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December 29, 2012. "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. And I had also dreamt of flying in the air in 1997, which not only came true for me but for others in our area too,"says Jagjit Singh Mann, a native of Muktsar, who is district coordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra.

Presently this man is imparting free training to those persons willing to learn basic techniques of adventure sports like paragliding, parasailing and paramotoring that too in the land left barren by the waterlogging in nearby Charewan village.

He even claims to have spent nearly Rs 7 lakh to buy paragliders, other stuff required for this purpose from his own pocket. So far, in his journey of 15 years, he has trained above 500 persons, including boys and girls, not only from Punjab but from nearby Haryana as well. One of his trainees is even earning money by showering flower petals on weddings, other ceremonies after flying in the air with his paramotor.

Mann has also twice participated in the pre-World Cup of paragliding.

"The idea of flying in air came to my mind after watching a movie in 1997. That time, I along with my friend from Dhanuala decided to learn the basic techniques of paragliding and went to Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh, where we attended a camp and learnt the basic techniques in almost two weeks," said Jagjit Singh Mann.

"Thereafter I invented a tow winch machine in 2005, which I attached with a tractor and made possible to fly in the air in plains," claimed Mann.

He said that a person, who wants to paraglide, is first tied with the glider, which is already attached with the tow winch machine fixed on a tractor and with the airpressure, the person starts flying in the air.

"Though my friend, Bhupinder Singh, who had also learnt the paragliding along with me, decided to make paragliding as his source of income, I rejected the idea. I continued it as my passion and opened an Institute, under which, so far, I have trained above 500 people recommended by the Nehru Yuva Kendras that too without any fee," maintained Mann.

He, however, does not give the credit of his success to himself. "The actual credit goes to my father, who is the source of my inspiration. Once I saw his memento, which he had got in a debate competition, that day I decided if he can win a memento then why I can't. Since that day, I never looked back and not only won nearly a hundred trophies in various competitions, but also decided to do something for the society," said Jagjit Singh Mann, recalling his old days.

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