Purna and Anand : A Rare Combination of Courage and Determination

Recently, media was abuzz with the news of a 13-years old teenager, Malavath Purna, who created a history  by becoming the youngest girl in the world to scale Mount Everest. Purna, a tribal student  from Nizamabad district in Andhra Pradesh, India, made the nation proud by hoisting the  tri-colour on the world’s highest peak (8850 m /29035 ft) at 0600 h on Sunday, May 25, 2014. She was closely followed by Sadanapalli Anand, a 17-year old student from Khammam district in Andhra Pradesh.


Malavath Purna and Sadanapalli Anand

Purna and Anand, were handpicked by Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Schools (APSWRS) and trained at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. Purna also went on to summit Kanchenjunga prior to her Everest climb, which began on April 4, 2014.

Purna and Anand both displayed tremendous grit and determination when they decided to continue despite an avalanche which claimed 16 lives, forcing many climbers to abandon their plans to ascend the Mount Everest.

Let us all join hands to congratulate both, Purna and Anand, for their remarkable achievement, demanding rare courage and determination of the highest order, which, I am sure, will inspire many more.

Well-done… Keep it up…BRAVO, Purna and Anand. We are proud of you.






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