Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Magnificent Spectacle

I was cursing myself for asking the Travel Desk to book the 6:30AM flight. I had to get up at 4AM and get ready and leave home by 5AM. What a torture!

The air was very chill and I was thankful that my dress had at least ¾ sleeves. The drive to the airport was very boring, except for the glimpse of the pale red sun trying its best to wake up and rise over the horizon.

All I wanted to do was to rush into the aircraft and catch up with some sleep. The flight was almost empty and I longed for a peaceful nap. However the guy next to me did not feel so! He turned the air conditioner vent to the maximum and made the air blow right onto my face making me shiver with cold. Looked like a khadoos; so I let him be!

Now I can say I am very much thankful to him; for without him, I surely would have missed the magnificent scene right out of my window. We were traveling from north to south and our window was facing east. I sat back and relaxed to watch the sun wake up and shine.

The sun turned from a pale red to bright orange and then to a fiery burnt orange and finally to the golden yellow color; all in a matter of minutes. I was all excited and longed to see more. But the sun rays were too bright and I sat there in my seat with droopy eyes and a contented smile on my face. Oh Sun! You made my day!

More was yet to happen! While I sat lazying in the sun, the plane shook me up a little for landing. I sat upright with a start and that was when another spectacle caught my eye. We were just about the level of clouds. A Milky-white ocean of clouds seemed to welcome me. What a feast to the eye! There was vast expanse of graying white clouds that spread till my eyes could see. The fluffy clouds looked more like snow to me… like water waves frozen in a split of a second forming those wavy forms… and while the plane turned a little the sun came around the corner to greet me! I was awestruck by the beauty and watched wide-mouthed trying to sink in as much as I could.

As we neared closer to the earth, I spotted something bright below and I thought it must be street lights or head lights of a car or probably a train on its tracks. As I watched the round glow of light move under the clouds, I observed that the sun was also moving in rhythm with the glow of light on the earth. That was when realization dawned on me… the globe of light on the earth was nothing but the reflection of the sun on the sea… but the surface of the sea was several kilometers away. Hence, it had to be reflection of the sun on the clouds… I chuckled and thanked God for this visual delight.


Anonymous said...

You write so well.

Arathi Prakash said...

Thank you! :-)
May I know who is this?

Renu said...

wow that was nice

Arathi Prakash said...

Thanks Renu! :)