Saturday, August 16, 2008

My first day in US of A

I blog only wen I feel I should really blog about something. So long gaps are quite common:)

My first day at USA is something I really cant forget. Boarding the flight at 1:45 AM from Chennai Airport , controlling a lot of tears and saying a bye with a smile to my ppl and the place I lived in for 22 years for obviously not one of the most nicest things, I shud say..It was my first hurdle in reaching USA.. and I crossed it, with a sleepless flight and lot of tears...

Landing at Frankfurt, the only thing on my mind was to call home, hear amma's voice,and I rushed towards the phone with a calling card..When I boarded the next flight to chicago, I was in a half-dozed state with a serious inability to sleep and stay awake. It was the worst 8 hrs in my life...and to top it all, the pilot gave us jitters when he moved thru the clouds giving the flight a wild shake and a sudden vertical descent, all of us thot it was the end and there were loud prayers in the flight..After safe(!)landing at chicago, my mind woke up, as I had to get ready for immigration and customs(kashtams:( )and so I got a little active.

after that was theUnited airlines security check to get to minneapolis. I am quite an idiot and i left my belt in my cabin baggage. the metal detectors happily beeped and I was done for..suddenly there were 4-5 officers surrounding a sleepy me and wearing glovesto check my bag with a "dont move anywhere madam" on their lips...goddd...everything was taken out of my bag and I had a tough time arranging it again........amidst all this i had to keep my passport, tickets, i-94, i-20 and so many other craps safe...after boarding the UA flight, I prayed for a succesful landing as I dint want to be suspected for any terrorist activity...uffffff tough times...

After reaching minneapolis at 6:35, I made a call to my family, my throat choked with emotions, dryness and a lot of phlegm and spoke to them. I was clearly resonating and went to sleep...

Suddenly,Passport has become the most important thing in life! there's nobody to care,nobody to bring food to ur bed and comp, no lazing around...itsmy first week, and so i depend on everyone for things like laptops and groceries, to be independent...everythin including money, fear, doubts, helplessness has multiplied by 40, and I am sure self-confidence too will, in a few weeks:)

Though the idea of studying in USA may be a dream come true, facing the first day,week,month watever until u find a job to support urself independently is a big hassle......for all those of u who's gonna face it sooner or later,All the best! Happy landing!

10 comments:

Karthik said...

:) .....pretty decent.....i am not a great writer or a good critic, but yours was worth a read......expecting a lot more happier blogs in the future........

Extra-Ordinarily Ordinary said...

http://thisdaythisage.blogspot.com/2007/08/2-years-in-usa.html

http://thisdaythisage.blogspot.com/2007/04/india-trip.html

http://thisdaythisage.blogspot.com/2008/01/stages-of-life.html

Don't know how much of this would be relate-able to you - But I can tell you one thing for sure. This trip to the other side of the planet will leave you permanently changed. No second thoughts about it.

aishwarya said...

simply gud! .......luved t!

Vee... said...

cool post

A A R O N said...

it's the same with every desi entering this American dream...

multiply by 40 was very good...

anyways good luck...

Anonymous said...

Nice narration.

I esp liked ure blog title coz I ve actually written one on it!! :)

btw.. I bumped into ure blogspot through orkut. Dont mind!! :)

ganesh said...

tat was a good one preethi... scratching ur head eh bot who am i?.....this is ganesh.... and want 2 talk 2 u... cuz m gona complete ma eng and planning to do ma higher studies.. so i ve 2 ask u many things,,, and got ur blog thro orkut... waiting 4 de day...

vins said...

Nice one mate... keep on posting ..

Cheers,

vins.

Prakash said...

i depend on everyone for things like laptops and groceries, to be independent

Depending on others for your independence ... that's an interesting take.

Shri Ram said...

Good post, works for me :) keep posted..

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