In Army, we have to be always young, active and brisk. I used to run 20kms daily, at times even my Jawans would not run this distance. I worked hard continuously.
Once I tested my physical stamina to its maximum capacity by running 20km at a stretch, subsequently playing basketball for about 1.5 hours and then swimming 5 km all in the same day. I practiced all these three activities together in a day continuously for five more months. Because of this intense training, I was able to get awards from Indian Army as the best sports person in Swimming, Basketball and Running.
Thousands of Soldiers are getting trained at Army's MEG Training Centre at Bangalore. In this Training Centre I served as a Training Officer for three years.
When I got an opportunity to head the research group for South Pole, I went to my native village Sannanallur and took some soil from there and sprinkled it at South Pole. Similarly, when I left the South Pole, I was thinking of bringing something from there. Finally I decided and brought five stones each weighing one ton which was frozen some 500 million years back.