In the videos released by the Pakistan Army a few days back, we saw his composure in the face of crisis. That is something he seems to have inherited from his mother.
An anesthesiologist by profession, his mother Dr Shobha Varthaman served in many a war during her career.
A day after his much-awaited return, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has revealed that while he wasn't exposed to any physical harm, he did go though 'mental harassment' during his time in Pakistan.
Even in the face of grave danger, the pilot handled the situation as intelligently as possible.
Twitter lauded the pilot's presence of mind while handling the situation.
The pilot was handed over to Indian officials at the Wagah border at 9.20 pm. According to the Indian Express, he was escorted by Pakistani Rangers till the Zero Line, following which the IAF team received him.