Tag: N.K.A. Ballal

Leave Chamundi Hill alone
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Leave Chamundi Hill alone

March 24, 2022

By N.K.A. Ballal,  Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Chamundi Hill is back in news again. Of course, for all the wrong reasons. The political class is hell bent on construction of a ropeway on this hillock. This subject comes up every two to three years, gets shelved due to the vehement opposition and then again resurfaces. …

Knock-out Punch to Hospitality Industry
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Knock-out Punch to Hospitality Industry

March 10, 2022

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Omicron, a variant of Corona, has delivered a knock-out punch to the hospitality industry.  Though this industry was crippled by the earlier Corona, a small recovery was seen in the horizon aided by the revenge travel undertaken by the people who were suffocated by the two years of…

Make the best of what one has
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Make the best of what one has

February 16, 2022

By N.K.A. Ballal,  Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC I had an interaction with an educationist recently and he narrated something very interesting: A few weeks back I was in my weekly webinar session with my Foundation students and I was scheduled to speak to my first year batch whom I had met only virtually till now….

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…

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