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A Minister in a Hurry ?
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A Minister in a Hurry ?

Our Minister wants to implement his vision both on Tourism and Sericulture but who is going to implement his vision? The same tired lot of government servants who do not have any new ideas or vision !   First and foremost, the Minister should form a Core Team of officials, starting from a dynamic Secretary (Tourism). The…

Everyone has a choice
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Everyone has a choice

By N.K.A. Ballal,  Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC An interesting story: Jerry is the manager of a restaurant. He is always in good mood. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would always reply, “If I were  better, I would be twins.” Many of the waiters at his restaurant used to quit their…

Pay and then demand
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Pay and then demand

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC An email from an Indian in the UK: My salary in UK is 61,000 pounds per annum without tax. (61,000 x 80 = INR 48,80,000). I pay 40 percent tax on my salary. 48,80,000 – 19,52,000 = INR 29,28,000 balance. Then 700 pounds per month as house rent,…

Importance of morals
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Importance of morals

By N.K.A. Ballal,  Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A nice and interesting story: Immediately after finishing her school, a girl left her countryside to attend a University in Paris, France and then find a job. It was a dream come true for this young girl. However, she was soon overwhelmed by all the changes she faced….

Clean cities of India
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Clean cities of India

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Well, Mysuru has again missed the bus. The first three positions of the clean city tag has gone to Indore, Bhopal and Chandigarh respectively. Mysuru, which some years back had bagged the cleanest city tag, has got a consolation prize, the cleanest city among the city with the…

Party time…: To motivate flunked son !
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Party time…: To motivate flunked son !

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC In Sagar district, Madhya Pradesh, a civil contractor, Mr. Vyas, invited his relatives and friends for a grand party. Nothing unusual. But for the reason his son had flunked his 10th board exams and he decided to celebrate the same with a party to motivate him to do…

How did Bjp manage to lose Karnataka?
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How did Bjp manage to lose Karnataka?

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A  very old saying, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” But this is not true in politics. BJP learnt this the hard way.  With 104 seats in a 222 seat Assembly, they had to concede defeat and sit in the opposition. For another five years. It was…

Time for Family
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Time for Family

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A very interesting and riveting story which I thought I should share with SOM readers: It took my dad, the whole of his life to learn one valuable lesson. He passed it on to me and future generations to come. It was 12.10 pm and my husband was…

Musings on World Idli Day
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Musings on World Idli Day

By N.K.A. Ballal,  Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC What is so special about March 30? Well, it is the “World Idli Day.” What is so special about this simple but popular dish? In layman’s word, a dish made from a fermented black lentil, rice, steamed and served with either a chutney or sambar. The fermentation process…

Tourism Arrivals: Where is Karnataka?
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Tourism Arrivals: Where is Karnataka?

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Just one look at the stats released by the Ministry of Tourism for the year 2016 says it all. Surprise, surprise, Tamil Nadu has emerged as the premium destination for both domestic and international tourists, beating the much-touted Uttar Pradesh with its Taj Mahal and other talked about…

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