Yes I Am NEERJA..And Will Be NEERJA All My Life



Yes I am NEERJA..and will be NEERJA all my life

A song early in the morning just evoked a lot of thoughts in my mind. It was a usual morning, of a usual mother of two, getting one ready for school and feeding the other.
An ordinary morning, suddenly made me feel extraordinary about myself and my life.
I have flown with my love Indigo for over 5 years. And now I am a mother of two, a three year old adorable girl and a two month darling baby girl.
It was a usual day of struggle, juggling with my responsibilities, bathing my kids and feeding them their breakfast, along with getting ready for a meet at my girl’s school.
Random songs were being played on the television, when a song just gave me goosebumps. My whole life came as a flashback in front of me.
The song from the movie ‘Neerja’ , ‘ aankhein milayenge darr se’ started playing on the television. I turned around and came to my room as if it was calling me. I felt a strange urge to stop what I was doing and look at the television screen.
The song shook me. It just brought tears to my eyes, not because I was feeling sad about what had happened with Neerja in the movie, but for some other reason. A reason that has just changed the way I was looking at my life currently. I was at a point in my life where I needed strength. Strength to raise both my girls in a great way, strength to be able to manage things, strength so I would be able to explore new horizons in life along with taking care of my babies.
But somewhere down the line I was breaking down, which I wasn’t accepting. I was confused and lost, until I heard this song. It just shook me. Shook me up from a silly, lost, lazy me.
Lazy??? Well not really, my girls would let me be lazy anymore, but definitely I felt lost. Lost about the fact whether I would do justice to both my girls, lost about the fact if I could still have fun in life.
Yes this song made me realize the biggest truth of my life.
The truth, that I am Neerja. The truth that I will be Neerja all my life.
She was a brave young girl who did something that has made her a Hero.
The flashback of my flying days, made me rethink about my present life.
I was a cabin attendant, a girl who was trained every year several times so she could save lives on board. I was a cabin attendant who got to save a lady who ran short of oxygen right after the take off. I was the cabin attendant who with the help of a doctor saved the life of a passenger who was getting recurrent epileptic attacks on the flight, and who could have lost his life if things were not taken care on time.
I was the cabin attendant who saved a little girl who was travelling alone, from a sick passenger who was trying to physically harass her, and handled the situation discretely so that the girl would’t be bothered, and at the same time the culprit was punished.
I was the cabin attendant who took a stand for her junior who was physically handled by an unruly passenger.
I was a cabin attendant who have served infinite number of passengers with my heart and tried to make their day really special.
Yes I was a cabin attendant. N yes I was NEERJA.
I was Neerja, because I was a fighter then.
I am still Neerja because I am still a fighter.
And I will be Neerja all my life, because that’s how I want to live my life. Fearless, fighter, courageous, cheerful, caring and fun loving.
I was she then and I would want to be she all my life.
Indigo had been my life. It was a passion, an addiction.
What I am today, I owe it completely to Indigo.
I am grateful to Indigo for letting me be NEERJA.
The song, yes just a song has just put my life upside down.
It has made me realize my own worth. It has made me realize about what I can capable of.
If I was capable of saving so many lives on board, then yes I am definitely capable of being a good mother and raising my girls in a beautiful way.
I would no longer question my capabilities.
If life gets tough, I will get tougher and will make it beautiful for my family.
Thanks Indigo and Neerja, and this wonderful song for changing my perspective.
Thanks for making me fearless again, how I was when I was with Indigo.
Wake up world. It’s high time we realize that the cabin attendant is much more than just a server on board, its high time we realize that a cabin attendant is a fighter who will do anything to save your life.


Preetjyot Kaur

Ex-Indigo Crew

Batch #6

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Preetjyot Kaur
I strongly believe in breaking all the stereotype ways of parenting. For me parenting is all about love and fun. My girls and I believe in jamming out in the car, in dancing in the rains, and in miracles. We believe in smiling till our cheek hurt and laughing till our neighbours’ ears burst. Parenting definitely comes with loads of challenges, but trust me facing these challenges becomes much more easier by having a fun and a happy attitude towards it.

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