UTOPIA: Tribhuvan International Airport

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tribhuvan International Airport

Unlike Hazrat Shahjalal Airport (in Dhaka, Bangladesh), this airport is yet-to-be upgraded despite being high-traffic. Well, i m not posting any facts related to this airport (which u can easily googled that!) but instead writing some of my personal views and observation, both factual & sentimental.
Tribhuvan airport it is a one-storey brick building which from my personal view, looks more like a horse barn than airport (u judge it urself...what i mean is exteriorly...due to it's bricks, no offence!)
the interior somehow reminds me of an old bus station (in the mid 80's) with shops selling junks and snacks...which normally seen in bus stations...not much of souvenir shops in sight, mainly b'coz the travellers are mostly their locals Nepali travelling out of the country for work.
the airport might be small to accomodate the huge number of traveller, hence most of the family/friends will bid their farewell outside of the building as they are not allowed into the compound. It's sort of an 'emotional-kinda-scene' seeing the sad faces of old parents/kids/wife bidding goodbye to their son/father/husband right outside of the airport entrance, and they are somehow not allowed into the building even if the weather is terrible...Such emotional scene is so common (at this airport) and i felt sympathy to them as these people might not be able to see their son/father/husband for some years before they return from working abroad. Some might not be able to return at all (mishap in workplace or cheated by agent, u wouldn't know!)...it seems like the fella is going to a faraway land, gambling his life and might never return...
luckily it isn't in my case...travelling on flights doesn't seems to be a big thing that my whole family has to present in the airport to send me off....i guess this is a very 'old-fashion kinda practice' when nowadays u gotta connect/contact ur loved ones via online media, anytime, anywhere. Flying out of the country is so norm that my parents didn't bother much about that...as most of the time i will be back in within 3-4 days.
and if u notice carefully, some youngster (especially the first timer travelling abroad for work) will be blessed...
and a yellow scarf will be hung around their neck...
while some will touch the plane staircase while chanting religious prayer before boarding the plane...
perhaps the 4.5 hour journey is somewhat very far from their homeland!


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