I feel the need to apologize to the curious masses [well, maybe not masses, rather a few... well, alright, ONE !] who are wondering if I am back in Bangalore or still in the west. I realise that from my blog one would have no clue as to my whereabouts. This post shall make that all very clear in, what I hope, shall be an amusingly cute anecdotal sorta fashion.
Flight 9W 511, from Kolkatta to Bangalore, via Hyderabad. Thursday, 31st March, 2005. The cutest in-flight personnel I have ever come across. Ever.Me: *standing near the loo, waiting for Large Man to exit, wondering if Cute In-Flight Person was doing serious damage to her hair with that tight-in-a-bun hairstyle*Cuter-IFP: *walking down the aisle, lugging a kid, aged around 7 or 8*
Now, you sit right here. Buckle up and call us if you need anything. *to the other IFPs*
We have an un-escorted minor in 31 alpha.Me: *to the Cutest-IFP*
Hmmm... could I be an un-escorted major?Cutest-IFP: *extremely cute, IFP-ish giggle*
Why sir? You feel you need to be taken care of too?Me:
Yeah, am starting to feel pretty lonely on these flights.*Large Man exits, I go into the loo. Will spare you the details of the next few minutes.*Cutest-IFP: *me walking to my seat*
Here you go, sir ! Enjoy your flight ! *handing me a coloring book and the JetKids pack*Me: *not to be outdone at my own flirting game*
Wooooww !! Just what I wanted... I'm all giggly with joy ! *run back to my seat and start coloring*Cutest-IFP: *walking by checking transit passenger luggage, sees me coloring, with wax crayons*
You must be kidding ! *visibly amused, with a smile that actually touches her eyes*Me:
Nope ! *best smile and all*
I gotta beat 31 alpha at this, now don't I !
We take off and I am still coloring. And shortly thereafter, I think everyone but the cockpit crew came by to talk to me about the wax crayons and my love for coloring notebooks. I still cannot comprehend the number of jokes I made about coloring within the lines and following the sequence of numbers when I connect the dots (thanks Calvin !). Even the DropDeadGorgeous-IFP from Business Class came by and smiled, delivering a complimentary remark !
By the end of the flight, I had completed one section of the coloring book. Cutest-IFP was totally impressed with my perseverance, hovering about talking to me about all sorts of things.Cutest-IFP:
Its wonderful to have people like yourself on these flights, Vignesh *yes, we were on a first name basis by then*
Its tough to keep smiling all the time, when you really don't mean it *wink*
Helps a lot when we have people like you around !Me:
Thank you ! Though I have to admit, its really easy to be happy, especially around someone as cheerful and as charming as yourself !
It went on like this for a while. We discussed her flight schedules, and how her social life takes quite a beating because of that. We exchanged phone numbers and she said she would call if she was ever in Bangalore for more than an hour !
I would be awesomely surprised if she ever does. But that isn't the point. On a personal level for me this is me getting back to who I used to be. Before all the bad things started to happen. This was me in school - generally happy with life and not afraid to show it. This was me in college -not afraid of making a fool of myself, going out on a limb to do stupid stuff that I thought was fun. This is me healing.
I really should get back to reading more of Wodehouse. This spreading the sweetness and light business is good fun !