Pakistan agaayaaa!!!

Tyres touched the ground with a gentle thud and the plane landed๐Ÿ›ฌ smoothly. It continued its move on the runway. “Pakistan agaaaya!”, Yelled a little girl ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿปfrom the back of the plane just as it came to a halt and we could see the Jinnah International airport from our windows. Hot tears rolled down my cheeks and lips in a state of mixed emotions unable to decide between a wide grin๐Ÿ˜ and stiffling a cry.๐Ÿ˜ญ So what if landing in Karachi was like landing in a barren land๐Ÿœ๏ธ unlike the greenery ๐Ÿž๏ธthat we saw at our transit in Srilanka. My patriotism rode high and the tune of Pak sar zameeen hummed thru my mind.๐ŸŽถ Its My Karachi, My Pakistan! Wanted to jump out off the plane like anything rather waited patiently๐Ÿ™„ for all the passengers to take out all their bags๐Ÿ’ผ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿ‘›๐Ÿ‘ and then slowly ๐ŸŒ move out of the plane. “Ayubowan” ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผheard the airhostess say as i stepped out of the craft, to which i smiled politely. Crossed the tunnel. “Assalam u alaikum”!!๐Ÿค๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿคฉ Greeted the Pakistani official. Pakistani faces, speaking in Urdu!
WALIKUM SALAM!! ๐Ÿ˜…My eyes got so teary and my smile became so wide i am sure it was reaching from ear to ear. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Even confused the poor official for a minute.๐Ÿคช Gathered our luggage and off to the gate. Headed to the taxi๐Ÿš– stand. Oh yes, we hadn’t inform any body.๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿคญ Surprises are fun, no? The driver thought we were visiting Karachi after many years…so tried to tell his Karachi stories. ๐ŸงI got lost in the view out of the car window. Big big roads, two way traffic,๐Ÿ›ต๐Ÿš–๐Ÿ๐Ÿš˜๐Ÿš๐Ÿ flyovers, honking crazy cars, big hoardings, big buildings,๐Ÿ™๏ธ polluted sky… so typical Karachi….yet i viewed everything with such a dazed look.๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Last few days had been quite hectic.๐Ÿ˜Ÿ Packing stuff along with the daily chores. But most heavy on the heart๐Ÿ’“ and mind๐Ÿง  was to keep our arrival a secret ๐Ÿคfrom our families. We didnt want to lie ๐Ÿคฅyet wanted to keep the date of arrival a surprise. Hence dodged questions right and left ๐Ÿ˜’and beated about the bush a couple of times.๐Ÿ˜ฑ
Had been up since Fajr. ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ˜ดTook a ferry to the airport. Velana international airport’s arrival area is quite small. However the departure area is bigger. The usual duty free shops,๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ต๐Ÿ—‘ souvenir shops๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ› and the food court encircle the floor. The food court offered a great view of the runway and the planes parking lot. A good time spent while taking pictures ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ“ธof everything i could capture. ๐Ÿ˜œ
When i had arrived in Maldives it was night time. And i was unable to witness that sight which is often shown as signature for Maldives๐Ÿคฆ. But since our ๐Ÿ’‘flight was in the day time now, i was completely ecstatic.๐Ÿ’– As the plane took off the airport island became tiny. And the view that we saw next was spectacular. So many islands๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ—พ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ in the middle of the deep blue ocean, each surrounded by small area of turquoise water. Could even make out a few water villas. ๐Ÿ๏ธThe flight to Srilanka ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜was a short one like about one and a half hours. And the transit there was shorter about fifty minutes. But landing at Srilanka was a green experience. As soon as we had entered in Srilanka, greenery ๐Ÿ›ฃ ๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒฒ surrounded us and it had continued for good three to four minutes. It looked as if the airport too had been built in a field.๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜ Srilankan airport in quite big and very nicely made. A mixed cultural๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿง”๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง•๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคต๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿง“๐Ÿพ environment was seen photographing the big buddha๐Ÿ› statue in the middle of the airport. The transit was so short otherwise would have loved to explore more๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ. Finding a toilet with a muslim shower ๐Ÿšฝtook a lot of time๐Ÿคฆ. Sigggh…why dont they…arrrggggh! Deeep breath, deeep breath …we are going home…its okay. Calmed myself down.๐Ÿ’†
Then the flight to Karachi finally started. Srilankan airlines people were very courteous and the food๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฒ too was good. Still the three and a half hours journey felt quite long. ๐Ÿคท
The taxi ๐Ÿš•screeched to a halt ๐Ÿšฉbringing me back to my senses๐Ÿ”„…and viola we are home!๐Ÿ’’
What followed next due to our surprise arrival is an another level story altogether ๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŽขโ›ฒโ™จ๏ธfull star plus kind: a mixture of emotions, suspense and drama where every other scene is repeated thrice….โชโ–ถ๏ธโชโ–ถ๏ธโชโ–ถ๏ธ
Why do i sound like an advertisement for an upcoming film๐Ÿคฃ… Perhaps after effects of coming back to home.
Karachi, Pakistan.

#Alhamdulilah ๐Ÿ˜Š

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