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Time management system of old Chitral

Prof. Rahmat Karim Baig

Time is the most precious asset that man has got and can build or destroy his life according to his capacity to manage his time – the 24 hour of the day and night but nowadays this has been brushed aside by most of us.

For example, members of a family in these days go to bed late and naturally get up late in the morning. The housewife fails to prepare breakfast on time but gets late and any member of the family with a job in an office fails to reach his place of duty on time and this lowers his/her status in the eyes of the head of the office. They may be reprimanded and find his position lower compared to other punctual member of the staff. If he/she is a teacher then his/her late arrival creates issues for the head of the school and it also impacts the 35 minute period time table and shed bad affect on the students and their learning. Such a weakness is bad in the long run for the society concerned.

Punctuality is a great value and adds to the credibility of the staff member concerned. One may raise him/herself in the staff of the department by this habit. It is also an ‘intellectual dishonesty’ and has been cause of inquiries and dismissals from service or adverse remarks in the ACRs. It can also stop an employee’s promotion and affect his income which can continue even after his retirement.

In the old social system of Chitral, which was totally an illiterate society, the people managed their time. They got up very early in the morning, did their work per solar movement on the indication of shade of trees or rocks etc. and closed their work properly.

It is a Khowar proverb that Khoro cheh ughoten ai qadam prushti – for getting irrigation turn and watermill to grind flour one must take an extra step. This is because you will reach the specific spot before another share holder turns up at the spot and occupy the first number and right to enjoy the use of the thing in demand and thereby save your time and get back home earlier than a late riser who shall miss his time and gets the last number. In the rotation of the particular source and thus lose your time for other farm works. Therefore, they rose at pre-dawn and managed their time and as a result saved time for other works.

The old  Kho goat herders called ‘Pazhal’  of a gram (village organization) drove their flocks earlier than their rival from the next gram and  gave much more time to graze in better sites of the hills and helped the goats get fatter and grow better compared to  lazier herders. The same habit of early rising enabled housewives to manage their domestic chores in efficient way than late risers.

The late rising females often got harsh scolding from the male members of the family and thus domestic management ran into confusion and resulted in quarrels. The males or females of the old Kho who had inherited competitive nature or had found opportunities to develop their competitive instincts did lead the settlement units.

So, time management is a very good trait and it has to be taught in schools by teachers who have to be given training in this discipline. This has become a prerequisite in the midst of the present ways of life surrounded by time wasting gadgets introduced by modern technology.

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