The year 2014-15 will be remembered, amongst other events, for the worst imaginable aviation-related tragedies. The disappearance/crash of the Malaysian Airlines MH 370 in deep waters and the equally perplexing, Germanwings Lufthansa's crash in the French Alps have brought to fore, certain pressing questions confronting both the aviation industry, governments and the larger public.
I have not felt this grief-stricken in a while. Yet, there I was, as if someone had just wrenched my heart out. 'Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87', said the newsreader solemnly and I thought it was simply not possible. How could it be? I had just met Marquez yesterday.
Yesterday, when I was sixteen. A long time ago that now suddenly seems to me like yesterday.