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Sympathy – no — Understanding – yes
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Sympathy – no — Understanding – yes

August 8, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC At a fund-raising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disability, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. He started by first extolling the school and its dedicated staff, and as he came to…

Kanchi Experience: Atthi Varadar Perumal
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Kanchi Experience: Atthi Varadar Perumal

August 1, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Last week, I had the privilege of visiting Kanchipuram with my better half. The magnet, of course, was to see the famous “Atthi Varadar,”  who was brought out of a pond for just 40 days and immersed back into the pond to be taken out after another 40…

Tourism, gone with the wind
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Tourism, gone with the wind

July 25, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A recent news item says it all: “A sharp dip in the foreigners visiting Mysuru.” A drop of 50 percent !   Alarm bells should be ringing all over  but no one is bothered. Our former Tourism Minister S.R. Mahesh was more busy visiting the Mysore Race Club (MRC)…

Maria’s new Hat!
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Maria’s new Hat!

July 18, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Maria lived with her mother at a small apartment in New York City. She wasn’t too young or too old. Not too short or too tall. Not particularly beautiful nor ugly. She was just an average woman. No one at the work paid any attention to her. Those…

Choice is Yours, Honeybee or a Fly…
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Choice is Yours, Honeybee or a Fly…

July 11, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC An interesting discourse: A wonderful analogy about the honeybee and the fly. How it teaches us a valuable lesson to improve our relationships and quality of life. A honeybee flies from flower to flower, extracting only the nectar without disturbing the flower. The mindset of a honeybee is…

Justice, Sri Rama-Style !
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Justice, Sri Rama-Style !

July 4, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC This is a rarely told story of an incident in Ramayana, as narrated by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.  The story of a dog demanding Justice. Do take it with a pinch of salt, since in this story dogs could talk and demand justice! But the underlying message was something…

Privatise Lalitha Mahal Hotel
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Privatise Lalitha Mahal Hotel

June 27, 2019

…but ensure it is given to Taj Group or Welcome Group to save its Heritage character and fame By N.K.A. Ballal,  Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, the snob hotel of Mysuru, is in news again. This palatial hotel, consisting of 54 rooms, was handed over to ITDC in 1971. One of the…

Save Kodagu from over-tourism
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Save Kodagu from over-tourism

June 20, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Aaj ka taaja khabar: The tourist  spots, Nainital, Rishikesh and Haridwar have been  submerged. Not by nature but by tourists! The unusually hot weather conditions in North India combined with holidays, these Hill Stations have been completely submerged by tourists. All the hotels are overflowing so much so…

Parenting = Value and Character-building
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Parenting = Value and Character-building

June 13, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Two friends meet at a Mall. They are seeing each other after a long time. So they hug each other and start chatting.  The talk ultimately comes back to their children. “Do you recollect,  our children were in the same class,” said Asha. Yes, my son completed his…

Are you happy at what you are doing?
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Are you happy at what you are doing?

June 6, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Class Tenth: A teacher walked into the class and told, “Today, there will be no studies. I am going to give each of you a blank paper.  The subject I want you to write is: What do you want to be in life?” Some of you may want…

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