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My Air-India aerophilatelic collection has been built thanks to the painstaking efforts of several experts, too many to name. However, some have played an outstanding role, and they are (in alphabetical order on last name) Markand Dave, Ramavtar Jain, Madhukar Jinghan, Yogi Mehta and Ashish Talwar. A special thanks to Harsh Gupta for allowing me to use images of scarce material from his exquisite Rudraksha collection.
Thanks are also due to my able assistants Prasad Chavan and Siddharth Patil for doing all the difficult work needed for an effort like this, to Ajinkya Lele who chipped in for background research on the coasters story, and to Babboo Mansoori, for his untiring efforts in sourcing so many wonderful Air-India Collectibles for me.
A very special thanks to Vivek Matthai, for his unstinted support in building my collection.
A note on names and spellings of cities: Several cities in India have been re-named over the last few years. Notable examples are Mumbai from Bombay (1995), Chennai from Madras (1996) and Kolkata from Calcutta (2001). I have followed the convention of referring to these contemporaneously. So, for example, if there is an event that happened earlier than 1995, it will be referred to as having happened in Bombay, but if it happened in 1995 or later, it will be referred to as having occurred in Mumbai.