“Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.” 

                                  -   Swami Vivekananda

        The lady who went beyond the ceiling, Yes! I am talking about the world's first Indian Female to climb Mount Everest an amputee who lost her left leg in the tragedy. But she didn't lose heart and decided to live her life with dignity and self-respect so that people don't look at her with pity.

 By her courage, determination and dedication she played an important role in achieving her goal. The leg is but obviously required to climb Mt. Everest, but what is needed most is a brave heart. She conquered Mt. Everest on 21st May 2013 by dint of her firm determination and strong will power. That accident was a turning point of her life but she didn't want to be dependent on others so she made up her mind and decided to do something that would set an example for others and especially those who are going through the same phase. 

“If women understood and exercised their power they could remake the world.”
                                              - Emily Taft Douglas

She chased her goal of conquering Mt. Everest with passion. She defied all odds and have become an inspiration for millions of such people who are physically disabled or handicapped by achieving her goal which is unthinkable to many.

“He said that Arunima had created history by her belief and foresightedness.”

  • Akhilesh Yadav, Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. 

With power and strong determination, I would like to dedicate a poem to my inspiration, Arunima Sinha, the power of all Indian women. 


       “Something which I have Never Been

I was on my way to go high,

But there was someone Nefarious,

It became an EPOCH,

Too great to be expressed in words,

The ineffable mysteries of the soul,

But there was someone Nefarious,

Who illicit,

As the sky changed its colour,

He was limerence with my mellifluous voice.

I was on my way to go high,

But there was darken on my side,

It became an EPOCH,

Too great to be expressed in words,

I mean to be GREAT,

Before the World change its side.”

By standing on the top of the world, she reached the Mt. Everest Summit by turning her weakness into a winning force. She wants to dedicate her achievements  “to those who lose hope” so that they never lose heart and achieve their dreams.

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”
                                        - Margaret Thatcher

     On 21st May 2013, Arunima erected the Indian flag on Mount Everest Summit. She screamed with great joy and said, ”I wanted to tell everyone that I’m on top of the world, especially to those people who thought a woman and an amputee couldn’t do it.” This achievement not only brought back her self-confidence but made her an inspiration for all. Just at the age of 26, she became the first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest. She proves that once you start working towards your goal with strong will and determination, no physical disability can ever stop you to achieve that goal. By conquering all the seven summits she will prove that physical disability can never be a hindrance in achieving your life's goal if you have the mental strength, strong will power and firm determination.  

“Magic happens when you do not give up, even though you want to. The universe always falls in love with a stubborn …” “The real flight of this hawk is impending, right now this bird is yet to be tested. Though I have leapt the seas, the entire sky is remaining.” She scripted history by becoming the first female Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest. She received the honourable Padma Shri award in January 2015 too, which is the fourth highest civilian award in India. She is also awarded Tenzing Norgay Highest Mountaineering Award in India same as Arjun Award.

         This is how Arunima Sinha has broken the glass ceiling by showing the world that a woman amputee with lots of barriers, stereotype threat, weaker than a normal person, the risk of being perceived by others in a negative light (i.e., social disapproval) can too be on the top of the world with her mental strength, strong will power and firm determination. Sometimes women consciously or unconsciously sabotage their chances of career success by creating their own glass ceiling.  The glass ceiling is most often associated with women at work – research suggests that women are 18 percent less likely to be promoted than their male co-workers. The knowledgeable and skilled female executive who is denied a promotion because of her gender, because men in her organization are traditionally viewed as more "suitable" leaders.

All seem to be ideal candidates, but they are held back by long-standing traditions, biases, and beliefs about what the "right" candidate looks like – the glass ceiling. Chances are, having their career progressions blocked like this could leave them feeling confused, disorientated, depressed, or isolated. They may feel mistrust, anger or resentment, and start to doubt themselves.

           But glass ceilings negatively impact organizations, too. Studies have shown that diversity is often the key to innovation, growth and higher revenue like how Arunima Sinha took the tragedy has a second chance to live and show the world that a woman amputee too can reach the top of the world with not just her strong determination but with will power and mental strength. She too faced lots of social problems like her disability was mocked,  she was not only laughed at but people outrightly used to tell her that with one artificial leg and other one supported by an iron rod, it's impossible to climb Mount Everest. You must be mad! Forget this and take up a job somewhere.

               The biggest problem was that people judged her based on her physical appearance. No one saw what was in her conscience. No one knew how motivated she was to conquer Everest. Finally, after two years of rigorous training, she reached the summit at 10:55 am on 21st May 2013. It took her 52 days to reach the summit. When she came down from Mount Everest, a lot of handicapped people approached her. Men, women, kids who had spent their entire life using some form of support – sticks, wheelchair etc. or had resigned to their ill-fated started rapidly connecting with Arunima. Arunima started getting invitations to give motivational talks and these people told her that she had provided them with a pathway. That she was a beacon of light in their life. After seeing what Arunima had accomplished a lot of handicapped people had a renewed sense of hope and confidence. They felt they too could accomplish something in their life. Arunima became their sources of inspiration and motivation.

Arunima realized that to keep millions of people motivated she have to keep going. One time is not enough. People will soon forget and get demoralized. That’s when she decided to climb all the seven highest peaks in the world and continue the journey she has embarked upon. Arunima wants to set an example and be a continuous source of inspiration for people who are physically handicapped. Arunima recently wrote a book ‘Born Again on the Mountain‘. It was launched by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi. After she conquers the seven summits, she plans to open a free sports academy for poor and physically disadvantaged people. Her advice for women and physically challenged people is to never lose heart and go for your dreams. Physical disability can never be a hindrance in achieving your life’s goals. The key lies in the will power. If you have the mental strength, will power and firm determination nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.

“People don't want to see women Doing things they don't think women should do.”

          Every person has their own personal Everest to conquer. Their own indomitable mountain that seems so tall and vast that climbing to its peak appears almost impossible. For most people, these mountains exist only in the mind, and their conquest can only be done with great willpower and determination. This act is the ultimate example of passion and hunger to prove others wrong. People visiting her showed pity in a weird sense such as, “Who will marry her being a one-legged girl?” She just proved everyone wrong and portrayed the real power of a woman. If life gives you lemons, make lemonade out of them.
Undoubtedly, Arunima has etched her name in history for her extraordinary and brave achievement, despite all odds. It’s the same as life. When life shows the worst things to you, just cross all odds and stand on top. Disabled are not the ones who are ‘physically’ disabled. In fact, disabled are the ones whose thoughts are wounded. THOSE WHO GIVE UP IN LIFE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE DISABLED.

” A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

                   - Eleanor Roosevelt