Monday, June 24, 2013


...The above is a KSTDC  bus..KSTDC means  KARNATAKA STATE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. It has an office at George Oakes Building  near City Market opposite BBMP at N R Square. The word George Oakes would need some research as to what transpired in this building in Victorian days..apparently it must have been some kind of a trading office.This building is also called Badami House.Contact Phone -  080 4334 4334

This KSTDC bus station fills me with nostalgia..there used to be a KSTDC bus to CALICUT in the late 1980.s only to be discontinued later and I have traveled by these buses many times and the Calicut buses were largely luxurious and comfortable. One good thing to my observation  is that these buses are never late .

On the 14th of August 1986 I was travelling from Calicut to Bangalore in a KSTDC bus....there was a junior male student alongside and Sheela Furtado and a junior architecture female student who lived somewhere near Cox town were seated in the front seats. Somewhere as the bus approached the Bandipur forests trucks and buses approaching from the opposite direction were constantly warning us of a lone tusker somewhere adjacent to the road. Many a times I have encountered Elephants on this route in the day-time but this was in the night around 2 -o-clock and I being of a more inquisitive variety moved into the drivers cabin and could see the tusker on the road almost into half of the road but the driver of the bus who appeared to be adept to such occurrences did not halt but deviated around the elephant in a quick swirl and sped ahead.

I must have traveled by these buses many times..and remember learning to draw a pin-type insulator sitting in the waiting hall of this bus station and noting to my charm that the same question appeared in the Drawing Exam next morning.

I don't know how the Services are now...KSTDC regularly conducts various kinds of tours. Please visit the web site      and travelling by them at-least once is worth-the-while.

RIMS Ramaiah Institute of Management Studies

Some time back I visited RIMS Ramaiah Institute of Management Studies which is on New Bel Road closer to the BEL factory an institute for Management Studies commenced  a dozen years ago. It was initially started as a small outfit and then came up in the present location.

What I saw basically was a well ordained outfit that truly left me spell bound...adequate number of floors with good class rooms and wi-fi with offices for staff both teaching and non teaching in right measure. I even happened to be at the top of the building where from the view of the city around is breath-taking.

I have always felt that Management Education is different from many other kinds of Education systems largely because the entire subject is open ended in nature which strictly means the combined areas of Management and Business is not always bound by strict domains and absolute truths and facts but is an open science to be examined and understood in a befitting way and the science facing a metamorphosis every now and then. Most social sciences are of this nature and Management education is no exception..which simply means the more regular forms of education of being bound by a syllabus and exam being the be-all and end-all of the Education process is largely limited in the managerial context and the Education environment must indoctrinate the students largely both the tangible and the logical.

I have known Dr. Pattabhiram for many years now who put up RIMS under the overall aegis of the M S RAMAIAH FOUNDATION adheres in full measure to the doctrine that any Faculty must deliver and do absolute justice to the Student in the class and he had zero tolerance to this policy even when he was active at MSRIM.

During my visit to RIMS it was nice to have a rendezvous with my old colleagues and friends like
Mr. Sivadas Nambiar , Dr. Y Rajaram , Mr. Anil Gowda and few others.

May such institutes thrive that give and focus on giving absolute value to the student community.


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