So here are the London Chronicles…
Saturday..I had a flight at 1 in the afternoon… I was travelling with a colleague (C)..a guy who is about 25…who is un married and pretty raw as such…he has NEVER travelled by aeroplane which made me the case of andhon mein kana raja..
RD was super worried how I was going to take C with me..but I was pretty confident
RD and ma dropped me to the airport AFTER we dropped R to the daycare…I had to call her back for a hug..she was the least bothered…I will stay with thathi, amma, she said and off she went..gah!
I reached the airport and then C was waiting for me there…
We went inside about half an hour later, because he was waiting for his shoes to be brought by his brother!!! wonder what he did the whole day before!!!
Which reminds me, what I did on Friday evening..RD takes me, ma and R to this club and those guys ‘celebrate’ my birthday (belated) with flowers and cakes and pictures and the WHOLE crowd stares at me..and then I am telling them please please no lightings and no photos and no videos when this guy comes and tells me ‘let go, just let go one time, enjoy the moment, its YOUR birthday, dont think about the others, this is just you and your loved ones..thats all’ and honestly, it worked…I actually enjoyed it without worrying whether my bra was showing or whether my hair was all over my face like a crow’s nest! I actually enjoyed it!!
anyways I digress
so we went in..and tried to get our tickets…and viola! we got it
RM: So what do we do next?
Airport fellow (AF): you go to immigration and then security check
RM: and where is that
AF: are you travelling for the first time
RM: pointing to C: Well, he is!
anyways so as we move towards immigration, I read C’s ticket and its in my surname but with a Mr. in front of it..and I am like what?
C is totally confused, too scared wondering what will happen
So the cat turns into the lion and I go and says..whats this..wrong ticket, how can you do..blah blah blah
They try to find the guy who issued us the tickets and I am like I want our baggage back to recheck the tick number, because if it gets lost we wont even be paid the money
AF: but madam
RM: we want it back and I want to check it…we wont get money otherwise.
which sounded as if thats like my occupation..to pick up money from airlines for losing baggage 😉
AF: madam, both the bags have your ticket tags since they weigh less than 28 kgs
RM: getting bugged: how could you do that…did I mention we were travelling together..what if he leaves me and goes…(as if C was my husband or something)
by now about 10 people have gathered around us and C wants to hide his face somewhere!
What if we lost the baggage..bolo bolo..I was just being ‘extra’ cautious okie?
and anyways he got the formality done..and then we went to immigration…trust me…i just attract such people towards me
Immigration officer (IO): says my name loudly just incase the 10 people who are waiting in the line didnt know what a famous personality I was and all that
RM: smiles grimaces and nods her head
IO: So, Vannakkam, tamil tarima?
RM: yes, kunjum kunjum
IO: so, why are you going
RM : for training
IO: where is your company
RM: At andheri
IO: What kind of work do you do
IO: oh…you are born in Calcutta
RM: yes, my mom is from there
RM: no tambram
IO: What was she doing in Calcutta
RM :Wondering why the hell is he grilling me when C has already gone past despite HIM going for the first time and I have already gone once! I dont know…studied there???
IO: Then why is your passport from Ahmedabad…the first one?
RM: I was brought up in Brc
RM: What ask my dad mom na…why are you asking me?? Errr…Dad had a job there
IO: where is your dad from?
RM: Wondering is there is anything wrong with that visa: Chennai
IO: Then how did he come to Baroda
RM: how the hell do I know..ask him! well he studied in mumbai for a while and got a job in baroda
IO: where in mumbai
RM: wondering why the IO is not asking for my kundali directly!: IIT
IO: Oh IIT aa…aapo naladee
See dad you being an IITian has some positive impact on your child!
RM : smiles
IO: okie go go but dont forget Tamil okie?
RM: no I wont
and then we went through security check and to the waiting area and of course to the aircraft
I watched 3 movies back to back, something I have NEVER done in my life (dont ask me what movies…I was too zapped to even assimilate it…but wait I think it was Aisha, I hate luv stories and something else!)
Coming up next – At the London airport