..and Then there was one

15 Oct

First there was Indian Airlines…
lousy, crappy, rude staff…
but we had to fly so we make do..

Never made money.. but thats ok..
we are Governmment they say…

Then came the first wave of private players…
good food, smiling crews..

flying was fun…
suddenly IA was on the run

Then came the budget airlines…
cheap and best..

they got you there..
still better that the IA fare…

Deccan came first…
they made the buses blush…

Vijay Mallya butted in…
thats when competition set in

There were others contenders..
but all of them were pretenders..

Kigfisher bought Deccan and Jet bought Sahara…

Then came the recession…
suddenly there was confusion…

Kingfisher talked to Jet…
lets work together… just lets

Jet sacked six hundred staffers…
thanks for the smiles…
but we dont need you for the next mile…

Then Jet and Kingfisher will Merge…
share prices will surge…

They will still lose money…
its all for the money honey…

Then one day Indian Airlines will say…
Lets all merge.. what say…

We’ll be back to one…
lousy, crappy, rude staff…
but we still have to fly so we will make do…

No more good times….


14 Responses to “..and Then there was one”

  1. Salil October 15, 2008 at 6:32 am #

    And then they will leave you ‘high’ and ‘dry’, literally…
    Good one. Keep them coming.

  2. Job Xavier October 15, 2008 at 8:38 am #

    Please sign the Petitions at

    Employees’ unions of government banks in India have been going on all-India strikes frequently. They have already brought Indian economy to standstill five times in the past 7 weeks.
    Now, the State Bank of India employees want to go on an indefinite strike from 2008 October 20. SBI is the biggest bank in India that disburses all government salaries and pensions, and finances all the major enterprises in India. The strike will cause a daily loss of Rs 700 bn to the public apart from causing unimaginable hardship to millions of small businessmen and pensioners.
    The employees are not with the strikers emotionally, but they fear union bullying; and are forced to strike. The Union leaders want the PSBs weakened so that private new generation banks might prosper. Frequent whimsical strike calls are aimed at bringing PSBs down to reduce them to mere shell companies bereft of funds and public trust.
    In the interest of India’s public sector and the banking public, we request the unions to desist from going on more strikes. Do not pursue this treasonous course of action and weaken your country’s economy further in these times of global economic disaster! We appeal to your patriotism.

  3. MP October 15, 2008 at 10:02 am #

    One of your best!
    You could also title it “The full circle”

  4. My3 October 15, 2008 at 10:34 am #

    Just when I was looking at tickets to fly on aamchi Jet to Bangalore or even better Kingfisher to Bangalore. WAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH 😦

  5. praneshachar October 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    super what a way to pen it great composition vijay reality brought out nicely we are back to square one same old stuff no choice for customer

  6. shivya October 15, 2008 at 5:58 pm #

    Too good! IA = teacher-like air hostesses who scold you if you ask for an extra bottle of water. We can’t go back there. No no no.

  7. shivya October 15, 2008 at 5:59 pm #

    I forgot to add that as an economist, I have reason to believe that they won’t collude. It will always be their dominant strategy to break the collusion, lower prices and get more demand. Sorry for the jargon !

  8. Ram October 15, 2008 at 10:29 pm #

    hehe …
    I have had hard times with IA on all the trips I made,
    there wasn’t another way we could by pass on our route!

    “State Bank of India employees want to go on an indefinite strike ” –> How sad, people don’t like feedback. They don’t understand their flaw from all the beginning, but when metrics show the productivity rate of SBI has been down and the customer service off the wall, it appears they don’t like it and rage on strike. hmm… http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=47754&tp=on 🙂

  9. Vijay October 16, 2008 at 7:08 am #

    @salil: thanks 🙂
    MP: Honored sir 😀
    Pranesh: thank you
    @My3: Planes will still be there.. its just that you might have to pilot it and serve yourself 😀
    @Shivya: lol.. I remember an Air Hostess on IA rebuking a passenger because he asked for a blanket…
    @Ram: 🙂

  10. Nikhil October 16, 2008 at 6:06 pm #

    Hehehe!! Actually, this morning’s numbers are quite staggering – 1090 job cuts in Jet!

  11. bpsk October 17, 2008 at 1:20 am #

    Good one. Misfortune seems to have brought out the verst in you. ;P

    Btw, Jet’s “de-rostering” was covered by most newspapers in the US today, which is unusual.

  12. Vijay October 17, 2008 at 2:25 am #

    @Nikhil: ..and this mornings news is that they have been reinstated

    @bpsk: The coverage is probably due to the fact that these airlines have ordered a large number of planes from Boeing (and Airbus)… someones sales pipeline has taken a hit 😀

  13. Chitra November 6, 2008 at 6:35 am #

    wow, very good one. 🙂


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