Flying ropes and walking on helicopters
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.