Well. That wasn't much of a hiatus. However, blogging will be lighter only because I'll be so much busier in Bombay.
And while I'm at it, revisting a favorite pet peeve. The level of service on US airlines compared to Indian. On a 40 minute Jet Airways flight from Baroda to Bombay one gets: a bottle of fresh lime soda, hard candy, a hot meal and a beverage. In economy class. On a ticket that costs less than $100. And such courteous, smiling service! Try to find that in the US!
Why are US flight attendants so surly? Courtesy, especially on international flights serving the subcontinent, is an exception (at least in coach class). They're haughty, abrupt, and downright rude most of the time. It's almost as if, and one hates to put it this way, they don't like serving brown folk.
My brother, who travels frequently overseas (in business class, I must add!), puts it this way. "We're all waiting for Jet Airways to start service to the US. I won't fly anything else." [The reason they haven't yet? Apparently, and I don't have the time to Google this to verify, Jet Blue has launched a trademark infringment lawsuit. 'Cause you know, Jet Blue and Jet Airways are the same thing.]