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India Calling: Can you ever go Home Again?
British Airways says you can – and offers two air tickets to India!
As a child growing up in New Delhi, India, my favorite pastime was watching the planes take off at the airport. Since my siblings and I had never traveled by plane there was a sense of wonder, even mystery. Where did these shining silver birds go and how would it be to ride off on their backs?
Years later, having migrated to foreign shores – Hong Kong, Africa and then America – I’m quite blasé about air travel but I still love planes. They are my way of getting back home, journeying to family, friends and picking up the threads of past worlds.
I remember returning back home to India from Hong Kong as a young married woman with two little kids in tow – it was the first time I was returning, and since this was before the time of email and smart phones, the sight of those familiar loved faces, that look of total unconditional love on my mother’s face was enough to bring me to tears.
Since then I’ve been back many times, and each day is about nonstop chatting with sisters, nieces and aunts, revisiting old haunts and checking out favorite eateries. And of course, relishing delicious homemade kokies and sail mani, special Sindhi delicacies not found in any restaurant.
The Welcome of Home – A Wedding in the Family
Some years ago I returned to Delhi for a loved niece’s wedding and it was like I had never left. I was welcomed to a house bedecked with marigolds and we sat in the garden in the mellow October sun, eating juicy Nagpuri oranges, all of us dressed in colorful outfits for the mehndi or henna celebration. Oh, the music, the dancing, the laughter, the giddiness and love! To be there for that family wedding was to be truly home.
Homewards Bound – Taj Mahal, Tigers and so much more...
Just two years back I went back to Delhi again and went all over Rajasthan and Agra with my own grown family and it was quite wonderful, bonding with the cousins, aunts and uncles, of checking out the Taj Mahal and the palaces of Jaipur and Udaipur – and not to forget the tigers of Ranthambore! I also visited Children’s Hope Prayas, a project a group of us New York women have funded in India through our organization Children’s Hope India. Seeing these slum children face to face is a joy for you get to see firsthand the changes made in their lives.
Going home to India means discovering all this because they encompass the larger home of every Indian – from the beaming children at their computers to the mischievous monkeys dangling from the traffic lights in Agra.
Who says you can’t go home again? Home is there waiting for you!
Part of the trip home is the travel experience in getting there. British Airways new program, The Welcome of Home, emphasizes the excitement and feeling you have when heading home to India. Check out this wonderful Welcome of Home Video, a true story of a woman’s journey to see her family in India. I think it will resonate with all of us who may live in America but have a piece of our hearts in India.
The Welcome of Home
The Welcome of Home – Win Two British Airways Tickets to India!
In fact, now British Airways makes it easy to travel back in time – they are giving away two tickets back home to India! All you have to do is tweet a photo that reminds you of home and where your home is, for a chance to win two round trip flights back to see your loved ones. Tweet @british_airways – https://twitter.com/British_
Visit http://www.britishairways.com/en-us/offers/flights/the-welcome-of-home for all the details.
Remember – The contest runs from November 11 through November 25, 2014
So open up those family albums and find your favorite photos from home and share @british_airways, using the hashtag #WelcomeofHome. You may just find yourself with a loved one flying off on a free British Airways flight to Indiaaa!
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