"Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going."
- Paul Theroux

Views & Interviews

June 2019

In conversation with global sourcing consultant,
A. V. Ramachandran

A.V. Ramachandran is an Independent Sourcing Consultant based in Bangalore, with business interests in Tirupur and Sri Lanka. He has over 20 years of experience in apparel buying and sourcing with a delivery focus that is largely on exports. Over the years, he has built strong associations with leading international companies and their brands, and is considered a reliable source-point in India for globally based importers – handling a range of finished products and in-process supply lines.

There are two reasons why we talk to Ramachandran this month. One, the fact that he is widely travelled – his line of work taking him to focus markets in Europe, Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Two, he’s been on a timeshare vacation along with his extended family – almost every year, for the last ten years.

So how does he look at the need to take time for a vacation, especially since his work involves travel in any case. But as we’ve seen, most people who travel on work find it difficult to include small detours for brief touristy stop-overs. Even if it can take the mind off the stresses and strains of today’s fast paced business.


Earlier Articles

2019

May In conversation with Travel Blogger Shama Ahmed
April In conversation with Saif Omar and Faiza Khan of The Musafir Stories
March Talking to Jayashree Bhat of Mumbai
Feb In conversation with Param Kannampilly
Jan In conversation with holiday seekers & travel enthusiasts

2018

Dec In conversation with Sukumaran Menon
Nov In conversation with Hooma Roy Choudhury and Sudeep Goswami
Oct In conversation with world traveler, Brendan Cole
Sept In conversation with travel writer, Chittra M
Aug In conversation with Rajiv Agarwal, Head of Marketing, Salarpuria Sattva Group
July In conversation with travel writer, Chittra M
June In conversation with travel writer Sudha Pillai
May Talking to people with the travel bug
Apr In conversation with travel writer, Bindu Gopal Rao
Mar Things to do before you go on a vacation
Feb Six timeshare users give their views on timeshare, and how things add up
Jan Planning your holiday calendar

2017

Dec B.S. Rathor – The romance of vacation photography
Nov Ashok R Sankethi, Kaybase Research
Oct Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
Sep Vikram Nanjappa, Evolve Back Resorts
Aug The importance of packing your bags right
July Working towards a positive work-life balance
June Q&A: Conversations with Debolin Sen -  Head - Enable Travel
May What does the man on the street say about “timeshare”
April Tourists for environment protection
March When customer feedback becomes a navigation tool
February Q&A: Talking to photographer Pratap J
January Q&A: Talking to Gerhard and Beate Schreiber from Germany

2016

December Q&A: Listening Post on Timeshare
November Q&A: Knowing your customer
October Q&A: New Project Story: Devlok at the foothills of Tirumala
September Q&A: Why some customers have second thoughts about timeshare
August Q&A: Talking to customers about timeshare benefits
July Q&A: Talking to Naturalist, Surya Ramachandran
June Q&A: Talking to Food & Travel blogger, Riya Patel
May Constructive feedback from timeshare customers collected by AIRDA content team
April Q&A: AIRDA content team visits Sterling Rock Perch in Yercaud
March Q&A: Talking to Suresh Bajaj of Millennium Pools
February Q&A: The people factor in the timeshare industry
January Q&A: Talking to coffee broker Venu Ovian, about timeshare

2015

December Q&A: Looking at new unexplored locations in timeshare
November Q&A: Looking at new unexplored locations in timeshare
October Q&A: Six timeshare vacationers talk about their first time
September Q&A: Talking to Arathi Venkatesh of Bangalore
August Q&A: Talking to Dr. R. K. Anand of DJB Group of Companies
July Q&A: About feedback from guests at timeshare resorts
June Q&A: Talking to Vinayak Tamse, of Tamse Associates
May Q&A: Talking to C. Anand Reddy, Managing Director of Aswani Properties
April Q&A: Talking to Travel Photographer, Satheesh Kumar
March Q&A: Talking to a young couple who picked Goa for their honeymoon
February Q&A: Talking to Prarthana Pednekar, a young hospitality professional based in Mumbai
January Q&A roll back - going down memory lane

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