I am a prickly pear #FridayReflections

“Don’t talk to strangers” .

This was the standard advice I’d get from my grandma, my mother, my father, my brother, my friends . And now , I get the same advice from my husband, my in-laws and even my daughters!

It won’t be long before my grandchildren tell me ” Ajji don’t talk to strange people.”

Yes! Everyone tells me NOT to talk to strangers.  Simply because according to all those who know me, I can even talk to a WALL.

So naturally, I’m not going reveal much to a stranger on a plane. And what you see is what you get!

Prickly Pear

  • These days I love playing the part of “I’m a little, old lady ” : I keep my handbag under the chair in front of me ( because my hands don’t reach up dumbo!) and who fidgets a bit with the seat belt, especially getting it to fit round her waist.
  • I am a movie freak and watch all the watchable movies on the flight.
  • I am quite a fussy eater and actually waste the food or send it back it I don’t like it.
  • I get up from time to time, either to stretch my legs or go to the loo.
  • I am scared of air turbulence and actually grip my seat in fear when the fasten seat belt sign comes on
  • I hate crying babies and won’t reach out to comfort a wailing infant or even help the helpless mother.
  • I value my space and if your head flops onto my shoulder while sleeping, I WILL PUSH IT BACK TO YOUR NECK.
  • Similarly, if your hand inadvertently comes onto my lap or your knee touches mine, I will make it quite obvious that I DON’T like it.
  • But on the other hand, I will hand you your meal tray, glass of water/wine or any hand out if you are squashed on the last seat by the window and the cabin crew find it difficult to reach out to you.
  • Similarly, if you need any help in filling out any forms, I will gladly assist you.
  • If you want me to change my seat so that you can sit next to your friend/companion I would normally oblige.

But if you expect me to tell you my whole life story  in exchange for yours, forget it!

Responding to the prompt on what I reveal about myself to a stranger on the plane, at #FridayReflections hosted by Corinne and Kohl-Eyed Girl.

Happy weekend all!


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Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!


  1. This made for a very interesting read. I’d most of the things that you have shared.
    Except that I dont get up from my seat and prefer to sleep or read. I empathise with mothers of wailing kids, because I have been in their shoes. But hate crying babies! 😀

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