When I grew up, I persuaded3 my father to take me to the aerodrome. The inside view of the plane was breath taking. Such a huge structure with rows of seats! I could not imagine how this aeroplane could fly up and beyond the clouds, sometimes, at a height of over five miles!
I was now so much caught with the idea that I was always thinking of flying in an aeroplane. An opportunity soon came my way. I received & pressing message from my brother at Bombay that he was in trouble and my presence was immediately required there.
I set out for the aerodrome. My father accompanied me. We purchased two tickets and got into the plane, How thrilled I felt! It was my life's dream come true. We took our seats. We were strapped to the seat at once. This was a signal that the aeroplane was going to take off. The engines started working. The aeroplane taxied for some time and then suddenly it took off. Soon it was high up in the clouds.
At first, I felt a bit nervous and sick. What if the aeroplane were to fall! Soon, however, I felt at ease. The plane was moving fast. I was informed that the plane was at a height of 30,000 ft. and was going at a speed of 550 miles an hour. What an achievement! Nine miles in a second.
I was still thinking of this when the hostess came smiling. She served us tea and snacks. I felt delighted to get a hot cup of tea in the air. It was a novel experience. Now I looked down from the window. The plane flew over rivers, lakes, big busy cities full of life. The high buildings looked like models of clay, the fields and gardens looked just like green sports.
After about an hour and a half, the plane began to descend. In a few minutes we were hovering over the airport—the famous Santa Cruz. The plane...