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We do not get to have control over our birth but some dare death in the pursuit of a passion. It is a difficult yet vital way to live. The treacherous terrain of the Andes and nature's fury may have brought Malli Mastan Babu's life to an end but he was--and is - more than a mere mortal to the millions of hearts he touched during the 40 years of his life's expedition. He was not a man of many words but his signature smile spoke volumes.