OPINION

Err India: The National Crasher

May 27, 2010
Being Cynical

A lot has been talked about the Mangalore crash both in print and television media, close to 50% of India's population blamed for this horrific incident, somewhere around a million blogs written about it and we are almost in the verge of forgetting about it in exchange of our daily Ekta Kapoor doze or some funny singing competition. For a change, I am not going to write about how and why one of our national carriers toppled over a table top airstrip like a golf ball on the valley adjacent to the landing strip killing many. I want to talk about the colourful characters of the employees of this phenomenon called Air India and their ever so active unions, which strongly believe that taking the country and their passengers to ransom is just another of their daily jobs.

It's kind of funny to see these employees are more engaged in strikes and related stuff than actually flying. It's almost a regular sight to see many flights getting cancelled, with the reason being that some union or the other is on perpectual Dharna or strike.

Why are these guys so strike prone? It's almost as if they feel they are getting bored with the monotony hence - lets go for a strike. For heaven's sake, what the hell is this- flash strike?

Fresh after the Mangalore tragedy which delivered a strong blow to the already degrading brand name, the last thing the AI management would have thought that these guys to do was to go for a strike. Being the peak travel season, the Maharajah might have hoped to get some good revenue to ease off some much needed debt, so as to have some room to breathe but his employees had contrary views. This very opposite idea caused 13000 passengers to be stranded at various locations causing the Maharajah to lose a handsome 12 crores in two days. The already diluted brand name gone for a toss and of course we all have to see the sorry face of Praful Patel again on TV. Trust me, that was the most torturous of the lot. We as individual citizens, the tax payers are least interested about the ego clash between the management and the employees as long as our interests are not taken hostage and few dirty individuals do not go on a blackmailing endeavour.

Isn't it the same brand which was made to survive when we Tax payers paid huge booty from our pockets, so that our Maharajah keeps on flying and these blackmailers get their regular salary without doing much beyond striking? If we can be so generous and concerned towards our national pride, why can't these clowns show the same concern for the passengers, if not for anyone. AI head Mr. Yadav might have a truck load of flaws and ego, the union might not fancy having this guy at the top and what not, but why should we as fliers bother? It should be none of our business to bother much beyond getting the boarding card and ogling beautiful cabin crew members (if at all any, looking at AI's preferences), during the flying time and of course fastening our seat belts during take off and landing. Our job should be strictly confined to this (many senior citizens might very well let go the second responsibility), than waiting outside the airport in sultry heat giving a facial expression-'done a huge mistake in choosing to fly with the Maharajah, than with some private players with better ogling opportunity'. If not for the tax payers this airline would have been part of our history books long back and for that matter, it is only India where we are tolerating these perpetual criminals for ages, in any other country this kind of airline would have been wiped out of context quite early.

Thanks to the honourable Delhi high court, these insane individuals were brought to the ground. During the strike, when the media asked one of the so called union leaders on the reason of their strike, the answer seemed like a nonsensical recital of the Ramayana. It is just that the AI management suggested these bunch of grossly unprofessional and erratic lot to keep their mouth shut in front of the cameras and refrain themselves from going around vomiting all over the place, these clowns thought of replying via a strike. Any equation can't be funnier than this. The shameless lot should have understood the dilemma of their management, fresh after a huge tragedy, which made them issue this statement, so that no more embarrassment be brought to the already over embarrassed brand. I don't think there is anything wrong in this decision of the AI management.

With honesty, I must admit, our own Maharajah is testing my patience to the core and I am somehow losing it also. The attitude of AI employees for last 4-5 months is not at all flier friendly to say the least. It seems a better idea to book in one of those private airlines than waiting for some erratic idiots to call off their strike and get you the feeling of being either straight from a destitute home or from some orphanage. I am sorry to say, for someone's overhead tendency and for some absurd ego clash, I am not going to bake myself in hot 45 degree summer sun, and still be called a patriot. I know it is really tough to be a patriot, but I am not definitely not going to take this tough route to be one either.

Fun is the next essential ingredient after Oxygen for this author. This chap is writing humor for quite some time without realizing that no one is reading. An IT coolie by profession he took to writing as he found Mayawati is not doing enough to balance out the daily dose of Humor needed by the human race. He could be found in all suspicious looking cyber spaces - From Orkut to Facebook, From Linkedin to Desibaba. The author can be reached via his Email which he invariably checks every 5 minutes (as he has nothing better to do). So if you are deprived of a big useless mail for sometime then just drop a test mail to this chap. You won't be disappointed. If you want a reply in double quick time then don't forget to add 'HOT PARTY GIRLS' or something like that somewhere in the subject line. Though he titled his blog as 'Being Cynical', regular readers feel, it should have been 'Occasionally Cynical, Mostly Mental'. P.S :- Befriending this human being is at the sole responsibility of the individual. It could bring unimaginable mental agony.
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