What has changed is ‘Me’

Its been 4 months since I have been working at IndiGo. Life has changed a lot since then. Before joining IndiGo I was studying at Mumbai university. I used to travel to university by local train and followed by bus. I never liked my daily routine. But I had no other alternative. I still remember how tired I used to feel while traveling during those peak hours. From Nerul to Kurla station in local train and then to Mumbai university by BEST bus. After finishing lectures, I used to stand at bus stop during rush hours. Life was very hectic.

But now after 4 months, everything has changed. To operate flights, I travel to airport on same road which passes close to Mumbai University. It’s a road on which i have spent my past three years of college life. Earlier I used to travel by BEST bus and now I travel in sedan car with chauffeur on board. Whenever I pass by university gate, I get emotional. Few months ago i was here, lost and tired. But I had hopes. And now I am living my life which i had dreamed of. Its a same road, it has same potholes, buses are same, bus stands are same, rush of passengers is same. World has remained same as it was. But what has changed is me.

When i was jobless, I used to visit a Jari mari. This place is very close to runway 27 of Mumbai airport. I used to sit there for hours just watch aircrafts taking off and land. But now when I operate a flight from Mumbai, I see Jari Mari from my cockpit window. I have an emotional attachment with that place. Few months ago, I used to sit there and dream about sitting in cockpit. And now i am living a dream life. Aircrafts are same, airport is same, runway is same, Jari mari is same. But what has changed is me.

I often operate Goa flights. I really enjoy flying over goa. Specially while landing on runway 08 of Goa. For this approach, aircraft flies over sea and lands on runway which is few hundred meters away from water. I still remember that time in january 2014, I was in deep trouble. I had failed in university exam, had suffered a heart break and had few financial issues. It was a very tough time. So, to make myself relax, I planned Goa trip with Deepak. I had no money back then so Deepak financed it. When in Goa, I visited Baga beach, Aguada fort, Chapora fort and other places. I remember the evening which we spent at Chapora fort. Me and deepak were lying on defensive wall of Chapora fort. On his phone, Deepak played hallelujah song by Jeff Buckley. As sun went down the sea, i went emotional. I felt was very helpless and lost. I closed my eyes and concentrated on lyric. After few minutes, calm breeze, shining stars and music made me relax. After few moments, I opened my eyes and right there in open dark sky I saw one aircraft was flying over beautiful skies of Goa. That aircraft flew west to east right over my head. I was lying there and was dreaming myself in that aircraft. Music, sound of waves, stars and aircraft gave me courage to believe in myself. Those 20 minutes spent there made me strong enough to fight against odd.

Last week when I flew out of Goa, I gave a quick glance at beach. There I could see Aguada fort, Baga beach and Chapora fort. And suddenly series of memories had flashed in my mind. I have achieved my dream of being in airplane which flew over Goa. It was same Goa, beach was same, Chapora fort was same. But what has changed is me.

I always knew I deserve better place  in life. Since last one year, the whole world has remained same. But what has changed is me. Time does not stop but it changes for sure. It changed for me because I had a dream and only thing I did was – I protected my dream.

Be a dreamer. Life has awesome surprises ahead.

Tale of four

When I met them for the first time, I felt they were freak, hyper and loud. But as we spent time together, I realised they were my best buddies in entire college. Minu, Nitya and Sahil were best buddies and were not ready to add fourth person to their group. When we started spending time together neither me nor ‘three’ realised that now it was a group of four. I loved the way Minu, Sahil and Nitya accepted me the way I was. During those days I did not know how to fake things. I was very much simple and innocent guy.
Those days neither of us were having cell phones. No facebook, no whatsapp. Only time when we used to interact was when we used to meet in college. The joy of being together was priceless. I never bunked lectures before that. Our favourite spots were reading hall, bench near ladies common room and Ruia college katta. I still remember the day when I, Minu and Nitya had a chalk fight. It was me vs two girls. Later I had to run inside boys toilet to save myself from getting chalked 😛
We celebrated Saree/Tie day at Centre One, Vashi. For the first time in my life I was in suit and tie. Nitya and Minu were looking very beautiful in Saree and Sahil looked smart in dark brown suit.
Sports day was followed by Saree/Tie day. I was representing cricket team as a bower. When captain handed me ball to open bowling attack, I heard loud cheer from Minu and Nitya. I was never been cheered before that. That was a special time. I took three wicket and by the end of match Minu, Sahil and Nitya were totally mad.
We bunked many lectures for Minu’s dance rehearsals, for Sahil’s singing competition practice. Sahil was practicing ‘Rind posh mall’ song from Mission Kashmir and Minu was learning steps for mashup of ‘Ankhiya na maar ve’, ‘Kajra Re’. Unfortunately I was not able to see their live performance.
Life was at the peak of happiness. Everything was perfect. Nobody knew we were about to part away. As december of 2005 arrived, Nitya got confirmation from University in Sydney for further studies. She planned to shift to Sydney in January. Later in april Minu got admission for physiotherapy studies. I failed first year and decided to quit college for medical entrance test preparation. Sahil stayed at college and finished his studies after two years.
Later next year I failed to score good marks in medical entrance test and i got admission for Commercial pilot training. We all four got busy in our respective life. Few years later Nitya finished her studies and decided to settle down at Sydney, Minu went to Indianapolis for further studies and Sahil went to Auckland for MBA and got settled. Meanwhile I finished pilot training and was selected at Air India for Airbus A320 training.
We four are in four different countries. Everyone is doing well in life. I am happy that we all chose right career path. Spending six month together at Ruia was best time for me. I miss it.
Last time I met Sahil was in January 2014, Nitya in 2008 and met Minu in early 2007. Its been a very long time we haven’t been together.
Someday I will see all them together. I hope. Someday…