Late August, when I was alone in US, I get a call from India at 1am. It was M on the other side. He asks me “Does Adi have 2 passport or 3 passport?”. It took some time for me to realize that it is not dream and by this time he repeated the question at least 10 times. I was just responding with a weak “what?, what?” until I got my senses. Then, I mumbled it is 3.
We belong to that type of family who carry all their old passports too in hand for every travel. M was at the airport with kids to board the flight to US.
The flight is about to depart in two hours. Apparently, when he was trying to check-in the person at the counter noticed that Adi’s current passport was missing whereas he had the two old passport.
With the clock ticking, a series of events unfolded in next two hours and they boarded the flight before the door was about to close. M’s parents shifted to new home few days before his departure so there is no source of communication to reach his mother to check if passport is at home. He called his relative who luckily was at home that day to go home and check. His relative and MIL couldn’t find the keys to the bureau, then found it with FIL’s direction over phone and they found the passport kept in the bureau very safely.
I kept all passports in a small bag and gave it to him. How could he possibly take all from the bundle except Adi’s current passport? I felt the same when he didn’t bring my collection of sarees that I had neatly packed and kept inside his luggage **shaking head in disbelief**
The airport is around 1.5 hours drive from home. BIL and other relatives were kept as stand by at different check points when this relative started driving towards the airport. He was received at the airport gate by M, he literally grabbed the passport and flew to the counter to get boarding pass. And the air hostess and pilot were waiting with red carpet to welcome them so that they can close the door. It seems like Adi was scared that she thought M would board the flight with LHB leaving her behind. She is one scaredy cat.
While narrating the incident in person, M said he was not treated very well by the officials during this wait. They looked at him as some illegal guy and refused to give him access to communicate to outside world. Somehow he managed to gain their confidence and handled the situation.
Imagine my state of mind after that 1am call. I lost my sleep and the next 24 hours was spent restlessly until I saw the kids flesh and blood.
Oh wow !! That must have been some 2 hours !! And we are just like you guys carrying all the expired and current passports incase the older one is needed … I think we need to stop doing that …
yeah we need to stop carrying old passports too!!
That’s scary Ani. Glad all went smooth and there was not much trouble!
you know the funny part is M was blaming me for it.. that I didn’t hand them over to him properly.. Sighh!!!!
Oh man!!! that sounds scary. Poor Adi!!! Pavam ava. Glad everything was ok.
she got very scared.. Imagine my state being alone here.. It was one hell of a day until I saw them all..
Omg..Nerve racking for sure. Poor adi , thinking she would be left behind:)
poor girl.. I felt bad when she shared it with me after reaching here!!
Gosh! That sounds super scary. What’s with these guys and their skills around keeping things that are required. S once packed my tops without the duppatas or pants, after I kept them all neatly stacked next to the bag.
tell me about that!! I am now waiting for the next trip to get at least couple of sarees!!!
Scary to be here and not know what is happening there. Such stress levels!
It was very scary LLT!! words can’t explain..
It must have been one helluva experience for you to go through alone Ani. Had goosebumps while reading this post. Thank God it all ended well.
Yeah thank god it ended well otherwise I would have ended the life of this man I am tied to 😉
God, that sounds scary Ani. Paapam, Adi must have been terrified. Can’t imagine your situation waiting for them…
she was very much scared!!!
This is so scary. 😮