I am Back!

  • Yeah!

    I got back earlier than my schedule. Got terribly sick while I was in India, and decided that I would rather die at home in my bed, than in a different country. Ironic, no? My beautiful  country India, where I was born, and brought up and the land that I love…. but when you are sick, the smallest town in the good old USA has far superior health care than a big city there. At least I think so. Didn’t really go to any hospital there, but all I kept thinking was that I needed to get back. So I came home on the 20th instead of on the 25th. My regret…. that I didn’t get to go to Bombay to see my childhood friend. That will be a thorn in my heart for the rest of my life.

    The flight out of Chicago O’Hare on Qatar Airlines was very good. I had a very comfortable seat. The meals were fabulous in taste and presentation. The first course was wild mushroom soup, which was excellent. I was served a basket of wonderful bread along with it.  For drinks I had fresh squeezed orange juice which was very good.


    The next course was salad. Fresh and succulent greens with cheese.


    Next came the Shrimps and pasta. Very well prepared and I polished the plate. The dessert was a variety of petit fours, and I was a cat with a big smile. I have to apologize for the quality of these pictures. Some people were already sleeping, and I didn’t want to use the flash. So excuse the darkness of the photos. After the dinner I wanted to sleep. The steward helped make the bad for me, stretching sheets on the pulled out seat. Not sure if you can see this particular picture. I thought it was funny, because the seat belts on it, looked like I would be lying on that bed and someone would be ready with a lethal injection to push in my veins!! heh heh!IMG_5089
    In Doha, Qatar, we had to change our flight. The lounge at the airport was massive, with two levels of restaurants. They had Arabian, Indian and American cuisine all along the walls for us to serve from huge serving dishes. The place was immaculately clean and I heard so many languages there. All passengers from different airlines (mainly Qatar Airlines) hurrying up with some food and running on to catch the next flight. On my way there, I met a beautiful young lady from Dammam Saudi Arabia. She had sat next to me on the plane and we had talked for hours before sleeping. She works in Oklahoma City, and was going home for a holiday. She took a picture of me at the lounge.
    My flight from Doha to India was eventful. I got sick on the way there. They served wonderful meals again, but there was one dish of shrimps (I love shrimps), that was VERY spicy. It was hotter than HELL! I had half of one shrimp, and I knew I had invited trouble. The involuntary muscles of my stomach and intestine just cramped and I was in great pain. I couldn’t wait to reach Chennai, India.
    Any way, we reached India about 3 am, and I got out of the airport by four. The car was waiting for me. I went to the room and crashed.
    While I gradually started feeling better over the week, I was constantly in discomfort with contracting spams and colitis. Not a fun time.
    I will post more of the journey with pictures in a day or two. By the way, since I have been home, I have been feeling much better. Every day I seem to have improved more.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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19 Responses to I am Back!

  1. slmret says:

    Welcome home, Zakiah! I’m sorry you were so sick.– that really spoils a trip! I’m hoping you will feel better very soon!

  2. beowulf222 says:

    Oh dear! I hope you are better now.

  3. sunsetdragon says:

    Welcome home and so sorry you got ill and had to come home early. Your meal and flight sound wonderful and welcome home and good vibes for a speedy recovery.

  4. jstnotherday says:

    I was just today wondering when we might hear from you again. 🙂
    I’m sorry that your visit was cut short and that you did not get the best enjoyment because of sickness. 😦
    but wow, that travel sounds like something even way better than first class!

  5. jstnotherday says:

    I did not see you in that picture of the lounge.

    • Zakiah says:

      I went to your blog to comment, but didn’t know how I could comment. There was no place to direct me. I loved your rain/frog blog. I love the rain too. The sound of it coming through the trees, is mesmerizing.

  6. mrswrangler says:

    Sorry that you became sick. Hope you are healed soon.

  7. whyzat says:

    I hope being at home has made you feel better, but it’s too bad your trip was cut short.

  8. Welcome Back, SweetZ!
    I’m so sorry to hear that you were ill on your trip. 😦
    Glad you are feeling better now! 🙂

  9. marica0701 says:

    Wow, what a nice flight!! I miss flying. I would love to fly somewhere for my vacation week next month, but I don’t know where.

  10. I commented this entry on xanga !!
    Sorry you have not been so much, Zakiah.

  11. I’m sure the airline would have cringed at your description of their seats as something for lethal injections. hahaha…

    You might want to get a doctor to confirm that everything is ok with your tummy. I’m always baffled at what goes on in my tummy. I think stress makes my tummy very queasy sometimes.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Mattie. I did talk to a friend today who is a G I surgeon and exceptionally good. He has given me some options till next week. If I don’t improve 100%, then he wants to do some tests. Will keep you posted. When you are in your mid seventies, a lot of things can go our of whack! heh heh!

  12. theinfiniterally says:

    It is sad that you had to become sick on your journey. So you were sick the whole time there? It did not show in the photos. Not at all. I am grateful you are feeling better.

    Just a taste of your trip and I am delighted. It is exciting for me. I do not travel much anymore and I miss it. Your description of the trip set my imagination ablaze. And of course now I want shrimp. 🙂

  13. rudyhou says:

    i’m glad to hear you are all well now. i have yet to experience Qatar Air. so far, i have flown with Emirates and transited in Dubai. one thing i remembered the most was how good the middle eastern food on the flight as well at the transit airport. i look forward to experiencing Etihad Air and their transit airport in Abu Dhabi soon. i do hope i’ll get to fly with Qatar someday.

  14. Zakiah says:

    The service in Qatar and Etihad is wonderful. But you know Rudy, I didn’t care for their seats in the first/business class. They didn’t have enough room, and were not different from those in the economy class. Yes, you have leg room and you can extend the seat to a bed and sleep. But I think Singapore, Cathay Pacific are far superior with leather, and wider seats.
    Isn’t Dubai’s transit lounge and their cuisine out of this world?

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