks of varying importance.
27. Set realistic deadlines. A deadline is meant to be helpful, not a major cause of stress.
28. Delegate enjoyable tasks as well as unpleasant ones
29. Reward yourself when you meet your deadlines
30. Plan your diary no more than one year ahead.
31. Make sure you do at least one thing every day that you enjoy.
32. Read a passage by your favourite author last thing at night.
33. Concentrate on your colleagues' and clients' positive attributes.
34. Use an organizer to list weaknesses, and then plan how to combat them, one by one.
35. Keep your desk clear of everything but the current job in hand.
36. Beware of self-sticking notes. They are easily lost.
37. Clear up daily. Never leave a mess for the morning.
38. Highlight key points on paperwork to speed up rereading.
39. Position a clock in your office so it is visible to you and to visitors.
40. Review your filing system at least every few months.
41. Set up a filing system that will grow with you and your business.
42. Go through your files regularly and discard documents that you no longer need.
43. File papers with no obvious home in a folder labelled " Miscellaneous".
44. File only essential documents that will be referred in future.
45. Ask your secretary or a colleague to screen incoming phone calls for you.
46. Pick up the phone to indicate the end of a meeting.
47. Do not sit down if you are followed into your office.
48. Place your chair out of view if your door is open.
49. Throw away any information that you think you do not need.
50. Keep all chance meetings short by standing- it will then be easier to get away.
51. Copy information only to those who need to know.
52. Stop subscriptions to magazines you no longer read.
53. Remove magazine and newspaper articles you wish to keep, and file them for reference.
54. Assess each piece of information for its relevance to current projects.
55. Keep only essential reading on your desk.
56. Think before you interrupt anyone. Their time is as valuable as yours.
57. Call a meeting only after considering other options.
58. Do not make assumptions about work colleagues.
59. Take a deep, relaxing breath before you make a phone call.
60. Avoid distractions when taking on the phone. Focus on what the caller is saying.
61. When making a phone call, have another project to hand to work on in case you are kept waiting.
62. Tell people when they can call you, and note the time in your diary.
63. Reroute your calls when you want to avoid interruptions.
64. Never delay dealing with any written material-it will just mount up.
65. Underline key phrases in reports you have to read.
66. Skim-read the headlines in your daily newspaper.
67. Keep essential reference material separate from your other documents and papers.
68. Clear unwanted documents from your computer once a month.
69. Consider carefully your computing requirements.
70. Keep your e-mail messages short, and address them accurately.
71. Encourage people to express views, even if they are contrary to yours.
72. Ask a colleague to interrupt "urgently" if a routine meeting lasts over an hour.
73. Keep meetings short by listening rather than talking.
74. Allocate a specific amount of time to each subject on an agenda.
75. Encourage people to attend only the parts of a meeting that concern them.
76. Remind everyone what was agreed at a meeting in a follow-up memo.
77. Before travelling, assess whether the trip is necessary and cost-effective.
78. If possible, fit everything you need to take into one small piece of hand luggage.
79. Take work to do in an airport lounge in case of delays.
80. Set your watch to the local time at your destinations.
81. Check how much your hotel charges for phone calls before making any.
82. Find out whether you need adapters for your electrical equipment abroad.
83. Take two or three short holidays instead of one long one.
84. Schedule regular time off to pursue your hobbies and leisure interests.
85. Aim to experience something new everyday.
86. Maintain high expectations, and people will live up to them.
87. Persuade others of your case using facts, not emotions.
88. Take an interest in what others are trying to achieve.
89. Hearing is not the same as listening. Learn to listen.
90. Make sure you define objectives clearly when you delegate a task.
91. Reserve some time for the task that you only can do.
92. Keep a checklist to help you monitor the progress of tasks that you have delegated to others. 93. Reward good work generously, and chastise in moderation.
94. Set precise and realistic deadlines for tasks that you delegate.
95. Try not to allow colleagues to distract you with unimportant issues.
96. Hold meetings in colleagues' offices, so you can leave when you need to.
97. Set aside special times when your office is open to all.
98. Visit colleagues only when you have more than one issue to discuss.
99. Be aware of your boss's working patterns, and try to adapt to them.
100. Ask about your boss's home life-it will help to build up a relationship.
101. Remember that time is perfectly democratic. Nobody has more or less of it than you.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Old Calcutta

Kolkata of Year 1908 in Year 2008
Our Locality from our Balcony

This picture has been taken by me on September 2008 to give it an effect of the year 1908, when this area almost looked the same. Hardly anything has changed in these 10 decades.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008


1) Kumar Sachin Deb, as he was known in his younger days, came to Calcutta with the reputation of a budding folk singer. Incidentally, his roots are at Royal family of Tripura.

2) His guru Krishna Chandra Dey was , a blind singer, was also the uncle of Manna Dey.

3) Dada's first attempt in films was as an actor-singer for the film Yahudi Ki Ladki where he was replaced at the last moment by another stalwart of yesteryears Pahadi Sanyal.

4) Dada came to Bombay in 1941, not as a composer but in the capacity of a playback singer. The first solo he sang was for a film Taj Mahal. The composer was Madhavlal Master.

5) Disillusioned with Bollywood, Dada once left Bombay in 1951, only to return back after some time. Manna Dey completed the score of Mashaal, which Dada had left incomplete.

6) Dada had a unique way of judging the vocal condition of singers. Very early in the morning after his morning walk he used to call them from his 'Jet Bungalow', and Listen to the singers' voice over the phone.

7) One day when Dada was in the way of routine morning walk, he saw a person was saying that "He is the father of Rahul Dev Burman by pointing him. As Dada returned home he hugged Pancham. this was the moment in his life bigger than his all successful films.

8) During recordings Dada used to control all aspects of recording, ie. Orchestral Architecture and Oral Tuning of singers. Once it happened that an extra violinist was playing in the orchestra. Dada instantly sought to know through recordist's mike that why that unwanted violinist was there. "But dada, he has already come and and we have to pay him." reply came. "Then pay him and let him go! I want one, and only one violin in this song." Dada said.

9) Jaidev Verma, Dada's assistants was a sarod player cum guitarist who achieved a generous amount of success as the composer of films like Hum Dono, Prem Parvat and Kinare Kinare.

10) Though the last release was Tyaag, the last song dada had composed from his hospital bed was Badi sooni sooni hai for film Mili, after 2 days of this song recording dada went in comma, which led him to attained his heavenly bliss.

11) C. Ramachandra on request by the studio owner, partially arranged the music for "Shikari" Dada's first film as a composer in Bombay, With a condition that his name should not appear on the record.

12) He used to go to the The Bombay Powai Lake for fishing on holidays and often used to spend the entire day fishing, often without much success.

13) There'd be good-natured bantering between them. "Baba," Pancham would pout, "you don't give me enough pocket money." And Dada would laugh back, "Oi Pancham, when are you going to contribute to the kitchen expenses?"

14) Whenever the son would try to shuffle out quietly from the music room, Dada would say, "Jao jao, I know you want to smoke a cigarette."

15) When Pancham-da and Asha-ji planned to get married, they conveyed their concerns to Dada. Sitting next to Dada, Asha-ji waiting for his words, after a long silence he told that "Pancham is our only son, a divine gift God blessed us after a lot of prayers. Now he is in your hands with a hope that both you will devote to music and give new dimensions".

16) When Dada hummed the tune for "Yeh raat yeh chandi phir kahan" (Jaal), Sahir laughed. When Dada suggested that he would use Hemant Kumar's vocals for this number, Sahir was in raptures. Dada stuck on to his choice and the song was a very big hit.

16) In "Chhod do aanchal, zamana kya kahega". Asha Bhonsle responded with "Aah", Dada of course asked her to begin the song with that "Aah" to react in a manner as if somebody was pulling her saree.

17) Lata-ji did not sing for Dada for a stretch of five years. When she did come back, it was with a vengeance and her first number with Dada was a remarkable piece in musical artistry was "Jogi jab se tu aaya mere dwaare" (Bandini).

18) For Pancham-da's composition "Chunri sambhaal gori." Dada give the final touch by simply introducing an exclamation 'Aha' between the lines of the mukhda when sung in refrain.

20) Danny Danzogppa made a moderate debut as a playback singer in the duet 'Mera naam aao, mere paas aao' with Asha for the film "Yeh Gulistan Hamara", his part of the song was featured on Johnny Walker.

21) "Kaahe ko roye, Chahe jo hoye" sung by Dada (Hindi) was retained in both the Hindi and the Bangla (dubbed) version of the film "Aradhana".

22) During the one-year coma preceding his death Dada rarely reacted to any external stimuli, When Panchamda gave him the news that East Bengal had drubbed Mohan Bagan 5-0 in the IFA Shield Final. He did smile, faintly, once.

23) For his compositions he used to take inspiration from real life events and feelings. he used to roam aound on the roads. It's very rare that sat down with a harmonium to compose music. like for "Jaayen to jaayen kahan" he might have got lost, for "Ye raat ye chaandani phir kahaan" might be composed at looking through a window on a moonlit night, Looking far away at nothing in particular, as if looking for some lost treasure, he gave us the gems, "Tum na jaane kis jahan mein kho gaye".

23) He was a great innovator when it came to experimenting with instruments in a composition and well known for his last minute improvisations.

24) The trend in the industry where they believed in the principle of one playback singer for one hero in one film, for them, it was Mukesh for Raj Kapoor, Kishor Kumar for Rajesh Khanna, Mohd.Rafi for the irrepressible Shammi Kapoor and Dilip Kumar. Dada was differ from them. Repeatedly, he used more than one voice for the same artiste in the same film. Dada chose the playback singer depending on Mood and the situation where his song would be used in the film and not by which voice matched the actor's voice most. Thus, Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi and Mukesh sung for Amitabh in Abhiman and no one in the audience could noticed the switch while watching the movie. Similarly Rafi, Kishore and Manna Dey offered their voices for Dev Anand in Manzil. On Raj Kapoor in the film Pyaar Dada first experiment with the voice of Kishore Kumar. In the meanwhile, he was experimenting with the voice of Mukesh on Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar. In "Sagina" Kishor Kumar's voice used for Dilip Kumar. Surprisingly he has used Manna Dey on Kishore Kumar in "Naughty Boy".

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