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Why Udupi people are into catering business?
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Why Udupi people are into catering business?

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A very interesting blog, linking Mahabharata war and Udupi, a small district in South Karnataka, a Krishna town, came along and I  could not resist the temptation of putting it across to SOM readers. I am not in a position to authenticate it since this happens to be…

Au revoir, time to say goodbye to an era -2
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Au revoir, time to say goodbye to an era -2

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC [Continued from yesterday] The fame of Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel started spreading so much that it became a matter of prestige to get a posting at this hotel! Ultimately in the nineties, I was brought back to this hotel as  General Manager, a matter of great pride for…

Au revoir, time to say goodbye to an era -1
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Au revoir, time to say goodbye to an era -1

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Forty-five-long years. After four-and-a-half decades of service, ITDC would be finally saying goodbye to this great heritage city of Mysuru. As I sat down in the restaurant, savouring my last meal in this great heritage hotel, old memories started passing around — some good, some bad.  I thought…

Is Life fair to all ?
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Is Life fair to all ?

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC An interesting story from Mahabharata: Once Karna asks Krishna, “My mother left me the moment I was born. Is it my fault that I was born an illegitimate child?  I did not get education from Dronacharya because I was considered a non-Kshatriya. “A cow was accidentally hit by…

Vanishing Bathtubs
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Vanishing Bathtubs

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC The bathtub is in the news all over the electronic and print media for wrong reasons. But it is also true that death in a bathtub is not uncommon. If one recollects, actress Sridevi must have made millions posing in a bathtub for Lux advertisement and ironically met…

Mysore Travel Mart: A perspective
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Mysore Travel Mart: A perspective

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC What was unique about the  4th edition of the Travel Mart held in J.K. Grounds, Mysuru this year? It was the presence of the Union Minister of Tourism [independent charge] K.J. Alphons, as chief guest. Mysore Travel Mart is organised by the stake-holders of tourism industry and very conspicuous…

Is technology everything in life?
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Is technology everything in life?

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC An interesting story on my WhatsApp: I had spent an hour in the bank with my dad, as he had to transfer some money. I could not resist myself and asked dad, why don’t we activate your internet banking? Why would I do that ? he asked me….

Hybrid Weddings
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Hybrid Weddings

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC “Hybrid wedding” is a new term coined by the hospitality industry. Hybrid cars, one can understand but weddings? Well, it is simple. The marriages are performed in two destinations. At an exotic destination, sangeet, mehandi, cocktail etc., are done and the actual weddings are performed at home town….

Push for tourism?
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Push for tourism?

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC The tourism industry has something to cheer for in this year’s budget.  Our Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his budget speech, made a mention on the subject of tourism, a very significant step indeed. Presenting the budget- 2018, Jaitley said “India is blessed with abundance of tourist attractions,…

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