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Influences from childhood

admin1 July 3, 2018
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Life is such that it might not always grant you what you wish for. But if you wait, it might gift you something better. Either way, things that are meant for you, will find their way to you no matter what. Neelima Pudota’s story substantiates this law of the universe. In May 2016, she became the first woman from Hyderabad to have attempted to climb the Mount Everest. She is all set to share the spellbinding experience through her book From Everest, With Love, which will be released on July 8.

Influences from childhood
Born and brought up in Hyderabad, Neelima recollects how her family were avid travellers. “My father was keen on trekking and that influenced me greatly. But it wasn’t until 2008, when we travelled to Sikkim, and I fell in love with Kangchenjunga, did I start taking trekking seriously,” Neelima shares.Challenges aplenty
Neelima, who gained a foothold in trekking, also underwent professional training in mountaineering. But, none of it was a cakewalk for the adventurer, who quit her corporate job to pursue mountaineering. “I was into Bharatanatyam and yoga since my childhood. It gives you stamina, grace and a good figure, but that was not what mountaineering demanded. You had to be athletic. Once I joined the corporate world, I had stopped working out and dance, yoga practice. The structural training helped me rebuild myself,” she says.

Before the training, she was diagnosed with an advanced stage of Pulmonary TB, which put her on bed rest for almost nine months. “During this time, I gained a lot of weight. Later, due to my desk job, I also developed spondylitis. That was when I decided enough was enough and decided to pull myself together. I resumed dance and yoga,” Neelima shares.
In 2015, I had just come back from the Everest base summit when the Nepal Earthquake happened. I survived it and realised the value of life.

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