Reuters reports a TOI story about two Bangladeshi men stranded at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport for 48 days, a.k.a. the popular Tom Hank’s movie, The Terminal. If you think this is bizarre, hold your breath…
Did you know the movie was supposedly inspired by the real-life story of an Iranian refugee, Mehran Karimi Nasseri, who
“lived” in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport for 18 (yes eighteen) years?
Read his amazing story at Wikipedia.
Over the years, Nasseri had become accustomed to his life in the airport terminal. He kept himself clean and rose at 5 a.m. every morning to wash in the public toilets. The airport staff sometimes washed his clothes for him and had donated a sofa for his use. He spent most of the day listening to the radio, reading books and writing his diary. This diary has been turned into an autobiography, The Terminal Man, in collaboration with British author, Andrew Donkin. The Terminal Man has been published in the UK, Germany, Poland, Japan, and China. The book was reviewed in the London Sunday Times as “a profoundly disturbing and brilliant book.”