Flying ropes and walking on helicopters

Posted on December 27, 2007. Filed under: beach, chennai, ekalayva, jayan, navy |

16th Dec was a special day. It was the inauguration day of the Chennai Chapter of our College Alumni Association. A decent number had turned up. It was fun meeting each other after a long time. The formal agenda was over soon and we spent about an hour after lunch interacting. By 4 in the evening, we started to leave. I with a handful of friends headed towards the Besant Nagar Beach. We werent aware of the naval exercises that were going on. It was a pleasant surprise. The Eastern Naval Command was exercising a 90 minute show @ the Marina as part of the Naval Week. Here are a few snaps [courtesy: keerthi]:

It was indeed a breathtaking show of technological prowess. The airmen seemed flawless when they pierced through the skies making uniform patterns with colored smoke. A helicopter cruised past us within 100 mts from the ground. I saw a submarine for the first time in life :). The troop carrier INS Jalashwa was on show.

Premjith, a senior to me in College who turned up for the Alumni Meet flies Chetak helicoptors for the Indian Navy. Our college has representations in all 3 Armed Forces. Proud I am !!

The couple of videos below were also made @ the same time.


It was indeed disturbing to watch a kid struggling for a living when she ought to be safe and free in school. It reminded me of Suresh (a school drop-out whom we, a few friends in college tried to bring back on track to school but failed). The best thing I could feel good about was the attitude of this lil girl. She seemed to enjoy doing the feat (walking on a rope is by no means a simple task) with ease. Her eyes were poised and her balance was just perfect. It was on par with the manoeuvre of the airmen in the cockpit. Perhaps she’s even better. I dropped Rs.20 in the ‘money-collection-plate’ and walked away. She deserves something else. A better childhood. Proud, I am not.

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6 Responses to “Flying ropes and walking on helicopters”

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we are proud of you Jayan, When nobody else was bothered about Suresh, it was you who took initiative to do some thing for him. It might be a failure and it was not because of you….
She might deserve something better, there are lot of such poor souls roaming around us and we are helpless most of the time…

“It was on par with the manoeuvre of the airmen in the cockpit”

True. Poor those kids 😦

@Priyanka:
Thanks for that. It was a collective effort. The community support kept us going. Though it failed, we learnt our lessons. The phoenix shall rise back more organised :).

@Arun:
Yes Arun, she is just one of the ‘ many unfortunate ones’ in our community.

Great post, especially the connection you made between the tight-rope walking girl and the skills on display in the skies.

Great pics too!

Awesome post ..and the story of the little girl is touching ..wish you a very happy new year

@Shantanu & Backpakker:

Thank u folks. Wish you a happy year ahead !!


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