Anshu Jamsenpa: A Woman of Indomitable Spirit

Anshu Jamsenpa, a 32 year old mother of two and a mountaineer from Arunachal Pradesh, India, created a history on 21 May 2017 by becoming the first woman to scale Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world {8848-metre (29028 feet)}, twice in a span of five days. This ascent was her fifth overall and the second after 16 May 2017. Wow…what an extraordinary achievement. She has also had the distinction of conquering the Mount Everest earlier in 2011 when she scaled the peak twice within a span of 10 days and again in 2013. What a remarkable feat of courage and determination… She displays tremendous resolve, passion, perseverance and strength of character.

Anshu Jamsenpa

Anshu Jamsenpa; Photo Source: The Economic Times

 

mpower 360 salutes the indomitable spirit of Anshu Jamsenpa, the woman of amazing grit…

Everest Glory vs Human Life: Values Help Choose Right

Life, on May 21, 2016, presented Leslie John Binns, the British ex-serviceman, with a dilemma just about 450m away from the summit at Mount Everest. He was at a crossroads: whether to go for fulfillment of his long cherished dream of climbing the highest peak in the world, creating a history, and fulfilling his dream, or, to save the life of a fellow mountaineer, Sunita Hazra, an Indian woman, who had scaled the Mount Everest a little while ago, giving up on his dream. He had a very difficult choice to make, on the one side was glory of being one of those who had the rare distinction of climbing successfully the highest peak in the world and on the other side it was a call to save the life of a fellow mountaineer. And, he chose to save the life of the fellow mountaineer. Please click here to read the complete news item.

What does the difficult choice made by Leslie Binns tell us about him, his character, and values that guided him to make the crucial decision that saved a human life? Character, to me, is the sum total of values, the prime motivators deep within. Values that we live by, define who we are, what our character is like, and help us arrive at a decision. How we respond to a difficult and challenging situation brings out our character.

Leslie Binns, I believe, was being driven by values like Courage, Compassion, Kindness, Sacrifice, and Service. You could, perhaps, add some more values that helped him arrive at that crucial decision. He displays abundant courage to sacrifice his long cherished dream. He is compassionate, kind, and willing to serve to help save a fellow being. These values amply show who he is and what his character is like.

Leslie John Binns

Leslie John Binns

I salute  Leslie Binns for his act of bravery, compassion, kindness, service and sacrifice. May God help him fulfill his dream of scaling Mt Everest soon.

Tashi and Nungshi Display Rare Character

Last year, I had carried the post “Let’s Honour Resilience and Excellence: Tashi and Nungshi” on my blog about the two brave twin sisters who had created history by scaling Mount Everest on May 19, 2013 and became the first ever twin sisters to do so in the world. The duo, Tashi and Nungshi, had then dreamt of scaling seven tallest peaks in seven continents. A very arduous task by any standards to achieve.

As per the report published in India Today, the duo have once again created history by scaling Mount Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, and thus attaining the rare distinction of scaling all seven tallest peaks in seven continents, a feat which has reportedly never been achieved before by twin sisters. It is really awesome…mind-blowing…and very inspiring. Such a feat demands tremendous hard work, determination and dedication, passion and commitment, and above all belief in oneself. By doing so, Tashi and Nungshi, have displayed, beyond doubt, the character that they possess.

Tashi and Nungshi : photo courtesy ; India Today

Tashi and Nungshi : Photo courtesy – India Today

Bravo, Tashi and Nungshi Malik for touching those heights which have so far been untouched. The twins have entered ‘The Seven Summits Club’, the hall of fame for mountaineers and have now set their sight even higher on skiing both the North and South Pole. We are proud of you and wish you the very best in your future endeavours.

Building character demands courage, integrity, and self-discipline. We too can surmount any mountain if we develop our character Tashi and Nungshi way.

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

Let’s Honour Resilience and Excellence: Tashi and Nungshi

Today, I share with you the inspiring story of Tashi and Nungshi Malik, who successfully scaled Mount Everest on Sunday, May 19, 2013 and became the first ever twin sisters in the world to do so.

Tashi and Nungshi Malik atop Mount Everest : Photo courtesy India Today

Tashi and Nungshi Malik atop Mount Everest : Photo courtesy India Today

Born on June 21, 1991 in a Military hospital at Meerut, in Uttar Pradesh, India, Tashi and Nungshi have had their early schooling in several schools in different states of India, where their father, Colonel Virender S Malik, now retired, served the Indian Army in various capacities. Tashi and Nungshi grew up in the Army cantonments, where the way of life is greatly influenced by the  core values that Indian Army cherishes and lives by. These core values of Indian Army are Integrity, Duty, Courage, Respect, Loyalty, Selfless Service, and Honour. When one lives by these values, they become part and parcel of him or her and are discernible in his or her conduct  because values are the very core of our behaviour, the motive force of our lives. Values drive our thoughts, behaviour, and actions. We think, behave, and act in a way as decided by our values. This reminds me of what the great Greek philosopher Aristotle once said:

” We are what we repeatedly do…

(Wo)men acquire a particular quality by

Constantly acting a particular way-

You become just by performing just actions,

Temperate by performing temperate actions,

Brave by performing brave actions.”

So, when we are driven by the value ‘Courage’, we tend to become courageous by constantly performing courageous acts. Similarly, Tashi and Nungshi have amply demonstrated their character built on courage when they first scaled Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m), the highest mountain in Africa in February, 2012. Thereafter, they successfully scaled the Mount Everest (8848m), the highest mountain in the world displaying that no challenge was insurmountable with determination, focus, passion, and belief in oneself. They further proved, beyond doubt, their mettle by scaling Mount Elbrus (5642m), the highest mountain in Europe on August 22, 2013.

The names of Tashi and Nungshi signify Luck and Love and that is what they want to give to the whole world in abundance. In addition, they wish to promote the girl child and spread the message of gender equality and fight against female infanticide from the top of the highest peaks in all the seven continents. With Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Everest, and Mount Elbrus already scaled, they are left with only Mount McKinley (6194m) in North America, Mount Aconcagua (6961m) in South America, Mount Carstensz Pyramid (4884m) in Australia, and Mount Vinson Massif (4892m) in Antarctica. Going by their past track record, Tashi and Nungshi can take this challenge easily in their stride.  So far their father, Col Malik, has emptied his pockets to make their dream come alive. But a retired service officer could  go only this far and perhaps not beyond, so the nation needs to step in to honour the resilience and excellence displayed by the twins. In addition, I fervently hope that the Corporate world would come forward and adopt them as their Brand Ambassadors and sponsor them to make their dream come alive. 

Lastly, I sign off this blog post with a message that situations in life offer us variety of problems in the form of different mountains to be surmounted. To face any challenge with grit and determination, we, however, need to develop our character through human values like perseverance, courage, generosity, kindness, beneficence, and compassion, which define who we really are. I also take this opportunity to wish Tashi and Nungshi all the very best in their endeavours. Bravo Tashi and Nungshi; we are proud of you.