Suchitra Krishnamoorthi

The Day I Conquered Kilimanjaro

Standing magnificently tall at 5895m, the highest mountain in Africa and one of the top seven summits of the world was calling out to me loud. So I discussed it with a few of my likeminded friends -- the crazy outdoorsy ones. The ones who love climbing mountains, jumping off bridges and rafting down rivers. Some of my other friends -- the let's-go-to-a-European-chalet-in-our-Prada-suits-and-drink-pink-champagne-until-we-pass-out type -- were aghast. "Why on earth would you want to climb Kilimanjaro? Have you lost it Suchitra? Haven't you heard of Ebola?"