Anjali Birla (27 years old) is a Tata Administrative Services (TAS) Officer and an employee of Tata Teleservices. She joined TAS in 2011 and worked across various industries and functions in the Tatas. She is currently with Tata Teleservices, on deputation working with Mr. Arun Maira, former member, Planning Commission.
She holds a degree in Computer Science Engineering from RVCE, Bangalore and MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur. She is married and based in Gurgaon.
On the morning of 21 March, we were woken up abruptly at 4am by our expedition leader, and called to the deck immediately. Here we witnessed an entire ice shelf that had broken off from the mainland, more than a square kilometer in size and deep enough to touch the sea bed. It felt that Antarctica was speaking to us in the only way it could. The consequences of climate change were evident.
After 48 hours, the excruciating journey from Ushuaia in Argentina to the Antarctica ended finally. On 17 March we hit the latitude 60⁰S - and Antarctica was officially here! We sighted the first iceberg floating in the sea and I could sense the surroundings change drastically.
After two long days of sailing through the Drake Passage, I was quite seasick, as were most of my teammates. With constant 4m-6m swells rocking our ship from side to side, I just wanted the ordeal to end soon!