My father doesn’t say much, but he has always been there for me. He has never discredited me for choosing this profession or put a time frame for me to be successful. He always says, ‘Take your time and learn whatever you can.’ He has not made me very comfortable as he does not want me to become complacent, but is still my biggest security.
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He also served for one year in a Spahis regiment during the Second World War. After he left the service the whole regiment perished on an expedition in Morocco.
As a citizen of France J.R.D had to enlist in the army for at least 1 year. In between the Grammar school and his time in the army, he spent a brief spell at home in Bombay. After joining the French Army he was posted into the regiment called Spahis (The Sepoys). Soon the Colonel of the regiment found that there was a member of his Squadron who could not only read and write French and English, but could type as well; so he assigned him as a secretary in his office.
Tata got transferred to the more luxurious office of a colonel. After a 12-month period of conscription in the French Army he wanted to proceed to Cambridge for further education, but his father decided to bring him back to India and he joined the Tata Company. In 1929, JRD renounced his French citizenship and became an Indian citizen, and started working at Tata.
Story –When JRD Tata got first pilot license issued in India & started Tata Airlines (which later became Air India)
J. R. D. Tata was inspired early by pioneer Louis Bleriot, and took to flying. In February 1929, Tata obtained the first pilot license issued in India. He later came to be known as the father of Indian civil aviation. He founded India’s first commercial airline, Tata Airlines in 1932, which became Air India in 1946, now India’s national airline.