You might want to read the previous chapters of Falling Apart before reading this chapter.
It takes more than three hours for Mina to finally step out of the airport. The never ending queue at the visa counter and then the immigration took a lot more time because Mina was completely new to this surrounding. She could understand English, but the accent the locals spoke in made it difficult for her to understand them. They would then try and explain it to her with a few Hindi words they do know. Mina’s Hindi wasn’t that great either. Within minutes of her first conversation with an officer, she realized that living in this country was not going to be an easy task.
The grandmother had given her a photograph of her new madam. She stepped out into the large crowd that was present at the exit. The first thing that hit her was the gush of extremely warm air. It was summer in Dubai and Mina found it all too overwhelming for her. The officers, the queues, the extremely huge airport, the crowd and now the heat. She screened the crowd for the face in the photograph. Praying that she finds her boss soon. She was almost on the verge of passing out.
Shreya was sitting in the waiting area worried as to what is taking the maid so long to exit. She could see a large number of people exiting from the terminal. The families and friends would identify and wave at their arrivals and then walk out into the heat to welcome and collect them from the exit point. She craned her neck looking at every person that came in rolling their luggage after immigration and baggage claim, breezing through the customs. She had the passport copy and hence a photo of Mina.
The wait was tiring for her. She kept messaging to her husband to find out about the happenings at home. This was the first time she had stayed away from Nischal, her son, for so long. She felt guilty about it. She knew that she would start work in a week’s time. She needs to train Nischal to be away from her. More than that she needed to train herself to be away from him. Wiping a tear that had escaped from her eye, she noticed the girl in the photo coming towards the exit of the terminal. She was talking to another lady traveller, probably asking her in which direction to proceed. She didn’t notice the crowd on this side of the barrier. She was looking at the people standing outside in the heat. Shreya walked out into the heat and towards the exit door.
Mina was standing looking helpless and tired with a handbag in one shoulder and a luggage bag on the other. Shreya approached her from behind. She placed an arm on Mina’s shoulder. She turned back with a look of shock on her face. Calmness set in when she recognized who it was. Shreya took the passport and documents from Mina’s hand and asked her to accompany her to the car.
Shreya couldn’t help notice how young Mina was. She looked scared and confused. One look at Mina and Shreya knew her kids would be safe with her. It is said that ours eyes never lie. Mina’s innocent eyes had warmth in them.The first impression is always important. Shreya knew Mina would fit right in with her family. She said a silent prayer as she drove home that day with a Nanny in tow.
To be Continued……
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