Usually I look out the window to spot other planes flying along, but now I am sure I will be staring into the abyss. So I decided to dive deep into the book 'Under the Tuscan Sun' which I spotted in somebody's travel pic a while ago.
I wonder about the migrant workers and other first time flyers. Once they might have dreamt about the amazing things of flying and today they are experiencing it at its lowest point. I feel sad for them. Don't be disappointed, travel is much more fun than this. This covered faces, awkward silences, this emptiness are not how it is used to be. This is temporary. Fly again someday, you will feel the freshness and warmth in an entirely different level. But for now, this is the best.
Even though I don't normally buy the on board food and beverages, I miss the sound of the cart they pull along the aisle, a million of apologetic phrases they chant as they move along. The silence is now feel more frightening than ever. Now they just announced we are just gonna sit here, press the call button if u need us. They dont have anything to do for us now. Odd but true, one of the million magics of Corona I presume.
While scribbling about the points to add to this blog in my phone, I noticed one thing the Airplane mode. I had a silly grin on my face when I saw it after a long while. I wonder haven't we in it for a long time now??? I remembered the trips I cancelled this year, the last year and the year before that. In fact, the ones I called off even before planning for it. Every trek I have been to and ones that I missed. Mom n Dad's visit to Mumbai, Cousins' Road trip, the night treks to Harishchandra Ghat, the long pending Thailand trip, my second Bungee jumping in Macau. Don't know when I will go back and wake up to the sunrises atop a far away mountain in Sahyadris.
The trips I said no to because of my job, the trips I made with my previous job, all seem funny now. How many trips I have shut in the face coz apparently I couldn't be away from my job for more than a week? Haven't everything changed? As on of my Ex boss would say, Bharat Sarkar aur iss naukri kabhi rukte nahi, we think we are the ones who takes it forward, now nature will be like, Seriously Bruh??
I had planned North east trip for this November ever since I cancelled Ziro valley trip in 2018, I'm not sure if its gonna happen this year. Kundermukh as suggested by my friend and founder of DGA Krish, this was supposed to be done in June, which is now due for a year from now, or is it just a year? I dont know. One thing I'm sure, we will go, may be not today, with or without a Covid Vaccine, life goes on, so are we.
As long as God lets me step on his planet, I'm gonna cover as much ground I can on his wonderful creation. Till then I have the wonderful memories I made from my past trips to cherish. As Nick Cave quoted, "My biggest fear is losing memory because memory is what we are. Your very soul and your very reason to be alive is tied up in memory." The day Covid becomes a Memory, if I'm alive, I'll be on my way to somewhere.....
Read my previous blogs in the links below.
1. Why you Should attend a School Reunion
4. Silent Valley
6. Jog Falls K'taka
7. Malshej Ghat
8. Bungee Jumping in Goa
I will see you on the next blog. Peace