Cats on the couch, and on your armrest

Cat_Mug+600 Last week I met up with an old friend after 30 years – while that was supposed to be a happy reunion, the visit had me on tenterhooks. Viju Menon has four dogs and 18 cats – all living happily under one roof. So in between sips of tea, I had kittens (and cats) darting though my feet and jumping over my shoulder. One little devil even got into my rather roomy shoulder bag and settled in for a cat nap.

There were times when six of them would snowball together and shoot across the room. Quiet moments were punctuated by the clamor of pots and pans besieged by an army of kittens. And right in the middle of all this my friend was calm, collected and eager to catch up on the last 30 years – while his wife looked heavenward, each time a stack of plates went crashing to the floor.

Looking back at that episode, I begin to wonder about people, and pets.

What’s a good number of dogs, cats, birds, and other animals? (In terms of normal / not so normal.) How do people actually manage to look after and feed them? What happens when the wife is a pet lover, and the husband is not? How do you go on a holiday, if you can’t find someone to feed four dogs and 18 cats? How much would your vet charge on home visits?

And lastly, one math question – how many liters of milk do you need in a day to feed 18 cats? (I didn’t see a milk vending machine in his house.)

Sharath Bhat

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Did you go on that vacation, last year?

People need to take their breaks from busy work schedules – as often as they can, and as often as they can afford to. Sounds exciting, but can be difficult if you’re in a high-pressure job or part of a team that has key deliverables right through the year. But I’m sure most of us can take that annual vacation to get away from regular work, and enjoy the outdoors – the wilderness beckons.

But from what I have seen, many people either choose not to go, or find some trivial excuse to give that vacation a miss. A vacation can work wonders, in terms of revitalizing your entire being – your mind, body and soul. You come back refreshed, and you come back wrinkle-free and smiling ear to ear.

Source: Q&A: Talking to Arathi Venkatesh of Bangalore

Group for timeshare professionals on facebook

Rajeev Sanwariya starts a timeshare professionals group on facebook


Rajeev Sanwariya is an experienced Sales & Marketing professional from the hospitality industry. His experience spans Onsite Sales, Direct Sales and Venue Sales addressing B2B and B2C markets. Interestingly, he has been in the timeshare space for around 15 years – having worked for The Resort Country Club, Mahindra Holidays and Sterling Holidays.

This Q&A session is about a very useful platform that Rajeev has created on facebook – to bring together all professionals in the timeshare industry. We now chat with Rajeev on the objectives behind setting up this group and how it might help the timeshare community.

Read more about this useful group on facebook >>

Interesting cartoons on the AIRDA website

HolidaySeason_Shipwreck HOLIDAY SEASON  is a cartoon plug we do on the AIRDA website. AIRDA is an acronym for the All India Resort Development Association.

AIRDA is an independent, non-profit advisory dedicated to the timeshare and vacation ownership industry. AIRDA offers resort developers a constructive platform to share ideas and strategies on the running and promotion of timeshare. It works with developers to cut a clean image in the industry and offer fair value on holiday packages to customers. AIRDA also plays the role of an advisor to customers interested in timeshare, with tips and guidelines on its website.

The cartoons we do for AIRDA have a little message related to timeshare, in terms of benefits, features and what to keep in mind before you make a buy-in decision.

You can click on this cartoon to see other images in the AIRDA gallery. Here’s the url for the website:

How to borrow “look & feel”

This slide presentation is a good example of adapting existing visual formats that are working well for you. We borrowed the “look & feel” of the AIRDA website and worked on an interesting template for their presentations.

This way, there’s some kind of similarity and consistency in visual formats that the organization uses. It also builds a level of familiarity around the visible face of the organization. Out here, we even brought in the cartoon character that we use on the AIRDA website, in the last frame of the presentation.

If you’d like a frame of reference, check out the AIRDA website: