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JUNE 2002


The lure of Mt. Everest

2002 marks the beginning of celebrations of the first conquest of Everest, in May 1953, by Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Edmund Hillary, the two most famous names in mountaineering. A total of 1500 people have since reached Everest's summit (as of May 2001) and more than one-third of these summiteers have been Sherpas from Nepal - many among them have scaled the summit multiple times. Sherpa Appa holds the record for the most Everest ascents he completed 12 ascents to Mt Everest in May 2002. Sherpa Ang Rita climbed Mount Everest 10 times without oxygen yet another record.



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Super Achievers - what success means to them

Some individuals always stay on top. They all have one thing in common - passion and commitment. They have so many  goals and interests in life that every negative emotion pales before their achievement-oriented lives. We asked some of India's super-achievers, in various fields, what kept them going, how they defined success and what it takes to be happy.



Professor Indra Varma

Professor Indra K. Varma, a polymer scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, developed the flame resistant polyamides for NASA;  co-authored books; received the Dupont International Award for Polymer Characterization by Thermal Analysis.  "Plastic waste management is one area where I would like to work in the future because this is an issue which is of concern to all of us today," says Prof. Varma who now occupies the Reliance Chair at the IIT.

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The Reincarnated Rickshaw

A group of environmentally-conscious engineers, with financial assistance from USAID, have re-designed the traditional cycle-rickshaw. The new version is lighter in weight and fitted with a 10-speed gear system, and has ergonomically improved saddle and seat.
Many experts feel rickshaws are environmentally friendly and the only answer to the mounting pollution levels in mega cities.


               Other articles:


               The Reincarnated Rickshaw

               'Ananda' - the spa in the Garhwal Hills

               Baba Saheb - the grandson of the Sufi poet Baba Farid, is also the 
               grand old man of kite-flying in India. His collection of kites includes
               one that is  207 years old.

                Interview with Jeev Milkha Singh - The highest ranked Indian in golf,   
                Jeev has moved from a European ranking of 104 to 48 - the first Indian
                to do so.

                 And more ...... 

Special Sections 

the-south-asian data bank

Anniversary Issue

South Asian Woman


Silk Road on Wheels

The Road to Freedom

Enduring Spirit

Parsis-Zoroastrians of

The Moonlight Garden

Contemporary Art in Bangladesh



June  2002 Contents




 Mt. Everest - beginning of 50th
 year celebrations

 Sherpas - the Real Men who
 bring glory to others

 Everest Facts

 K2 - an account of a winter



 Super Achievers & Success
 Marshal of the Air Force
 Arjan Singh

 Shovana Narayan, Sidhartha
 Basu & Anjolie Ela Menon

 KPS Gill & Dr. Trehan


 Indra Varma - Polymers


 Sahir Raza - capturing Gujarat



 Jeev Milkha Singh

 Baba Saheb - the grand old
 man of kite-flying


 Raja Bundela's 'Pratha'


 The reincarnated Rickshaw


 'Ananda' spa in Garhwal


 Indu Gupta's new dimension
 to Tanjore paintings


 'Knock at Every Alien Door'
 - Serialization of an
 unpublished novel by
 Joseph Harris - Chapter 6



the craft shop

the print gallery


Silk Road on Wheels

The Road to Freedom

Enduring Spirit

Parsis-Zoroastrians of

The Moonlight Garden

Contemporary Art in Bangladesh



From the past issues

The First People of south Asia

The Jews of India

The Parsi Community of India

Modern Art in Pakistan

Elephant polo in Nepal

... and many more



Tibetan medicine

Ayurvedic spas of Kerala


Optical networks

B2B - Efficiency & Profits

Reinventing India

Internet in South Asian Development