“The flight is going to land in half an hour,” I heard someone saying this from the seat behind me. Most probably to his co-passenger, I thought and looked at my watch. Yes, the KLM flight had left New Delhi at the right time. So, it is going to land at right time. I changed the movie channel on the screen in front of me to the navigating section to watch the exact position of our flight. Schiphol (the Amsterdam airport) is so near! To freshen up, I got up to go to the washroom. Again, I heard the same voice from behind. Some people speak loudly. This time he was telling about the places he would like to visit in Amsterdam. I heard a name Area 153, an interesting name, I thought and proceeded. An air hostess was standing near the washroom. She gave me a smile. I too smiled at her and opened the door to enter. I washed my face, arranged my shuffled hair and clothes.
Back in my cubicle, I folded the blanket, straightened the pillow and put them in the proper place. I gathered my personal things, my specs, my mobile and the hand cream tube and put them in my bag. The announcement “Cabin crew, get ready for landing”. Ladies in blue emerged to check the belts, seat backs, and windows. A pleasant excitement ran through my body. “Is it for my son”, I thought, “or for the beautiful city”? No, no, it’s for him. The picture of him, standing at the exit gate to receive me, flashed in my mind’s eye. His smile and his pair of bright eyes, it’s for him only.” This was my second visit to Amsterdam, the cleanliness, neatness and, the pollution-free city.