“Oh you won’t believe who we served last night at the Black Pepper Restaurant?” , came an excited voice from the other side of the receiver. Well, no, it wasn’t a film star. Stars, yes, but not from the movies but almost real ones from somewhere up in the sky, somewhere near the highest mountain peaks you could ever imagine. Confused? Need a hint?
Well, we’re talking of the twin girls who’ve successfully and of course, daringly scaled the seven tallest peaks in the world. Tashi and Nungshi Malik or The Everest Sisters, as they’re famously known, completed this feat within a period of two years beginning 2012 up until April, 2014 with their latest feat at Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica. They’ve climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, Everest in Asia, Mt. Elbrus in Europe, Mt. Aconcagua in South America, Mt Carstensz in Papua New Guinea and Mt. McKinley in North America. You name it and they’ve done it.
And as you’d expect they’ve very wholeheartedly been champions of the cause of the Indian girl child. They are the first Indian and the only South Asian women to have completed the Explorers Grand Slam to North Pole under the mission “Uchaaiyon se Aage”. They are the world’s youngest to have achieved this feat and have never fallen short of mentioning their support for the need to encourage more women into sports, mountaineering and education itself. Currently, they’re on a scholarship for Exercise and Sports Studies from New Zealand, also one of the first kind that has been won by an Indian
“And guess what!! They celebrated their 25th birthdays with us, at Black pepper!” , elated, we were told this story and that it was an honour for Black Pepper hosting these two young yet great achievers. We can safely assume it was a lovely treat with the family as the cake said, “to our loving daughters”. This and other paraphernalia of the birthday joy including smiles, giggles and a lot of euphoria filled up the air a few days back and it’s difficult for the restaurant to stop talking about this.
“It was such a fulfilling experience, somehow.” We agree! Why wouldn’t hosting one of the best mountaineers in the world be exhilarating? It would be phenomenal!
And to say the least, this is inspirational for the city and specially its women. So ladies, Don’t you think it’s time to show those trekking shoes some sun and head out up the nearest hill we see(easy to find so many around our houses in Dehradun right?) But, well, it’s going to be July soon and with the showers pouring in like mad I think we best save our trek plans for a month or two.
And what do we do in that time?
Get started on a health regime to scale that nearest hill with some healthy food and what better than to start at where the twin sisters gave their year a start!