My life almost passed in a blink of an eye and I had to book flights from New York to Kolkata India. It was time for my life to take a twist and give me a jerk from my routine life. I browsed through the online travel agencies that showed attractive offers.
‘New York to Kolkata cheap flights! New York to Kolkata direct flights! Hurry up!’
They could be imaginary mantras to fool people. I laughed to myself as I checked into the website of Indian Eagle that provided cheap flights to Kolkata from New York. The prices were reasonable and after a lot of research on prices, I booked myself a direct flight from New York to Kolkata. It was a family rule in the house that every one of us must study or work in India for sure as we didn’t want to lose our roots of being an Indian. My dad made sure of it. Now it was my turn.
Finally the day arrived when I had to book my New York to Kolkata flights. Nostalgia was hitting me already as memories of New York city came flooding to my mind.
There’s a saying here that every New Yorker lives in a different city. Some of us know only the geography and resources of our neighborhood, where we walk to movies and shopping and the subway on our way to work. Some of explore the landscape of high end shopping and fancy restaurants, while others know how to access every free concert in the spring and summer months. When I lived on the Lower East Side, I knew which coffee shops would let me sit and read a book for a couple of hours on a snowy day without expecting me to buy more than a bowl of soup and a cup of coffee, and I had a map of tiny, secluded parks in my head for the warmer months. My mother had a friend who was known for her ability to find an elegant restroom within five blocks of anyplace in Manhattan. She knew all the posh hotels, and knew how to dress so she could just walk through the lobby to the restrooms without being questioned.
New York is a big, complicated city and you can live here very well on limited means, if you are creative and persistent. Maybe you can’t have brunch every weekend at Tavern on the Green, but you can find small, family owned restaurants that serve Israeli shakshuka, Lebanese stewed lamb, Indian pooris and chutneys and biryanis, Ethiopian, Persian, French, Mexican, Columbian, Salvadoran and Italian cuisine, at a price you can afford. You can shop in fancy grocery stores like Balducci’s, health food stored like Whole Foods, neighborhood bodegas or our marvelous greenmarkets, with locally grown, farm fresh produce in the heart of the city. You can shop at Bloomingdale’s or Tiffany’s or at the Salvation Army thrift store. New York is what you make of it.
And now, I wait to experience the life in Kolkata which is just minutes away to be lived. They say we ought to welcome everything in life if we wish to live it well. One thing went well for sure. I got the chance of saving a lot of bucks by booking my flights from New York to Kolkata India through Indian Eagle. It is my turn to follow the paths of life. Wish me luck!