Have you ever travelled when you were very tired and sleepy and all you wanted a comfortable bed to crash?
I wanted to sleep while waiting in immigration queue. I wanted to sleep while waiting to board. There are many instances when I desperately wanted to doze off.
Talking of sleep or lack of it, reminds me of a small anecdote which I want to share with you all.
I was flying to Thailand. The flight was in the evening and as usual I had my window seat. 🙂
Immediately after our airplane settled above the clouds, I could see the Sun setting. To my disappointment my window pane was very dirty from outside so I was unable to take any photo. But I did not want to let go of having a window seat. I turned back and clicked a few shots through the window behind.
Man! That was some work and then I dozed off !
I woke up after a few hours. I think the captain had made some announcements which woke me up. With groggy eyes, I looked at other passengers; most of them were fast asleep. The plane was shaking and probably passing through a turbulence zone. Rubbing my eyes, I looked out of the window. It was pitch dark.
And suddenly I jumped ! I jumped and I shrieked.
Now I knew why the captain had made that announcement !
Can you believe if I say I saw a small plane flying very parallel to ours? I rubbed my eyes again and the plane was neither slowing down nor changing its direction as if it was participating in a race with us !! I thought the announcement made by the captain must have been to warn us.
In those moments, I thought our planes were going to collide in no time. Like a Bollywood movie, all those bad & sad thoughts came to my mind, which generally ask you to say your last prayers.
But I didn’t give up. I thought it was my duty to inform the irresponsible captain. Perhaps he too was sleeping or else he would have swerved the plane away! I shook my sleeping co-passenger to let me out. He thought I was in urgent need to go to restroom. But when I told him the grave situation, sceptically he leaned over my seat to look out.
And then he laughed out loudly ! I felt pity on him. He had lost his mental balance to realize that these were last moments of his life.
What he told me after that, had made me look the other way in utter embarrassment. Can you guess what he said?
He told me that it was the wing of OUR airplane and NOT another plane.
This photo was taken after the incident. 🙂
My husband Vasu still laughs at my stupidity. Other family members would never know about it (they don’t read my blog). 😀
Note- This is a real incident. 😀
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