Wednesday, February 25, 2015

India is a cultural nation- Be with it: One can understand what India is only by looking at the people who live there. It starts from poor, middle class, and goes till very rich to extremely rich people. People living in India are different from those living in outskirts. India has Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jains, Parsis and more. One can know more about them only after being along with them.
One must not get prejudiced by the rickshaw pullers, taxi drivers, etc about Indians in general: Observing the real beauty of India can not be done through mere sitting in a taxi or rickshaw n looking around rather one should take his/her own initiative. Once if a stranger enters within the boundary of India taxi drivers or rickshaw pullers tend to charge high prices from them. Indians have a different mannerism s compared with the westerners but no doubt they are very hard working, talented, patient, and hospitable.
Specificity is the key: One when enters India it would be better for him to be specific in his conversations with the people he is coming in contact with. Being short clear n specific would count a lot while traveling around in India.
You will be judged by your spending power: There is a great myth in India that foreigner's are rich and can very easily dole out a lot of money. Indians try to dip into one's pocket very cleverly. They are basically very curious every second stranger wants to know what you do where you coming from what are your intentions what your parents do what's your family background n many other things. It is really very difficult to cope up with this kind of nature that Indians.
Serving is a way of showing their respect for you: Many people in India offer genuine service to outsiders who come to visit India its not everyone who tries to burn your pocket. They would undertake discomfort themselves and provide you with the best services. They con it as a part of honor and hospitality. These are what Indian standards according to them are.
Touch- makes them feel close to you: Western people have different ways of dealing with outsiders but when it comes to India its all about respect and hospitality. There are different gestures and postures which Indians use to show there friendly nature, such as hugging- it's a sign that you are welcomed and a part of them. But, of course you have to judge the nature behind.
India- a country where a lot of orthodox comes to play when men and women are to be friends, specially in a public place: It becomes very important to act in a sophisticated manner when you are in a public place specially in India. People in India have different thoughts about a men and women friendship even if it is a normal one. So one needs to be very careful while dealing with Indian women.
A distance to be maintained between foreign men and Indian women: The Indian way of greeting is with your palms folded together. It is considered as a safe and mannered way of dealing with women, so one should avoid physical contact with the women of India or a normal handshake would go.
Bargain, wherever you seem it is possible: Bargaining in India is a very normal activity which goes on even with items having fixed price tag on them. This strategy works with ANY kind of negotiations, even business deals.
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It is over a 100 years since the advent of flying. It, however, continues to be held in awe. Commercial aviation is the worst hit, worldwide, not just because of stringent operating standards required, high pay-scales of work force and extremely high running cost but also the rhythmic, unsavory, mysterious occurrences related to aviation. Any hint of inconvenience to air-passenger’s safety would bring back the litany of stories similar to the ill-fated, yet unknown destiny of the Malaysia Airlines MH-17 recent disappearance. The checks and balances would become more stringent, for want of anything better, knee-jerk solutions would be put forth and not surprisingly implemented. Why so not?
Man naturally can walk, run and swim. The only thing that he is not endowed with is the ability to fly. Centuries of dreams have come true for the mankind, when mechanics helped him to fly, but along with it came the fear of failure of the machine and the consequent catastrophe. To make matters worse, flying got associated with glamour and wealth. This by natural progression got the Governments all over the world implementing strict safety mechanisms and levying higher taxes.
Today, a passenger is charged while flying, for passenger service fee, transaction charge, service tax, user development fee, fuel charge, airline congestion charge, other than the basic air fare. Instances of these allied charges far exceeding 200% of the basic air fare have become the norm and not even blinked at. Relaxation in the Indian skies after a long restriction to Private/Corporate participation in the sector has seen the entry of many players. In the present environment these can only be categorised into two- those who have gone bust and those who are going to go bust. Air India is not taken into consideration in this as the props that it has got is divine and unshakable.
Apart from high pay-scale work force, running costs, real-estate costs, there are other tangibles which make aviation a high cost operations. The high maintenance to ensure safe fly-worthiness of airplanes require periodic replacement/servicing of expensive parts, add to this the woe of Governments taxing high on the aviation fuel. This is like burning the candle from both ends.
If we stop to look at other alternatives of travel in India, they are the Roads and the Railways. Roads, they are still work in progress and really not an alternate to long distance travel. The only other alternative is the Railways. Is it really? One has to book a ticket 90 days in advance for a chance to get a seat - even during off season. If one misses that, then the only route is TATKAAL, that too there are no guarantees, this is like adding fuel to fire. You pay a premium for a travel plan less than 90 days.
The boast of one Billion human resource to tap in from, for the achievement of greatness of the nation, falls flat when it comes to the planning and execution of provision of infrastructure for movement of people. Additional trains, tracks, bogies, holiday specials, are but stop gap arrangements and even the railways would hit a ceiling after optimum capacity. Then what?
Today in the age of information, we never cease to sing praises of net, net connectivity and speed of transfer of information. The speed and ease of transfer of people, goods and commodities would be the true test for the development and progress of a nation.
Historically, development of Human race can be directly linked to connectivity. When road travel was the major means of communications, Harappa, Mohan-jo-dharo boasted of good roads and prospered, even today the Grand Trunk road built by Sher-Shah is a good example of far-sightedness, Kautilya, in Arthashastra, expounds the importance of good connectivity. As the progress of Sea-travel increased, we saw the development of Port cities, but, ironically, in today’s age there appears to be nothing significant in promoting air-travel be made easy and accessible to common-man.
The Government is expected to spend money to ensure good infrastructure and gets paid back for such expenditure spread over a large period of time. That is because the infrastructure so produced would bring about progress of the area and the country as a whole in an exponential fashion and the pay back commences long before the recovery of the actual money spent on the development of the infrastructure.
By demystifying and not associating Air-Travel to luxury and glamour, we would be able to provide the common man an alternate for travel. It would spread the load, more participants would want to enter the sector which in turn would stabilize the sector. Maturity in any industry would come only from the fact that there is stability and a fair chance to run the enterprise with a minimum assured return.
Today the price of an air ticket varies more than the spikes of the stock market index on a tumultuous trading day. The variations being so large that a man on a budget has to think twice before making a decision of air travel. The profit-booking by the operators during holiday/peak season is indicative of the scare regarding revenue generation prevalent in the industry. The test of maturity and confidence of the industry would be when the operators actually reduce the price of the ticket on each flight operated, as a practise, having achieved the breakeven point.
The Utopian situation would be that major passenger travel for long distance would be by Air, major transportation by Rail is of freight, goods and commodities and the major inter-city personal movements by buses and metro.
Airports Authority of India has 125 airports under its charge. Identifying and encouraging operations from airfields less used/closed near to major hubs would be a win-win for all concerned. Infrastructure development of good roads/metro, rail from these places to the heart of cities would offload air traffic to major air hubs.
The not so transparent air ticket charges combined with additional airport and Government levies, added to that the high tax on Aviation Turbine Fuel, both state and central, really need a revisit by all the participating players. The Government(s) needs to move away from the Draconian outlook to the Aviation sector and seriously empower the sector to do well, otherwise the present day set up is like the story of the Dacoit leader wanting to invite the best singers, dancers and artists to his hideout to entertain his gang. He also declares a Prize money of Rs100 crore to the best participants. On being asked by his crony as to why should they part with the money earned, laying their lives at great peril? The leader says ‘Not to worry, these guys after collecting their Prize are going to go home through our jungle only. We will rob them on their way out.’

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If you live in a city like Delhi where there are different means of transport, you may find that owning a car isn't that necessary. It is only when vacations or any kind of events take place that the need for a personal vehicle arises. In such cases, rental cars are of great help. People rent cars for several reasons-family vacations, business trips, attending special events and so on. And there are even many companies that offer the service of car hire in Delhi.

Here lets us discuss some of the advantages of a car hire.

You can rent a big size vehicle like minivan or SUV. It will allow you to travel with your extended family or large group of friends. There are even some rental agencies who also offer their customers with a nine or fifteen passenger van.
The car rental companies usually have different types and models of cars for hire. You can choose the one that suits your need and rent that accordingly.
You can avoid putting excess wear and tear on your own vehicle when you are on your leisure vacation or business trip. This definitely lowers the maintenance cost of the personal vehicle as well as the repair costs over time.

There are many rental agencies that keep newer models of cars for hire. These new models offer very good gas mileage in comparison to the older models. If you have a car, which is of an older model then renting a car from an agency that offers new models will help you save a lot of money on gasoline.
While travelling by renting a vehicle if a car breaks down, you don't need to get tensed or worried. If any such incident takes place during the rental period, the car rental agency will give another car to you without charging you anything extra. This is a great peace of mind, which you may not get if it's your personal vehicle.

Sometimes you may not want to drive your own car to places whose roads are not much favorable. In such cases, a rental car like a SUV or Jeep is a great idea.

Hiring a vehicle helps a lot of people to decide if they would like to buy that model of car. Renting for a day or two basically gives people an extended test drive.

There are many people who rent cars in Delhi to Outstation when their own vehicles are in garage for repair. Sometimes people also rent a vehicle when they need a second one for attending an occasion or any other event.
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