We heard the announcement — ‘Passengers of the Indigo flight departing from Thituvananthapuram Airport to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport in Kolkata via Bangalore are requested to proceed to Gate No. 3 for boarding.

We carried our bags, showed our boarding passes and made our way toward a tunnel-like structure that would end at the entrance of the aircraft. We got in and the air hostesses greeted us. This is just a random observation, but I think that air hostesses are not all that pretty with their make-up and short skirts.

We sat in our seats and the first things that I did was, fasten my seat belt as tight as I could, stuff cotton balls into my ears and pray. Travelling by air makes me sick and I experience excruciating headaches. When the plane took off, I clutched the arm of my chair and closed my eyes. My stomach was in knots.

We were about 15 minutes from Kolkata when I saw bright yellow lights of the beautiful city from my window. We landed in Kolkata and took a taxi to the guest house where we were staying. We had a yummy dinner and a good sleep after the long journey.

The next day we visited the Victoria Memorial Hall, and we took a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. We took many photographs of the memorial and then went shopping. Gariahat is a commercial street like Malleswaram in Bangalore. There is a long line of shops on the pavement on both sides of the street. It was getting late, so we went back to the guest house and had a sumptuous dinner of roti, dal fry, vegetable jalfrazy and dry gobi manchurian and peas.

Next day, we left for Guwahati after bidding goodbye to the cook and caretaker.

Shreya Shankar, X, Christ Nagar HSS, Kowdiar, Thiruvananthapuram