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There IS a God!!!

Yes, believe you me, there is. And I have proof.

But before getting into that, first things first, I was away for about 10 days. I traveled to India on a whirlwind trip. Sorry folks for not connecting or meeting up with bloggers in Hyderabad as promised. I just about managed to find enough time to travel.

Anyways, now back to the title of this post, let me tell you why. We were scheduled to fly back from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi on 21st night. And we were supposed to take the evening flight out of Aurangabad to Mumbai the same day. I woke up that morning with a severe stomach pain. Eventually ended up throwing up a few times. My wife had the same problem and Ibrahim woke up with a fever and cold. By afternoon, our travel plans were under severe jeopardy. But after taking a few tablets, we decided to go ahead and give it a shot. I had to get back to work else things could get complicated.

So we reached Aurangabad airport on time, went through our routine check-in and stuff, boarded the flight and eventually reached Mumbai. But due to our stomach bugs, we were in pretty bad shape physically. By the time we got to the international airport, Ibrahim began to get cranky and both of us were feeling so sick and weak that it looked impossible to continue. I was feeling giddy and thought I would black out any minute. We even considered canceling/rescheduling our flights. But we decided to give it one last shot.

As soon as we reached the Jet airways check-in counters, I noticed a long queue of passengers waiting. And just as we slowly made our way to the back of the line, an officer from first & business class counter requested us to come forward. I immediately moved towards that counter bypassing an entire queue of waiting passengers. He asked for our tickets and passports. And then weighed the luggage. Now for a fact, I knew we were atleast 25 kg overweight. I was allowed 20 kg on adult and 10 kg on infant tickets. My entire luggage weighed close to 75 kg. We knew this before hand and were carrying enough cash to pay for extra luggage and get over with things. But once I put the bags on the conveyor belt, he just looked at the weight and immediately issued boarding passes. Now, not to let a good opportunity go by, I quickly asked if I could check in one more hand bag. And he said yes to that as well. Can you believe it? Our entire luggage got checked in without paying a single penny!!!

Now once we got our boarding passes, a jet airways employee accompanied us to passport control. Anyone who has traveled from Mumbai know the long queues there. But this jet airways guy, lets call him ‘messiah’, just made us walk through the crowd and took us directly to a counter bypassing more than 200 shocked faces!!! And he did this all by himself. We did not ask for it.

After passport control comes the security check. And Mr. Messiah asked us to follow him. We walked to a lift, went one level down, and reached an alternate security check point with hardly any passengers. And yet he still made us directly walk into the metal detectors. And that’s it. Within seconds we got through this as well.

The entire process which would normally take an hour and cost us atleast 10 grand (for the excess luggage), got done in less than 15 minutes without paying a dime. I just could not believe my luck. I told messiah that I will give him some cash and guess what he said with a big smile, “No thank you sir. It was my pleasure. Have a safe journey”. And he started to walk away.

We were speechless. This was Mumbai airport. People here are ready to rip you off your last buck. And this guy said “no thanks” to money? My wife insisted on paying him. I handed him Rs 500 and asked him to buy some stuff for his kids. He still resisted but I insisted and put the cash in his pocket. He smiled and said goodbye.

I just could not believe what we just went through. We’ve had horror stories at Mumbai airport over the years and today, when we were really challenged health wise, with a little baby who was getting cranky by the minute and were expecting things to get really nasty with the luggage and the crowd, everything worked out like a charm. It was unbelievable. And all this without any initiation. We did not request a single thing. Come to think of it, looking at our tired, worn-out and sick faces, maybe they just had pity on us.

And that’s exactly when I thought, “Yes, there IS a God!” 🙂

Wish ya’ll a Merry Christmas and a Hap Hap Happy New Year!!! 🙂

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27 thoughts on “There IS a God!!!

  1. i guess your droopy faces and the lovely kid u were holding did it for you!!

    God bless Ibbu.. how are you all now?

    but 75 kgs??? hehe.. u beat me this time 🙂 we were all under the allowance and still ur friend created a scene before packing!! hmphhhh

    • hehe…yes, that’s exactly what we reckon happened. Now its starts to get profitable having a baby 😉

      LOL 75kg is an all-time record for us also. I mean, as compared to the allowed limit, we were 50% overweight but got thru without paying a dime!!!! 😀

  2. Assalamvalaikum
    Welcome back Masood, yeah I know its hard to believe but yes there are some good souls still around otherwise, how would the world still be going on……..

    Hope you are all feeling well now…….

    And Happy New Year to you too.

    • Wslm sadiya. Thanks and hope you are doing well too.
      There are good souls out there and we met one just at the right time! 🙂
      Yep, we’re all fine and kicking again…

  3. This makes us believe that god is there right.

    Hope u both and the ibu are fine.

    Happy new year

    Didn’t see u for long,so came here to check and saw this post of yours.

    btw how is hyd? i heard city is full of chaos

    • Yes, I was away for nearly 2 weeks. Just about managed to get back to thick of things now…

      Hyd is unbelievable these days. I’ve never seen so much traffic in hyd ever. There all over the place!!!

  4. May be officer too have young kid at home…with kid at home u can easily understand other’s person problem holding cranky baby 🙂

    Good ppl are still around ..and its matter of luck to find them in such situation !!
    Hope you all are well now..

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and family !!

  5. Christmas spirit was truly alive and kicking in Mumbai Airport!!
    and of course there’s God!

    Glad to know you had no fuss! Usually have heard jsut horror stories about Mumbai airport… this is indeed a welcome change!

    • Exactly Pix. We’ve gone thru some horrible days at Mumbai while traveling. It used to be a nightmare. And that’s exactly what we were expected.

      But this was such a welcome change 🙂

  6. the reality is doing your job correctly does not warrant God status.you see that is why we get paid our salaries.!

    they do this because competition has got tough.And in a service industry,personal touch goes a long way in bringing a customer back.

    gone are the days when doing something over and beyond your line of duty warranted a pat on the back or a job well done comment at best.Lot of us took pride in that.

    I too encountered a similar situation with KF while on a trip to India.
    I did not pay him any money.
    Instead,I wrote his name down,and wrote in a word of appreciation to his management.

    Rewarding good behavior with encouragement and a genuine appreciation is valuable…a virtue the present generation does not quite identify with.

    • Aah, why didn’t I think of that? Writing a note of appreciation to the management is a great way to give some credit to exceptional service. Will start doing that henceforth 🙂

  7. This surely did send a chill down my spine! What an experience … ray of hope!
    Love to all of u and hope u r all better nw 🙂
    Season’s greetings to u too 🙂

  8. oh the airports in india have improved … i had a very similar exp recently both times i was traveling with ojas alone to and fro delhi… they were really helpful… i had about 81kgs (see i beat u to it 😀 ) on the way back and they didnt say a thing…

  9. Eventually all’s well that ends well!! Was really concerned while reading this 🙂 …!! Hope you all are doing well now 🙂

    Take good care, and here’z wishing you and all your loved ones a very very happy new year!!!

    🙂

    Dew

  10. Yes, Masood, there is God, if there is faith. When u wanted Him to help you out, He sent out a Messiah !!!!

    Life’s little things are all about Faith – I am a true believer of that !!!!

    Take care, hope all of u are in gud health, now !!!!

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