MANTALK: Lessons from the luggage carousel

Watching bags and suitcases at the airport can teach you a thing or two about life. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • The thing I always wonder is that if the owner of the suitcase, maybe a businessman or a woman with a very expensive weave and glowing skin, or a wealthy chap who just inherited his dad’s wealth and is travelling the world, or an old man who

    worked his hands to the bone all his life and now has some pension and savings to travel the world to see the things he dreamt of while he slaved for tens of years in a windowless cubicle… What if one of these guys came to you and said, “Listen,

    you like my luggage? Have it, but give me yours.”

There was a time when if you wanted to get a mirror image of life, all you had to do was to look at art. Then came a time when art stopped mirroring life. It broke away and travelled to places where life had not been. It became too futuristic. Overly ambitious. So now if you want to see a mirror image of life, you’ll have to go stand at the luggage carousel at the airport. As you stand there watching bags and suitcases of all kinds orbit by, waiting for yours to come out, you will see life in the green


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