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Fused Bulbs and Life Lessons !
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Fused Bulbs and Life Lessons !

February 18, 2021

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A WhatsApp  forward: A Senior Executive retired and shifted from his palatial official quarters to the Housing Society, where he owned a flat. He considered himself big and never talked to anyone. Even while walking in the Society Park every evening, he ignored others, looking at them with…

Is it time to replace Kohli as Captain ?
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Is it time to replace Kohli as Captain ?

January 22, 2021

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC The only problem in a cricket match with Australia or New Zealand is the odd timings. I had to wake up at 4.30 am to watch the final day proceedings much to the irritation of my better half. What a paisa wasool day of cricket.  I would not…

Another perspective of Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel
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Another perspective of Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel

January 15, 2021

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel is in the news again. The Chairman of Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR), in his news briefing, wanted to have a Centenary celebration of the building which was commissioned in 1921 by our then Maharaja for the stay of Viceroy  which  never materialised. Excellent…

National pride or self-interest?
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National pride or self-interest?

November 5, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A big gathering of devotees. All Ram Bhakts. A Senior Guru was giving  his pravachan  and the  full  crowd was listening with rapt attention the discourse  on Ramayan. The Guru, during the talks, casually mentioned that  the organisers  have  kept  500 statues of Rama and 500 statues of…

Make Mysuru a vibrant, new tourism destination
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Make Mysuru a vibrant, new tourism destination

October 15, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Mysuru region is dependant  on tourism as the most important economic activity. Due to the pandemic, the worst hit is the tourism  industry. All other industrial activities are slowly picking up but tourism activity to pick will at least take one or two years, even to come to…

Change for the sake of changing
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Change for the sake of changing

October 8, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC An upset girl stormed into her home shouting at nobody in particular. “No one in my office has any respect for my work, I am so frustrated.” Her father who was watching her drama quietly told her “calm down, have this glass of water. I have a small…

SPB, a gentle giant
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SPB, a gentle giant

October 1, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A legend of music is no more. I really do not know if there is any other adjective to describe someone who has 40,000-plus songs in 14 languages to his credit. Many of these songs were sung free to help a friend  in distress  too.   The pandemic, which…

Every relationship requires patience
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Every relationship requires patience

August 13, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC An interesting discourse by Sri Radheswami: Imagine you plant a seed and water it everyday for the whole year. Nothing happens. How would one react? With disgust and anger?  In China there is a type of bamboo tree which needs watering everyday for 5 years. Yes, you heard…

Out-of-the-box solutions required for Revival of Tourism
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Out-of-the-box solutions required for Revival of Tourism

August 6, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Green shoots of revival; it is visible to all the so-called intellects and economists  post this pandemic. But what is the reality on the ground? Yes, certain industries like pharmacy or biscuit manufacturers prospered in this pandemic but all the other manufacturers  are in doldrums. With doles being…

Spending to Live or Living to Spend!
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Spending to Live or Living to Spend!

July 23, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A Gaur Gopal Das story which moved me: A man was ready to go to his office. His wife asked him to wait and told him to put some laundry clothes into the machine. However, she told him not to put too many clothes in the machine. The…

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