Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s aircraft was shot down by the Pakistani Army during combat. He managed to eject himself safely, however, he landed across the Line of Control. He was then taken in custody by the Pakistan army. While the Indian Government is working its best to bring him back, citizens on social media are praying for his safety with hashtags like #AbhinandanMyHerotrending on top. With all the information over Abhinandan pouring in, we stumbled upon an old video of a lifestyle show that featured the IAF officer.
In the show, while talking about what breakfast IAF officers have, Abhinandan can be heard saying, “The idea of breakfast in Indian Air Force, basically for the people like me, we get special products to ensure that your mental ability is not degraded. It ensures that your g-tolerance remains what it is supposed to be. Because with an empty stomach g-tolerance reduces.” When the host asked him if he feels the sense of responsibility while flying the plane, he said, “Yes, but what really lets us do that is the kind of training that we have gone through. The fact that we are fighter pilots means that I trust him (pilot buddy) with my life and he trusts me with his and this is blind faith. It doesn’t matter you have 30 years of service or 10 years of service or 4 years of service, it’s luck.”
Now, we just hope that Abhinandan Varthaman returns to India soon and reunites with his family.