Still Empty Narita Airport to Vibrant Delhi Airport


Posted on 12 Jun 2022 21:00 in ASKSiddhiのひとりごと by Yoko Deshmukh

Most of the airport officers here did not wear face masks anymore.

Air India AI 307 smelled like a supermarket in India or Ambika Masala Shop in Shin-Ohkubo, Tokyo.

Speaking of smells, I have been referred so many times to Indian people's body odor before, making me extra conscious and nervous about how I smell. Being back in Japan for 1.5 years this time, I learned that many Japanese people also smell, sometimes "very much," so now I would not care about such remarks in the future. After all, we are living human beings.

I enjoyed the cleanliness, convenience, thoughtfulness, precision, punctuality, and politeness whenever I went out. At the same time, I gradually learned that the invisible unhealthy expectation could have achieved all such greatness.

Back in Japan for 1.5 years, I rediscovered many positive factors in my home country. Some are so divinized that people do not pay too much attention to the dangerous details. Being a Japanese national who suffers from a prolonged state of depression and anxiety, I believe that I should not be lost in such an illusion and shall continue viewing the truth while I gain back my self-esteem.

I wrote the above sentences on the flight, and now I am in a hotel near Indira Gandhi International Airport. I am still in transit to Pune, for I will catch the flight tomorrow evening.

The moment I landed in Delhi, I felt revitalized, even though her weather was harsh (today's temperature here was 42 degrees Celsius,) things looked less organized, and unfair inequality was still apparent. I think now India is my home, and I am proud to say so.

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Yoko Deshmukh   (日本語 | English)         
インド・プネ在住歴10年以上の英日・日英フリーランス翻訳者、デシュムク陽子(Yoko Deshmukh)が運営しています。2003年9月30日からインドのプネに住んでいます。

ASKSiddhi is run by Yoko Deshmukh, a native Japanese freelance English - Japanese - English translator who lives in Pune since 30th September 2003.

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