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Ravindra Kumar

Ravindra Kumar

Ravindra Kumar

It has been quite a journey for you – qualifying for IIT and then not opting for mainstream courses! Why did you choose a maverick path?

I used to love the idea of working in the shipping industry so after qualifying for IIT I joined T.S. Chanakya College in Navi Mumbai. I pursued my Graduation in Nautical Science which is a 3 year course and was awarded the Best Allround Cadet of the batch and I got placed in an Italian Tanker Company. After working for the same company for 5 years I decided to appear for the IAS examination which was quite a tough task since once you start working you end up losing that spark of studying. One has to be extremely laborious when one is appearing for an examination of that level of difficulty! While working one is mostly cracking pragmatic problems, while studying for some of the theory sections of the IAS examination one has to really dig deep. I chose subjects like Public Administration and Geography which had always allured me and thus was able to crack the exam.

What is your suggestion for students who aspire to crack the IAS Examination?

The key is advanced positive visualization about which I have also mentioned in my book ‘Many Everests’. Advanced – because it aims to give you a beautiful future, i.e. you visualize your desire getting fulfilled before it actually happens in the real world. Positive – because it is necessary to visualize only about the positive aspect of life in order to materialize the same in the future, i.e. good health, peace, prosperity, success, happiness, etc., and to avoid visualizing the negative aspects of future like, disease, pain, suffering, poverty, conflict, envy, failure, sorrow, etc,. Visualisation is simply creating an image, drawing or animation of a desired future situation on the screen of the mind.

It is important to start behaving in the manner of a Civil Servant so as to enable this visualization which also helps an individual in the future when the event has occurred in the real world. The reason behind the effectiveness of this new technique has been explained scientifically by connecting the dots of old as well as modern scientific researches, including Einsteins theory of relativity and yogic research in a very simple way.

Not in their wildest dreams do IAS think about climbing mountains. What instigated this aspiration?

After joining Indian Administrative Services in 2011, I got placed as a cadre in Sikkim and subsequently, I came to know that the state was devastated by the Sikkim Earthquake in September 2011, which took many lives. I decided to learn mountaineering, when I came to know that local mountaineers also helped in rescue operations after the earthquake.The wish to reach and serve the people at the grass-root level in emergency situations like an earthquake motivated me to learn mountaineering, which subsequently developed into my zeal to climb the highest peak of the world, Mt. Everest. Born and brought up in the plains and having spent a long time at the sea, I was totally unfamiliar with hills and mountains; but once decided, I started preparing for climbing and did training courses from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Darjeeling).

In the introduction to your book ‘Many Everests’ you have mentioned that you found it very challenging to find a topic of relevance for the youth. Please tell us more about this.

There are a lot of books in the market which quote examples of other successful individuals but I found that there are practically none which motivate people quoting their own journey and experiences. ‘Many Everests’ is a thought-provoking book which has tremendous potential to change the way you look at your life. It reveals to you the hidden potential lying idle in you, using which you can fulfil your long cherished dreams. It gives you a new approach to life, a new way to live a happy, successful and peaceful life.

Please share with our readers about the perils of climbing the treacherous peaks like Mount Everest.

I continued my preparations for climbing as well as efforts for getting government sponsorship along with my district training in Sikkim and within one year of district training period in Sikkim, I successfully reached on the top of the highest peak of the world on 19th May 2013. Mt. Everest was my first peak, which I climbed in spite of advice from many people that it’s very dangerous to try Mt. Everest at the first instance and so, one should first try few smaller peaks.

With an extremely planned preparation, meticulous detailing and advanced visualization one can achieve anything!

As they say,”Sweat in the time of peace, saves a lot of blood in the time of war.”


About the Interviewee: Mr. Ravindra Kumar is an ex-Seafarer, I.A.S. Officer, Mountaineer, Author and a person with deep interest in Social Services. He is the first IAS Officer as well as the first Seafarer of India to climb Mt. Everest. He has also written a book ‘Many Everests’, which has tremendous capacity to change people’s lives by teaching them a positive way of existence and giving them a miraculous tool to success called ‘Advanced Positive Visualization’. In a short span of his life, he was awarded with “Sikkim Khel Ratna Award” by the Government of Sikkim and “Vishesh Khel Samman” by the government of Bihar and many more such accolades.