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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.
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 K. Varma, a polymer scientist at the
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, developed the flame resistant polyamides for
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.
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
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 ......