Riding the Emirates Magic Carpet
Staring out the airplane window at the orange-tinted lights of Dubai ranged around the blackness of the Persian Gulf. Above is a shy moon, half hidden, and one bright steady star. Perhaps it’s the star that always guides me when I go to India, the one I dreamt about when I was planning my first trip back in 2005.
We have just ascended from Dubai airport and we’re on our way to Delhi. It’s my sixth trip to India and it all feels very surreal in this moment. As I look out the window from my comfortable business class seat aboard Emirates flight 512, I am already getting that familiar feeling — that sense of magic — that travel to India engenders. This is a magic carpet, I think. It is easy to take jet travel for granted, but it is a modern miracle to be able to travel from Canada to India in less than a day. And it’s all part of the day dream that is my adventures in India. Continue Reading →