I am a retired IAF pilot, and have also worked with Air
India for 25 years. I have had the honour of flying eminent
personalities, including Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, President
Zakir Hussain, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi,
as well as King Hussain of Jordan and many American and
European leaders. Being close to such important people
and taking them around, I have often experienced superior
hospitality and security in various countries.
I experienced such fine hospitality and service again recently
when I visited two of Club Mahindra’s resorts with my wife. I
have recently turned 75 years old, and took the membership
of the vacation chain. I was asked the reason for having taken
a membership so late in life, and I replied that I would have
become a member much earlier, had I known about it then.
I have paid off the bulk of my membership charges so that I can
make optimum use of it, as soon as possible.
Travelling with Club Mahindra often helps me in my pet
passion — photography. I take pictures of tourist attractions,
cultural and traditional motifs and local people. During my trip
to Ashtamudi, I had taken a few pictures (seen above) including
one of three youngsters at Munroe Island — the picture
captures the innocence of these children, who have never left
their village, and their simplicity and carefree outlook.
Captain SM Mehra is an avid writer and in his spare time,
contributes to many newspapers and magazines.