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Free food for the hungry!
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Free food for the hungry!

Kerala DC shows the way; “Operation Sulaimani” costs nothing to nobody… By N.K.A Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC What a difference a committed IAS Officer can do is reflected in this initiative taken by one Mr. Prashant Nair, the District Collector of Kozhikode, a district in Kerala. Sulaimani is a popular drink in Kerala, a…

Incredible India-2
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Incredible India-2

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Surprise, surprise, the Finance Minister in his budget speech did actually mention tourism this year ! His actual words: “Tourism is  a big employment generator and has multiplier impact  on the economy of the State.  Five Special Tourism  Zones, anchored on spvs [Special  Purpose Vehicles] will be set…

Netas lusting after  Lalitha !
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Netas lusting after  Lalitha !

Two years ago out of the blue our then Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande told the Karnataka Legislative Assembly that his Ministry would look into various violations committed by ITDC (India Tourism Development Corporation) and terminate the lease signed in 1973 with regard to Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel. What were these violations? It seems one of…

Kaala Mann & Kaala Dhann
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Kaala Mann & Kaala Dhann

While our Prime Minister is telling us his Mann Ki Baat…people are busy with Money Ki Baat. And why not, we love money. We have always loved money. And when it comes to money or benefit, the saying “means justify the end” is meaningless. We only care about the end. That is why we see…

Demonetisation & Hero Worshipping
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Demonetisation & Hero Worshipping

The recent demonetisation has been confusing…we have assumed that war against currency is war against black money. Money or cash constantly changes colour from black to white. It is ok as long as it is circulating within the economy, but money truly becomes black and harmful when non-tax paid cash is hoarded and not circulated…

A train-ride to remember
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A train-ride to remember

Six years ago I entered the chaotic Chennai Central Station to board the Shatabdi Express to Mysuru. Up ahead at the entrance to my bogie I saw people bending down to touch someone’s feet and many standing with reverence reserved for Godmen or politicians. I squeezed myself through the small mob and got into my…

Boxers, the new nightie for men!
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Boxers, the new nightie for men!

Yesterday morning as I was walking up Chamundi Hill along the parapet, up ahead, I noticed another morning walker enthusiastically walking down with a spring in his step ON the parapet! I found it quite dangerous. What if he fell off to the side? Just as we were about to pass each other he stopped,…

Hypocrisy and Cultural Isolation
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Hypocrisy and Cultural Isolation

Every time there is a border intrusion by Pakistani terrorists and our soldiers are shot dead, another manoos…more aptly, a proud Marathi manoos suddenly gets a shot of adrenalin for his political life. Angered over Uri attack on September 18, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) headed by Raj Thackeray has warned Pakistani artists to leave…

Tryst with Fitlana!
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Tryst with Fitlana!

For a few months, I was entrapped by a mistress. She was omnipresent in my life to a point of suffocation. The only time I got a break from her was when I had to recharge her. Well, if this sounds like a riddle, it’s not. It’s just that I have been wearing a fitness-tracker….

BJP, put Vadra in Jail or Shut Up !
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BJP, put Vadra in Jail or Shut Up !

The BJP wants to have a ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ but isn’t a ‘Corruption-mukt Bharat’ more important? What is BJP doing about that? Case in point Robert Vadra. We all remember how when in 2012 news broke that Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., had acquired properties with interest-free loans from DLF and IAS Officer Ashok Khemka was…

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