Pune-based adventure enthusiast Shital Rane-Mahajan becomes the first Indian to skydive in a Maharashtrian ‘Nav-wari’ sari in Thailand. She was able to skydive twice from an aircraft at the height of over 13,000 feet above the tourist resort of Pattaya.
While recounting her experience shortly after the jump, Shital was reported as saying that she wanted to do something different, especially with the International Women’s Day coming up.
Wearing the ‘Nav-wari sari’ itself was a challenge for Shital as it is over 8.25 metres long. A regular Indian sari is merely 5.4 metres long. Shital not only had to wrap herself up with the ‘sari,’ but also wear the parachutes, safety gear and communication equipment on top of it. She stumbled at the first attempt but did not sustain any injury.
She further went on to add that she had to make a lot of preparations and precautions before draping the ‘Nav-wari sari.’ Her main objective was to prove that Indian women can not only carry the sari graciously but also use it for high adventure sports like skydiving.
The jump was initially scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 11. However, it had to be postponed due to unfavourable weather conditions in Pattaya. Shital was able to jump from a height of 9,000-ft on Monday,12th February.