When I first told my friends about Arunima, they were like, “Aru who?”. Most Malaysians may not be familiar with her but she has captured the hearts of thousands around the world. In April 2011, Arunima Sinha, a national level volleyball player, was thrown out of a running train by robbers who were after her gold chain. Her left leg crushed by the passing trains had to be amputated. This did not stop her from dreaming the impossible, on May 21st, 2013, Arunima summited Mount Everest. She became the first female amputee in the world to reach the summit of Everest.
Her experience in climbing Everest is detailed in her new book, “Born Again On The Mountain” which was released in December last year. This was the first book I completed for 2015. I am not sure if you will be able to purchase the book at local bookstores as I got my copy from the Kobo ebookstore (which is yet again another perk of using an ereader!). Arunimha has also scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in May 2014. She dreams of opening a free sports academy for the poor and differently-abled persons and is donating all the financial aids she is getting through awards and seminars for the same cause.The academy will be named Pandit Chandra Shekhar Vikalang Khel Academy.
You can watch her INKtalk here which is very inspiring. It is in Hindi but there are subtitles on Youtube (Closed Captions feature):