When a teacher had an unexpected encounter with a former student, she recalled how 30 years earlier he had introduced himself adding the title ‘Captain’ in front of his name. What was remarkable was the fact the student had gone on to become a pilot, and was flying his teacher to her destination.
The mother of pilot Rohan Bhasin recalled how he had introduced himself to his teacher as ‘Captain Rohan Bhasin’ quite nonchalantly in playschool. Decades later, he not only realised his dream but flew his playschool teacher on a long-haul flight to Chicago. The duo had a reunion on the plane, and a photo and post of their reunion went viral on social media.
The heartwarming story was tweeted by Bhasin’s mother, Nivedita, who herself is a pilot with Air India. She shared a photo of the teacher and her son when he was still a child.
“During Playschool admission, the teacher asked my son his name. Nonchalantly he answered, “Capt Rohan Bhasin”. And he was just 3. And today, the same teacher was en route to Chicago. And he was indeed the Captain,” she tweeted.
During Playschool admission, the teacher asked my son his name.
Nonchalantly he answered, “Capt Rohan Bhasin”.
And he was just 3.
— Nivedita Bhasin (@nivedita_bhasin) March 24, 2019
She also explained that given he was from a family where many members had been pilots, across generations, her son didn’t think it was unusual to add the title to his name.
“I don’t think this had so much to do with what he wanted to become 🤔,” Bhasin’s mother tweeted, when many asked how he knew what he wanted to be at such a young age. “Both his parents were Captains. And this is how they were addressed. So, for him too, it should be Captain, he thought” she wrote.
I don’t think this had so much to do with what he wanted to become 🤔
Both his parents were Captains…👨✈️👩✈️.
And this is how they were addressed. ✅
So, for him too, it should be Captain, he thought 😬😬
— Nivedita Bhasin (@nivedita_bhasin) March 26, 2019
The teacher reportedly heard his name during an announcement while flying from Delhi to Chicago. She requested the air hostess to be allowed to meet the captain, and to her delight, it was her old student. The story has since been shared and liked hundreds of times.
What a heart warming story to start the day… https://t.co/MYsXBERoTZ
— Anirudh A Damani (@showmedamani) March 27, 2019
This is really brought tears …,Thanks for sharing such a beautiful thing.
— Nandan Singh Basera (@nandan_basera) March 26, 2019
Wow! That’s so amazing. Congratulations to both the teacher and the student. What a lovely real life story..😊👌🏽
— r s pathania (@rspathania) March 26, 2019
This story is filled with all live & soul.. We waste our major part of life in earning ingress and hate this kind of story restore faith in people. https://t.co/Lu1WMwiZWM
— @beingtulshi (@tulshi_k) March 26, 2019
Stories like these.. Makes being a teacher that much more special 💜 https://t.co/rWRg3AWQ10
— Rachana Thamankar (@thriftygene) March 26, 2019
Being a teacher I can understand what madam Sudha must be feeling. I have goosebumps seeing this wonderful Reunion.❤️
— Indu Jha 🇮🇳 (@indu_00) March 26, 2019
Words cannot describe this moment. Never would someone might have seen such a dream becoming reality. Blessed are the people who are a part of this wonderful event.
— Vivek (@vsormasd) March 26, 2019
Incredible…simply incredibly beautiful! What great honour to fly in her student’s flight! Brought tears of joy and compassion in my eyes. Proud of Capt. Bhasin and his parents too. 👍 @nivedita_bhasin
— Devesh (@devesh2504) March 26, 2019
It’s a touching and a heartwarming gesture by Rohan. Greater still is that the teacher remembered his name. That I think was the best Gurudakshina ever in recent years. Guru Brahma!
— mathew thomas (@mat3201981) March 26, 2019
Just imagine that moment when she hears “Capt Rohan Bhasin” Your son must have been thrilled. Indeed #WarmsTheCocklesOfMyHeart .
— Louvina Andrade (@LouvinaA) March 25, 2019