There was a time when the airport was very close to our house. In fact the house lay in the flight path as the massive jets came in to land. Lying on my bed and looking out of the window at a flight coming in to land, it was not seldom that I had a feeling that it was going to come in through the window. Or I could imagine I could see the pilot and wave out to him. Many an evening would be spent relaxing in the balcony, looking at the lights of landing planes and counting how many landed that evening within 5 minutes or 10 minutes. Nights when I was fast asleep, from the depths of my unconsciousness I would hear some strange, loud sound and wake up wondering what it was, only to realize it was a jet coming in to land. :shock: (On occasions when an international visitor was due at home, I would know when exactly to expect them, going by the sound of the flight at the given time). The windows would shake and rattle, car alarms would go, the stray dogs would set up a symphony to beat all symphonies and we would be gritting our teeth and shaking our fists at these metal birds which would deprive us of our sleep night after night. :rant Soon the new international airport came up 50 kms outside the city. One major advantage - distance and quick access of the airport - was lost amidst a lot of protests. On one hand we were worried about the distance, on the other hand we celebrated our new found peace. How true - some you win, some you lose. Anyway, the new airport although expensive to reach, is not all that inconvenient after all. This evening I suddenly noticed the strange calls of a bird. It was a very different call from any I had heard. I ran to the window to check out. Could not see anything. Probably it was very well hidden in the tree outside. Then I ran to the balcony. No sight of the bird. There were two of them in two trees close by and it was very clearly a case of a call and an answering call. The sound was so musical to the ears. So I tried the next possible solution. I tried to Google bird sounds to find out which bird it could be. After going through 10-15 of them, I gave up - there were so many of them and I had only just reached "B" in the list. In fact some days ago there was this very exotic looking, tiny blue bird with a sharp beak which perched itself on the grill of the window, took a look round inside the room, then decided that the wide open world outside was more beautiful and flew off. I really felt blessed that day at this unexpected visitor. I was mentioning to a friend about this bird, when she said there were only aeroplanes flying over her house, so she never got to hear birds. That is when it suddenly struck me that I had started noticing bird calls only in recent times. Has it anything to do with the airport being moved to the out-skirts of the city? :coffee Well, if it has, I am really happy. The melodies of these birds are any day more beautiful than the roar of the metal ones and they look so pretty and attractive too. :-D Am waiting for the day when I see this melodious bird.