Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Movie Memories – HATARI

HATARI
The Evergreen Wildlife Classic
Movie Memories 
By 
VIKRAM KARVE 

When I was a small boy  in the early 1960s  I lived in Pune on Tilak Road near Madiwale Colony in Sadashiv Peth. 

Pune was a lovely place  and life was good. 

It was easy to be happy  because our threshold of happiness was so low  that simple things filled us with joy – like a morning run up Parvati Hill  a stroll in Talyatla Ganpati Saras Baug Garden  enjoying the frolics of animals in the Peshwe Park Zoo which was then located near today’s Saras Baug  a ride in the toy-train Phulrani  unrestrained playing with carefree abandon on the swings, see-saws and slides in adjoining park – eating a yummy bhel made by the hugely bearded Kalpana Bhelwala on Parvati Chowk on Tilak Road  a cream-roll or doughnut at Ashok Bakery  Patties, Nankatai and Khari at Hindustan Bakery  Ice Cream at Bua, Kaware and Ganu Shinde – so many things to do – and once in a while  we would bicycle all the way to Pune Camp via Laxmi Road to partake the inimitable non-veg samosas and tea at Naaz, Chinese at Kamling, Paan at George  and enjoy a Hollywood Movie and Ice Cream Soda at West End Cinema. 

Oh yes  West End – I vividly remember seeing my first ever movie sitting on those inimitable easy chairs and sipping deliciously fizzy ice cream soda in the interval at West End’s famous soda fountain. 

The name of the movie was HATARI – and till today  Hatari remains my all time favourite Wild-Life Adventure Film. 

A man’s first love always has an enduring place in his heart.

Likewise  a man’s first movie remains etched in his memories forever. 

So - a few years ago  when I chanced upon a DVD of Hatari  I immediately brought it home  and I relived fond memories of my first movie experience  albeit with an improvised home-made icecream soda. 

HATARI is sheer fun – a clean entertaining film  which can be enjoyed by people of all ages  from kids to grandparents. 

It is a spectacular adventure story  fast paced, exciting, thrilling  beautifully filmed on locations with real wildlife  amidst exceptionally picturesque scenery  featuring hunting scenes which are simply astonishing. 

Once you start watching Hatari  you are so engrossed  that you remain glued to the screen from start to finish.   

Hatari  in Swahili  means Danger  and true to its name  the movie keeps you enthralled with a sense of mesmerizing danger  as you watch the amazing hunting scenes featuring speeding jeeps, stampeding animals and the rugged African terrain. 

Everything looks real and authentic – real animals, giraffes, leopards, elephants  and many others  in their pristine glory and natural surroundings  like you have never seen them before. 

Hatari is a simple story of a group of hunters in Africa  led by the inimitable John Wayne  who capture wild animals for zoos. 

The movie begins with a fantastic scene showing John Wayne and his team driving speeding jeeps and trucks across the empty, dusty plains, herding dozens of rhinos, trying to lasso one of the most difficult wild animals to catch. 

It is sheer spine-tingling thrilling entertainment. 

Hatari has those rare, pleasant, naturally authentic settings  clear easy-on-the-eye photography  interesting happenings and gripping action  which we do not see nowadays  in modern adventure films  which often overtax the viewer’s senses  by having too many special effects.
 
Hatari’s simple plot  the camaraderie  the light romance  the subtle comedy  the delightful music (especially the foot tapping number "Baby Elephant Walk")  the visually enthralling scenery  and the fascinating animals  make this film a thoroughly enjoyable viewing experience. 

Hatari is a fun movie  pure entertainment  a visual treat with beautiful eye catching landscape  and plenty of thrilling action – the ideal feel-good movie for you to enjoy with your entire family. 

VIKRAM KARVE
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TIME MANAGEMENT – Part 2 – “Time Management” is “Event Control”

TIME MANAGEMENT  – Part 2

Revised Abridged and Updated Version of My Article on Time Management Written by me 10 Years Ago in the Year 2005...

TIME MANAGEMENT IS EVENT CONTROL
Musings
By
VIKRAM KARVE  
 
Time is a series or succession of events.

Controlling life means controlling time.

Controlling time means controlling events.

Thus  “Time Management” is “Event Control”
 
Time Management is inextricably linked with event control  and boils down to selecting, planning and managing your events or activities.

For every event or activity you do  you spend time  and you add value.

Yes  ask yourself:

Are you adding enough value to your life  when you spend your time?

Time is a vital resource  which once you spend  is gone forever  and you can never replenish.

This value-addition can be in various domains – material, intellectual, familial, health, spiritual – and spending more time on a certain activity  may get you value-addition benefits in the domain of your interest  your cardinal values.
 
Do you value happiness?

If so – how much time are you spending on activities that make you happy?

It is in your hands to exercise control on your activities, actions and events.

If you can control the events in your life – you can manage your time  and achieve inner peace and happiness. 

Some events are in your control  and some events are not in your control.

You must learn to distinguish between what you can control – and what you cannot control.

Then  you can focus on those events you can control.

Focussing on events you can control will enable you to gradually increase your span of control.
 
As long as you live your life in such a way  that your happiness is dependent upon things you cannot control  you will be a puppet in the hands of external circumstances and entities.

Remember happiness happens “inside-out”  not “outside-in”.

Happiness comes from within you  not to you from outside.

Happiness is a product of your mind, your attitude, your thought.

So – the best way to be happy is to spend maximum time on high value activities.
 
What are these high value activities? 

What is the highest value of time?
 
Your highest value use of time comprise things  which advance your overall purpose in life  and activities you love to do.

Introspect – analyze  and find out your own high value  and low value  uses of time.
 
You have all the time in the world.

Reflect on what really matters to you.

Stop doing things that you do not value.

Avoid things that do not make you happy.  
 
In case it is not possible to totally avoid those activities, things and people who do not add value to your life – you can at least try to reduce the time your spend on such low value activities/people to a bare minimum  and gradually try to phase them out of your life.
 
Be eccentric in your use of time.

Slow down.

Purge your diary.

Allow at least one hour each day for exercise that you enjoy. 

Even if you are not athletic – you will still enjoy a good walk with a friend  or with yourself. 

Yes – you must spend high value time with yourself.

Use your cell phone, internet and other modern technology for those activities that add value to your life.

As long as it won’t get you fired from your job – stop going to meetings  or doing wasteful activities at work. 

In your personal life too  try to avoid people and events that bore you or hassle you.

Reclaim all your trivial uses of time – so you have more time for yourself – and for people you care about – and for things you value the most.

So before you spend time on something or someone – ask yourself whether you are adding value to your life by spending time on that activity or entity. 

Reduce your low value use of time to the barest minimum  and focus on high value use of time.

Try out the Time Management by Event Control technique.

Aim to Add Value when you Spend Time.

VIKRAM KARVE
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1. This is based on my personal experience. It may or may not work for you. So please do due diligence before trying out this technique.
2. All stories in this blog are a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the story are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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This is a Revised and Updated Version of My Article SPEND TIME ADD VALUE written by me in the years 2005 and and posted online earlier a number of times in my blogs at urls: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2010/03/time-management-value-paradigm.html  and  http://creative.sulekha.com/do-you-add-value-when-you-spend-your-time_386317_blog  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2012/02/time-management-add-value-when-you.html

Sunday, July 26, 2015

TIME MANAGEMENT – Part 1 – HURRY SICKNESS

TIME MANAGEMENT  – Part 1

Revised Abridged and Updated Version of My Article on Time Management Written by me 25 Years Ago in the Year 1990...

HURRY SICKNESS
Hurry Burry Spoils the Curry
Musings
By 
VIKRAM KARVE


HURRY SICKNESS - DEFINITION and MEANING
 
A central element of lifestyle management is the skill to creatively balance achievement and work success with leisure activities, family life and social involvements.
         
Another critical aspect is the ability to feel comfortable at work and at home and to enjoy the experience of whatever is being done at that moment.
 
But nowadays, most of us are obsessed with getting results or completing one’s task. 

When task completion becomes more important than enjoying the task in hand – and understanding the work or activity one is doing at the given moment  a sure victim of “hurry sickness” is born.
 
The resultant constant sense of urgency is the trap of hurry sickness. 

You rush to “get things done” to the point where it becomes an obsession.
 
Breaking this syndrome requires that you learn to enjoy experiences for the pleasure they give. 

When you gain pleasure from an experience  there is no need to get things done painstakingly.
        
Enjoy experiences  not rewards  and things will get done automatically without any constant stressful sense of urgency.
 
Hurry Sickness can be defined from a psychological perspective as follows:

“HURRY SICKNESS is a pervasive and progressively urgent need to complete task in order to obtain rewards at completion without regard for other aspects of the work experience and by using maladaptive time strategies”


OBSESSION FOR TASK COMPLETION
 
They key causal factor in hurry sickness is the progressive need for task completion.

Enjoying what you are doing is neglected with a morbid urge to getting it done as quickly as possible 
 no matter what the activity.
 
The need for task completion extends to non-work involvements as well.

For example – Hurry Sickness affects activities like eating, playing, romance, making love, sex, leisure, having fun, loafing, taking a stroll, recreation, leisure, sports, pastimes, hobbies, holidaying, exercising, lazing around, dozing, enjoying music, cooking, gardening, and – even – doing nothing. 

Your Hurry Sickness interferes with the enjoyment of these experiences because of the persistent inclination to hurry up and finish it off.
 
Getting things done has become such a strong need  because the payoffs or rewards for completion have assumed primary importance.

Your work experience has taught you that rewards always come at the end of the activity 
 after you have put forth great effort to achieve a goal. 

You do not realize that happiness is not a destination but the manner of traveling.
 
Not only do you feel a sense of personal satisfaction from your achievements  but tangible rewards  such as promotion, cash incentives, awards, and advancements are given to you as well. 

With time  these rewards have become clearly linked with your self-esteem.
 
Each time you “succeed”  your ego  your inner self  sends a message to you which says: “You have done well. You are a commendable person because you succeeded again.” 

Your need for this kind of reassurance has become stronger than you would care to admit.


TIME URGENCY
 
Time-Urgency quickly becomes a strong internal driving force towards task completion. 

Your life becomes a frenzy of completing one task after another. 

You are obsessed with time  and wasting time becomes almost a mortal sin.
 
You strive to maximize your productivity by using time ever more efficiently  but you also have a sense that you are controlled by time  and you don’t like it. 

Time is both your challenge  and your enemy.

A telling sign of hurry sickness is that even while relaxing  you constantly fight the time-urgency that causes you unrest.
       
Another way to seek to increase your output is to adopt maladaptive time management strategies. 

These questionable tactics may help you get more done over the short run  but you pay a heavy emotional price.


MULTI-TASKING – A MALADAPTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
 
You now do everything faster  you have learned to “multitask”  or “double up”  to do many things at once  and you are constantly preparing for what is coming next  before you are finished what you are doing now. 

The insidious trap is that you get something done quickly  even when there is no reason to get anything done at all.
         
Because of your emphasis on task completion  you focus on finishing the task – without regard for other aspects of the experience. 

In short  you have lost the ability to enjoy yourself while doing anything  because of your incessant drive to get to the finish line. 

Because of this change  you have lost the ability to emotionally rejuvenate yourself.

Chronic Fatigue and Pessimism are symptoms of this malady of Hurry Sickness.
   
 
SIGNS AND SIGNALS OF HURRY SICKNESS 
       
Here are some behavioral signs and signals that indicate hurry sickness:
 
 
1.     Hurried Eating  
 
You now eat in the office while continuing to work or you just skip meals altogether.

You multitask while eating.

At home, you finish meals well ahead of everyone else and eat in bigger bites without savoring the taste of food.

Sharing pleasantries at the table is minimal because you cannot sit long enough.

Ask yourself – are you eating mindfully and relishing every morsel of your food? 

Are you totally relaxed and unhurried when you eat? 
 

2.     Hurried Sex
 
Relaxed and romantic sex and leisurely lovemaking is but a pleasant memory.

The frequency of having sex has reduced  and even when you do indulge in sex  it is a quick encounter  and you are off to sleep  or you move on to some other “important” or “urgent” activity. 

Sex is less spontaneous and more mechanical these days.

Sex has become another hurry-up-and-get-it-done activity. 

Worse  you often indulge in “faking it” – so that you can quickly finish off your lovemaking activity – in order to get sex over with in a hurry  so you can quickly get on with the more “important” and “productive” things in life – your “high priority” activities!  
 

3. Confused Communications
 
Your interpersonal communication patterns now focus squarely on the negative. 

Feedback to others emphasizes mistakes and failings – and you rarely compliment  or offer sincere support to anyone these days. 

You do not take the time any more for pleasant chats with family and colleagues. 

You make demands instead of working cooperatively with others or team-building.

You even stop talking to yourself (intrapersonal communication). 

And hey  are you on your cell-phone most of the time?  
 

4. Uneasy Leisure
 
You put aside less time for relaxation  and you enjoy it less  when you actually try to relax. 

Time-off is now more of a hassle than it is worth. 

When you sit still  you feel uncomfortable and uneasy almost immediately.

You have lost the ability to “do nothing”.

It is difficult for you to loosen up – and enjoy an idle hour relaxing  doing nothing. 

Leisure makes you uneasy.

Ask yourself: “Why do I work? 

Introspect  reflect and contemplate on this question  and realization will dawn upon you that the primary reason you work is to be able to enjoy your leisure.

Yes  we work to earn money  so that we can enjoy our leisure.

So why aren’t you taking a vacation every day  and learning how to enjoy your leisure with full awareness? 

Of course  if you are lucky  and you learn how to enjoy your work  then your work will seem like leisure. 
 

5.  Poor Quality of Family Life 
 
Family members now “report” events to you  but you share little of yourself with them. 

You and your spouse argue more than you talk.

The satisfactions of family life have diminished in quality and quantity

Your impatience is just as strong at home as it is in the office. 

In both your work life  and your family life  you display a sense of hurry.


HURRY SICKNESS  –  CURE AND MITIGATION

(HURRY BURRY SPOILS THE CURRY)
  
 
If you are a victim of hurry sickness  your initial tendency is to effect and expedite your “cure” in a hurry too

But  this hurry-up-and-get-it-done”  attitude  may actually sabotage your recovery. 

What is required is patience, perspective and the ability to deal with setbacks in healthier ways.
 
It is easy to blame hurry sickness on the pressures of the job  and what you “have to do to survive” – and on the insensitivity of the complex modern world. 

While each of these perceptions has a grain of truth in it  the fact remains  that most of the responsibility for hurry sickness lies within you.
 
Your drive to get ahead is the real root of the problem  and the fact is that  you have lost all sense of perspective. 

Until you accept personal responsibility for your present state  you will not be in a position to confront and reverse the real mischief, damage and harm caused by hurry sickness. 

Remember the well-known story of the hare and the tortoise. 

Decelerate your life a bit  slow down  walk leisurely instead of driving  and do not carry your mobile phone  or at least – switch off your cell-phone where you can.

Do not multitask  do one thing at a time  with full awareness and mindfulness and learn to enjoy the experience of whatever you are doing. 

Ask yourself:

Do you believe in multitasking? 

Are you a victim of Hurry Sickness?

Why don’t you rid yourself of this malady 
 and enhance your quality of life? 

Of course you can get rid of Hurry Sickness! 

Just stop multitasking – and focus on whatever you are doing at the present moment. 

It is very easy and it works - you can take my word for it.

So Dear Reader - just RELAX 

Remember: HURRY BURRY SPOILS THE CURRY


VIKRAM KARVE
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Disclaimer:
1. This is based on my personal experience. It may or may not work for you. So please do due diligence before trying out this technique.
2. All stories in this blog are a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the story are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Copyright Notice:
No part of this Blog may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Blog Author Vikram Karve who holds the copyright.

Copyright © Vikram Karve (all rights reserved)

This is a Revised and Updated Version of My Article HURRY SICKNESS written by me in the years 1990 and and posted online earlier a number of times in my blogs at urls: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2010/11/hurry-burry-spoils-curry.html  and  http://creative.sulekha.com/hurry-sickness_31046_blog  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2011/08/hurry-sickness-causes-and-cure.html  etc