Saturday, October 24, 2009

Flight from the Desert

Mixed feelings, as always. We leave Dubai for good in another hour's time. Although you might argue that I "left" when I closed that bank account, got my cable TV refund, or when I locked the doors to an empty house one last time. But that moment, when the aircraft noses upwards and I crane my neck to watch those skyscrapers give me a standing ovation in the sun for 20 months well spent, will really be it.

I am pretty sure I will have moist eyes and a lump in my throat. There is so much to look forward to. But I am glad there is so much to look back on with joy and nostalgia as well. There had better be. It would be a shame if I'd spent this time of my life here and found nothing worth remembering. It's not Dubai, but a life, a lifestyle, a friends' circle, and the last of my 20s - which I saw off here - that will forever linger in the desert haze of Dubai.

I will be back to reclaim it, but always briefly, and always temporarily. I don't mind. It's going to be my very own time capsule.


A Muser said...

Safe journey... and welcome back to Mumbai!

dipali said...

Every change brings about these feelings, I guess. I hope each location gives you a treasure trove of happy memories.

SBora said...

goodbyes are hard regardless of how long your stay was..and i guess they are cos you also are anxious of your move to another location. hopefully for you settling back into mumbai wont be cumbersome since you are on home turf. familiarity breeds confidence!

good luck!