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Do we all deserve a “paper cup only?”
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Do we all deserve a “paper cup only?”

January 27, 2020

Sir, This is with reference to the article, “Every one deserves a paper cup only !” by  N.K.A. Ballal (SOM dated Jan.23) and, of course, the WhatsApp message about the Under-Secretary, which has gone viral and is quoted by Ballal. Well, it is all about people who have enjoyed power of the office they occupy…

Everyone deserves a paper cup only !
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Everyone deserves a paper cup only !

January 23, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A WhatsApp forward: There was a former Under-Secretary of Defence who was invited to give a speech at a large convention of about 1000 people. He was standing on the stage with his cup of coffee in a paper cup, ready for a  power-point presentation. He took a…

Whatever you do, do it well…
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Whatever you do, do it well…

January 16, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A WhatsApp forward: When Abraham Lincoln became the President of America, his father was a shoe-maker. On the first day, as Lincoln entered the  Senate to give his inaugural address, a Senator stood up. He was a very rich aristocrat. He said, “Mr. Lincoln, you should not forget…

When God says no, he has better plans for you
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When God says no, he has better plans for you

January 9, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A Gaur Gopal Das story I wanted to share with Star of Mysore readers:  A man tried to pass his graduation again and again and failed miserably every time. Finally, he gave up.  The family in its own wisdom got him married thinking that marriage would bring about…

New Year Resolution…
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New Year Resolution…

January 2, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal,  Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A cold storage in the US. They employ about 200 and Mary Hoppins was also one of them. She had regular timings and was considered a pleasant  employee. One day, at about  5 pm, she found some discrepancy in the records and went to check the packages in…

Digitalisation: Boon or Bane ?
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Digitalisation: Boon or Bane ?

December 26, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC One look at the giant  strides we have made at digitalisation, it is scary. You buy an electronic product and in three months it is outdated! For someone who has seen six decades of life, I can safely say that I am an outdated model.  As I was browsing…

Fake Guides and Travel Agents
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Fake Guides and Travel Agents

December 19, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Was perusing a recent report on fake tourist guides. Are you surprised? I am not. This kind of thuggery  may be a recent phenomenon in Mysuru but has been going on for years in North India.  Twenty years back, I used to be General Manager of Lodhi Hotel….

Resolve your conflict, early
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Resolve your conflict, early

November 21, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Mukthi Bhawan? I am sure many of you would have heard about this building in Kashi where people go to die! Why? One may ask. As  per our own Hindu scriptures, if one dies in Kashi, the abode of Shiva, one attains Moksha [ultimate salvation]. No rebirth. So,…

Nothing lasts forever, specially power and fame
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Nothing lasts forever, specially power and fame

November 14, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Famed actor Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a photo of himself sleeping on the street under his famous bronze statue and wrote, “How times have changed.” He was trying to make a point  that how the hotel which he had inaugurated as a Governor of California had gone back on…

A chain of goodness does exist
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A chain of goodness does exist

November 7, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A small story: A man walking on the road in a small town found a piece of paper stuck to an electric pole.  The paper had a small note written on it. So curious to know what was written, he went closer and read the contents. The note…

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