Sunday, December 2, 2012

From a Fighter Pilot to Journalism: An interesting Saga


                   That's me in the cockpit of the lead Mirage-2000                           


I am a retired Air Force fighter pilot and I love my family, flying, the English language and teaching, in that order.

I started writing in 1967, for the National Academy Bi-yearly Journal and moved up as a freelance writer for periodicals like 'The Blitz', The Illustrated Weekly of India and local weeklies. I was called upon in 1981 by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to write for and edit our Flight Safety Magazine, to which I have contributed over one hundred articles over the years. I edited all IAF Coffee Tables from 1990 to 1996. As Staff Officer to two Air Chiefs, I also edited ALL that they wrote, from important letters to newspaper releases and complimentary letters to obituaries. I was responsible for adding the finishing touches to their speeches and addresses to the Indian Govt.


My expertise garnered over 30 years plus is backed by a BTech., a BBA., two Masters (one in English Literature, the other in Defence Studies) and a D. Litt.

An alumnus of Loyola School and Junior College, Pune, I hold a Diploma in German, obtained in 1970 from Goethe-Institut at Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune. A linguist, I speak French, Hindi and three other regional languages.

As Editor at a publishing house in Delhi, Contact Communications, I wrote Academic/ Technical/Business articles while editing and proofreading their three magazines, pamphlets, novels, novellas, academic & other non-fiction educational works, theses and website content. Their technical monthly magazine, StitchWorld was entirely my baby, from topic selection, layout, advertorials and guest articles to my own inputs in the form of didactic articles.

I was also a founder member of StitchWorld International Forum of Technologists (SWIFT), which examined, among a host of other issues, what was amiss in Indian workplace ethics, incentives and motivation, rewarding outstanding workers without being divisive and the tricky issue of gender discrimination. Check out http://stitchworld.net/display1.asp?msg=409&cat=TechEvents and
http://www.stitchworld.net/display1.asp?msg=446&cat=TechEvents, both written by me. I feature in the photographs in both reports.

For the other two magazines, ApparelOnline and Trend Fusion, I wrote as a specialist on the WTO, particularly on the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC) and all restrictions thereunder(quotas); Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); the ISO 9000 family of quality control mechanisms; ILO’s SA 8000, etc..


I have just completed designing the syllabus for Finance and Business Studies, based on Glencoe’s “Teacher’s Annotated Edition”, for the state of New Jersey, USA and will be called upon to set examination papers in the near future in a separate contract.

I am very highly rated and have a dedicated clientele of five individuals, for whom I write or copywrite long articles in the US$ 500-1000 range. I do not write for agencies as such, though I have worked with many, like Guru.com, Skillpages.com, Elance.com, PeoplePerHour.com, AcademiaResearch.com and others. Starting 2010,  I completed 38 jobs at Elance, with 40 x 12,000-word fully researched articles for Daniel Eapen (intellectualphilanthropy.org/).

I produce clean, crisp and precise work. My work at a conclave at IMB, Germany in 2006 was so impressive that I was hired by a renowned aerospace company to write classified papers/ proposals/presentations at Company HQ for the next three years, targeted at the multi-billion Indian defense market.

I have edited fiction, non-fiction and a host of eBooks. The qualifications needed to edit books demand-copy editing & line editing: editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style; checking for consistency of mechanics and for internal consistency of facts; reorganizing a manuscript for context and structure. The flow has to be consistent and sequential, with no areas of ambiguity.

I believe in proactive dynamism and lend verve and vitality to the text, visual or aural. My performance has regularly been rated excellent and laudatory compliments are unparalleled. If research is involved, I work on only 4,500-5,000 words in one day, sleep on it and rework the article the next day. I invariably conjure a better presentation le lendemain matin.

My encomiums are flattering:

1. “Outstanding work on a very complex topic that few will ever tread. Above and beyond other writers I have used on eLance or elsewhere. A tremendous asset to the Elance Community” Mathew Eapen; justus@eapen.org, eapen.com

2. “It is rare to find such a Professional. Communication was 100%; words were 100% and delivery was well in excess of what we asked for and so we are of course very happy with this Professional. We rarely give a bonus but this time we just had to as the value of work was so good that only fair a bonus is paid.” eGuides Australia


    3.  “I was under extreme time pressure to complete six articles and upload them to my client’s website. I had just six days and I allotted the longest and most complex article of 5,000-5,500 words to Noel Moitra on word of mouth and visible records. He not only submitted his amazingly in-depth article three days ahead of schedule with 27 unimpeachable references, but also volunteered to re-edit- free of cost- all work submitted in bits by the 5 other providers. I was stunned to see the errors made by these other 5 in the error tracking mode. I pride myself on my English, but must doff my cap to Noel. Exceptional worker, without doubt the best I've ever worked with, miles above the rest. Unreservedly recommended to one and all. He is worth twice his price!” Ross Madison
     
    
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                                                  Gp Capt Noel Moitra VM

  1. An alumnus of Loyola School and Junior College, Pune, I hold a Diploma in German, obtained in 1972 from Goethe-Institut at Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune. A linguist, I speak French, Hindi and three other regional languages.
  2. Passed SSLC Exam with Distinction.
  3. 1st in UPSC Selection Exam for the National Defence Academy.
  4. 1st in NDA Air Branch Cadets written tests.
  5. 1st in Flying Instructors School, Tambaram, Chennai.
  6. Bagged Majithia Trophy with record marks that still stand.
  7. Inducted MiG-21 bis in 1976.
  8. Fastest 1,000 hrs on the MiG-21 bis.
  9. Appointed sub-editor for the Air Force Flight Safety Magazine
  10. Inducted Mirage 2000 aircraft in 1985.
  11. Only pilot to induct 2 types of aircraft.
  12. Fastest 1,000 hours on the Mirage 2000 in the world.
  13. Edited all IAF Coffee Tables from 1990 to 1996.
  14. Staff Officer to 2 Air Chiefs.
  15. Edited all that they wrote, from important letters to newspaper releases, compliments to obituaries.
  16. Did 11 months flying cross-training in Germany.
  17. Commanded a Mirage 2000 Squadron.
  18. Awarded Vayu Sena Medal in '92.
  19. Only pilot to have fired a S-530D BVR missile; it costs as much as a Mig 21.
  20. Base Cdr at that Station, with 15,000 heads.
  21. 1st in Staff College Entrance exam.
  22. Did Staff Course in UK.
  23. Did my BBA in the UK (University of Reading).
  24. Did AREA Course in Japan.
  25. Post-retirement, joined a publishing firm, Contact Communications and started commercial journalism, both writing and editing.
  26. Raised its Technical Magazine to a level where it was judged best Asian Technical Magazine at IMB, Cologne.
  27. Worked with a leading global aerospace and air armament concern till 2010.  
  28. Freelance editor/writer today.  
  29. Equally fluent in both UK and US English.

IN SERVICE TRAVEL PROFILE

Poona-Mysore-Bangalore-Poona-Bidar-Dindigul-Hakimpet-Jamnagar-Chandigarh-Tezpur-Halwara-Russia-Pune-Tambaram-Dindigul-Bhuj-France-Belgium-Switzerland-Holland-Norway-Sweden- Spain- Andorra- Monaco- Italy- Belize- Greece- Egypt-Doha-Dubai-Muscat-Saudi Arabia-Oman- Chile-Kenya-Seychelles-South Africa, Gwalior-UK-Gwalior- Delhi-USA-Gwalior-Allahabad-Nepal-Delhi-Japan-Delhi.

POST SERVICE TRAVEL PROFILE

Delhi-Colombo-Delhi-Germany-Delhi-Jordan-Israel-USA-Delhi-Djibouti-Accra-Lagos- South Africa-Seychelles-Kenya-Tanzania-Mozambique-Delhi-Puducherry-Muscat-Abu Dhabi-Bahrain-Dubai-Delhi-Malaysia-Bangkok-Delhi-Singapore-Manila-Delhi-Dublin-London-Scotland-USA-Delhi-Laos-Cambodia-Vietnam-Japan-Delhi-Bangladesh-Delhi-Colombo-Delhi-France-Scotland-London(UK)-Delhi-Jordan-Israel-USA-Delhi-Bangkok-Indonesia-Vietnam-S.Korea-Delhi-USA-Delhi.

MORE INFORMAL DATA


Preliminary Data: 

Diverse skills. 
  Ø  Intelligent, sharp, hard working, focused, punctual, work oriented and a team player.
  Ø  Invariably ranked first, since cadet days in 1967, in ALL courses undergone.
  Ø  Professional Military Pilot with 33 years of experience in the Indian Air Force (IAF).
  Ø Became Instrument Rating Examiner on MiG-21 aircraft.
  Ø  Instructor in Flying and Flying-related subjects since 1980. Ranked 1st in the entry course.
  Ø  Tested air/ground crew on Mirage-2000 aircraft as sole Air Force Examiner for 5 years.
 Ø  Did my A-1 Instructional Rating on Mirage-2000 aircraft.
  Ø  Staff Officer to two Air Chiefs, the highest and most prestigious post in that rank (Lt. Col.).
  Ø  Wrote over six speeches/obituaries/prefaces/messages/presentations, etc. for both daily, 6 days a week.
  Ø  Specialist in editing and formatting mainly official letters and documents, as well as memos, minutes and reports.
  Ø  Considerable HR experience, commanding a Flying Squadron and later as Base Commander at an airbase housing 15,000 bodies.
  Ø   Awarded VM (DFC) 1993
  Ø  Widely travelled, with 62 countries visited, before and after Service. 
  Job Related

  Ø  Only pilot in the IAF to induct two new types of aircraft.
  Ø  Fastest 1,000 hours on both types.
  Ø  Wrote a Service Paper on gainful employment of Air Combat Missiles, another first.
  Ø  Acclaimed specialist in Low Intensity Conflict. Have written a thesis, unfortunately ‘classified’, on that subject.
  Ø  Have appeared on radio talk shows on the Kashmir issue.
  Ø  First writer on a new airflow control device. It has been included in the Aerodynamics  Syllabus for aircrew and is available at http://vortilons2.blogspot.com/; Part 1 is at http://basicaerodynamics.blogspot.com/
  Ø  Master of Ceremonies at all types of occasions, including Ceremonial like Parades, Awards Functions, etc. Commentator at Field Hockey, Soccer and Tennis matches. Commentator at IAF Republic Day Flypasts for 12 years.
  Ø Have absolute command over the English language and the nuances, inflections and subtleties that differentiate the exceptional from the excellent (Nickname: Thesaurix).    
  Ø In my spare time, taught the English language in a syllabus-oriented open forum for airmen. Gave one-on-one tuition to promising students. 
  Ø Quizmaster at Scindia School for a bi-annual all-India High School meet for 6 years
  Ø Did my Masters in English Literature.
  Ø An Indian native English speaker, I have done my education and over 95% of my work in Queen’s English.
  Ø Equally at home in US English.
  Ø Speech and Content writer of repute.
  Ø After retirement, edited 3 trade magazines for 4 years -TrendFusion, StitchWorld and  ApparelOnline.
  Ø Wrote Academic/Technical articles while editing and proofreading magazines, pamphlets, novels, novellas, academic & other non-fiction educational works, theses and website content.
  Ø Took over entire responsibility for the company's two websites.
  Ø Specialist on the WTO, particularly on the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC) and all restrictions thereunder(quotas); Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); the ISO 9000 family of quality control mechanisms; ILO’s SA 8000, etc.
  Ø  Founder member of StitchWorld International Forum of Technologists (SWIFT), which examined, among a host of other issues, what was amiss in Indian workplace ethics, motivation, HRM and the tricky issue of gender discrimination.
  Ø  Check out: http://www.stitchworld.net/display0.asp?msg=1121&cat=13 and http://www.stitchworld.net/display1.asp?msg=446&cat=TechEvents both written by me. I feature in one of the photographs in the latter.
  Ø  Have written over two and a half million words and edited over fifty million.
  Ø  Edited pamphlets, novels, novellas, academic & other non-fiction educational works.
  Ø  Did my Masters in Defence Science.
  Ø  My last job required me to write Military Aviation Concept and White Papers  for my  employer and prepare Powerpoint Presentations for them. I drew US$ 3000 per month for 12 hours per week. My contract expired in July 2010.
  Ø  Read speak and write German fluently.
  Ø  Teach Personal Finance at Sriram High School two hours a week.  
  Ø  Guest Lecturer in English Literature at Deshbandhu College,New Delhi.   Ø Help non-native English speakers get exceptional grades.
  Ø  Did my D.Litt. from University of Delhi in March 2014.  


 

Family Details
  Ø  Married in 1979. Wife holds a Masters in Sociology and assists me if required.
  Ø  Have a son, an MBA/BTech, working with AT Kearney in Mumbai.
  Ø  Have a daughter, who after 1½ years in the Hospitality Industry, joined Kingfisher   Airlines as an in-flight cabin assistant.
  Ø  I have no encumbrances of any sort. 

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References  
1      Air Marshal S Mukerji, IAF      91-11-23010231; 91-08130622333
        Air Marshal SC Mukul, IAF      91-11-23010231; 91-09717796790
        Mr. D Mohindra, Editor-in-Chief, Contact Communications 91-11-24602283




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ONLINE RECHARGE OF MOBILE PHONES

          
           A mobile or a cell phone, as it is called in the USA, basically connects you to a cellular network operated by a mobile phone company, which, in turn, connects you to any other phone, whether it is a mobile or a fixed landline telephone. You pay the network your cell phone is hooked up with for this facility, with total cost dependent on your usage. You can buy talk time in advance (Prepaid), or pay for it at the end of a billing cycle (Postpaid). Short Message Service (SMS) is a text messaging service component of web, or mobile communication systems, using standardized communications protocols that allow the exchange of short text messages between mobile phone devices. SMSs or Text messages are also charged as talk time and, during normal working hours, are much cheaper than live calls. Rates of live calls also dip during non-working hours and on Sundays, as do SMS rates.   

          Every mobile phone works on a rechargeable battery and a subscriber identification module (SIM) card, which represents a unique cell phone. Today, you can recharge a fading battery online. For an online recharge, simply log on to your network and pay upfront for prepaid, or have it added to your bill (postpaid). You can do it yourself if you have a smartphone, or drop in at the nearest mobile shop who will do the needful. 
          Innovating tariff policies is much easier, simpler and more effective than innovating service functions. Suppose that end users receive SMSs from the mobile operator, informing them that since they have used the network for 300 days, their recharge value on that day would be doubled as a bonus, and they would be entitled to new discounts on each 100th day thereafter. In all probability, they would be happy to keep the subscription and tell their friends what a great deal it is. Although various bells and whistles influence some customers, price is usually the most important consideration when subscribers make their final choices.

         Most networks offer various schemes to retain or attract new customers as stated in the para supra. Take Vodafone. To avoid the hassle of withdrawing cash or searching for a retailer to buy a Vodafone Prepaid recharge, just buy yourself a Vodafone Prepaid recharge or a Bonus Card online, in a few easy steps. Simply select the Prepaid recharge or Bonus Card you need, make your payment and get a recharge instantly. Online Airtel recharge is available in almost every city in India. They too come out with periodic money saving schemes to retain or attract new customers. The procedure remains more or less the same, when compared with other networks.



   
       

Recharging Mobile Phones Online

Recharging Mobile Phones Online


After an accident in 1996, I was left with a broken neck permanently twisted to the right. I had to support it with my right hand and up to just a lustrum ago, I used to feel acutely embarrassed walking down a road in public. I felt that people were staring at me and sniggering. Today, I’m only another Daffodil for Wordsworth, ‘tossing my head in sprightly dance’. Every second person on the street has his head twisted and a hand to his neck. The difference is that he/she is talking on a mobile telephone!
            A mobile or cell phone essentially connects you to a cellular network operated by a mobile phone company, which, in turn, connects you to any other phone, be it mobile or a fixed landline telephone. You pay the network your cell phone is hooked up with for this facility, with total cost dependent on your usage. You can buy talk time in advance(Prepaid), or pay for it at the end of a billing cycle(Postpaid).
            India's mobile network is the second largest in the world and boasts of the lowest call tariffs globally, indicative of a plethora of networks and cut throat competition amongst them. Prominent players in the market include the Reliance, Uninor, Idea, Vodaphone networks, among others.

            Every mobile phone works on a rechargeable battery and a subscriber identification module (SIM) card, which represents a unique cell phone. Today, you can recharge a fading battery online. Take Reliance Online Recharge, as an example. If you are using a smartphone, log onto the Internet, locate Reliance and recharge your battery by paying through your Credit Card for prepaid connections. Alternatively, select talk time and have it billed to you as part of your billing cycle. If you do not have a smartphone, the procedure is slightly different in that you will have to use a computer that is internet enabled.

            Uninor is a recent entrant in the mobile market in India. Part of the Norwegian Telenor Group, one of the world’s largest mobile telecom companies, its headquarters are located close to Oslo. Uninor started its mobile services on 3 December 2009, in 21 of the 22 circles in India. acquiring a 67.25% equity stake in Unitech Wireless India, with requisite government approvals and licenses to provide mobile services pan-India. It was possible then to get your mobile going using Uninor recharge. As of now, it is awaiting clarifications following cancellation of Unitech Wireless India’s license.

              
            Idea Cellular Services, from the Aditya Birla Group, usually referred to as Idea, rode on a tidal wave of success of its ‘What an idea, sir ji’ ad on TV. Idea mobile network operators are based in Mumbai, India. The company was the first to offer flexible tariff plans for prepaid customers. Idea Cellular won the GSM Association Award for ‘Best Billing and Customer Care Solution’ for 2 consecutive years. Idea's subscriber base crossed the 100 million mark in total mobile connections in India by end 2011. A sine qua non in today’s mobile smart-phone world, the Idea online recharge facility is freely available pan India.