Thursday, 24 October 2013

Tashi and Nungshi Malik: Scaling new heights, Inspiring the youth

Having a passion for something and then persevering to follow that passion is what the human spirit is all about. And if that passion of yours is mountaineering, then what you achieve is even greater.

Meet Tashi and Nungshi Malik, twins sisters who are based out of Dehradun but hail originally from Sonepat, Haryana. Speaking after attending a couple of sessions at TURF 2013@FICCI, their passion for mountaineering was evident from the word go. They have scaled Mt. Everest in May this year, a glorious feat and a unique first since they are twins.

The word role model gets thrown around a bit too much these days which has somewhat diminished the significance of it, but that is exactly what Nungshi and Tashi are. They have not only managed to overcome all the hardships that mountain climbing accompanies, they have done it with the added brunt of facing and defying backward mindsets and basest sentimentalities. They continue to educate and inspire youth along the way. 

One needs to understand that the sport of mountain climbing is for the courageous and strong-willed. And for females, the physical and mental hardships are even bigger. However, while getting to know them, it was clear that the challenge of surviving at such high altitudes with freezing temperatures of -60°C and low levels of oxygen has only instilled belief and strengthened their spirits. For them, these are life experiences that make them better human beings. The twins have also volunteered for social work for a month in Afghanistan, another feather to their caps.
Their father deserves an equally worthy mention as well, who according to Nungshi, has been a friend and a constant pillar of support throughout. For him, it has been "our mission" rather than "yours". It is very encouraging to see parents who are advocating a career in sports and more of that is required right now.           

Now having started out early, the twins were ahead of the curve in terms of their ability, something that even their peers at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering admitted! And come to think of the fact that they have already conquered Mt. Everest at such a young age, one can only imagine what lies ahead in life for them! The actuality is that Tashi and Nungshi Malik are making India proud and long may it continue.  

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