*Mission to channelize women, youth energy
JAMMU, Aug 2: 57-year old iconic Jammu lady, Sangeeta S. Bahl, a successful entrepreneur who balances professional duties with family and social responsibilities with ease and flair to make everyone exclaim ‘How does she do it all’ is in the City of Temples with a mission to build self-esteem of the women of her State, besides getting them skilled and employable.
Sangeeta, who has pledged to scale seven highest peaks in the World in the seven continents, while interacting with media persons here today said that she believed in 2 Ps- ‘Passion’ and ‘Perseverance’ to continue, besides making your mind your friend to achieve success.
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A perfect example of beauty, talent, grace and acumen, once Miss India finalist, Sangeeta has conquered many facets of life and the latest being her terrific attempt to summit Mt Everest in April- May 2017, though she had to turn back from Camp 3 at 23500 feet due to altitude sickness after being on the mountain for 51 days.
Starting climbing at the ‘young’ old age of 47, the Jammu lady, who has already scaled 5 peaks in the World including Kilimanjaro (19341 ft), Mt Aconcagua (22847 ft), Mt Vinson (16000 ft), Mt Elbrus (18500 ft) and Kosiousko, in an exclusive chat with EXCELSIOR on the sidelines of the function said that adversities are part and parcel of life but one needs to be determined, focused, goal-oriented, gritty and gutsy to overcome them and emerge victorious.
To a question as to did she take her brilliant attempt to scale Mt Everest as a failure or an added experience, Sangeeta, while quoting ‘Girte Hai Shah Sawar Hi Maidan Jang Mein, Woh Tifl Kya Gire Jo Guthnoo Ke Bal Challe’ said that failure is no word in her dictionary as scaling Mt Everest is not everybody’s cup of tea and one needed persistent efforts and series of tries to be victorious, adding that in determined people failures always serve as highest motivation for achieving goals.
Giving an example of her knee injury, the Iron lady said that despite taking it around 7 months for recovery and rehabilitation, she never lost her confidence and grit to be hundred percent fit and got it done to again vie for the top honours.
In reply to a question as to what was her message to the youth and women of Kashmir, who one observes are involved in anti-social and anti-national activities, Sangeeta said that their energy needed to be properly channelized by organizing social interaction programmes, recreational activities, fitness programmes and more and more sporting activities, adding that during her visit to Lolab Valley in Kashmir she got a feeling that youth lacked social interaction and exposure.
On her visit to Jammu, Mrs Sangeeta said that she is an official trainer for Femina and an owner and director of Impact Image Consultants, a pioneer firm in India working on beauty pageants, adding that she also runs NGO for women called IMPACT Women Power Association, through which she aims at building self-esteem of Jammu and Kashmir women, to help them dress properly, teach them how to face interviews and get them so skilled that they can find their own employment avenues.
She said her ‘mantra’ for success is sheer-dint of hard work, adding that before going for mission Mt Everest once again, she will be trying her mettle to scale Mt Manaslu (8156 m) in Nepal probably in the month of October this year.
Mrs Bahl is the mother of a teenager, Aarnav and wife of a successful businessman, Everester Ankur Bahl, who scaled the peak last year.