Beyond the Last Blue Mountain: A Life of J.R.D. Tata

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Penguin Books India, 1993 - Biography-JRD Tata - 400 pages
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An Exhaustive And Unforgettable Portrait Of India&Amp;Rsquo;S Greatest And Most Respected Industrialist.

Written With J.R.D. Tata'S Co-Operation, This Superb Biography Tells The J.R.D. Story From His Birth To 1993, The Year In Which He Died In Switzerland.

The Book Is Divided Into Four Parts: Part I Deals With The Early Years, From J.R.D.&Amp;Rsquo;S Birth In France In 1904 To His Accession To The Chairmanship Of Tatas, India'S Largest Industrial Conglomerate, At The Age Of Thirty-Four; Part Ii Looks At His Forty-Six Years In Indian Aviation (The Lasting Passion Of J.R.D'S Life) Which Led To The Initiation Of The Indian Aviation Industry And Its Development Into One Of India'S Success Stories; Part Iii Illuminates His Half-Century-Long Stint As The Outstanding Personality Of Indian Industry; And Part Iv Unearths Hitherto Unknown Details About The Private Man And The Public Figure, Including Glimpses Of His Long Friendships With Such People As Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi And His Association With Celebrities In India And Abroad..

 

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A very well compiled book given that it is a story of such a magnanimous personality. A special section to each of his major activities especially aviation requires special appreciation towards the author. A must read, specially the younger generation. Read full review

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The Biography of 'Jeh' as he is fondly called by his friends and well wishers in the Industry is very fascinating and makes great impact on the minds of young Entrepreneurs and alike. The students of History are greatly benefited. Two main things come to our minds. 1. A man with out College Education can make a mark, provided he/she is prudent and has the qualities to manage the good relationships. 2. JRD was not knowing the Indian languages, Hindi, Gujarati, and not even good in English. He was a stranger to India, and the Indian customs, traditions were unknown to him, leave about Parsi customs. But as a fresher to new life, he started with determination and self confidence, and finally proved himself as a legend !
The amazing quality of studying the inner depths of the problems, and selecting the right person to address them. He used to authorise a known, and reliable persons to the very important jobs, and watched them to perform from a distance. But he never deserted them at any grave situations. A warm person, with smiling face, and had the tremendous capacity to analyse and take right decisions. Always consulted the subordinates and never let down them. The 63 years service to Tatas is an unforgettable and cherished endeavour, by all standards. JRD is JRD ; none can be compared with him !
 

Contents

The Heritage
3
Childhood 19041915
11
Taj Mahal And Cherry Blossoms
20
British School And The French Army
30
Train To Jamshedpur
42
Years Of Endurance
50
Meeting Thelly
59
Sir Dorab And Sir Nowroji
68
Mission To The West
225
The Two Top Captains
233
The Birth Of A Giant
244
An Empire Expands
251
The Decade Of The 1950s
258
From Empire To Commonwealth
267
The Indira Gandhi
273
A Dream Fades And Reappears
282

Part II
79
Getting Airborne
91
Song Of The Clouds
97
Tata Air Lines 19331946
103
The Magic Carpet 1 11
111
Setting Standards
117
Night Air Mail
125
Nationalization Of Airlines
132
AirIndia 19481964
149
Part III
181
Chairman
195
The Making Of A Family
202
The War And The British
211
The Bombay Plan
219
Part IV
289
The Philanthropist
299
The Citizen
308
Celebrities
315
A Friendship
323
The Family
334
Vignettes
341
Eventide
350
Epilogue
360
Appendices
366
Notes
389
Index
396
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