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Sunday, January 24, 2010

My interview at the SmartGrid Summit: South Miami, 2010

Live from TMCnet ITEXPO 2010 (Miami, Florida)

Interviews with Arjun Roychowdhury, Asst. Vice President at Hughes Systique Corp (HSC). HSC is a HUGHES company, an industry leader in IP and communications technology.

(recorded at 2010-01-21 12:04:39)

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Air-India: The Maharajah experience?

As a frequent traveler, I’ve flown several airlines to several places. However, the one airline I’ve categorically avoided in the past is India’s own Air-India (AI) for international travel. I guess it’s because pretty much all my life,

I've only heard bad things about its service, quality of airlines etc from my parents , their friends and friends of friends. But this was 15 years ago. Times change. However, I was still not willing to try AI due to its (in)glorious past track record that was handed down to me by word of mouth and from generation to generation.

A week ago, I had to travel to India for work. This was January 2010 and the fog conditions in Delhi were particularly bad. As I sit in my hotel in India and look out of the window and write this article, the fog is really bad – hardly any visibility. With this much of fog,  most flights that arrive in Delhi late at night get rerouted to other cities and make it into Delhi only during daytime the next day. My colleagues who arrived in India earlier warned me of the condition, so I looked around for flights that landed in the day in delhi. Pretty soon I realized there was only one option for me to try: Air India. Drat. All the other flights like Lufthansa, United etc all arrived late at night and the only other daytime options were ridiculously expensive. I had read that Air-India had recently re-done its entire international fleets and there were new planes and newly re-designed business class and first class seats which according to their marketing was “comparable to other international flights”. Furthermore, the fact that it flew directly from IAD to Delhi with a short stop at JFK was a very attractive option for me, so I decided to take the plunge and try out this carrier for the first time in my life. What follows next is my experience.