“…bye love, 👍 All the best” 👍wishing her daughter as she set out for her first interview at “FrontAIR Airlines”

Ritika was first spotted at one of these Airline exhibitions held in Mumbai with her fascination of planes from a very young age. She pestered her dad to take her for the exhibition, it wasn’t that any one in the family was even remotely connected to the airport, let alone flying…it was weird that Riya had an interest in planes.
As Riya and her dad walked around the exhibition, Riya was awe-struck with what she saw as she took a lot of pictures. They were models of different planes and jets, men and women dressed in cool uniforms. She clicked everything she saw & when finally she thought she had captured enough, 2 hours had already passed and she was now hungry.

2 things that Riya loved a lot, eating was one and planes was the other. She was only 18 and was looking forward to her maiden trip to Dubai, which her dad promised her..if she secured a distinction in her 12th exams.

“Excuse me Sir”,  A man walked up to Mr Verma. It was one of those guys who wore the white uniform.

“Yes” dad turned around

He said “Sir, would you like come with me, we’d like to have a word with you and your daughter”

“Sure” dad replied (looking at dad, clueless as to why the handsome man in the uniform wants to talk to us) My dad said “walk” and I walk beside him and enter one of the cabins.
There is another gentleman sitting in the cabin. He looks soooooo gooood!! Men in uniforms look so hottttt! He extended his hand to shake hands with dad and then with me…but I was lost in my own thoughts. Dad snapped me out of my thoughts, calling out my name and literally shaking me back to reality. I extended my hand out but then he retreated his…and then he extended his and I retreated mine. *Totally awkward moment there* and then I smiled.

He started speaking, looking at dad and me in equal intervals “Sir, we noticed your daughter is very passionate about planes and we find her very suitable for a career in the airlines. We would like to offer her a job with us at our airlines “FrontAIR Airlines”, you must have heard about it, we operate flights from India to Dubai and back”

Not sure whether dad was aware of the different flights plying across different parts of the world, I was though…

“Yes” I said in excitement and realizing that I might have scared the poor guy, toned down and said “Yes I have heard about your airlines, you’ll run 3 flights a day on Mondays, Wednesday’s and Friday’s”

“Impressive”…wanting to use my name next but he didn’t know it, I guess I hadn’t introduced myself to him.

“Ritika” I said:)

“Ritika…yes! I forgot to introduce myself, My name is Shammi Ahluwalia, Captain of FrontAir airlines…” I let out a small giggle (dad looked at me with the what-is-wrong-with-you look) I apologized and said “I just pictured you in the song Shake it like Shammi

“hahahahaha” 😁😁😁 he laughed hard, I get that a lot nowadays. I joined in the laughter (my dad seemed to be clueless 😮 on why there was a sudden bout of laughter. I made a mental note to show dad the video on youtube when we get back home)

Dad speaks up, bringing sanity to the proceedings “…but Ritika is still in the 12th std mid year”

“We’re not saying Ritika should join us straight away, she can join us after she passes her 12th” (dad looks at my face at the umpteenth time and my reaction is the same…he sees me smiling) :):):)

“We’ll let you know” as he gets up from his chair and its time to leave, not before Shammi or should I say Capt. Shammi flashes out his card and gives one to dad and one to me.
(Why does his name have to be Shammi Ahluwalia, look at him…all slim and trim…he could well be Shammi Bhindiwalia 🙂 )

I could do with some food…I’m starved!!