Life brings with a plethora of experiences, each with a flavour of its own. I wish to share with all my readers these various experiences and observations that I have made during my time here on this planet. They may be funny, thought-provoking or simple reflections. I do hope you will find these enjoyable and interesting.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

The Midnight Opera

Some years ago, the airport in our city was located within city limits, in fact, our house was directly in the flight path. Every night flights used to land and take off - mostly international flights - or land. Just as one was slipping off into a different dimension of consciousness, there would be a distant rumble in the sky. one would still be trying to gather one's befuddled senses together , when as if on cue from an imaginary orchestra conductor, all the stray dogs in the area would set up a howl - good enough to give all the falsettos and sopranos of the world a run for their money. As accompaniment there would be a host of car alarms, which would be set off and this nocturnal opera would continue for a while. then just as abruptly - as if nothing had happened - the music would come to an end . One would be getting ready to take off into zoo zoo land once more, when five minutes later, as if grieved at all these strange flying objects, a lone, solitary howl would be set up - the finishing touches of the opera - and two minutes later peace would reign again. We were indeed fortunate to be treated to so many symphonies free of charge . They were quite enough to give Beethoven and Mozart a run for their money.


  1. Satchs,
    During 1966-69 we were staying in Santacruz west. From our balcony I used to see all sorts of plane - take off and landing. It was so close that we could see the passengers inside the plane. After some time days we noted that during this time Panam - will fly, then JAL, etc etc. so our whole system was clocked by the flight of the planes. noice pollution being at its peak- hence had sweet noices say 24x7 and there was no respite. I still wonder how I spent those days. Thanks dear went down memory lane

  2. wow and santacruz is such a busy airport with so much of traffic. having said which, i must say it was really nice watching the planes coming in to land with all their landing lights on. have spent many an evening just watching that. at times it would seem as if they were going to fly in through the window, they were so close.