These are sight seeing tours- with a difference- organised by an Ahmedabad-based organisation, SPRAT (Society for Promoting Rationality).
Every Tuesday, SPRAT volunteers take a dozen-odd senior citizens from the slums on a joyride, in cars loaned by well-wishers.
They take them to see escalators in malls, the sprawling campus of IIM- Ahmedabad, the Sabarmati Ashram, and other places- so near to where they live, but which they have never seen before.
“It is a small gesture, they are as excited as kids. And it cost us perhaps no more than a cup of coffee at a Café Coffee Day joint,” says Anurag Wakode of the Leo Club of Karnavati which hired an Esteem for today’s joyride.