The renowned pandit Debashish Bhattacharya was returning home by BA from a festival performance at Womad when the airline contrived to lose his iconic self-made guitar during a 14-hour layover at Doha.
‘This instrument is one of a kind in the world and it is very valuable in every sense. I possess it since 1995 and it has become a part of me,’ he tells us. British Airways and its agents were unhelpful. The food, he adds, was ‘unsavoury’ and no accommodation was arranged for the long layover.
After three days of high anxiety the guitar was returned and the Pandit was able to perform again.
But he and his followers are unlikely to fly BA again.