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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…

American Dreams – 3
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American Dreams – 3

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC [Continued from Dec. 28] I travelled about 2,500 miles by road across the US. No humps and unbelievable, only one pothole, and that too in a car park. I was curious to know as to how these roads are maintained so well in spite of such a heavy…

American Dreams – 2
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American Dreams – 2

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC [Continued from Dec. 21] Once I met a doctor at a social gathering and asked him the reason for this over reaction and frightening of the patients. What he told me was amazing. If a patient is told of 10 complications and if by chance he or she gets…

American Dreams – 1
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American Dreams – 1

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC It is exactly five months now. The time I have put pen on paper, literally. Tried it in the US where I had gone for a holiday but failed miserably. There is a folk story of Vikramaditya’s  throne which reads like this: A  simple and illiterate cowherd saw…

How important is time?
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How important is time?

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC To realise the value of ten years, Ask a newly-divorced couple. To realise the value of four years, Ask a graduate. To realise the value of one year, Ask a student who has failed the final exam. To realise the value of nine months, Ask a mother who…

Keep your eyes and ears open
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Keep your eyes and ears open

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A 16-year-old youth gets up and starts perusing a newspaper. What does he read? Automation: Cognizant lays off 6,000 workers, Infosys to follow. Automation is a reality one has to face. In 1998, Kodak had 1,70,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo papers around the world. Now,…

Tourism on the rise ?
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Tourism on the rise ?

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC The recent stats released by the Ministry of Tourism has indicated that tourism is on the rise and this bodes well for this sun-rise industry which has both direct and indirect benefit for millions across the country. In the year 2000, the tourist arrivals were 2.65 million and…

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