It was 22nd May 2011, the world just survived the doom’s day, when I was driving from Gurgaon to Delhi. Sheila’s Delhi was hotter than ‘Sheila ki jawani’ a couple of days earlier. The rainfall, though not as deadly as the great flood 7000years ago, was enough to cool down the sizzling capital. It meant that all the Delhites were out of their house after a long time to enjoy the pleasant weather. If this is how doomsday looks, I want it every Saturday!
As I was driving towards Delhi on NH-8 I was surprised to see a small crowd gathered on the side of the road near the airport. They suddenly started cheering with the elders pointing at something in the air, and the kids jumping with joy. It’s a bird, its superman…no it is an aeroplane!!! Yes, the flying plane was the source of joy for that over-enthusiastic crowd. At that very moment I was transferred back to my childhood. The memories of the bygone days echoed through my mind. I used to run out of the house at the sound of the magnificent ships flying over. Just watching the flight pass by was sheer pleasure. Sometimes I used to run with it, trying to outrun it, till I lost my breath. I am sure some of you used to do that as well.
Would the kids of Afghanistan feel the same enthusiasm at the sound of an aeroplane? The answer is probably no. Children who have grown up in war ravaged countries would probably be afraid of the sound of aeroplanes that are generally followed by sounds of explosion. The very fact that we enjoy the sound and sight of aeroplanes means that we are lucky to be born in a country that is well protected by our jawans.
I wonder what is so amazing about a flying aeroplane. Why do I still feel happy to see them flyby. Why doesn’t a flying eagle attract the same attention? Is it because the flying ship is made and flied by human beings? Is it a tribute to our intelligence? Does it represent freedom? Is it a flight of fantasy for the innocent child that gives him/her wings for few moments. It probably unshackle us from the chains of routine life and gives us the hope that we can fly too.