Santosh’s grandmother sought blessings for a daughter, not for a son from the holy man. Most of the expecting women wish a son to be born to them. So this surprised the holy man.
She wore shorts and not the traditional Indian dress for girls.
She was sent to the local school. It was in line with the prevailing custom in her family.
She left home for Delhi when she got admission in a school. She did so as she wanted to get a,proper education.
They agreed to pay for her schooling in Delhi when Santosh got adament. She told them that she would work part time to get more education. The qualities of determination coupled with a strong desire are seen here.
She began to climb hills. She did so when she decided to check why the villagers climbing the hills vanished. Then she took admission in Uttarkashi’s Institute of Mountaineering. She went on an expedition every year.
One climber lay dying at the South Col. Another climber Mohan Singh would have died if Santosh had not shared her oxygen with him. She gave her oxygen to save him from a sure death.
Santosh returned from Mount Everest. While doing so, she collected garbage from the Himalayas. She then brought it down with her. It weighed 500 kilograms.
She describes her feelings in saying that that moment was simply great. It took sometime to sink in. She felt it was a spiritual moment. She felt proud as an Indian when she unfurled the Indian tricolour.
She set a record as the only woman to have conquered the Everest twice. Also she is the only Indian woman in the world to have set such a record.
|something disarming||something that makes you feel friendly, taking away your suspiciousness|
|at odds with||in contrast to, not agreeing with|
|glamorous attire||attractive and exciting clothes|
|in almost no time||quickly, almost immediately|
|poised beyond her years||more calm, confident and in control than people of her age usually are|
|packed off||sent off|
|heart wrenching||causing strong feelings of sadness|
– Why was Maria sent to the United States?
– Why didn’t her mother go with her?
– What are her hobbies? What does she like?
– What motivates her to keep going?
- Maria was sent to the United States for her tennis training.
- Her mother could not go with her because of visa restrictions.
- Her hobbies are fashion, singing and dancing.
- She likes reading the novels of Arthur Conan Doyle.
|Santosh Yadav||Maria Sharapova|
|1. Santosh’s parents were affluent landowners who could afford …||My father was working as much as he could to keep….|
|2. Wishing always to study ‘a bit more’, and with her father slowly getting used to her urge …||The latter (her mother) was compelled to stay back in Siberia ….
[My father working as much ……. either.]
|3. Equipped with an iron will, physical endurance and an amazing mental…||Instead of letting that depress me, I became more quietly determined and mentally tough.|
|4. The culmination of her hard work and sincerity came in 1942 …||And that something in her lifted her on Monday, 22 August 2005 to the world number one position in women’s tennis.|
|5. Then I unfurled the Indian tricolour and held it …….indescribable …… I felt proud as an Indian …||My blood is totally Russian. I will play the Olympics for Russia if they want me.|
Since 1975 Women’s tennis has seen many legends. Steffi Graf (Germany), Chris Evert(U.S.) and Martina Navratilova (U.S.) have ruled the tennis world for more than 300 weeks each. Martina Hingis (Switzerland) and Monica Seles (U.S.) were some other mentally tough and determined girls who retained their top ranks for 209 and 178 weeks respectively.
Other women like Tracy Austin (U.S.), Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Lindsay Davenport (U.S.), Jennifer Capriati (U.S.), Venus Williams (U.S.), Serena Williams (U.S.), Kim Clijsters (Belgium), Justine Henin-Hardenne (Belgium), Amelie Mauresmo (France), Lindsay Davenport (U.S.) and Maria Sharapova (Russia) topped the Tennis chats in the years to come.
Their confidence, capabilities and the desire to excel in life helped them to lead in their career.
(The above answer is only a sample provided for the student’s help. It is recommended that students should self-attempt it.)
Words that can be used to describe Santosh Yadav are - contented, determined, resourceful, polite, adventurous, considerate, independent, patient and persevering.
Santosh Yadav is one of the most determined mountaineers of India. She is the only woman who has set the world record of climbing the Mount Everest twice. It was due to her perseverance, determination and passion that she managed to reach the golden heights of victory within a short span of time. She is a woman of immense potential and mental strength. Being a very considerate person she won the hearts of her fellow climbers. An avid environmentalist, Santosh collected and brought down 500 kilograms of garbage from the Himalayas.