Two Indians summited Mt. Evererst yesterday. ToI reports :

On top of the world, in 10 hours.

That’s 10 hours on the final day, and doesn’t count the 8 days it took from the base camp. On similar lines, one could argue that it just takes one second to climb Mt. Everest — it’ll just take days of climbing and months of preparation to get to that second.

Further:

This unique feat, which took them on a heart-pounding eight-day climb from Base Camp to summit, made them the first all-Bengali civilian team to conquer the world’s highest mountain.

From the expedition line-up, it seems like one of the conditions of the expedition was being Bengali. This, I don’t get : What could be the motivation to be an all-Bengali team to conquer the Everest?

The only reasons I can think of are : superiority complex of the tribe or an inferiority complex. Since they were Bongs, I might lean towards the former — not to suggest in any way that Bongs are smug, but just that I don’t see any reason why they should feel inferior. They have some of the most talented musicians, gifted artists and heaviest actresses.

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This reminds me, I’d read some time ago about an all-Gujarati Mt. Everest expedition being planned.

The expedition is blocked by research on sub-zero temperature ready-to-eat thepla and dhokla mixes.

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