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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…

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…

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