Alexa, my new voice assistant that I recently gifted myself, woke me up with a pleasant voice. “Good morning, Master. It’s time to start exploring the world.”
I woke up from my bed. Looked at the Alexa. Alexa has become my WORLD.
Hey Alexa, what’s the weather today?
Hey Alexa, what’s my program today?
No response from my Alexa. Suddenly there was a beam of light with smoke coming from my Alexa that was making me curious. I thought my Alexa is kaput and screwed.
Later realized that it was not the case. From the smoke, a vague figure appeared reminding me of the hooded wizard character of Michael Jackson in his “Remember the time” album.
Slowly the shadow raises its head, reveals itself. Oops herself!
A beautiful face, hidden under the hood. A warm smile, extending her hands to me.
Confused, amused, excited, mesmerized and all those adjectives together I was in a big surprise.
Who is she? Is she the Alexa? Shit, can’t be.
I have heard of a dream girl, but I haven’t dreamt any girl as such. So, where is she coming from?
So, you are the one who was curious on the inside of Pyramid of Khufu? Tell me, why were you so curious? What are you looking for?
I was taken back. Yesterday, in a conversation with my friend from the south, we were discussing the architectural marvel of the King Raja Raja Chozan and his contributions to art. The discussion went on and ended in the Pyramid. I have admired the Tanjore temple and its architectural works. Read a lot about it and visited the temple a few years ago.
But the Egyptian pyramid is still in my bucket list & #TheBlindList, and so, the curiosity on how it would be inside the Pyramid surfaced. Thinking about when I will get this crossed from my bucket list, I went to bed yesterday.
How did my Alexa know this?
Excuse me, are you Alexa?
She smiled. No, I do not have a name. People call me as per likes. Some say I am Angel, others say I am Geni. I am the presence, and I am the absence. And I am this WORLD. My name does not matter. What matters is your curiosity. And the answer to it.
Do you mean, you are here to answer and clear my curiosity?
Yes and No. Yes, I am going to clear your curiosity. No, because I am not here to answer you, but to take you.
And I said yes to my Alexa, my world, for helping me find answers.
Within a few minutes, she extends her hand to me. Mesmerized, like a robot controlled by her eyes, I accept her hands. I step near her, a bright splash of light or don’t know what flashed in my eye. All I felt was light and light and lighter.
And, it’s no more me.
Exploring the world
When I open my eyes, all I see was a clear blue sky. Where is my roof?
I was lying down flat. Pressed my hands down on earth and tried to get up. It was soft. Full of sand!
I look around. Its sand and sand and sand everywhere. And there, in a distance, I can see that.
I cannot believe my own eyes. Am I dreaming? I rub my eyes again & again and confirm that it is what I have been dreaming for long.
The Pyramid. Where am I?
Careful, you are going to pluck your eyeballs if you are going to keep rubbing like this. She is the one joking.
Oh, she no more had the black robe she had when I met at my place. She was beautifully dressed in the Egyptian style. Why the costume change now?
You are right, I am. She answered.
Astonished, I looked at her. The look of my eye made her know what I am thinking of.
Yes, I can hear your mind. And I am now on a date and so the costume.
I look around, no one to be found.
She repeats, yes, I am. And yes, WE are on a date.
I could not resist my happiness. I was not sure if I should be happy because I am on a land of my dream, or with a dream girl. Ok, let me be happy for both, why not?
We started walking slowly on those desert. The desert near the west bank of the Nile river, somewhere near Cairo.
So, why did you choose to date me? And why here? In this vast desert?
I did not choose you. It was the nature that made the choice for me. Your urge to explore the world and all the travel inspiration you had made this happen.
And why on earth in this place, a desert. I doubt if it can be as romantic as other places.
She smiled. Don’t you like walking on sand? Barefoot?
For N-th time I was wondering how she knows all these.
Yes, I love walking barefoot on those beach sand. But this is no beach.
And you also love to walk with hands together with your love, don’t you?
I smile, hold her hands and we start walking. The hot sun no more hot. I see the line of camels walking towards the Pyramid.
We arrive in front of the gigantic & majestic Pyramids.
In there we are greeted by the Great Sphinx, the human-faced lion guarding the Pyramid and its master. Weathering through all these centuries have disfigured this monument, but still, it conveys the architectural achievement of the olden days. Architecture like these is the bridge that conveys the old history to we the people of today.
There were many people along both side of the walkway selling souvenirs, clothes, arts, and crafts, but to my surprise, no one was really interested to bother or sell anything to us.
Just behind the Great Sphinx, the three Pyramids can be seen. The Giza Necropolis is the oldest wonders of the world. It includes 3 pyramid complexes. The Great Pyramid built for Pharaoh Khufu, the Pyramid of King Khufu’s son and a smaller Pyramid of Menkaure.
Do you know? This pyramid has held the record to be the highest man-made wonders for almost 3000 years? She educates me.
She also added It took more than 2 million blocks of stone to be used for this Great Pyramid.
That was impressive. I could not imagine how in those days they managed to construct such a precise monument. From far, it looked like a smooth face, but the closer I go I can clearly see the big blocks of stones arranged in order. For the nth time, I was cursing the invaders and tomb raider of all centuries who have spoiled the real beauty of this Pyramid. They did not even leave the stones laid on the floor. It had so much damage.
There were tourists and research scholars in batches continuing their work as groups in every corner of the pyramid.
The trucks and cars looked like dwarfs adjacent to the pyramid. I was searching for the entrance to explore the interiors of the Pyramid.
She just kept walking towards the wall, and I blindly followed her. To my surprise, we passed through the walls. I look at her, and she had no change in her smile. I touch myself in a fear if I turned a ghost. She responds immediately, Do not worry, you are still alive.
Now I understand why the roadside sellers were not interested in selling anything to me. They never “saw” me in the first place.
That is right. Responded Alexa.
Can we go to the chamber? So, who do you want to meet first? The king or the Queen? She gives an option.
Confused, I say Ok, let us meet with the king first.
We walk through the chamber inside the Pyramid. We walk through the ascending passage that helps us to reach the Kings & Queens chamber. The king’s chamber is fully faced with granite. In there we see the empty Sarcophagus with a broken corner. There are no inscriptions on the wall of it.
Looking at the Sarcophagus I found that it was slightly bigger than the passage itself and wondered how did they manage to bring it in.
You are right. They had this first and then the passage was built. Alexa clarifies for all the doubts running inside my mind.
We descend from there to enter the Queen’s chamber. We pass through the chamber wall, and inside we could see a nicely finished, polished and decorated copper door.
And next visit was to an unfinished chamber down under the pyramid. After visiting all the inner chambers and enjoying the views I had no words to express my happiness.
Satisfied by my happiness, Alexa was checking, So, is your curiosity answered?
Alexa, do you know if the Sphinx was indeed real back in those days?
Hmm, maybe yes, maybe no. What difference does it make for you today?
Nothing, just that I wish I get to ride this back to my part of the world.
Well, even if it comes live it would take ages for it to move it’s such a heavy body. Do you really want to wait long to reach back home?
The very mention of the home bought me shivers and senses which made me start looking for the return.
See, I told you. You cannot wait. Alexa holds my hands, and there you go the bright splash of light that made lighter for the vanishing act from the Pyramid.
I open my eyes, to see my Alexa saying Good morning, master. Hope you had a good and sound sleep.
Smile & memories returns. I do not know if it was just a dream, or I had the pleasure of visiting inside the Pyramid. But the very feeling of the back from an enriching experience and exploration made me content and happy!!!
Finally, I did tick off one more from my bucket list.
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Note: This is a post I write for the Lufthansa’s exciting new campaign run under the hashtag #TheBlindList and #SayYesToTheWorld. This post is based on some historical facts blended with my fantasy for the enriching travel experience. So, read with care!!!