While many Mumbaiites saw the Ganpati immersions, which happened across the city last week, on their television sets at home, a few lucky devotees of Ganpati Bappa got an unique opportunity to witness the visarjan from the skies.
On the last day of Ganeshotsav on September 22, Hindustan Times had organised a helicopter ride for 16 people, who got a completely different view of the immersions. The ride was organised specifically for parents with children in the age group of 7-12 years. They just had to SMS htganesha to 54242 and winners were picked randomly from the 8,000 SMSes that Hindustan Times received.
“We could see Juhu beach and the entire city. To see aamchi Mumbai from a helicopter was a great experience, which will always remain in my memory,” said 41-year-old Bhavesh Dattani, one of the winners. There were three 45-minute helicopter rides, all of which took off from the Juhu Aerodrome.
For most winners, it was their first helicopter ride. “It was an unique experience. I have never experienced anything so beautiful before,” said Kishore Jaswani, a bank employee, also one of the winners.
Sujata Tawade sent an SMS for her nephew, who had already announced that he was going to win the ride even before the results. “The ride was fabulous and I enjoyed it because of my nephew. He had told everyone in his school and is very excited even now,” said Tawade. Her nine-year-old nephew, Aamen Kumar, said, “I was extremely happy to spot all the big Ganpati idols and I even said bye to Ganpati Bappa from the sky.”