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Commander Abhilash Tomy speaks at TAPMI leadership lecture2 min read

February 18, 2019 2 min read


Commander Abhilash Tomy speaks at TAPMI leadership lecture2 min read

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MANIPAL: Amidst the patriotic fervour of ‘How is the Josh?’ in the air, came sailing the ‘leadership lecture’ by Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy on Saturday, February 16 at T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal. This was the first time when TAPMI had invited a defence person to speak at the forum.

The 27th leadership lecture at TAPMI saw the recount of Commander’s ordeal as he spoke on the topic of ‘Deep Sea Crisis Management’. The author of the book ‘Kadal Ottakku Kshanichappol’ began by asking the audience if any of them had spent one day alone. He subsequently kept on increasing the number of days and at last when all hands fell, he recorded that he underwent a hibernation for a long period, to accustom himself to it, during which he went underground and refrained from any social connection.

Recalling one of his in-sea experiences, he brought out how in just 15 litres of water, he survived for days together using less than a litre of water a day. An on-shore experience, which Commander Tomy could remember was the remark of Western Commandant Shekhar Sinha, who on his completion of  ‘Sagar Parikrama’ had remarked on him, “You have made history out of geography.”


Commander Tomy recalled many of his adventurous experiences in his talk. || Photograph Courtesy: Gibin Biju Justus


In the latter half of the session, a video clip titled ‘All Yours’ was screened by him that stressed on the idea of ‘less is more’. The speaker linked those profound words to Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote, “There is enough for everyone’s need but not for anybody’s greed.”

Commander Tomy had been in news in recent years. He hit the headlines first in 2013 when he completed the first non-stop solo circumnavigation of the world spanning over 151 days, covering 23,100 nautical miles (one nautical mile – 1.8KM) for India. On his return, he was welcomed by the then President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

The Tenzing Norway awardee was in the limelight again when he battled through three-stranded-days, even after getting immobilised in a yacht, in the Indian Ocean during 2018 Golden Globe race. He was the first Indian and second Asian to participate in the race. His name also features on the 80-member list of people who have solo circumnavigated the whole world.

Replying to one of the questions from the audience, the Commander said that the source of inspiration for him through these ordeals had been his mother.

An NCC Company Quartermaster Sergeant (CQMS) and MIT student Biswa Ranjit Kesari, speaking to The Manipal Journal on his major takeaways from the talk said, “The preparation, the mindset, and overall back-work of which he has achieved is quite key for me.”

TAPMI chairman Dr Ranjan R Pai, Dean. Professor Simon George, and an MIT faculty member Dr Shobha were other dignitaries of the day.


Featured Image Courtesy: Gibin Biju Justus

Edited by: Mehul Malpani