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I had undertaken this perilous swim, not to gain fame or trophies but to prove to the world that Indians are no longer afraid. To the youth of India this triumph would dramatically demonstrate that nothing is impossible for them. All they have to do is to believe and persevere, and the goal will be theirs! For it is my firm conviction that unless we individually become adventurous and nationally restless and enterprising, India will not be able to break the bonds of apathy and tradition, whether on the physical or on the intellectual fronts. My Indian Ocean venture was a humble contribution toward this end.
The author swam because he wanted