Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – October 2013

Welcome to October 2013 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

28th of September was Lata Mangeshkar’s 84th birthday. We would take up the selected few to quickly recap an important chapter of Golden Era of Hindi Film Music:
Songs Of Yore – continues with the series on S D Burman’s tryst with different singers in  Lata Mangeshkar’s best songs by SD Burman

Dances On Foot Path goes nostalgic in Happy Birthday, Lata

Coolone160 has presented a different flair of songs in   Lata Mangeshkar-The Queen of Melody

Conversations Over Chai’s post, My Favourites: Manna Dey-Lata Mangeshkar Duets, turned out to be a prophetic statement.

{As I am writing this piece – 9.30 AM on 24th November, 2013 – the SMSes have announced that Manna Dey is no more …. he has become तारोंमें …..एक हसता हूआ सितारा……. RIP, Manna Dey.}

It would also be most opportune to have a close look at few more offerings on Lata Mangeshkar:

SaReGaMa’s   Lata Mangeshkar – A Musical Journey (Biography) –  spread over  Segment 1  ǁ Segment 2 ǁ  Segment 3  ǁ Segment 4  ǁ Segment 5  ǁ Segment  6

We also pick –up some of the interviews recorded by SaReGama:

Khayyam Saab Talks About Lata Ji – A Musical Journey Of Lata Mangeshkar – The Nightingale Of India ǁMusic Director Pyarelal Ji shares his experience working with Lata Ji.ǁ Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman talks about Lata Ji’s Versatile/Legendary voice

lehrentv  also has a programme – Lata Mangeshkar On Her Musical Journey

Some more of her footprints…

Lata Ji Full Biography Video  ǁ Hits Of Lata Mangeshkar Songs ǁ Lata Mangeshkar Sings for Ghalib

Ashok Dave, in the course of his column of review of Hindi Films, incidentally, has presented two of some of the very good songs towards the beginning of end of careers of both , Lata Mangeshakr and S D Burman. These are:

Nadiya Kinare Ghir Aaye Kangana ǁ  Ab To Hai Tumse, Har Khushi Apani  from Abhimaan.

October also has the death anniversary of Kishore Kumar.

We have as refreshingly different tribute, penned by  Maulika Derasari ( in Gujarati ) as was Kishore Kumar’s different style of singing.

Songs of Yore also has presented one of the greatest music directors – singer combinations in Kishore Kumar’s best songs by SD Burman.

We also take note of two more articles in this anniversary / obituary category. Both have been presented by Dances On Footpath:  Happy Birthday, Noor Jehan! and  RIP, Zubaida Khanum.

Coolone160 wishes a happy birthday to Hema Malini-The Dream girl of Indian Cinema.

ABP News collected Shailendra’s gems,  intertwining them in with the biographical journey of “Shanker Das Kesarilal”, in Part I ǁ Part II and Part III @ Chauthi Kasam.

The post on Kishore Kumer @ SoY has an interesting comment by Canasya which leads us to another great combination of platforms – radio and Hindi Film Music.

We first take a look at some of the most known names of the announcers:

Ameen’s tryst with radio ǁ Tribute to Shankerji by Gopal Sharma – the renowned radio announcer and one time Head of the Hindi Department of Radio Ceylon ǁ Remembering Jaikishan  – A radio tribute by Gopal Sharma : Part I and  Part II

That brings us the sweet memories of Radio Ceylon.  RADIO CEYLON IS BACK @ Ashwani Kumar’s Jara Hat Ke Songs. Ashwani Kumar has also created a dedicated channel on YT – eraksoldies.

Dances On Footpath also has vividly documented one of the very popular dimension of Radio vis-a -vis Hindi Film Songs , resulting in some of the great songs in  A Singer on the Radio (Seven Favorites).  These are not (just) “radio songs,” but specifically the kind of scene that stars just one singer on the radio. There might be an orchestra behind him or her, and it might even be a duet with someone singing to the radio, but the there is still only one singer whose voice is being broadcast by radio.

We now look at some other posts from our other friends:

Ava Suri @ The Pink Bee’   presents Some good Pradeep Kumar songs .  These songs are indeed so good to listen and span a wide range of moods.

Dusted Off decided to do another ‘sung in transit’ list. But because she already done car songs (not to mention ghoda-gaadi songs and train songs), she goes the water way this time: with  Ten of my favourite boat songs.

That also takes me back to  Songs of Naiya @ Songs of Yore.

Conversations Over Chai has “pounced” upon the suggestion that “Men also suffer from heartbreak” in response her earlier post on songs of heartbreak. And she does take the heartbreak to one of its so very nagging cause – betrayal – in My Favourites: Bewafaai Songs.

It is now no secret that every edition of the Blog Carnival will have some or other anecdote or a song relating to Mohammad Rafi. In the present edition, we have a very fascinating trail. Ashok Dave, in his review (in Gujarati) of ‘Kabuliwala’ has been profusely praising a Salil Chaudhary – Mohammad-combination gem – O Sabba Kahana Mere Diladaar Ko. In one of the comments on the clip, Rumahale recalls “that in early 60s, this record was sold for Rs. 100 in black market of Peshawar. I am overwhelmed to know its popularity that is continued even now”.

Songs of Yore has presented one more classic treatise on S D Burman – SD Burman’s Bengali songs and their Hindi versions. However, as noted therein one more equally interesting piece on SDB is slated to come up on 31-10-2013. So, we will take a more detailed look at these two posts together in our next edition.

Till then……. Wishing a Very Happy Deepawali Season to all ……..

‘S T Parikh Saheb’s Family Celebrates His Turning 75

The occasion was momentous – certainly because both ‘Parikh Saheb’ and Surekhabhabhi have fought back very critical illnesses in the last couple of years; because they have maintained same conviviality, grace and equanimity, and certainly because we had had opportunity to meet many of Gujarat Steel Tubes (GST) colleagues.

When I joined GST (1973), he had already made his place in the (India’s the then) steel tube industry’s steel procurement space. He had laid foundation for meeting demands of the raw materials that GST ‘s major capacity addition was poised to need by 1974-75 period., within 5 years of taking over this role – from a core civial engineer’s mantle that he donned previously.

Shri ST Parikh was my mentor in the truest sense of mentorship, when management lexicon had not ‘known’ the concept of mentoring. He not only made possible all the opportunities for me to learn the ropes , but also showed several opportunities of new areas of learning in that short period of six years. He also had foresight to identify talent in the organization which was not fully used by their existing jobs. He drafted such persons in different capacities under his umbrella and paved way for their growth and provided the organization the much needed depth of expertise in an area (steel procurement) which he could have continued to operate as his ole domain. He never hesitated in training this team in all possible tricks of the trade. He was laying the foundation of of building a team in area which could have merrily remained his one-man-playground.

Moreover, he was always ready to extend helping hand to the weaker players of the industry without affecting the interests of GST.  This showed his skills of balancing two totally divergent activities. This, also, was building up of wide area network of those days.

He knew which relationships to build and ensured that once built, the relationship did not whither out, as long as he so desired. It should be no one’s surprise that all these bridges that he assiduously built have kept serving him even now.

And the bonus of attending today’s function – we met Apoorvabhai (Shah) and Karunaben, Pradip Desai, K M Shah, M N Shah, Manibhai Patel, Jyotindra Buch and KP Shah, after a good 30 years!

Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs – October 2013

Welcome to October 2013 edition of Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs.

This month, we have a broader canvas of articles that looks at Quality from different perspectives.

Evan Mathews Sanders, in his “journey to becoming a better man every day and the lessons I learn along the way” @ The Better Man Project presents

The Finest Moment

Our finest moment

Is when we reach

For something past our present

Like a fumbling hand into the future

But with a vision

That hand becomes still

One that grips with purpose

And moves away from temptation

And , on somewhat different note, we have Jessica Gross @ TED Talks’s SCIENCE section presenting the views of biologist Stuart Firesten on “In praise of ignorance” in today’s TED talk. Stuart Firestein, while proposing that science is really about ignorance, states that “Science, we generally are told, is a very well-ordered mechanism for understanding the world, for gaining facts, for gaining data.”   He explains: “I mean a kind of ignorance that’s less pejorative, a kind of ignorance that comes from a communal gap in our knowledge, something that’s just not there to be known or isn’t known well enough yet or we can’t make predictions from.” the more we know, the more we realize there is yet to be discovered.

The Quality and HSE professionals may draw lessons from Jeremy Anderberg’s Survival Lessons from World War Z @ The Art of Manliness. We have a “unique telling of the popular genre. What really sets it apart from those other cheap zombie thrills is that it focuses largely on how individuals, communities, and governments would react to such a scenario. It’s almost more of a fictional sociology textbook rather than a novel.

Whether in the actual apocalypse, or just a localized natural disaster (like what we experienced a couple weeks ago here in Colorado), these are lessons that anyone and everyone can start applying.

It took freak flooding in the city I live in to teach me the lesson that being prepared for disasters isn’t just for folks who are hard-core, it’s for people who are smart and want to come out the other end with their families and communities intact.

  • It’s Not If, But When – “Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s not stupidity, that’s just human nature.” –World War Z by Max Brooks
  • Zombies Don’t Care About Your PowerPoint Skills – Ours was a post-industrial or service-based economy, so complex and highly specialized that each individual could only function within the confines of its narrow, compartmentalized structure. …We needed to get a lot of white collars dirty.”
  • Practice Self-Reliance Before You Need It – Not only will having DIY skills help you rebuild your community, they also greatly increase your self-reliance.
  • Basic Physical Fitness is Paramount – “Make no mistake, bipedal locomotion was how most people traveled in the beginning.” Traffics jams of stalled cars that are miles long will be the norm in every big city.
  • Relationships Matter, Even in the Apocalypse – Our jobs tend to have pretty defined hierarchies. This should go without saying, but treat everyone (secretaries, janitors, security guards, doormen) in your office and building just as you would a peer. Beyond being a kind gentleman, those people may very well save your life someday.
  • The Latest and Greatest Technology Isn’t Always the Greatest  – Technological advances are a fantastic thing. They provide entertainment, enjoyment, efficiency, convenience…and the list goes on. There is also a downside, however, particularly when it comes to survival scenarios. If we become too dependent on new technologies, it can hamper our survival efforts. Remember it was old Ham radio that came to communication rescue in the matter of Colardo” (or Uttaarakhand, India) flash floods.

On a similar note, Bill Wilder  @ Learning is Change, in the article – The Master’s Lessons on Learning – presents what “Leonardo da Vinci once said that “learning never exhausts the mind.”  Although we’ll never know for sure exactly what he meant, it sounds like he was saying something like this: Real learning happens when people do stimulating things that don’t wear them out.”

We now move on to some hard-core Quality issues. Incidentally, these articles come from some of the ASQ’s Influential Voices.

Nicole @ Quality And Innovation opens with a statement “Achieving quality (re: ISO 9000 para 3.1.5) is all about meeting stated and implied needs” in Expressing Your Needs and then goes on to link Steve Pavlina’s broader discussion that there is probably a vast audience of potential partners and co-creators who, at any time, are ready and willing (and happy!) to meet your needs. It’s just that you haven’t broadcast those needs and so the people who would be happy to help you meet them are still in the dark. “But our society has conditioned us not to freely express our needs to friends, family, and others; after all, if we need something, the marketing should have worked already, and we should know where we can go to willingly exchange currency for the means to satisfy that need.”  The author sums up the article with – “first step is for me to start getting comfortable with expressing my needs – and being open to the people who will show up to help meet them.”

Anshuman Tiwari @ Qualty the Unfair Advantage has passionately thrown the gauntlet for the quality professionals in Quality must make money and not just be the right thing to do.  “In a recent post on his bog, Paul Borwaski, CEO of ASQ, shared a fantastic turnaround story about Corning Glass. As usual Paul choses his subjects wisely and presents his thought crisply. See the case study here.

Here are some key insights from Corning’s revival and dominance through Quality that I could summarize for you.

  • Winning the Baldrige is not enough – New challenges emerge requiring new responses. Corning Glass’s case clearly demonstrates how quickly we can slip if we drop the ball.
  • Quality is a Board subject – With Corning Glass’s case it is reiterated that once Quality slips lower in the organizational hierarchy, poor quality results follow quickly.
  • BigQ and Performance Excellence – Small Q is a reference to product quality and Big Q refers to an all-encompassing view – quality of business processes. With dimensions such business processes and customer experience the quality field has evolved into Performance Excellence. Corning realized this and included all functions in their quality program. Rich dividends followed.
  • Don’t ignore Quality training – All change starts with knowledge. Without adequate knowledge of what to do we risk changing processes only to create more havoc. Corning realized the value of training before embarking on change and invested in Six Sigma and Lean training for over 1000 staff.
  • Choose methods and tools wisely – Corning did not just pick every method available. They studied all and developed a framework and stuck to it. The Corning Performance Excellence model addresses collaboration, innovation, and improvement.
  • Quality must make money – Finally a Quality program must help make money. Quality is free but not charity.

Dr. Lotto Lai @ Quality Alchemist, has chosen the ‘The ANQ 2013’ in the article Asiaization is the Future of Quality  – which was slated to be held from 14th to 18th October 2013 – Bangkok, THAILAND , meet  to launch a relatively new lexicon in the realm of Quality – “Asiaization (亞洲化) [which]  is an action, process, or result of doing or making Asia-like; implying Asia culture and habit will be more and more important in the world.” In his detailed and methodologically narrative he emphatically states that “Asiaization (亞洲化) will be a key force of the “Future of Quality””.

Jamie Flinchbaugh, in the article Lessons From the Road: Get the Most from Your Assessments has presented the value of Assessment, as different from Audit He states that Assessment is the part of continuous improvement that people generally don’t enjoy, and don’t get nearly the value from that they should. As the saying goes, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” The article has also spelt out the steps for realizing the value of the assessment.

Dr. Lotto Lai also leads us to this month’s visit to an organization  engagaged in the pursuits of Quality Movement. Asian Network for Quality (ANQ), established since 2002, will take a significant role to contributing to the world economic development through improving quality.

The theme of ANQ 2013 is “Quality for the Strength of Asia”.

The keynote address @ ANQ 2012 – The First Ten Year Journey of ANQ  Presented by Dr. Noriaki Kano provides the detailed journey of growth of ANQ since 2002.

The emerging importance of the Quality Fraternity of Asia, in “45 year history of the Academy this is the first time a person – Mr Janak Mehta , Founder President ISQ and presently Chair International Relation Committee of ISQ  –  from region other than USA, Europe and Japan has been elected to this position.

We now take a look at current Roundup, which now presents a range of views by the ASQ Influential voices, in The Challenges of Sustaining Excellence wherein Scott Rutherford wraps up the bloggers’ comments nicely when he says: “Each organization has a unique culture with periods of great success as well as turbulent times. Ultimately, it is the alignment of culture, strategy, and execution that defines organizational sustainment during change of organizational leadership.”

In our regular winding up session from ASQ™ TV: Creating a Global View of Quality, we have ASQ TV Episode 9: Process Improvement.  This episode is about elements of process improvement. A Mexican automotive parts manufacturer shares its improvement story. An expert in transformational thinking gets us to look beyond standardization and problem solving. A rock band treats us to its interpretation of process improvement.

This month we visit Jimena Calfa  @ ASQ’s Influential Voices

Jimena CalfaAn Argentina native Jimena Calfa is a systems engineer specializing in quality software. She also writes about using quality tools in everyday life at Let’s Talk About Quality. She regards quality as “key of success of every organization and every person, in every aspect of life.

She understands Quality from the perspective of what Aristotle has said: “Quality is an art won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Quality, then, is not an act but a habit”.

She has passionately put across the rationale for writing blog by quoting the Cuban writer, José Martí : “Everyone to be complete has to plant a tree, have a child and write a book”. “In this technological age, we could replace the last part of the phrase and say “… and write a Blog.”

Her blog – Let’s Talk About Quality has sections like General Concepts [where we find articles on quality, in general]  XX vs. YY [which has articles like Customer vs. ClientActuality – ASQ [documenting her association @ ASQ] Q & A OFI (Opportunities for Improvement) My Bookshelf [listing the books she would recommend].

And we finally round up our present edition with –
Management Improvement Carnival # 200

We end current edition of the festival with James Clear’s article @  Lifehacker –  A Scientific Guide to Effectively Saying No. “In fact, not being able to say no is one of the most biggest downfalls that successful entrepreneurs claim as their own key mistakes.

“I can’t” and “I don’t” are words that seem similar and we often interchange them for one another, but psychologically they can provide very different feedback and, ultimately, result in very different actions.

The ability to overcome temptation and effectively say no is critical not only to your physical health, but also for your daily productivity and mental health. To put it simply: you can either be the victim of your words or the architect of them. Which one would you prefer?
But I do continue to wait to know your reasons for saying NO to my statement at the end of every edition, seeking your constructive inputs and suggestions…. to improve content and the style of this Blog Festival… And of course your YES – to put forward your views, candidly, is what I really look forward to…………………..

LIFE With Sophia Loren: Rare and Classic Portraits of a Film Legend

“Powerful, enduring relationships can sometimes develop between a photographer and his or her subjects. Such was most definitely the case with LIFE’s Alfred Eisenstaedt and the luminous Italian movie star Sophia Loren. Over the course of their decades-long friendship, Eisenstaedt would take countless pictures of the Oscar-winning legend — most of which never made it into the pages of LIFE magazine (and many of which were never intended for the magazine).

Loren appeared on LIFE’s cover seven times through the 1950s and ’60s.”


Here are some of these great shots:

Sophia Loren, Italy, 1961.Not published in LIFE. Sophia Loren, Italy, 1961.Sophia Loren, 1962.Sophia Loren impishly peering over the top of a newspaperSophia Loren, 1964

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