First published December 20, 2018.

Air India, the country’s flag carrier is struggling. Beginning its journey as the private Tata Airlines in the 1930’s the carrier was nationalized and has since been controlled by the Government of India. A combination of poor decision making, political interference, increased competition and many other factors have led to the situation where the carrier finds itself. Deep in debt, loss making and suffering from what can best be described as inconsistent service. An immediate disclaimer: I have never had a “bad” flight on Air India. They’ve always been on time and the service has…


This is the first article in my Flight of Fancy series where I put forward possibly outlandish ideas for the aviation industry.

The Boeing 737 MAX saga is well documented. A plane that was designed as a reaction to the Airbus A320Neo series, now beset with a PR nightmare of a problem rooted in some poorly tested software that was designed to overcome a problem with physics. You know all about it by now, so I will refrain from repeating more details. What’s more important is the scenario going forward. How, you might ask, is this reputation crisis an opportunity?


Range is the distance you can drive before you need to charge your electric vehicle’s battery, right? Well, technically it is exactly that, but I often find that these numbers and the real world don’t necessarily add up. Instead of calculating the distance that a car can go before it needs to be juiced up, I find that the time before it needs to be juiced up is actually a lot more relevant than distance. Allow me to explain.

The Human Bladder
Any medical professional deserving of the degree certificate hung on their wall will suggest that you ought to use…


The airline industry is not for the faint-hearted investor. A week doesn’t go by without stories of impending financial ruin and route cancellations juxtaposed with stories of rapid growth and huge aircraft orders. Aviation is a yo-yo space to invest in. Over the medium or long term, though, this industry has shown consistently low margins and is a tough place to survive.

As a casual observer and airplane geek, I have often wondered if there is any other industry with so many hurdles and hoops to navigate. If oil prices go up, the airlines suffer. If there’s a storm, it…


I will start this stream of thought with a disclaimer: I am not a Tesla ‘fanboy’. Unfortunately, in this day and age, you have to either declare or disclaim any allegiances before people accuse you of bias. I am, simply, a lover of efficiency and, thus, a lover of electric vehicles and believe that they will change the world we live in.

Why Electric Cars?
As a product, an electric car is simply better than an internal combustion engined car. …


As a practitioner of yoga for the past one and a half decades, I have attended many classes, sought instructions from numerous wonderful teachers and learned a lot about the functioning of my own body. I remember when I drifted away from the practice in 2011 and found myself falling ill more often than not. For me, yoga is a great ally. A partner to keep me feeling good about myself, both physically and mentally. Yet there is something about yoga and the way it is practiced that bothers me. Allow me to explain.

I truly believe that yoga is…


As we hurtle towards the end of 2018, it seems as though we are rapidly approaching the tip-over point where Electric Vehicles (EVs) begin to sell more than their Internal Combustion Engined (ICE) counterparts. The event that heralds the arrival of the tip-over is the news that Tesla delivered over 80,000 cars in Q3, 2018. This heralds the first time an all-electric car, the Model 3, has become a member of a top-ten list of cars sold in the US. The ICE is now officially on life support. But is this really true or is it just the case of…


The topic of transportation, both personal and public, is a contentious one. We are living in a world where everyone has a strong view that they are determined to stand by, no matter what the evidence might say. This ‘clan-ish’ way of seeing things is entirely obvious when we talk about cars and buses. There are those screaming from the rooftops about how the world is going to end because of carbon emissions and there are those who are firmly of the belief that their fuel efficient car can hardly be causing such chaos. Let me tell you straight from…


In early April, 2017, General Motors announced that they’re selling one of their two plants in India to SAIC, their Chinese joint-venture partner. This, potentially, signals the beginning of the end for the beleaguered American giant and its Chevrolet brand as they seem to be headed towards a total withdrawal from the Indian car market. And why does this matter? Because the Indian car market is the 5th largest globally and one of the fastest growing in the world, nearly tripling its output between 2006 and 2016.

GM’s American rival Ford are doing better, but not by much. Ford holds…

Karun Mukhi

Efficiency advocate. Clean isn’t just cool, it’s smart.

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