Flights of fancy

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.

 

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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 ‚Äú A¬† Gift¬† of wings‚ÄĚ, 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 ‚ÄúOnce 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.‚ÄĚ 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.

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