An inspiring interview of Navy Lieutenant Basant KumariGood Morning, viewers! I, Ghochuchandran, with Cameraman Ghatotkach from Patriot channel, am standing just outside the picturesque INA Ezhimala in Kunnur district of Kerala. The passing-out parade is just over. 317 trainees including 16 female cadets have just got their commission with Indian Navy after successful completion of training. Basant Kumari is one of them. We will know from her about life during training at INS Ezhimala and other related aspects. Let's talk to Lieutenant Basant Kumari.
Me [Question 1]: Congratulations Lt. Basant Kumari! Just now you have been commissioned. Even now, we see very few girls join the Indian Armed Forces. Our viewers would be interested to know when did you take the decision to join Indian Navy.
Lt. Basant Kumari: Thank you, Mr. Ghochuchandran. Although my father is a Navy Officer, he never forced me to join the Navy. But, since my childhood, I have been noticing the life of Navy Officers. I am impressed by their patriotism, sense of duty and disciplined life. Even before reaching my teenage, I started aspiring to become a Navy Officer. I told my parents about my career choice much later.
Me [Question 2]: Now Lt. please tell us about the training schedule at INA Ezhimala. The future aspirants will love to learn from you.
Lt. Basant Kumari: Ezhimala is a very big naval establishment. Some cadets join this after completing the basic course from NDA, Khadakvasla. Others join directly. Even Coast Guard trainees get training here. Further, the technical branch officers also undergo training here. The cadets are assigned different squadrons. Presently there are six squadrons and I was a member of Achiever squadron. There is a full-fledged hospital with all modern equipment insider the campus. It is INHS Navjivani. The training infrastructure is excellent and can be compared with the best in the world. There are adequate provisions for entertainment, extra-curricular and sports activities.
The daily life is very hectic. The day starts at sharp 5 a.m. After the drill, physical training, the cadets take breakfast. Then after changing, classes start at 8 a.m and continues till 12 noon. After the lunch, weapons training and practical classes continue till 4 p.m. The extra-curricular and sports activities are very important in the life of cadets and these continue from 4.30 p.m to 7 p.m. Thereafter, it is study time. Dinner is to be completed by 9 p.m. The tough training helps a cadet to develop into a full-fledged officer of Indian Navy.
Me [Question 3]: What is your message to the young men and women aspiring to join Indian Navy?
Lt. Basant Kumari: Friends, prepare yourself to be the family members of great Indian Navy. Try hard, give your best and join Indian Navy. If you are determined, you will definitely be successful. Do you have it in you?
Me (Ghochuchandran, the Correspondent of Patriot news channel): Thank you Lt. Basant Kumari for spending some time with our viewers. Best wishes to you. Have a bright future with the Indian Navy.
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