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One of the things I often think about relates to the tourist, or visitor who comes to our shores. Someone who could be visiting us for the first time, or perhaps is a regular visitor. So what brings someone to India for the first time? (And what brings someone again and again?)

Closely linked to these thoughts are other questions. What kind of impressions do we create in the first place? Do we live up to the magic that India conjures up in someone’s mind? Do we come across as people who are friendly, welcoming and helpful? Are we truly inspired and protective about our past and heritage? Do we come across as responsible citizens, especially in the space of keeping our environments sustainable and clean?

That’s a lot of questions (!!!) and I must say that I am fairly pleased with the answers that come to mind. There’s still a long way to go, and I am sure we will get there, with participation from the departments of tourism and private sector enterprises in the hospitality industry. Constructive awareness of some of the issues described above is on the rise, and many of our tourism-centric operations and services are being managed with due diligence and care.

So let me gather my thoughts and try to answer these questions in a structured kind of way.

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month – October 2018

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Air Commodore Nitin Sathe addressed the members of the audience who had come down to Club Mahindra Ooty for the Ooty Literature Festival.

He is an Airforce man who’s always had a special place for words in his heart. The first book that he authored, A Few Good Men and the Angry Sea, is based on the events at the Nicobar Islands during the tsunami of 2004.

His book, Born to fly (2016), is a biography of a batchmate who became quadriplegic at the age of 24. He is currently working as a Senior Instructor at the Defense Services Staff College at Wellington.

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Over the last few months, we have featured some of the country’s best-known travel writers. These are people who venture into uncharted territories to tell a story – a story that’s untold. They do this through a narrative that takes us right there – right in the middle of it.

And unlike most of us who take a break from work, these travel writers take their breaks from travel to be with family and friends.

While their life and lifestyle sounds interesting, things can be difficult – because you’re always on the move. For some people, sunrise could be at one location and sunset, in a totally different geography. But they still do it, with unbridled enthusiasm that fuels every step, every mile, and every journey that they undertake.

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month – September 2018


Do you think families with young children should do sanctuary tours?
It is useful to take children out on a safari, as it rolls out lessons on a whole new world out there, and the need to protect it. They get to learn about animal behavior and natural habitat. They learn the importance of patience and discipline. They could also learn about conserving nature and protecting our national reserves. Personally, I think this should also open people’s eyes to the sanctity of wildlife. If your children see an elephant in the wild, they should be alarmed at the prospect of “converting it into a tourist vehicle” for revenue and profits.

Having said that, I must say that it is not advisable to take children below six years, for more than one reason. For one thing, a three-hour-long safari can be extremely tiring – it can also be scary in terms of jungle noises and sounds. (It can also be difficult to expect them to be orderly and quiet – just not possible.)

On a recent safari, I saw a family with a baby, barely five months old. It was 40 degrees Celsius and extremely dusty – uncomfortable even for adults. I just cannot understand how people can be so irresponsible.

In conversation with travel writer, Chittra M.
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Q&A – September 2018

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