Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman VrC (born 21 June 1983) is an Indian Air Force fighter pilot who, during the 2019 India-Pakistan standoff, has been held captive in Pakistan for 60 hours after his MIG21 was shot in an aerial dog fight. He was awarded a trophy by the Indian authorities for the alleged shooting down of a PAF F16 with his MIG21 Bison.

Abhinandan Varthaman

Abhinandan was born in Tamil Jain Family on 21 June 1983. Abhinandan’s family is from Thirupanamoor, a village about 19 kilometres (12 miles) out of Kanchipuram. His dad, Simhakutty Varthaman is a retired Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Marshal (OF-8) and his mom Shobha Varthman is a physician.

Abhinandan varthman is married to Tanwi marwaha who is also an Indian air force pilot. And they are blessed with a son, Tavish Varthman.

On 27 February 2019, Abhinandan was flying a MiG-21 for a part of a sortie that was scrambled to intercept an intrusion to Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistani aircraft. In a dog fight, he crossed into Pakistan land and his aircraft had been hit by a missile. Varthaman ejected and safely sailed to the village of Horran at Pakistan occupied Kashmir, approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) from the line of Control.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran khan announced 24 hours later that Pakistan would release him, which the country did. About March 1, 2019, he was handed over to the indian authorities at the Attari-Wagah border.

That really is when he came into the limelight. One of the videos revealed him answering questions posed by Pakistanis fearlessly.

On August 15, 2019, he was honoured with the Vir Chakra, India’s third-highest wartime medal for shooting the Pakistani f-16.

Tanwi Marwaha – Wife of Abhinandan Varthaman

Tanvi Marwaha was an Indian Air Force Squadron Leader and retired Indian Airforce Pilot and dedicated 15 Years to the Indian Army. Tanvi was famous because of her spouse Abhinandan Varthaman.

Abhinandan Varthaman

Tanvi Marwaha was born in 1983 at Tamil Nadu (Chennai), India.

At that moment, her Services Number in Indian air force was 288000.

Tanvi in her youth wishes to accomplish something for her nation.

so, she chose to become a pilot in Indian Air force.

After finishing her Schooling, she did Army Executive Degree from IIM Ahmedabad.

For her of becoming an A-plot as Indian Air force, she did hard work and by the grace of God, she achieved it.

After 15 years of Pilot life, she retired in 2018.

Her child name is Tavish Varthaman.

Fantastic thing is that he wants to combine with the Indian Army in the future.

Further, after finishing education she went to IIM Ahmedabad to get Armed Executive Degree as a Higher Qualification.

Dr Shobha Varthaman – Mother of Abhinandan Varthman

Dr Shobha Varthaman, a health care provider who worked in war zones around the world like Iraq, Haiti and Laos.

A graduate from Madras Medical College, and a post-graduate in anaesthesiology from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Dr Shobha was a volunteer-member of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – ‘Doctors Without Borders’.


Doctor Shobha’s career with MSF began at Ivory Coast in 2005, at which she recalls, only AK-47s and machetes ruled. She then went to volunteer in Liberia, Nigeria, and the Iran-Iraq boundary.

“Her forays as an MSF Medical Director on the Iran-Iraq border also gave her an insight in to the Persian civilisation and the iranian attitude to life. She wonders how an Iranians who were at war with Iraq for 11 years, were prepared to just simply accept that the most popular Iraqis were only putting up with the results of a bad decision with way of a pioneer. She was also witnessed the raw courage of Iranian young ones who lost their own lifestyles to Iraqi-laid land mines,” writes Captain Tarun Kumar Singha. A retired IAF fighter pilot out of Assam in doctor Shobha’s praise.

There’s nothing Shobha had not seen or treated. Sexual violence, HIV projects in Papua New Guinea saw her cure women who often got raped and didn’t get proper medical aid, suffering HIV infections or STD unnecessarily.

Her live in Papua New Guinea gave her an opportunity to reside in Western areas where people still wore grass skirts, had ribbons in their hats and transported a scabbard, killing people without a second thought, for pigs, property and people.

Her second quest assignment was Laos. She travelled about 1,800 kilometres in a four-wheel driveway in the northern parts where there were no roads and discovered that regardless of the World Bank and Asian Development Bank presence, lots of areas didn’t have access to healthcare.