Back in 2017-18, I was looking for an escape route to come out of my problems in life; I became a dead body. My misfortune, in Italy, had already ruined my finances by then, I had saved my job in Doha somehow and my personal life was dying.
I decided to throw all my shackles away and fly.
I got in touch with the Temple Pilots Paragliding institute, Pune. I contacted them for the first time back in 2016 but could not fly. I tried again in 2017, but could not fly either. Finally, this year in March, I completed my APPI certified 10 days’ Adventure Pilot (Level 2) course.
I did my first ever solo flight and I immediately realized that I am on the right track to change my life for ever.
The first solo flight was a simple top-down one – Taking off , flying straight and landing. I was listening to the instructors so intensely over the radio that I could not enjoy or concentrate on the landscapes at all. My first priority was to fly safe and land safely which I accomplished.
From day three I slowly learnt to do ‘Hands free’ flying which gave me the ultimate confidence on my glider. With my elevated confidence level, I was able to do several practical tasks such as the Ridge Soaring, Active Piloting, 360 degree turns, Big Air and so on and so forth. The more I flew, the more I felt my glider and more fun I had. From day five to day ten I was given enough freedom to fly independently.
The sky was mine. The hills, the trails, the lovely Pawna Lake, the rivers, the roads, the Sunset everything was getting captured into my memory through my eyes for ever. I realized that indeed, life is a gift.
Picture courtesy – Neenad Joseph Arul