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It is a war, let us not crib
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It is a war, let us not crib

April 23, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC An Army Officer’s wife’s message, so straight, touched my heart, so thought of sharing it with ‘SOM’ readers:  “I contemplated a couple of times before jotting it down. I know probably a few will still not agree with me and bash me left, right and centre. But I…

Power of “Faith” in trying times
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Power of “Faith” in trying times

April 16, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC My friend Sarasa sent me this story which I thought of sharing with ‘SOM’ readers as it fits in with the current times: Once a man got lost in a desert. The water in his flask had run out two days ago and he was on his last…

If someone needs you, be there and stay…
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If someone needs you, be there and stay…

April 2, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A human interest story: The on-duty Nurse took the anxious young Army Major to the bedside.  “Your son is here,” she said softly, to the old man lying on the bed. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient opened his eyes.  Heavily sedated because…

What this Virus has taught me
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What this Virus has taught me

March 26, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A Gaur Gopal Das sermon,  which I wanted to share with SOM readers: Any of you getting frustrated at what is happening now ? Or any of you are disappointed that your plans are not going through ? Things are only  going wrong in your life? You must…

Corona: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly !
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Corona: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly !

March 19, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Every experience in life has three sides — that is the good, the bad and the ugly and the Coronavirus is no exception. Well, one can ask what is the good side of a virus like Corona? Let us take China where thousands have been self-quarantined by the…

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…

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