What I enjoy most about international flights is the minute just before landing. On flights from the United States to India, the final minute features daughters who trade tank tops for saris, apply sindoor (the vermilion mark of marriage) to the parting of their hair, and trace kajol around jetlagged eyes. Businesspeople shut laptops bloated with tasks, where all will be forgotten during jampacked weeks with family. Tourists make frenzied circles in guidebooks, unprepared for the colorful chaos awaiting them. As the plane makes its touchdown, the cabin fills with the smell of damp soil after the rain. Every summer, I breathe it in hungrily. “I’m here. I’m home.”
Identify all potential conflicts of interest that might be relevant to your comment.
Conflicts of interest comprise financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including but not limited to employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speaker's bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued.
Err on the side of full disclosure.
If you have no conflicts of interest, check "No potential conflicts of interest" in the box below. The information will be posted with your response.
Not all submitted comments are published. Please see our commenting policy for details.
Maitra A. Going Home. JAMA. 2019;321(21):2075–2076. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.6924
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: