Friday, June 02, 2006

Journey Jottings

As far as I remember, I have travelled once in a roller coaster. I remember looking at it like an adventure to begin with. But once it started, I couldn't wait for it to stop. But after getting down, I felt fresh from surfing on the wave of adrenalin. This journey back home from my ship was something similar.

A few pitstops on the roller coaster-
- The helicopter going through an air pocket that sent a jolt of fear.
- Sitting on a rock and drinking in the scenery of tall grass, distant ocean and muddy tracks in Barrow Islands. To a normal person, that could be dismissed as boring desert horizon. But for someone who has spent six weeks on a ship, that could almost be Neverland.
-Disappointed at missing the only kangaroo that decided to show up.
-Perth airport turning out to be as desolate and listless as the city.
-Realising that I had been up and awake for the last 24 hours and still not feeling sleepy.
-Having a surprisingly long and interesting conversation with a friend over Salman Rushdie and bottomless coffee.
-The ears of the check-in guy claiming that Shanghai rhymes with Chennai. And that is where my luggage would have landed if I had blinked my eye.
-Having an almost Terminal headache at the KL airport. With no Malay visa to walk out. And no ticket to fly out.
- Finally everything coming to a rolling halt. With the sweltering sun hitting my face and my bare legs touching the cool tiles -as I stepped home.

13 comments:

kray said...

:) there were 2! kangaroos that is!

and hey! u r home :) everything else's just a vaguely remembered dream (I'm assuming of course that u'll be reading this after having slept finally!)

Hemamalini said...

@kray..Ahh..maybe next time when i come to perth, i can them:)(im assuming they were not bandicoots this time:D)

yes..it does seem like, and things couldnt be better, now that im leaving for my holiday:D:D

Srini said...

May it rain in Chennai, and make the home coming more enjoyable. Sleep well, you deserve every moment of it :) R u transiting via KL? Let me know.

Neelam Prabhu Gaonker said...
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Sriram P said...

hey neelam: i dont know you and neither do you (know me i.e).. but i have noted down your number.. will call you sometimes... u see.. thats the problems of putting up your number in www jus like that... u know blogger is a public website accessed many random and not so ramdom ppl like..(atleast i would like to call myself not so random.) .. i suggest you got to be careful with telephone numbers.. may just turn out to be a nuisance to you or to near and dear... and oh btw..on second thoughts i wouldnt waste my money and call a total stranger... but some others might... :)...

@rosetta: do u always take thechopper for crew change? i jus did my BOSIET and very excited but bit scared too by all their scary movies and ppts... :)

kray said...

@ sriram =)) application of slb info security?! :D I'm sorry, I just managed to finish my yearly IT security test.

Neelam Prabhu Gaonker said...

@sriram: point taken :)
was in a bit of a hurry the other day...so jus left it in there..!!
@hems: please check ur mails madame :)

kray said...

@ neelam: not that it's my business, but I believe 'madam' is still happily gallivanting in Kerala :)

@ hema: :D is this like the most convoluted 'away-response' system ever or wat! :P

Hemamalini said...

@srini..chennai is as hot as ever..,lets see if there are any rains.,now that i am here;).will be (hopefully) comin to KL end of month:)

@neelam..:D.no mails of yours in my ibox, dear:)almost planned a goa trip with r john, but backfired!shall spk to you:)

@sriram... unless the weather is too bad, chopper it is:D I know, the ppts always give a sense of foreboding:|However, chopper trips are good fun:)

@kray_autoreply_system:D:D yes, had an awesome time in Kerala..but am back now:)

Aishwarya Rao said...

oops! just came online after long..welcome home lady...

cumulonix said...

One could get confused trying to comprehend this blog as one maintained by an academic. Knowing that you speak of a job and a chopper and ergo travel (which has excited me enough to wonder what kind of job it is that would let you have the cake and eat it too!), i wonder what kind of job it is that lets you have the cake and eat it too? :)

cumulonix said...

-SK

Hemamalini said...

@princess..,:) and feels as good as ever...

@SK..i work as a seismic engineer with Schlumberger(on a ship)..to be honest, its not exciting all the time - it does tend to get a tad boring at times- but it is refreshingly different:)

and hey- i know u went to iitm, after that , what r u upto now?