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60 miles of untainted bliss

Text and photographs: Sukanya Verma

Travelling has no single identity. No single destination. It unconditionally offers as much as you are willing to undertake. I challenged myself to one such trip recently. It wasn't a task really, five meaningful weeks in the United Kingdom. Moreover, any break from the traffic-filled chaos of Mumbai, its roads, malls and mobile networks appeared like a Godsend opportunity. I grabbed it without remorse.

And so before I knew it, there I was, wolfing down Paneer Kadhai on Jet Airways' non-stop flight to Heathrow. The flight would have been far more memorable had the air-conditioner behaved itself. By the time (around 7am) we landed at London's activity-personified Heathrow Airport, I was sporting Rudolf's nose and Rani Mukerji's baritone.

As for Heathrow, although it's nothing fancy like say Singapore's sleek and shiny Changi airport, I can't really complain. I got through the airport formalities, baggage intact, without any difficulty. That done, the tourist in me got down to business almost immediately. Not before I had my first coffee across the continent, which was totally blaaack, by the way. It was completely indifferent to the existence of sugar and cream.

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