24 December 2012

Ready to board

You know you are traveling way too much when you jump into a plane, reach 10,000 feet, open your ipad, connect to GoGo internet and the first alert pops up saying “Time to check in to your next flight” πŸ™ Ugh!! I have not even landed…

24 December 2012

Drunkards flying…

Another proof that you may be on the road too often – as I check in at the Skyclub today, the lady asked me “where are your friends today”? Few minutes later, went to pick half a glass of wine and the lady at the counter asked me “where are your friends”? πŸ™‚ once again proving that I am flying too much and count too many drunkards as my friends :-)β€” atΒ Delta Sky Club DCA.

24 December 2012

“Daddy”

As I walk up to my gate where my outgoing plane was just pulling up, I notice a lady with four kids – one in her arms and three carrying flags and posters saying “Welcome home dad. We missed you”. Going by skin and hair at least two kids are adopted. Patiently they waited as the passengers disembarked till their soldier dad stepped out. He could barely hear them screaming “Daddy” over the very loud clapping we gave him.Β 
Really enriching moment in life and points to the upside of traveling. Also glad that Delta and TSA allows returning soldiers’ family to come all the way to the gate…Β β€” atΒ Dca Airport – Gate 16.

24 December 2012

Tabla

Two hours of playing the tabla (Indian drums) with Bihu songs. These are songs popular in Assam (northeast India) – usually sung this time of the year (spring). My sister used to excel in this style – 30 years back. Last time I accompanied her on the tabla was 20 years back. How I wish she was here thus evening instead of half a world away….

24 December 2012

Sister calling…

Rich Irony: My sister from a small town in Eastern India called me up in the middle of my office meetings (it is near midnight for her) because she is stuck with a question while teaching her fourth grader for next day tests – Which is Rajasthan’s Blue City? Not that I am an expert on Rajasthan – and she is acutely aware of it. But unlike her, I can access the internet in a second!!!! And that is exactly how I found out the answer πŸ™‚ (she won’t buy my claims that I knew it anyways πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ )