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Saikat Basu
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A few large-hearted photographers and visual creatives are  trying to distil the noise and bring something fresh to stock photography. They are also doing it for free.

#stockphotography #stockphoto  
Stock photos suck. That's the general refrain around the Web. It sucks more because you have to pay a nice premium to use the best stock photos. A valid criticism against stock photos says that they end up looking like each other – too generic they say. The Web is increasingly visual...and increasingly personalized. As…
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Ideas are little sparks. Miss them and they are vapor. Catch them. Fan them. They turn into flames.

#creativity #ideas #selfdevelopment  
There are no bad ideas. Okay, I stole that line from a favorite TV show, and it goes like this... There are no bad ideas Lemon, only great ideas that go horribly wrong... -- Jack Donaghy, '30 Rock' Ideas are little sparks. Miss them and they are vapor. Catch them. Fan them. They turn into…
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Do you have a passion that is secretly throbbing inside your head? Even an idea? What is holding you back? Maybe, the clock runs out after a grueling 10-hour workday and an hour of commute. I know the feeling. I have been there. In many ways, I am still there like you. Let’s not make that an excuse anymore. Let’s steal some time.

#selfdevelopment #productivity #timemanagement  
Lisa Sugar worked in advertising but loved celebrity gossip. Ray Chen was a university student who just wanted to share funny images. Craig Newmark was new to San Francisco and worked for a brokerage and banking company. These three sound like everyday people. They also created little websites -- PopSugar, 9GAG, and Craigslist in that…
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Plug in…sit back…and listen. If you are driving, pay attention to the road.

Seven life hackers talk about the little things we can do to work awesomely.

#productivity #lifehacking #podcast  
Can seven strangers improve the way you work? They can change your life. If you give them your ear. Podcasts are the Web's gift to people who like to go by the ear. Podcasts won't cure the vexing problem of rush hour traffic and losing that parking space. But they could help lower your blood…
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No time hack can solve a reading problem. These few might help you to read more. It’s also wise to remember the words of Mortimer J. Adler — the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.

Are you a voracious reader? It’s a busy world. How do you manage your time and fill the minutes with some reading? Here we are hoping for some read-worthy tips.

#productivity #timemanagement #reading  
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How do you come up with creative ideas if you are busy punching the clock somewhere else? To most of us, creativity doesn’t happen overnight. It needs work and drive.

#creativity #writingtips  
Ideas are fun. Writing is sweat. Ideas are like the fleeting romances in our fantasies. Writing is the marriage. It is the hard work. Writing is waking up in the morning and putting pen to paper. Writing is going to work. If you like writing as a creative exercise, then you can find comfort in…
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Every second saved on needless fiddling with camera controls or cursing an out-of-focus picture can be spent on doing what you love the most. These ten time-saving tips are not only basic, but they go a long way in improving your workflow.

#photography #photographytips  
When you are doing something you love, time and money doesn't really matter. Now, go and tell that to someone who wants to join a photography class. The good ones cost good shekels. Photography is an expensive hobby, and it doesn't get easier on the pocket as you graduate upwards with better skills. Don't worry,…
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This the golden age of citizen journalism.

News organizations have stringers in every major city. But even they cannot cover everything. As we see so many times, it is the person in the moment who makes a difference. There pictures do tell a thousand words. News outlets love news…but maybe, not so much to pay for it. Nothing though is stopping you for negotiating for a slice of the pie if your photo catches history “breaking news” in the frame. It has been known to happen.

Juice up your cell. If news is breaking, be on the scene. Here are seven television news outlets waiting to accept your newsworthy pictures and videos.

#citizenjournalism #news #reporting  
7th July 2005 saw four bombs going off in London. It was one of the worst terror attacks on English soil. A year later, an anonymous Londoner received a citizen journalist award for his timely click of the aftermath. Broadcasters like the BBC featured his photo. The photo wasn't a professional snap by media standards…
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It’s not about writing the next great novel. It’s not about crafting business letters. It could just come down to writing an intelligent Facebook status message and creating an impact. What are your ideas for developing the writing skill?

#writing #writingtips #selfdevelopment  
Writing is not important...communication is. Someone said it wrong. Good writing is good communication. Like all useful things, it doesn't come overnight. It takes practice, perseverance, and some more practice. You might ask why. It is simply that everyone can write, but not every one is a writer.  Audio-visual modes of communication, emoticon-full text messages,…
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When you get rid of the fluff, there is something to be said about simplicity. We don’t notice it till it proves its usefulness. We don’t notice it till it starts making a difference to our everyday tasks. Simplicity is there all around us, and that does not exclude the Web. Use it just right and simple web apps can really total up the seconds for productivity.

#productivity #timemanagement
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Freelance Content Writer
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  • MakeUseof.com
    Assistant Publishing Editor/Staff Author, 2008 - present
  • GuidingTech.com
    Contributing Writer, 2011
  • HacknMod.com
    Contributing Writer, 2009
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A business professional by training, geek by choice, writer by passion
Introduction
I came screaming and kicking into this world...but I am learning to enjoy the journey since then.

I spent my wonder years in several cities, adapting, learning and absorbing cultures, dialects and sensibilities.

I studied about plants and the environment. I graduated to studying about business and the selling factor.

I started my white collar life as a professional executive in White Goods, Automobiles and finally Telecom.

I discovered myself when I started to write. I discovered my joy factor.

They say that you can find your personal alchemy anywhere...anytime. I found it in the words of Andy Rooney -

There was never a writer who didn't hope that in some small way he was doing good with the words he put down on paper and, while I know it's presumptuous, I've always had in my mind that I was doing some little bit of good.

If you have stopped by, here's wishing you well for life. May you have many wonderful trips around the sun!
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Survived rat race...and came out.
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Kolkata
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New Delhi/Pune/Saugor (M.P)
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