Indigo @10,000 ft.. cruising high above the ground amidst the clouds, on board Flight 485, Bangalore- Ranchi. Pin it on the fluffy clouds, but this is one moment to die for.
Its early morning, and Indigo flight 485 has taken off from Bangalore, en route to Ranchi, a world away at 1500 km . The sun is slowly rising behind the clouds. The steel grey wings of the aircraft stage a picturesque contrast against the fluffy clouds and the azure sky.
A new day has begun.
Having seen this scene countless times till date, I am still fascinated by the beauty of it. Here we are cruising far above the ground, and peeking from in between the layers of clouds, the earth appears like a giant chequerboard of trees, fields, houses and rivers, 10,000 ft below us. It’s an entirely new way to look at the place where we spend nearly all of our lives (except when we are flying !) – living, existing, fighting,loving , thriving and surviving.
In “ A Gift of wings”, Richard Bach writes about the joys of flying .That is of course from the navigator perspective, but even to us ordinary flyers, the romance of being in the air has not worn off even after countless flights over the last many years.
Leonardo da Vinci , who is credited with having designed the prototype of the first flying machine, had said “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” True. Who would seek solace in the mundane earth once they have discovered the joys of flying?
This trip is one to be thoroughly enjoyed. Here’s to many more such times in the years to come.