J.R.D Tata - Father of Aviation

J.R.D Tata - Father of Aviation & One of the Pioneering Industrialists of India
JRD Tata, Father of Aviation - The man with bold & daring wings.
"Live Life a little dangerously"      - J.R.D. Tata


The man with bold and daring wings, who later became the first licensed pilot of India was J.R.D. Tata. Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata was born on 29 July 1904 in a family of business tycoon Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata and his wife Suzanne Brière. He had an interesting ancestry where his father was a man with overpowering the essence of a business and a daring mother who became the first lady to drive a car in India in 1929. The traits from both his parents, which included a daring boldness and a sharp intellect could be seen in this son. He was initially a French citizen however later in 1929 he gave it up to become an Indian citizen.

JRD Tata is a prominent founder of many big names which include Tata Consultancy Services, Titan Industries, Tata Motors, Air India, Tata salt and Voltas. He is also known by the title Father of Indian Aviation, due to his efforts in bringing the Indian aviation sector at par with the international standards. Other honours bestowed upon him include the Padma Vibhushan and the Bharat Ratna received in 1957 and 1992 respectively.
Alongside being an influential industrialist, he was also a prominent philanthropist. His medical, scientific and anthropogenic interests can be seen in prestigious institutes founded by him which include the Institute of Fundamental Research, Tata Memorial Hospital, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, the National Institute of Advanced Sciences, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts.



HIS STORY: J.R.D Tata started the airlines in India even when the railway sector was being developed. He took a plunge into the future with just an idea and no definite plan. He didn’t overthink or over analysed, he started working. And rest is the history of how he succeeded.
OUR LESSON: We have become slaves of our brains. We overthink, over- analyse and eventually destroy every beautiful idea that our brain generates. Let's take the plunge and put the pessimism on the back seat.

HIS STORY: When the Tata airlines started, J.R.D. Tata devoted himself to this unattainable task for promoting aviation in India, when the country was still rumbling with the diseased railway sector. He took a keen interest in not only designing and buying the big aircraft or modelling the project, but he also took the same interest and showed an equal devotion to all the tasks which included dusting the air cabins and keeping everything clean and amiable. He used to take the dust cloth and do it himself.
OUR LESSON: We have stratified every work into varied categories which include class 1 jobs, class 2 jobs, class 3 jobs and other menial jobs which we think don't even deserve a tag. That is where the whole wrongdoing begins. Treat every task with equal devotion and success will kiss your feet owing to your hard work and add a pinch of humbleness to catalyse the process.


  • "Never start with diffidence, Always start with confidence."
  • "When you work, work as if everything depends on you. When you pray, pray as if everything depends on God."
  • "Uncommon thinkers reuse what common thinkers refuse."
  • "Nothing worthwhile is ever achieved without deep thought and hard work."
  • "No success or achievement in material terms is worthwhile unless it serves the needs or interests of the country and its people and is achieved by fair and honest means."
  • "Most of our troubles are due to poor implementation, wrong priorities and unattainable targets."
  • "Money is like manure. It stinks when you pile it; it grows when you spread it."


The man who started as a naïve youngster and eventually became the aviation man of India along with earning the name of being a leading industrialist and an overpowering philanthropist. He gave India an identity at the international stage. Unfortunately, the cycle of life rotated and he left for the heavens on November 29, 1993, in Geneva Switzerland. His hard work and keen insight have made him eternal in our hearts.