Book Review: A Child Lost In Flight: Moving On After Tragedy on Jet Airways Flight 229 is a tragedy-to-triumph story. Mohan K writes about his heartbreak and how he and his wife were able to move on after the death of their 4.5-month-old son, Abitya Mohan.
Written in the first person, it is a short story (only 59 pages) that chronicles the Mohan family's experience aboard Jet Airways Brussels-Delhi Flight 9w229 on June 17, 2008. The first half of the book details the events on the international flight that contributed to the infant’s death and the author’s frustration with Jet Airways (the inept response of the crew where minutes were lost in saving his son’s life and how they were treated poorly upon landing in India by the airport authorities).
The story describes Mohan’s anger with Jet Airways on how they failed to do a thorough investigation and fabricated responses to the author’s request for an investigation. The author describes his experience with Jet Airways as a “David Versus Goliath” story and explained that by not having the investigation done properly, it was impossible for his wife and him to find closure.
The second half of the book chronicles the author’s attempt to move on after the tragedy. The message I received was that “living in the present” was key to the author healing his heartache. He describes how he initially questioned his own Karma and couldn’t find any peace of mind. He found it difficult to pray but in time, as he began “living in the present moment” he slowly healed his broken heart.
The ending of the story is uplifting and wonderful! It reminds the reader that it is possible to find happiness and joy after tragedy. As the author describes, the process of moving through the stages of grief is different for everyone and may be slow, but his message is clear: never lose hope for a better tomorrow. It may be hidden behind dark clouds, but it is there.