July 9th, 2015
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With a passion that’s driven them to heights, 23 year old twin sisters – Nungashi and Tashi Malik aren’t just the only Indians to have completed the Explorer Grand Slam BUT, are also the first South Asians to have completed it. Not to mention that they also happen to be the youngest to do so.
The Grand Slam is an adventurers challenge to reach the North and the South Pole and climb the 7 summits in all the seven continents.
The Malik sisters passion had started off as a casual vacation course at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi in 2009. But they went back again in 2010 for an advanced course and climbed Mt. Rudugaira. They soon set their eyes on the highest peak – Mt. Everest. But the sisters had to face obstacles too. Their mother was reluctant of their passion and would go up to the instructors and tell them to fail the sisters. But they weren’t ones to fail. By 2012, The Malik sisters had aced their exams and had proved that they were officially ready. But with no sponsors, their once reluctant mother took a loan and their father, an army man, put in all his savings to fund this dream. And it was a risk worth taking after all. The Malik sisters climbed the Everest on 19th May 2013.
Their achievement wasn’t just one for the passion but also to raise awareness against female feticide. These young inspirations are now ambassadors of the Beti Bachao campaign and are out and about delivering motivational speeches to schoolgirls.
Their feat isn’t only a laurel on the highway to women empowerment, it’s laurel for the nation; for the youth. Their story is an example that nothing is impossible. All it takes is the belief, passion and hard work.
The Logical Indian community congratulates them for their achievements and hope they reach many more peak, inspiring not just the girls do dream bigger and work with passion and dedication but everyone out there.