I had a great flare (Honestly, even now!) to go abroad and to work there and explore the land. It was such a pursuit that led me to Maldives. I happened to see an ad in The New Indian Express while I was working in a college of teacher education. I applied for the job and they called me for an interview inm Chennai. But my parents had no interest in sending me to a foreign land. So I had to go and attend the interview in clandestine. After the interview only I revealed about the purpose of my Chennai trip.
Things turned good and I left for Maldives on 02/07/2006 from Chennai. Actually I had left my home on 30/06/2006 to reach Trichy on 01/07/2006 to collect my travel documents from my agency, Apex Online. Only my Father had accompanied me and my heart really trembled when I was walking towards Srilankan Airlines. I could feel the salt of my tears and off I could see my Father weeping.
The flight was via Colombo. It took off at 10.30AM and touched Colombo International Airport at around 12.00 noon. Our connection flight was at 8.00 in the night. It was an amazing airport and along with my companion Sri. Vaidyanathan we left the airport after we were granted 24 hour permission on our passport. He had earlier international travel experiences. We took a walk in the neighbouring streets and markets. It was for the first time that I was walking along the streets of a foreign country. I still remember the tea that we had for Fifteen Srilankan rupees. That tea would cost a maximum of Five Indian rupees. Inflation had put such a bad clamp in the lives of Srilankan people.
There the climate is unpredictable. Normally it is raining season from June to September. It never means it would be raining all the day. There will be hot sunlight bashing when it is not raining. Rain comes with heavy storms. You cannot walk with your umbrella when it rains heavily. Day time you have to wear a good sun glass as it is very shiny and hot.
I worked there for about a year and by the end of my contract I did not renew my work permit as I had to return because of some familial problems. In my return journey I used sea flight which was a unique experience. A sea flight takes off and land on sea. Island Aviation operates domestic sea planes. Currently there are four sea plane harbors, other than Male’ International airport. Male’ International Airport is the only international airport. One of the most adventurous run way will be here with a runway length of 3200m. It is located in Hulhule’ island. Once a lady pilot of Air India baffled to see the runway patch in the middle of the ocean in her maiden flight and she turned the flight back to Trivandrum.
I Returned to India on 25/06/2007 and touched Trivandrum at 1.30PM.