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Boundless joy in Abhinandan's alma matter as he returns safely


BENGALURU: As Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman become the toast of the nation overnight, KV-NAL in Bengaluru basked within the glory of getting the most valorous pupil, for whose protection all of the nation prayed in unison.

While everyone within the school heaved a sigh of reduction with the news about Abhinandan's safe return, his alma mater Kendriya Vidyalaya (NAL) proudly displayed Abhinandan's image just at the front of the college.

"BRAVO! Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman IAF (KV NAL Alumni 1998-1999) We, the circle of relatives of KV-NAL, Bangalore sincerely salute you and pray on your safe return to the motherland.

JaiHind," read the poster together with his image.

As the news poured in in regards to the Indian pilot Abhinandan being captured in Pakistan, M S Anand Shankar rang up his mother Durga Shivakumar from the USA to tell her that the pilot was none as opposed to his junior within the school.

A instructor herself within the school, Durga Shivakumar began recollecting who the boy was after which her son advised her that Abhinandan's spouse Tanvi was KV-NAL's alumni.

"This description made it simple for me to recall each Abhinandan and Tanvi. I did not teach him, however I know him as a stout chubby boy, who very actively participated in sports andextra-curricular actions.

He was the leader of some of the 5 'houses'," Durga Shivakumar advised PTI.

The Kendriya Vidyalayas have a tradition of dividing all of the school, including lecturers, into four or 5 houses the place competitions happen amongst them.

Abhinandan had joined KV-NAL within the 11th usual.

Prior to it, he was in KV-DRDO.

Within a 12 months of his becoming a member of, he left one of these deep imprint on his lecturers that they made him the leader of the home.

"At that time only he became the leader of the house. He had such capabilities," recalled Manoharan Pillai, the foremost of the college.

Pillai said he was now not a team of workers within the KV NAL then, however whatever account other folks narrated about Abhinandan gave him goosebumps and he turned emotional.

"I could not stop my tears from flowing as I learnt that the school which I am heading today had groomed the brave IAF pilot," said Pillai.

Suddenly, all of the school were given into scrambling through the information to dig out old pictures in their courageous alumni and chanced upon slightly a couple of of them.

The school conducted a unique prayer on Friday morning for the security and neatly being of Abhinandan.


"Our joy knew no bounds when Abhinandan returned to India safely. Once he overcomes the trauma he underwent, we will invite him to 'his school'," said Pillai.


On Thursday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had advised a unique joint sitting of Parliament that his govt was releasing the pilot as a "peace gesture".


Abhinandan Varthaman returned house to a hero's welcome on Friday evening from his just about three-day captivity in Pakistan, a big step in opposition to defusing a near-war situation triggered by India's retaliation over Pakistan's persevered improve for terrorism.


Abhinandan was captured on February 27 by Pakistan following a dogfight between the 2 air forces wherein his MiG-21 was shot down.


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