Atanu Dey On India's Development

Off to Delhi

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I am at Chicago’s O’Hare International airport, about to board Air India flight 126 to Delhi (via Frankfurt.) I will be off the air since I will be in the air during the next 24 hours or so. Which means that I will not be able to respond to the outrage that I have caused in some quarters. I have stirred a hornet’s nest. The game is afoot. Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.

  • Jpallipad

    Why in God’s name are you flying Air India. Not sure what other outrages you have caused – but this one takes the cake! Please stop subsidising MPs’ First Class travel!

  • Loknath

    Atanu,

    Interesting to know that you flew Air India, a carrier that should have been shut down a couple of decades ago for the inexplicable public monies it gobbled up to serve privileges of few paid travellers and feeding an army of bogus and unproductive employees.

    Since a handful of people still fly Air India for some compulsive reasons,the Air India minister cites reasons to pump in some of my money. I assume you had options to fly another airline by foresaking some time and comfort.

    If I were you, between AirIndia and a cargo plane carrying dogshit to New Delhi, I would have flown the latter even by paying more. I have actually done this several times over. I don’t patronize any of the state run companies. I fuel my car at Shell and Reliance but NEVER the state run pumps though latter are about 10-15% cheaper. I never flew Indian Airlines and Airline in the past 10 years. I never travel India Rail too, instead I prefer a Volvo sleeper for an overnight short distance travel in India.

  • DJ

    Loknath, I have the opposite attitude to yours. I was flying AI in 2009 and was flabbergasted to note that they were offering free booze to economy class passengers. I asked them how they could do that when they were making losses (it was during the depth of the recession) and the booze would essentially be paid for by Indian taxpayers? None of the other airlines that I knew, offered free booze, so it was an unnecessary perk. Obviously, they and other passengers just looked at me weird. I decided to ask for the most expensive booze out of the options available, in order to recoup my taxes going into AI! Its not a good attitude as compared to yours, but I feel better having recovered some, if not all of my tax money from AI.

  • tp

    Apparently, you can make a small fortune selling shards of turbine blades after your flight crashes. Happy recouping taxes!