Prabha : Hi Sudha! How was your vacation?
Sudha : Great!We had lots of adventure and excitement!
Prabha : Adventure?! How come? You were going to Pune for a quiet holiday at your grandfather’s farm, weren’t you?
Sudha : Yes. You see, we had to go to Pune en route Bombay to pick up my aunts and via Hyderabad for a stop-over as Dad had some business deals to complete. Dad came up with a suggestion that we try different modes of transport. So we booked air and train tickets at the booking counters, boarded the train to Hyderabad, took a flight to Bombay and from
there we completed our journey to Pune by road.
Prabha : So that was the adventure!
Sudha : It was just one of the many. The adventure started from home when we couldn’t get the car started so we had to phone for a call taxi.We were delayed on our way due to
traffic snarls, and we managed to reach the railway station at the nick of time. Surprisingly, the train was starting out as scheduled so we scrambled into the coach with the porter
pushing us in along with our luggage. With the train departing on time we arrived at Hyderabad, without much ado but it was difficult to find the three star hotel in which
we had booked rooms well in advance. By the time we checked in we were exhausted!
As we had to catch a 7 a.m flight with the reporting time at 6 am we asked the reception to give us an early morning call at 4 a.m. He woke us only at 5.30 a.m. So we had to dash
to the airport, run up to the check-in desk, weigh our luggage – fortunately we had no excess baggage – collect our boarding passes and rush to the departure lounge. It was only then that we noticed the weather conditions! Yes, you guessed right! There was heavy fog! So you can imagine what followed: the flight was delayed by fog! We finally boarded
the plane at 8 am found our seats with the help of the airsteward and relaxed only after we had fastened our seat belts, and watched through the porthole the plane taxiing along the runway before it took off. The flight was not bumpy in spite of the weather and the pilot being a veteran, the plane cruised at a comfortable altitude. The touchdown was so smooth that I didn’t realise we had landed. When we alighted from the plane and walked to the terminal building we found our aunties waiting to receive us. They had rented cars for our drive down to Pune. So we piled in into two Ambassadors and from here the excitement began.
Prabha : I don’t see what is so exciting about riding in a car.We are doing it everyday, aren’t we?
Sudha : It’s not the car ride I’m talking about! It’s the road! The beautiful scenery on either side; the cool freshness of the air! There’s nothing like travelling by road if you want to know your country!
Prabha : So, how did the rest of your vacation go?
Sudha : I’ll tell you later, it’s time for the Morning Assembly.