Finally...!! The action..
We went up to Billing, the take off point, in a roofless camper with two other fellow trainees and a trainer. We were connected with Guruji with a walkie talky Radio. Radio was our lifeline as we were to receive all the instructions over it during take-off and landing. I got ready with full body harness. My trainer Vishal and fellow jumpers Aniket and Rudra helped me to spread my glider properly. And as I was standing ready, holding risers in my hand, girded for the jump, I heard the voice of Guruji over radio…. he was asking to Vishal, who was in command of our take-off… “Is he afraid...!!!” He repeated the question to me. I didn’t want any doubt to creep in. I said… “say 1-2-3 Jump...!!” He repeated the same with a smile… and I ran down the slope towards the deep chasm of valley. But much before the edge of the cliff, I was lifted up in the sky by the headwind…. Once I was in the sight of Guruji, he kept instructing from landing sight and ensured a smooth landing for me. Later I came to know that I was one to gain maximum height in that session. Everybody congratulated me for my first jump. This was a wonderful experience inscribed in the memory as an indelible impression.