Tuesday I flew to Delhi, this kitchen knife concealed in my shoulder bag. Security missed the 5-½” blade.
Wednesday my phone blew up during a seminar I was conducting with 90 colleagues, a deluge of messages from Mumbai, much of the city underwater, including the 5km stretch between my son’s elementary school and home.
A concerned neighbor pulled him out moments before a 3-hour early release. Busses departing 15 minutes later had to turn back against chest-high floods, and 200 kids, some as young as three, spent the night at school.
Thursday school in Mumbai did not open. I conducted another seminar in Delhi, then went on a strange journey in search of a Gandhi figurine, targeted by a likely fraudster who’d followed me from the hotel and won my confidence, as fraudsters do. I may have overpaid for my Gandhi-ji, but I like him just the same.
That night I discovered a conflict between my next-day’s 21:30 return to Mumbai and my son’s 19:15 ortho appointment.
Friday morning a credit monitoring service sent two alerts after months of silence. Midway through my final seminar, I was asked to return a call from the FBI. A new hero of mine worked to secure an early departure out of Delhi.
Passing through security for my 15:15 flight, the agents found the blade in my shoulder bag and kept it as a souvenir.
In Mumbai, rain and a local festival worked against my 30-minute margin to reach home from the airport in time to take my son for braces. But I made it.
Saturday morning India’s lunar lander lost communications with the mothership, establishing a family joke about the spacecraft’s namesake, Vikram—just like my son with his wired-shut mouth.
The FBI’s concern, it turned out, related to a water tragedy half a world away.
A week of disruptions. The rains continue.
What lies ahead?
6 thoughts on “It Rains, It Pours”
Really interesting “days in the life”… and thank goodness for concerned neighbours!
True ‘dat. She insisted and insisted and it was the right call. Thanks for reading Nadine! -ben
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So wonderful. What an awesome person — and story. 💛
Great post 😄
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thanks for reading!
I love this! But WHY OH WHY was there a kitchen knife in your bag??????!!!!!!