Adventure sports have a special place in my heart. More than the fear to die, it gives me a reason to live. What is life anyways if it is mundane and boring?
I have done sky diving, bungee jumping, scuba diving and the likes earlier as well. This was my second encounter with paragliding and similar to my first experience, it was just spectacular. My instructor asked me if I am okay with some hoola-hoops in the air and who am I to say no. Bring it on!!
If you ever get a chance to visit Nepal, Pokhara is the place to go. One of the most beautiful cities in the world with plenty of adventure sports and treks to do.
When it comes to Sidhika, she loves to indulge in exciting and thrilling stuff herself, but with a small caveat - fear of heights. If you ask her to jump into the ocean 10,000 meters deep, she would not think twice, but ask her to look down from a 3-storey building and she would be scared to bits. The pushy partner I am, I convinced her to try paragliding. Trust me, if I had not prepaid for her jump and if she was not a 'baniya' herself, she would have backed out for sure :)
Look at her in the video on how cheerful she seems to be, but only I can imagine (or, may be not) what must be going on in her mind. She did not sleep the night before just because she knew that she has to jump off a cliff next morning, it does not matter that she was going to jump with a parachute attached and would be accompanied by a 12 year experienced diver.