G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

Shel Silverstein : “Talked my head off Worked my tail off Cried my eyes out Walked my feet off Sang my heart out So you see, There’s really not much left of me.” ~

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Friday, July 28, 2017

साठ वर्षाचा एअर इंडियाचा प्रवास....Journey of Air India Since Jan 1958



Hindustan Times, June 8 2017
“Govt should have exited debt- laden Air India 15 years back: (Arun) Jaitley on privatisation: Air India has piled over Rs 50,000 crore of debt mainly because of high maintenance cost and lease rent. It barely made any operational profit in last decade except in FY16.”

Manavi Kapur, Business Standard, June 23 2017:
“...Though the international airport at New Delhi is always bustling with passengers, early mornings are a particularly busy time. Amid the frenzied activity is a slow-moving row of check-in desks that belong to Air India. A member of the prestigious Star Alliance, India’s national carrier also has the distinction of having one of the poorest and most outdated customer experiences.... The erstwhile Tata Airlines and brainchild of JRD Tata, Air India was nationalised by then prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, in 1953. These were its glory days, with a monopoly in the aviation industry and a fledgling customer base that was only just beginning to fly. While a seller’s market ensured it made money, a political milieu of trade and labour unions dictated much of its work culture....”

मराठी कथाकार कै . अरविंद गोखले (१९१९-१९९२) यांचे प्रवास वर्णन वाचले , वाङ्मय शोभाच्या जानेवारी १९५८च्या अंकातले...  टिप्पणी करायची गरजच नाही

हिस्टोरिकल पर्स्पेक्टिव्ह फार महत्वाचे असते.





२०१७मध्ये मुंबईचा विमानतळ कसा आहे (जगातील एक चांगला) आणि  एअर इंडिया कशी आहे!


courtesy: B.C. by Mastroianni and Hart 

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