26 November, 2020

Freshest At The Mizzen: Team Navika Sagar Parikrama

Lt Cdr Vartika Joshi, Lt Cdr B. Aishwarya part of the six member team that circumnavigated the world

Photograph by Jitender Gupta
Freshest At The Mizzen: Team Navika Sagar Parikrama

“It takes a while to get back to land and adjust to the normal routine of life,” says Lt. Cdr. Vartika Joshi, a young naval officer. Surprising as it may seem, this small-town girl from Uttrakahand led a team of six women on a circumnavigation of the world. Joshi, an aerospace engineer, fell for the age-old allure of the sea during college and wanted to join the Ind­ian Navy. Lt Cdr B. Aishwarya, also part of the team, was actuated by a dual fascination: adv­­e­­nture and the uniform, with her father being an ex-CISF officer. She was commissioned in the Navy in the architecture cadre. “To be honest, when I joined the Navy, I had no idea about sailing!” she says.

Vartika, however, came from a civilian background, and wasn’t aware that lady officers in the Indian Navy are not given sailing duties or sea postings. “I was a little disheartened…but when this offer of Navika Sagar Parikrama on INSV Tarini...



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