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Flight ORD – SEA-TAC

I have never seen such a beautiful sky before. Blending from orange to blue upwards, nature was displaying one of its most charismatic moment. Already flying from Chambana to Chicago earlier in the day, my only regret of living in Champaign is the bad flying experiences every now and then, thanks to the busy O Hare airport. God, why cant they build another big airport in Chicago or what the heck is MDW being used for! You must be having an awfully lucky day if you can get out the busy ORD without a frustrating delay.
Anyways, I have got used to it now and currently just enjoying the magnificent sight nature is flaunting outside the window. Here at 13000 ft in the sky and listening to ‘chandni raatein’ with that picture that God has painted outside, I am short of words to describe the peace.
A 4 hr long flight is pretty boring especially when you don’t have internet 🙂 Indeed a cyber era! And as you would have guessed only a computer engineer can think of internet in a flight !!
So, what the hell am I doing flying to Seattle towards the end of a busy semester at U of I. For those of you who are unaware of the little pleasures of graduate students, we get sponsored trips for onsite interviews from rich companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, Vmware, Citigroup, Motorola, Citadel and many many more who obviously have lot of extra bucks to feed us. Well, of course they think we are valuable , are we ?? :-)) So here I am off for Microsoft and then Cisco interviews. Thankfully I am not under high pressure to crack the interviews and so can enjoy the nature and get a good break from a cruel semester back at school.

Oh wow, the sky is now dark brown and light blue and is breath-takingly beautiful. Why did I ever become a computer engineer leaving some good talent I had at painting :(. I am regretting it for once today.

As I just look around to see my fellow flightmates and what are they upto, I am suddenly reminded of Hercule Poirot and one of his novels where a murder takes place on the airplane! Well, I know nothing so exciting is going to take place here. And well, I am not sad for it at least 🙂 So, most of my neighbors are relaxing and half asleep not knowing what better to do. One of the ladies on my side is keenly reading a novel since the start, I bet it must be an interesting one. One of the gentlemen in front is watching some cartoon movie on his iBook and laughing occassionally:). The flight attendants are two middle aged women, one chinese (or japanese or taiwanese or vietnamese or….) and other american. They are nice and smiling.

And now as i look out to discover a new picture, I see it getting almost dark with black city line covered with light blue skyline and a streak of dark cloud again on top. I had been always excited to visit west coast but I never knew I would get such a colorful welcome.

My iPod seems to be accompanying the mood fully. I just lean back to listen to the soulful composition from Silsila,
ye kahan aa gaye hum, yunhi saath saath chalte…
(except the irony that here is no ‘saath’)

As my macbook battery length diminishes, I am prodded to end this blog here. With my expectations high for the rest of my trip, I put the lid down with these lines-
shab-e-intezaar aakhir kabhi hogi mukhtasar bhi…
ye chiraag…
ye chiraag bujh rahe hain…
ye chiraag bujh rahe hain mere saath jalte jalte…

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