The Mountain of Life
Updated: Nov 23, 2019
Scaling Mount Everest is an expensive affair, but despite financial constraints, Tarun Saikia, who used to drive an auto-rickshaw to earn a living earlier, became the first Assamese to scale the highest peak of the world on May 20th, 2013.
Saikia had reached the top of the world at 5.30, and held aloft the Tricolour marking the moment of glory for him and for his State.
Saikia is a member of the first North East India Mount Everest Expedition that had set off for the final summit for Mt Everest from the Everest Base camp yesterday.
Altogether, 22 climbers from the northeastern States participated in the expedition. 2013 marked the first time that a team consisting entirely of climbers from the North East attempted to climb Mount Everest.
But Saikia's story is not just extraordinary because he climbed the Mount Everest, possibly the most difficult and the highest peak in the world; but that he climbed through and picked at the obstacle of life. Being an auto-rickshaw driver, it was not easy to acquire the necessary input to start a journey as perilous as this one.
While life kept throwing obstacles at Saikia, he fought on. But now when Saikia is struggling with life-threatening situation caused by kidney failure, he needs our prayers.
Chief Minister of BJP Government in Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal has offered to foot his medical bill. And hopefully, when this adventurer is back to health, we can gain perspectives like no other for his feats have been like no other.
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