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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…

Do not pre-judge
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Do not pre-judge

July 16, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Lockdown with just 4-hour notice: Was it right or wrong? Many opinions. Only time will tell whether it was right or wrong. Why pre-judge our Prime Minister so early ? Why does he not name China? Why does he not wish Dalai Lama on his birthday? As a…

Time to balance news in trying COVID times
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Time to balance news in trying COVID times

July 9, 2020

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Kevin Carter, a South African photo-journalist, was awarded   the “Pulitzer Prize” for the visual “The Vulture and the Little Girl.”  In the picture, a vulture is  patiently waiting for the death of a hungry little girl. Carter captured the moment in the great 1993 famine in Sudan. …

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…

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