Saturday, March 04, 2006

Conquering Antarctica.. Ashish Asthana (92BMD)

Seniority Counts!! ;0)

Just around the time when the current batch of students are planning for flag-off for a trip to Mt Everest Base Camp this month, one of their super-super-super... seniors is on his way to Antarctica

Ashish Asthana (92BMD) is part of the expedition to Antarctica (Feb 26 - March 10)...
You can listen to his Audio Dispatch (click here)

and read his musings:

"I believe it is a combination of my passion for this expedition and my deep rooted belief in the power of the individual which won me my place on this trip. I passionately believe that individuals are capable, alone and collectively, of making a difference -- as exemplified by what one of my country's most revered leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, a single man in a loincloth, accomplished. I come from a country (India) and practice a religion (Hindusim) which believes that each man has a destiny and a path to follow. It has always been one of my dreams to, during my lifetime, set foot on all seven of the world's continents, and touching Antarctica always seemed like it would be the most challenging. This expedition is dear to my heart because I have a keen sense of the environment and come from a background where respect for nature and recycling is a way of life. What Robert Swan is doing is legendary and to be able to participate in his efforts is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. I hope to return from this trip with an enhanced sensitivity to how lucky we are to be in a position where we can make a difference. I look forward to convert that realization into reality by doing what I can to make the world a better place to live in, for ourselves and the generations which follow. For, we do not inherit our planet from forefathers but borrow it from our children and theirs and theirs..."