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Money, money, money…
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Money, money, money…

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Money, money, money… can money buy one all the happiness of the world?  As a famous monk in his sermon told, “The poorest man on this earth is the one who has only money and nothing else” but in spite of this we continue to chase Lakshmi [Goddess…

Love Your Work…
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Love Your Work…

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC An interesting story from our mythology: Arjuna once asked Krishna, “Lord, why do people consider Karna more generous than Yudhistira? Neither have refused whatever has been asked for irrespective of whoever has asked for it; so why is Karna considered greater than Yudhistira? The Lord said with a…

A sauna of wisdom, the need of the hour
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A sauna of wisdom, the need of the hour

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Another gem from Monk Gopal Das, a relevant story for the present: There were two independent houses, separated by a common compound. In one lived a techie and in the other a retired man. Both of them planted identical saplings on their side of the compound. The young…

Stay Connected…
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Stay Connected…

By N.K.A. Ballal,  Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A story from the WhatsApp: A monk of the Ramakrishna Mission was being interviewed by a journalist from New York. The journalist started interviewing the  monk as planned earlier. Journalist: Sir, in your last lecture, you told us about jogajog [contact] and sanjog [connection]. It is really confusing….

Learn to respect your parents and elders
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Learn to respect your parents and elders

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A very interesting story, courtesy Facebook: A family was dining out in a posh restaurant. In the family group, there was an old man, who was very clumsy. He dropped the food all over his shirt. The diners in the restaurant, amused in the beginning, showed their resentment by…

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…

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