Studying differs from one person to the next so what works for one may not for another. The ways that you can make the most of your studying time depends on what works best for you.
1. Develop a schedule that will allow you adequate time to study.
Having a schedule makes you see that you have certain things to do and will give you an allocated time that you should be focusing only on your studying.
2 To make the most of time when studying, select the times of day your brain is at its peak performance.
This can vary from individual to individual. Study when your brain functions best to help maximize its performance and reduce redundancy.
3 Study in a comfortable place where you can concentrate without distraction.
Distractions slow down performance because they defocus the mind.
4 Focusing the mind can be difficult especially if you are worrying about something, are tired, and don't know how to study well.
Perhaps one of the greatest skills in studying is being able to do this well as it improves test scores and saves time.
5 Develop a study strategy you know your mind will work well with.
Everyone's brain is wired differently, and we all learn in different ways. Some of us are visual learners others are auditory or kinesthetic learners. Find out what you are and increase the method which you brain learns from best to save more time. For example, if you are an auditory learner listening to lectures on tape and going to class may be more important than reading the text. If one is more visual the textbook and notes become the most important aid in studying.
6 Practice different techniques.
Stay on the look out for new ways to study and create some for yourself. After time studying will become easier and more of a routine than a challenge.
7 Take notes in class on the important things that you are going over so that you have the necessary clues to what you really need to focus on for an exam.
Try to study up on the material before class so that you can refresh your memory in case the teacher calls upon you.
8 Studying itself is a fine art, there may be workshops or even courses on how to improve studying techniques and save time.
One of the cornerstones of education and life is being able to and knowing how to study. There are many things in life that need studying whether it be a homework problem, a hole in the wall, building a model, putting a puzzle together or solving a relationship obstacle. The better one know how to study the more time one will save and the greater one will achieve when it comes around to testing time.
9 Take frequent breaks.
Of course, there are instances where you will need to study or work on homework for much longer than a few hours. In these cases, make sure that you are taking frequent breaks. Every 30 minutes to an hour, get up and stretch your legs to avoid stiffness and muscle cramps. Moving around a bit will get your metabolism going and leave you feeling more energized. A small snack that is high in protein and low in sugar is also a good way to boost your energy. Also try to not spend all your time eating
We look at some of the important clauses in commercial lease agreements that tenants should scrutinise, to get the best deal and avoid legal hassles at a later date
When taking a commercial space on rent, an agreement for the same needs to be carefully executed. There is usually a huge rental outgo in commercial establishments and hence, the premises to be taken on rent must be thoroughly checked. The rental agreement forms an important part of your business and the conditions therein, will impact your business and activities, as long as you are in those premises. A lease agreement is usually drafted by the landlord and thus, may contain several conditions that favour the landlord. Even if the lease agreement is being prepared by a broker, using a common template, there are some specific clauses that tenants should check for.
Try to get a competitor clause in the lease agreement. A competitor clause will prevent the landlord from leasing out space in the same building, in which you are moving, to your competitor. This can be particularly useful, if you are a retailer.
Concessions in rent
Check if the landlord is willing to give certain relaxations, like waiver of the rent for the first one or two months of the lease duration. Landlords are usually pliable, if the premises have been vacant for quite some time. Other relaxations can include sharing of renovation costs or a paint job for the premises, at the expense of the landlord.
Gross rent lease or net rent lease
There should be clarity between you and your landlord, about the components other than the rent, like property tax, maintenance charges, insurance and expenses towards common areas. In a gross rental deed, you will pay the rent and all of the other applicable expenses. In a net lease deed, you will pay only the base rent. In the case of a net lease deed, the rent will be lower but be clear about all the incidental expenses. Check out the electricity meters and see if you will get a separate bill or whether it will be combined with another tenants and if so, how will each tenant’s charges be ascertained.
At times, the tenant may need to carry out renovations or make improvements to the premises, for running the business. This will require the consent of the landlord. Try to get a clause inserted in the agreement for the landlord to give complete or partial compensation, for the renovations. This will be easier to do if the landlord is an individual, rather than a company.
Lease termination conditions
Check the conditions under which the landlord can terminate the lease, as these can often be rigid. One should also plan for circumstances where the building is sold by the landlord, while the lease tenure has not ended.
Lease renewal clause
A lease tenure of one or two years will give you the flexibility, especially if you have a small business, to move out for expansion purposes or to better location, when required. However, there must also be a clause to renew the agreement, after the first one or two years, at the same rent or a hike that is mutually agreed upon. This will insulate you from a sudden jump in rentals, in case you wish to remain in the same property. As a thumb rule, a 10 per cent annual hike in rental, is considered optimal. This can be lower or higher, depending on the supply of similar commercial spaces in that locality and your own situation. It is important to get the proposed increase in rentals in writing, in case you renew the agreement.
Security deposit and its return
There will be a fixed amount that you have to deposit with the landlord, as security. This security deposit will be a multiple of the monthly rent and is usually the equivalent of two or three months’ rent. Try and negotiate this amount. If there are many vacant commercial establishments in that locality, or if the landlord is not a corporate, there is greater scope for negotiation over this amount. Tenants should also examine the conditions pertaining to the return of the security deposit.
Every year, winters turn Manali white, making it one of the most loved places in India for anyone with a liking for snowfall. Come December or around, and this town wakes up from its dreamy winter slumber to mornings that bring bouts of snow, not without some sunshine of course. As a ritual, the local folks here start the preparation beforehand, complete with stocks of firewood and angeethis. If you wish to explore this beautiful hill town in India in its wintery avatar, here is your guide of the best things to do in Manali on a winter day.
1. A coffee and some cookies at Dylan’s
Much to everyone’s delight, this cafe has stayed as wonderful as it was when it started. Dylan’s Toasted and Roasted will live up to all your expectations on a snowy day, especially with the staff taking care that you get nothing but the best, toasted beans from Coorg and Chikamagalur for your coffee. Their cookies are all-time favourites as well.
2. An evening at the Johnson's Cafe
Another old-school place that lives up to its name, Johnson’s Cafe & Bar usually puts up live music sessions around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, or whenever it snows in winters to keep its customers happy. This place has a delightful ambiance, a great food menu (those pizzas), and some fine wine as well.
3. A drive to Naggar and beyond
There is nothing like driving in snow, as long as you have a local driver and your vehicle does not get stuck in it. While it does sound like an adventure, a local driver knows the terrain like you never would so hop in for a snow drive. Put on some good music, marvel at the glorious Naggar Castle, and then drive some more towards Jana Waterfall. Choose what you love more, this quaint village or the waterfall it has.
4. Some forest time by Hadimba’s abode
It would suffice to write that if you do not spend some afternoon hours in the forest behind the very famous Hadimba Temple, you would be missing the best of this place. A conserved area, this forest area is a mirage of quiet and green in the middle of a rather touristy stretch of Manali. It looks nothing short from a prelude in the Bavarian forests when it snows; do not miss.
5. Fresh trout and more at Cafe 1947; pizzas at Il Forno
Cafe 1947 in Manali is worth all the hype that it attracts. While its perfect settings by Manalsu river is a definite win, almost everything on their menu is worth digging into it. To make the choices simpler for you, we recommend trout dishes here. On the other side of the river, Il Forno awaits those in ardent love with Italian food. One of the quaintest, no-noise places to eat in Manali, a hearty, good Italian meal is a must here.
What is new in 2019 is that there is renewed focus on the MBA degree’s relevance to society and whether it has become out of sync with current industry practices.
Business school predictions for the last two years have already sung paeans to emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and virtual reality in modern classrooms and the disruptions they bring to education. 2019 has already recognized those trends and given them their due pedestal.
What is new in 2019 is that there is renewed focus on the MBA degree’s relevance to society and whether it has become out of sync with current industry practices.
Pursuing an MBA requires considerable personal and financial commitment. One of the most obvious questions that today’s generation asks a B-school is that when college-dropouts can go on to become billionaires why should one need an MBA?
A recent employer survey in the US reveals that employers search for five key skills in their target managerial personnel – ability to work with a variety of different people, ability to build, sustain and expand networks of people, ability to solve complex problems, ability to understand the impact of digitalization on business and the ability to prioritize and deliver time-bound results.
As can be seen, these are typical soft skills which rarely form part of business curricula and are difficult to teach in classroom environments or even simulations.
Some of the expectations around an MBA are patently unreasonable. For example, a number of students have been led to believe that an MBA is a golden ticket to a high-paying job, which it isn’t. The fact remains that your career will depend on the body of work you are able to present to a prospective employer. Employers are looking to hire people with not only the relevant skills and competencies when they hire an MBA but also one who has demonstrated success in management through relevant experience. And only a handful of business schools will give you realworld laboratories to practice and hone skills ancillary to your core competencies.
Given below are the top trends that MBA programs will be looking to deliver in 2019.
New disciplines to take centerstage
Entrepreneurship, analytics and design-thinking are predicted to be the 3 top areas in which demand will increase manifold this year. Digital media and luxury management are other emerging areas where specialization is a key requirement for entry.
As per naukrihub.com, a quality control manager’s salary ranges between Rs. 549,320 to Rs. 877,720. A pharmaproduct manager earns from Rs. 447,620 to Rs. 1,051,550 and that for a business analyst, between Rs. 502,830 to Rs. 945,630.
Business schools will be more responsive to society
Social upheavals in today’s environment continue to question established institutions and their relevance to social realities.
Business leaders too, being an inherent part of the community, will be pressed to become more responsive and responsible to needs such as environmental regulation, CSR and other collaborations.
Industries ranging from pharmaceuticals and energy to FMCG and fashion, all are being pressed to prove their involvement and contribution to the society at large. Adequate training and preparation will be called for those roles.
Increasing relevance through collaborations
In addition to continued Globalisation on one side with ease of mobility and inter-connectedness of joint academic and student exchanges worldwide, while on the other side,some countries have started to look inwards towards nationalisation. This has led to changing trading relations, resulting in redesigning operations and strategies for many businesses. MBA programmes, therefore, will be required to respond to such needs, where understanding the governments and the industry will be imperative.
Despite the presence of technologies such as AI and Digital Twinning, personal interactions will continue to trump digital interactions as the things that make a business relationship sustainable are still developed over lunch or face-to-face cues. Negotiations and transactions will have the best chance of success over technically enhanced face-to-face interactions.
Embedding tech in the classroom
Apart from these new trends, classrooms are already being supplemented by digital lectures, notes, AI-enhanced assessments that personalize the learning pace according to the comprehension capacities of individual students, VR-powered simulations model what would happen if decisions were to be implemented. Automation, Robotisation and Blockchain skills are invaluable to the evolution of Industry 4.0 and those possessing such skills will be at a distinct advantage.
The MBA degree has not lost relevance despite its being overused and non-uniform standard of education in India. The skills and capabilities the MBA offers to society and business are still generating great impact and will continue to do so in the coming future.
If you want to be as healthy as possible, there are no treadmills or weight machines required. Don’t just take my word for it—look to the longest-lived people in the world for proof.
People in the world’s Blue Zones—the places around the world with the highest life expectancy—don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms.
Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without even thinking about it. This means that they grow gardens, walk throughout the day, and minimize mechanical conveniences for house and yard work.
In fact, Blue Zones researchers determined that routine natural movement is one of the most impactful ways to increase your life span, and a common habit among the world’s longest-lived populations.
Of course this might not seem realistic in our current knowledge economy, where we’re often tied to a desk and in front of a computer screen all day.
Moving naturally throughout the day might sound pleasant and romantic, but the reality is that 100 years ago only 10% of us had sedentary jobs, whereas today it’s 90%.
However, there are still easy ways to add more movement into your busy lifestyle.
One of the best ways to do this is to use an active mode of transportation. This could mean walking your kids to school, walking or biking to the grocery store, to a friend’s house, or out to dinner. Ideally you could walk or bike to work as well (or walk/bike to the bus or train station, if that’s more feasible).
Research shows that the best work commute you can have is a 15-minute walk each way, but any physical activity built in along your commute is a plus. On the flip side, the daily car commute is the number two thing Americans hate the most on a daily basis, behind only housework (but maybe housework would be more enjoyable if you reminded yourself of the life-extending natural movement involved!).
If active transportation isn’t possible in your community, you can still find time to go out for a walk.
A recent study from the American Cancer Society revealed that walking for six hours per week resulted in a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and cancer than not being active at all. But the research also showed that walking even as little as two hours per week could reduce the risk of disease and help you live longer.
Walking is also great medicine for your mind. A daily walk could reduce the risk of dementia by 40%, according to Anders Hansen, a physician and psychiatry specialist from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
If long walks aren’t your thing, break it up by taking several smaller walks per day instead (five minutes per hour). Make it a point to stand at your desk, or at least get up and move around regularly throughout the day. Get outside at lunch for some fresh air.
The bottom line is that our bodies were designed to move. And that doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym. You don’t need to lift heavy weights or grind through high intensity interval workouts to live a long and healthy life.
Simple, natural movement can be even more impactful. Do as the world’s centenarians do—move naturally.
Often called mayanagari (city of dreams), Mumbai is synonymous with Bollywood, India’s largest film industry and one of the biggest movie machines on earth. As the entertainment hub of the country, it's no surprise that the city is home to hundreds of Bollywood actors, directors, film-makers and wannabes, and the city also appears in the storylines of dozens of critically-acclaimed movies, from local hits such as the Academy-Award nominated Salaam Bombay!, 2013 romance The Lunchbox and crime drama Chandni Bar to international releases such as The Hundred Foot Journey, Slumdog Millionaire and Million Dollar Arm.
If you’re interested in the art of film-making and understanding how, over the last century, Bollywood has influenced and shaped Indian popular culture, take time to explore the many movie links in this cinematic city, from Bollywood studios and shooting locations to vintage cinema halls and striking wall art inspired by the stars. Here’s a quick guide on how to turn your trip to Mumbai into a blockbuster.
Get behind the scenes in Bollywood
After opening its exclusive doors only to actors for decades, Film City Studio in Mumbai has now partnered with the state tourism department to offer visitors a chance to step into their favourite Bollywood movies, or at least the sets where they were filmed.
One of India’s largest film studios, Film City offers weekend bus tours to both indoor and outdoor shooting sets for such hit movies such as Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year and Josh, to name just a few. Visitors can get lucky with snapping photographs of celebrities too, as stars regularly visit the canteen on the premises.
For a more detailed look at the industry, tour companies such as Viator, Mumbai Film City Tours and Thrillophilia offer group tours giving insight into different aspects of Indian film-making, including its history and growth, the technical processes of editing and dubbing, and iconic movie locations. As in Los Angeles, you can also take a tour of the lavish, or sometimes humble, homes where some of India’s top cinema stars live or were born. Khaki Tours and the Mumbai Darshan Tour (run by Maharashtra Tourism) are reliable options.
Hit the Mumbai theatre trail
Mumbai historians take pride in the fact that the very first Indian movie, Raja Harishchandra, filmed in 1913 by Dadasaheb Phalke using cameras, lights and projectors shipped over from Europe and America, has its origins in the city. In the heyday of Indian cinema that followed the end of WWII, Sandhurst Road – today occupied by the railway lines of the Harbour local line – stretched from Girgaum Chowpatty to Dongri, lined with the grandest movie theatres of its time: the Olympia, the Coronation, the New Alhambra, the Majestic.
Most of these have vanished, or now stand as forlorn shells, lost in time, owing to the onslaught of multiplex culture. However, a handful can still be visited, screening mostly obscure regional movies, in a setting of decaying art-deco grandeur. Cinephiles should seek out the Alfred Theatre near Kamathipura, or the nostalgically dilapidated Nishant Talkies, New Roshan Talkies and Moti Talkies, dating from the transition away from silent films, dotted between Grant Road and Sandhurst Road.
To catch newly launched Bollywood movies in a classic theatre setting, head to the graceful, art deco Regal Cinema on Colaba Causeway, the rocketship-shaped Eros at Churchgate, or the Metro INOX Cinema (originally built and run by MGM, the Hollywood Studio), still sitting pretty at Marine Lines.
Having completed the movie theatre trail, tourists can head to the recently reopened Royal Opera House near Girgaum Chowpatty, an architectural marvel from 1912. As well as hosting the opera talent of its day, the place is also credited with being the making of the Kapoor Khandaan family, the first proper Bollywood dynasty, who grew up watching stage shows and musicals at the opera house in the dying days of the Raj.
Locations, locations, locations
Unless you have an encyclopedic knowledge of Bollywood films, it may help to hire a guide, or at least a taxi and driver, to explore the most prominent landmarks in the city that have doubled up as movie locations. Start with the Gateway of India and the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel – settings for many a Bollywood dance routine – or head to the Colaba and Bora Bazaar markets that featured prominently in Aamir Khan’s Talaash and Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol respectively.
Film-makers have long been drawn to the scenic promenade of Marine Drive, where parts of the motorcycle action thriller Dhoom, 2003 comedy-drama Munnabhai MBBS, and coming-of-age film Wake Up Sid were filmed. There’s something undeniably cinematic about the crowds of young Mumbaikers gathering on the edge of the urban sprawl to soak up the fresh breezes and calming sunrises and sunsets. Come in the wee hours of morning, when the city wakes up.
Next, head on to Bandra, the swanky northern suburb whose boutiques, bars and restaurants cater to many movie stars and icons of the industry. Stroll around Bandstand, Carter Road, Chapel Road, Pali-Hill and the Worli Sea Link and you may spot a star or two in the flesh.
Alternatively, wander through the surrounding backroads and narrow by-lanes, where you’ll stumble across larger-than-life murals depicting classic Bollywood movies, such as the 1960 historical drama masterpiece Mughal-E-Azam and superstars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, and Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema.
Off-Beat Bollywood Locations
Not all movie locations are glamorous. A number of agencies run trips to the vast slum area of Dharavi, where parts of Slumdog Millionaire were shot. This doesn’t have to be an intrusive experience. however. On the best trips, guides from the community will introduce you to local people and explain not just the area’s significance to Bollywood, but also how its fame has helped residents transform their lives. In the process, you'll be providing work and income for Dharavi residents.
Another interesting spot is the Mahalakshmi Dhobi Ghat, where thousands of washermen make their daily living pummelling the laundry of city residents in concrete washtubs in the open air. Bollywood paid tribute to their energetic trade in the namesake movie Dhobi Ghat.
Any list of popular movie locations in Mumbai would be incomplete without a mention of its beaches: Juhu, Girgaum Chowpatty, and Aksa beaches. An untold number of films have set their stars on the sand, with Juhu the beach of choice for cast-of-hundreds song-and-dance numbers. See it in its prime in the 1971 Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan flick Anand.
There's one more cinematic experience we shouldn't overlook. Film-makers periodically drop by Apollo Bunder and the cheap backpacker guesthouses of Colaba when they need extras for crowd scenes, offering a modest daily payment in exchange for a fascinating glimpse at how Bollywood works from in front of the camera.
Maharashtra is a culture that beautifully strikes a balance between modernity with tradition. It is not uncommon to eat the choicest non-vegetarian food on one day, and then completely abstain from all forms of meat on the next. Bhavesh’s family is no different. Traditionally, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are vegetarian days at his residence. And that’s why his hunt began.
Despite searching all across Mumbai, he was unable to find a single restaurant serving the kind of food he enjoys at home, especially on days when he was forced to not eat meat. And when it came to his favorite seafood, he found that it was always cooked in either Malwani, Mangalorean or Goan styles, in most restaurants.
Discussing his dilemma with his wife Manisha, helped. She promptly joined him and they both started off on an intense research project, visiting many a fine-dining restaurant to study the hotelier industry. And once they were both confident, they started Mi Hi Koli. Bhavesh today, enjoys the success of a unique restaurant that serves food close to his heart. And the best part – he can indulge himself on any day of the week.
It wouldn’t be surprising if you haven’t heard of Koli Cuisine. It is one of those rare cuisines integral to the culturally-rich Koli community that has been passed down through generations, over centuries. And as such, has stayed within the community.
It was in that year that Bhavesh Koli, and his wife Manisha Koli, decided to take the authentic Koli fare and spread it to the world. And what better place to make a start, than in Amchi Mumbai. It is here that Mi Hi Koli was born – the first restaurant to serve authentic Koli cuisine.
Prepared with the strictest adherence to traditional Koli cooking styles, each delicacy boasts the taste of the homemade signature Koli masala. The menu though, has been tempered to appeal to a wide variety of tastes, typical of Mumbai’s cosmopolitan culture. This has been done quite carefully though, toning down oil and spice levels, without losing out on the authentic Koli flavors.
At Mi Hi Koli, you are sure to discover a vibrant mix of genuine coastal Koli cuisine. For a special treat, you will also find a host of Maharashtrian delicacies imbued with tastes like you have never experienced before. Do come.