Make a wish and give it wings to fly, says an American proverb. In India, a school teacher in a remote village of Rajasthan state has put it into action.
Ramesh Chand Meena worked for long as a teacher in a government school in Saurai village of Rajastan's Alwal district. A long time ago when Meena and his wife Somoti were sitting on the terrace of their house at Malawali, they saw a helicopter flying over their head.
“I wonder how much it would cost to hire such a chopper for a single day,” Somoti exclaimed. Meena instantly decided to give wings to his wife's wish though her wish was fulfilled a couple of days ago as he retired from service.
It was a pleasant afternoon at Saurai on August 30, a Friday. It was Meena's last working day. He was given a grand farewell at his school, which was attended by his wife Somoti and grandson Ajay.
Towards the end of the function, Somoti heard a loud buzz outside the school campus. She looked out of the window to watch a helicopter landing in a playground near the school. Yes, a loving Meena had hired a helicopter spending Rs 3.70 lakh to fulfill his wife's dream.
Meena, Somoti and Ajay wore traditional costumes and cooling glasses during the much-anticipated flight. The trio covered 22 km of areal distance in an 18-minute-flight from Saurai to Malawali in the chopper.
Commenting on the experience, Meena told the media that it was the couple's first flight and they enjoyed it immensely. Meena had taken all the required permission from the district administration and other authorities concerned. He retired after 34 years of government service as a teacher.
The couple has two sons -- one a teacher and the other a food inspector with the Food Corporation of India.