Text and photographs: Ganesh Nadar
Twenty seven very special children in Kanyakumari were waiting for the ride of their lives, courtesy the Indian Air Force, recently.
The kids, all of them from a local orphanage, were victims of the tsunami that took away their parents a day after Christmas last year.
Kanyakumari was abuzz with talks about this 'loving gesture' that brought smiles on the young faces.
The IAF gesture? Taking the kids for a spin in the heavens in a Microlight aircraft.
The ground was laid for the grand entry of the 280 kg aircraft that morning. A rough airstrip was prepared in Kanyakumari using road rollers.
Coordinating the IAF's efforts on the ground were Kanyakumari district Collector Sunil Paliwal and Additional Collector G Prakash.
The normally quiet premises of the Tamil Nadu government guesthouse reverberated with the excited chatter of the kids... waiting for the 'IAF uncles' to arrive.
Design: Rahil Shaikh