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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…

Happiness Depends on you
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Happiness Depends on you

He does not make me happy but I am happy. The fact that I am happy or not does not depend on him, God has granted each of us intellect and discretion to reason, interpret and decide. God made me the person upon which my happiness depends. I make the choice to be happy in…

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…

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