Today, I share with you the inspiring life story of Ashok Munne, which appeared in The Times of India, New Delhi edition under the caption ‘On a limb, he’s eyeing Everest’ on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 (p. 5). The same story was published on The Times of India website under a different heading, ‘To Everest, with false leg and true grit’.
Ashok Munne, 29, hails from Nagpur, a city in Maharashtra state in India. In 2008, he lost his right leg in a train accident but that has not dimmed his spirit even a wee bit, as is evident from the fact that, post accident, he has scaled several mountain peaks including those of Kugti Pass in the Himalayas (16,700 ft) and Mera Peak in Nepal (21,247 ft), becoming the first ever Indian with disability to do so. Now, in March 2013, he is aiming to scale Mount Everest (29,029 ft), a formidable task even for most of the able-bodied persons.
Ashok Munne’s resolve to climb Mount Everest reminds me of Mark Inglis, a New Zealander, who lost both his feet to frost- bite and yet succeeded in climbing the tallest mountain in the world. You may like to read more about Mark Inglis in my blog post entitled ‘Set Yourself An Inspiring Goal.’
What drives persons like Ashok Munne or Mark Inglis to perform such a feat ? “I want to become a source of hope and inspiration for thousands of people who have suffered a similar fate. They must pursue their ambitions, not resign to fate,” so says Munne.
If Munne can do it, I’m sure, you too can; and for this, what you need is discipline, dedication, determination, and will power.
Surely, ‘Where there is a will there is a way,’ and with these words, I sign off this post wishing Munne all the success in Mission Everest 2013.