I think random encounters is what makes life so interesting ! This Saturday evening I had one such encounter on our flight back from Kochi.
After a 2 hour delay our flight was finally ready to take off and that’s where we met Jeff and his girl.Megha and I were flying back to Mumbai and it was when we sat in the craft that she mentioned her love for flying ( NOT) .I’m an indifferent flyer…as long as my flight gets me to where I am supposed to I don’t fuss over whether its economy/business/first class nor do I really care about what airline ( as long as its a short/domestic flight) I am flying.
So anyways back to my story right…Megha mentioned she hated take offs and for me this was a first time experience sitting next to somebody who had a fear of flying. As we were talking the guy next to Megha overheard our chatter and mentioned he’s not that good at flying as well ! Haah ! So there was me with 2 co passengers who were not too thrilled and to make things worse the flight was very turbulent…
To distract himself and her Jeff ( the American Guy from California) began to talk ing to Megha and me and given that the flight was turbulent boy was I happy to be part of the conversation.We spoke for about 45 odd minutes and exchanged notes on jobs, countries, relationships and families. It was all quite interesting !
Jeff was flying to Delhi via Mumbai to go visit his girlfriend’s aunt, who turned out to be Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai ( being the feminist I am , she’s a role model of sorts for me). He was also telling us of his visits to Mumbai and his experience in an auto rickshaw and the Breach Candy Club 🙂 the conversation went on from places we’ve seen , the things we do and the books we read. Quite interesting to get an outsider’s view on our city 🙂
It was a random encounter but made the journey interesting … Even though we won’t in all likelihood meet Jeff or his girl again,Megha and I will always look back at this flight back and smile as we think of our Jet flight with Jeff 🙂
P.s. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to over come the fear of flying ? I’m going to try and work on this and get Megha ( who is a really cool girl and worthy of being one of my Power Puff girls 😉 ) to overcome this.
Also Jeff, if you happen to chance on this post , leave me a comment ! 🙂 The book i recommended was Shantaram and the Indian author was Chetan Bhagat , just in case you forgot !