From saplings pruned to form the words No TV Day to giant rangolis bearing the official logo of the HT campaign and even an engagement on board a free helicopter ride — Mumbai responded with all its heart to the second annual Hindustan Times No TV Day.
A total of 34,000 school students participated in the special painting competitions; 2,400 people swarmed on to IMS Vikrant, which the Navy opened up to the public; and 2,300 climbed aboard the free heritage bus rides.
Perhaps the most unusual No TV Day, though, was celebrated by doctors Pooja Parmar, 25, and Pankaj Rathod, 27, who exchanged rings and became officially betrothed during a free helicopter ride they won in an HT No TV Day contest.
“I though we were getting engaged at his home. Suddenly he said he had won this ride and we had to go. I was absolutely delighted,” said Parmar, laughing.
“It was a well-planned surprise,” added Rathod. The couple will marry in November.