I did not sleep last night. I was busy the whole night packing and completing the last post from Amsterdam. Since the last two plane trips and my bad luck with over-weight luggage, I was nervous about my trip back home. These journeys make me all worked up and I worry about the extra baggage.
With a lot of adjustment, I finally managed to keep the luggage under control. By ‘adjustment’ means that leaving a lot of clothes behind. Although the major weight was due to all my electronic gadgets and DVDs but they are far more important than my clothes.
Finally I manage to reduce the weight to 32 KG but still over the weight limit. I packed one more bag with chocolates and one laptop bag but the weight of past experience had not lifted from my heart and the fear would be still there.
I got ready before 5:00 AM and was ready to go and I realized that I was not ready to go. I had packed my bags and everything, my ticket was ready and everything was in order and I was not ready to go.
Vijay was coming to drop me off to the airport. we had to leave by 5:30 to be at the airport. Sheena had strictly told everybody that she was to be woken up 30 minutes before I left. I was surprised to find her all ready to drop me at the station. She getting up so early just to see me off was kind of very sweet.
Before I could wake everybody up, I was on the verge of tears. When I woke them up, I was glad it was not that bright in the room. A simple trigger and I would be ready to break down. As I was ready to go, Ranjana gave me a small gift, a small statue of Lord Ganesha. It was wrapped in pink paper and in a small plastic case. I did not get the time to even open the case. She gave me her blessings and I slipped the statue in my pocket.
As we loaded the heavy bag into the car, I was breathless due to the overhauling of bags. Sheena and Vijay sat in the front seat while I sat in the back. I remembered the Lord Ganesha statue and put my hand in the pockets to find the statue missing. I panicked. For some strange reason, that small statue was giving me the strength I required. I started searching my pockets again and again and still no sign of the plastic case
Vijay looked and me and thought I forgot something. He wanted to turn back but I asked them to continue. I was sure that I had kept the case in my pocket. I instinctively took my hands back and felt the seat in the dark to find the case there. I was relieved.
Once we reached the airport, we realized that we had reached quite early. As I stood in the line with Vijay and Sheena, I was once again worried about my luggage. As I checked in my luggage, I was surprised to find that the weight was 30.5 Kg which was permissible. I heaved a sigh of relief. The airline personnel asked me the cabin luggage and I pointed out to the laptop and chocolate bag.
It was another surprise that only one cabin luggage was allowed. I had to check one more bag and the choice was obviously the chocolates bag but then the total check-in weight would go beyond the permissible limit. As I kept the bag, the weight just shot up to 37 Kgs. Now this was trouble. The chocolates had to go, no matter what.
However the airline personnel just put a heavy luggage tag and checked-in the baggage. This was a sweet shock. From then it was a smooth ride to Zurich and then to Mumbai. All the time, the Ganesha statue was with me.
As I landed in Mumbai, I felt the hot Indian wind. I was all sweaty by the time I reached the customs check-in and to my surprise there was no custom check too. I was out of the airport in 15 minutes including the immigration process.
Looking back, it could be my luck that my journey went without any hiccups. But then looking at the same luck it could not change overnight. Somewhere, Somehow the little Ganesha helped me. Ranjana said she had put all her blessings with the gift and I believe it.
Sometimes things screw up and you don’t have a reason for it and sometimes things just happen without any efforts from your end and the flight was just one of them. As I went out today to do some work, I put the case in my pocket. Was I becoming superstitious?
I don’t think so. I just believed in faith and love!