Reach for the Top Best Stories CBSE Class 9 English

Reach for the Top Best Stories Summary And Explanation:

Think for a while and make a list of three to five persons you idolise or admire very much for their achievements. Your idols may be from any sphere of life — sports, medicine, media, or art and culture.

• Your teacher will then discuss your choices with you to find out who the top five idols of your class are.

The article mentions Santosh Yadav, the world’s first woman to climb Mount Everest twice. Her story is encouraging. Although she was born into a civilized society that did not celebrate the birth of a girl child, where girls were married at the age of sixteen, she made her own way, followed her own desires, and gained world fame.

Reach for the Top Best Stories Part 1 Lesson Explanation

Reach for the Top Best Stories
Reach for the Top Best Stories

1) The only woman in the world who has scaled Mt Everest twice was born in a society where the birth of a son was regarded as a blessing, and a daughter, though not considered a curse, was not generally welcome. When her mother was expecting Santosh, a travelling ‘holy man’, giving her his blessing, assumed that she wanted a son.

But, to everyone’s surprise, the unborn child’s grandmother, who was standing close by, told him that they did not want a son. The ‘holy man’ was also surprised! Nevertheless, he gave the requested blessing … and as destiny would have it, the blessing seemed to work.

Santosh was born the sixth child in a family with five sons, a sister to five brothers. She was born in the small village of Joniyawas of Rewari District in Haryana.

2) The girl was given the name ‘Santosh’, which means contentment. But Santosh was not always content with her place in a traditional way of life. She began living life on her own terms from the start. Where other girls wore traditional Indian dresses, Santosh preferred shorts.

Looking back, she says now, “From the very beginning I was quite determined that if I chose a correct and rational path, the others around me had to change, not me.

3) Santosh’s parents were affluent landowners who could afford to send their children to the best schools, even to the country’s capital, New Delhi, which was quite close by. But, in line with the prevailing custom in the family, Santosh had to make do with the local village school.

So, she decided to fight the system in her own quiet way when the right moment arrived. And the right moment came when she turned sixteen. At sixteen, most of the girls in her village used to get married. Santosh was also under pressure from her parents to do the same.

4) A marriage as early as that was the last thing on her mind. She threatened her parents that she would never marry if she did not get a proper education. She left home and got herself enrolled in a school in Delhi.

When her parents refused to pay for her education, she politely informed them of her plans to earn money by working part-time to pay her school fees. Her parents then agreed to pay for her education.

5) A marriage as early as that was the last thing on her mind. She threatened her parents that she would never marry if she did not get a proper education. She left home and got herself enrolled in a school in Delhi. When her parents refused to pay for her education, she politely informed them of her plans to earn money by working part-time to pay her school fees.

Her parents then agreed to pay for her education. A marriage as early as that was the last thing on her mind. She threatened her parents that she would never marry if she did not get a proper education. She left home and got herself enrolled in a school in Delhi.

When her parents refused to pay for her education, she politely informed them of her plans to earn money by working part-time to pay her school fees. Her parents then agreed to pay for her education.

6) Then there was no looking back for this determined young girl. She saved money and enrolled in a course at Uttarkashi Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. “My college semester in Jaipur was to end in April but it ended on the nineteenth of May.

And I was supposed to be in Uttarkashi on the twenty-first. So, I did not go back home; instead, I headed straight for the training. I had to write a letter of apology to my father without whose permission I had got myself enrolled at Uttarkashi.”

7) Thereafter, Santosh went on an expedition every year. Her climbing skills matured rapidly. Also, she developed a remarkable resistance to cold and altitude. Equipped with an iron will, physical endurance and an amazing mental toughness, she proved herself repeatedly.

The culmination of her hard work and sincerity came in 1992, just four years after she had shyly asked the Aravalli mountaineers if she could join them. At barely twenty years of age, Santosh
Yadav scaled Mt Everest, becoming the youngest woman in the world to achieve the feat.

Reach for the Top Best Stories
Reach for the Top Best Stories

If her climbing skills, physical fitness, and mental strength impressed her seniors, her concern for others and desire to work together with them found her a special place in the hearts of fellow climbers.

8) During the 1992 Everest mission, Santosh Yadav provided special care to a climber who lay dying at the South Col. She was unfortunately unsuccessful in saving him. However, she managed to save another climber, Mohan Singh, who would have met with the same fate had she not shared her oxygen with him.

9) Within twelve months, Santosh found herself a member of an Indo-Nepalese Women’s Expedition that invited her to join them. She then scaled Everest a second time, thus setting a record as the only woman to have scaled Everest twice, and securing for herself and India a unique place in the annals of mountaineering.

In recognition of her achievements, the Indian government bestowed upon her one of the nation’s top honours,
the Padmashri.

10) Describing her feelings when she was literally ‘on top of the world’, Santosh has said, “It took some time for the enormity of the moment to sink in… Then I unfurled the Indian tricolour and held it aloft on the roof of the world. The feeling is indescribable.

The Indian flag was flying on top of the world. It was truly a spiritual moment. I felt proud as an Indian.” Also a fervent environmentalist, Santosh collected and brought down 500 kilograms of
the garbage from the Himalayas.

Reach for the Top Best Stories Text Book Questions And Answer:

Q. 1) Answer these questions in one or two sentences each. (The paragraph numbers within brackets provide clues to the answers.)

A) Why was the ‘holy man’ who gave Santosh’s mother his blessings surprised?

Ans: The ‘holy man’ who gave Santosh’s mother his blessings was surprised because her grandmother sought blessings for a daughter. In this society, most people ask the seers to bless a son.

B) Give an example to show that even as a young girl Santosh was not ready to accept anything unreasonable.

Ans: She used to wear shorts and not the traditional dresses meant for girls.

C) Why was Santosh sent to the local school?

Ans: She was sent to the local school in line with the prevailing custom in the family.

D) When did she leave home for Delhi, and why? 

Ans: She left home for Delhi to get the proper education. She was sixteen at that time.

E) Why did Santosh’s parents agree to pay for her schooling in Delhi? What mental qualities of Santosh are brought into light by this incident? 

Ans: Her parents got ready because she informed them of her plans to earn money by working part-time to pay her school fees.

Q. 2) Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (about 30 words).

I) How did Santosh begin to climb mountains?

Ans: She wished to climb mountains when she watched villagers from her room, going up the hill and suddenly vanishing after a while. One day, she decided to check it out herself. She found nobody except a few mountaineers. Later she saved money and enrolled in a course at Uttarkashi’s Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. Then she began to climb mountains every year.

II) What incidents during the Everest expedition show Santosh’s concern for her teammates?

Ans: Santosh Yadav provided special care to a climber who lay dying at the south pole in the 1992 Everest Mission. She saved Mohan Singh, who would have lost his life had she not shared her oxygen with him.

III) What shows her concern for the environment?

Ans: Santosh was really concerned for the environment. She collected and brought down 500 kilograms of garbage from the Himalayas.

IV) How does she describe her feelings at the summit of Everest?

Ans: She said that it took some time for the enormity of the moment to sink in. She was delighted at this moment and proudly unfurled the Indian tricolour.

V) Santosh Yadav got into the record books both times she scaled Mt. Everest. What were the reasons for this?

Ans: She is the youngest woman who scaled Everest. She is the only woman who climbed Everest twice.

Q. 3)  Complete the following statements:

  1. From her room in Kasturba Hostel, Santosh used to ………………
  2. When she finished college, Santosh had to write a letter of apology to her father because ……………
  3. During the Everest expedition, her seniors in the team admired her ……………… while ……………… endeared her to fellow climbers.

Ans:

  1. see the villagers going up the hill and suddenly vanishing after a while.
  2. … she was going directly for training and not home which she should have done.
  3. … climbing skills, physical fitness and mental strength while working together endeared her to fellow climbers.

Q. 4) Pick out words from the text that mean the same as the following words or expressions. (Look in the paragraphs indicated.)

  1. took to be true without proof ………………………………
  2. based on reason; sensible; reasonable ………………………………
  3. the usual way of doing things (para 3): ………………………………
  4. a strong desire arising from within (5): ……………………………….
  5. the power to endure, without falling ill (7): …………………….

Ans:

  1. blessing
  2. rational
  3. custom
  4. urge
  5. resistance/endurance
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