Flying Girl by Abilash Geetha Balan

Updated: Sep 18, 2019

I was travelling from Chennai to Hyderabad in a bus during the day. A young girl sat next to me. She was in her early 20s, She seemed to be disturbed quite a lot. It seemed like she was arguing to herself in her thoughts. Maybe her first break up, i thought. I did not want to trouble her. I started to gaze outside the window. The bus was running by the paddy fields and it was sunny outside. I tried to close the window.

Suddenly, I felt a touch on my shoulder, i slowly turned towards her. She gently smiled and asked me. “Can I ask you something?”

I was happy to chat with her, looking at her in pain for this long. “Yes please. “

“If you had a chance to possess a super power what would it be ? “ I was surprised to hear this question. This seemed totally out of context. I thought for a moment and responded, "Well i would like the power of controlling people’s mind from anywhere across the world."

Before i could finish,

She says. “I would like the power to fly.” she continued “I should be able to fly anywhere I want. Far away from problems. If you are facing a problem anywhere just get up and fly somewhere else.” she seemed to be deep in her thoughts again.

Well it sounded reasonable for me..And i followed it up with this question. To till date I did not know why I asked this question to her. That one question changed my life for ever and has be haunting me till date.

What happens if you have too many problems? I asked it with a smile on my face.

“ She gently responded with a smile. You can always decide to end it.”

She seems to have already lost interest in the conversation. I followed it up with another question. Where are you going to?

SHE SAID JATINGA ASSAM. And turned her face around and closed her eyes to sleep.

I realised the conversation was over. She was far away from her destination Assam, I thought.

After a couple of days, while i was at work I decided to google Jatinga. I had the shock of my life. I was startled and my whole body started shivering…

Jatinga, a village on a ridge, is located in Dima Hasao district, Assam State in India. It is 330 kilometres south of Guwahati. It is most famous for the phenomenon of birds “committing suicide”.