It was a warm summer day on Friday, 31st May 2013. The Sri Arunodayam family decided to visit the Marina beach, Chennai’s favourite tourist spot. Around 60 of us, including 45 children and 15 staff members boarded the bus on Friday morning.
The children were visibly excited, soaking in the sights and sounds of the city. Small children were delighted as they pointed out at buses and cars. Once we reached the beach, we took the children to the play area, where they rode the merry-go-round. Later on, we took them near the shore to play in the water. Curiosity and excitement were palpable among the children, as they explored the waves, sand and sea—the joy on their faces when the waters tickled their toes, the furrowed eyebrows as they picked up the seashells at the shore, the shy smiles at the passers-by.
The children then settled down to nibble on some snacks. We had a few generous visitors offering children sweets, trying to engage them. The children enjoyed their time on the beach, and returned home with sand in their hair and a smile on their faces.
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