Martin’s wallet goes AWOL – book two

And so, we knew where the wallet was but it was now nearly 8am and we had three hours before our flight back to Goa.

Back to the police station, where they informed us the wallet would return at 10am. With a flight at 11.20am, this wasn’t much time. So Alison proceeded to the airport to brief Spice Jet and Martin stayed at Jaipur station, prepared to miss the flight if necessary.

It takes about 30 minutes from central Jaipur to the airport, and Spice Jet said they would keep the check in open to 10.45 for Martin, enough time in theory. But guess what. 10am came and went, then 10.05, 10.10 and 10.15. At 10.20, seemingly from nowhere, the wallet appeared. Completely intact.

Martin and his taxi driver proceeded in frantic fashion, horn blazing, and at 10.40 he sent Alison a text ‘Terminal’ followed by a smiley face. Alison sent back ‘Great’ (phones not working for calls), forgetting of course that Martin is not good with text. He was trying to send ‘Terminal?’ We didn’t realise there were two!

Anyway, by the wonders of how these things happen in India, the driver transporting Martin was good friends with the person who’d dropped Alison off earlier, so he rang his mate and the mystery was solved. Martin ran up to the Spice Jet check in just as it was closing, to be met with the words ‘Mr Martin?’

All is well that ends well, as I think someone said before. And yet another triumph for Indian Railways. How do they do it?

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