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

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?

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…

Health is Wealth
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Health is Wealth

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A simple story: A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in front of her yard. She did not recognise them and said “I do not think I know you but you look famished and hungry. Please come in…

Who will be the King and who will be the King-maker ?
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Who will be the King and who will be the King-maker ?

NDA rule or UPA rule is not a matter of concern. For a common man, it does not make any difference. Both are two sides of the same coin. Their only aim is to make their cadre rich. Election promises are best forgotten after elections. Of course, both Congress and bjp have some experience of…

Racing Ahead… Set your own goals
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Racing Ahead… Set your own goals

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A beautiful message I saw in my WhatsApp. I thought of sharing it with SOM readers: I was jogging this morning and I noticed a person about half-a-km ahead. I could guess he was running a little slower than me and that made me feel good. I said…

“Na Khaunga, Na Khane Doonga…”
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“Na Khaunga, Na Khane Doonga…”

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC When Narendra Modi uttered  the famous slogan ‘Na Khaunga, Na Khane Doonga’ (neither will I indulge in corruption, nor allow anyone else to indulge in it), the nation was thrilled. For a nation used to corruption at all levels, this was something new. For a few months there…

Holiday Designers: The latest trend
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Holiday Designers: The latest trend

By N.K.A. Ballal,  Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has predicted that India will account for 50 million out-bound tourists by 2020 — a sharp increase from the present figure of 25 million. The same report says that Indian tourists  are among the highest spenders per visit  in the world  and…

Musings on developing relationship
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Musings on developing relationship

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A typical interview scene: being a  quasi-Government servant, working in a PSU, I have sat down as a member of innumerable  interview boards.  When I look back at some of the interviews, I feel ashamed. Lot of times I have rejected candidates, just because I did not like…

Of tying shoe laces and life’s lessons…
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Of tying shoe laces and life’s lessons…

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC I  always had a problem with my shoe laces. Such an embarrassment. I have tripped several times too. But when I read this delightful article, penned by  Prakash Iyer, I could not but put it across to SOM readers  to read and enjoy: The morning walk with the…

Repair Leaks, your New Year Resolution-2019
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Repair Leaks, your New Year Resolution-2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC He lives with his wife in an ordinary rental apartment in the city of San Francisco. He never wears branded clothing; his glasses are trusted and aged. His watches are functional and unglamorous. He does not have his own car, his primary means of transportation is the bus…

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