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Royalty sells: Our Tourism Minister takes baby steps
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Royalty sells: Our Tourism Minister takes baby steps

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC I had resigned myself to witness the repetition of the same old Dasara procession this year too as the State Government had appointed the same old Committees and the same themes were being discussed with some cosmetic changes. But surprise, surprise, our Tourism Minister S.R. Mahesh has sprung…

Over Tourism Killing Kodagu
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Over Tourism Killing Kodagu

Scaling down Dasara is bad for tourism: The show must go on… By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Coorg has been devastated. Yes, it is true but only parts of it. So why close the full Kodagu district for tourists? We do not respond to a situation but react. The result is hasty decisions taken…

Do compliment your spouse today, Kal ho na ho…
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Do compliment your spouse today, Kal ho na ho…

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A story on WhatsApp: I overheard an argument of a young couple in a super-market recently. The young man angrily told his wife to do shopping on her own and sat down in of the chairs that were placed outside the supermarket. He was still upset when I…

Rat race, is it worth it?
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Rat race, is it worth it?

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Sometime back I had met a girl studying in 9th std. living nearby during summer holidays.  She had mentioned to me that she was interested in taking coaching for badminton and swimming. But later on I came to know she was busy the whole summer attending coaching classes…

Listen to your heart and decide
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Listen to your heart and decide

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A simple story narrated by Gopal Das: A vegetable vendor put up a board near his cart, “Fresh vegetables sold here” to attract new customers to his cart. A man came up to him and said, we have seen you sell vegetables and most of the times it…

Marriage, a gentle reminder of vows taken
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Marriage, a gentle reminder of vows taken

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A very interesting story. Courtesy: Facebook. After seven years of marriage, my wife was a changed person. She stopped smiling, sometimes she would smile at the children. She stopped cooking my favourite dishes and became absolutely indifferent towards me. She even would not ask how my day was…

Destination Shaadi
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Destination Shaadi

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Marriages are made in heaven is an old saying. But at present the most preferred marriage destination in India is Udaipur [a royal heritage city in Rajasthan]. A recent survey conducted ahead of the 5th Travel Wedding Show indicated that Udaipur with a clear 25 percent is the…

Say sorry even if you are right !
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Say sorry even if you are right !

By N.K.A. Ballal,  Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC This is the  real  incident in the life of Shri Gopal Das, a Monk, as narrated by him to a gathering of his disciples: Due to some differences,  I  stopped talking with my father and this went on for about two years. What was the reason: a simple…

From Russia, with love…
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From Russia, with love…

By N.K.A. Ballal,  Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC When I go for my evening walk,  I have to pass KBG’s house and sometimes if I see him sitting and reading his own newspaper, I join him for a cup of green tea offered by his ever-smiling wife. On one such recent visit, he casually mentioned that they…

Is it time to legalise betting?
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Is it time to legalise betting?

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC India-England cricket matches have started from July 3.  There are betting shops in England where one can go and bet on any match. But in India, betting is illegal and banned. So what happens? Hundreds of betting shops open up and betting goes on. Occasionally Police do arrest…

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