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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,…

Padma awards A pleasant surprise
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Padma awards A pleasant surprise

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC This year’s list of Padma awards announced on Thursday last, a day before the Republic Day had some pleasant surprises. Normally this list consists of cricketers,  movie stars, other sportsmen and people who are favourably dispensed towards the ruling party. A Lutyens hang around. This year a total…

Tourism on the Rise. But not Mysuru. Why?
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Tourism on the Rise. But not Mysuru. Why?

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC One crore or 10 million arrivals! We Indians should be proud. We have crossed this magical figure this year. Of course, this arrival figure includes tourists, business people, medical tourists and students.  An achievement no doubt but nothing to brag about. Singapore, our neighbour gets about  15 million…

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