Pune girl sets new record, skydives in nav-wari sari

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Feb 2018 08:53:02


 

By Quaid Najmi,

MUMBAI,

Shital who has been awarded Padma Shri has set around 18 national skydiving records, plus six international records and completed 704 jumps around the world, bagging several national and international honours


PUNE adventurist Shital Rane-Mahajan set a new record by becoming the first Indian to skydive sporting a colourful “nav-wari sari” in Thailand on Monday.


Speaking to IANS shortly after landing, an elated Rane-Mahajan said owing to favourable weather conditions, she was able to skydive twice from an aircraft at heights of around 13,000 above the world-famous tourist resort of Pattaya. “I wanted to do something different with International Women’s Day coming up next month, so I decided on wearing the Maharashtrian ‘nav-wari sari’ for my skydives,” Rane-Mahajan told IANS on phone from Thai Skydiving Centre. Recounting her experiences, she said that wearing the “Nav-wari sari” itself is a challenge since the attire is nine-yards long -- compared to six yards of the regular Indian sari.

“First, to drape the ‘Nav-wari sari’ properly, plus to wear the parachutes on it, the safety gear and communication equipments, helmet, goggles, shoes, etc, add on to and make it all quite a challenge,” Rane-Mahajan explained, as she seemed to stumble in her first landing but escaped unhurt. She admitted she had to make a lot of “precautions” for draping the “Nav-wari sari”, including pinning it up tightly and taping it in many places to ensure it did not come off her body from the staggering height as she soared down, with strong winds from the Gulf of Thailand lashing all through her descent.