ISC Composition writing

The Perils of the Peak – Climbing Everest no child’s pastime

In 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary scaled Mount Everest for the first time in history. Since then, scores have followed their trail, and climbed the tallest point on Earth. No matter how many succeed in this feat now or in future, the duo of Norgay and Hillary would still claim the most effusive praise, because they had no technology to back them up in their daunting ascent.

The Himalayas beckon mountaineering enthusiasts from all corners of the world. The excitement of setting foot on the Everest peak is irresistible. The greatly improved gadgets available today have lessened the risks greatly. The clothing, oxygen canisters, energy foods, and the communication equipments have undergone a sea change. Added to that is the availability of helicopter for emergency rescue. However, these innovations have come as a double-edged sword for the mountaineering folks.

Buoyed by the efficacy of the high-tech mountaineering gears, many mountaineers vainly believe that any normal physically fit person can accomplish the feat with some determination and will power. This assumption is both fallacious and fraught. No matter, what advanced gadgets you carry, the dangers of avalanches, hostile weather, the steep cliffs etc. stalk the mountaineers every step of the way. Disregarding these hidden dangers, amateurs venture on their adventure with inadequate acclimatization, and deficient endurance building. They assume that the gadgets and their guides would ensure their safe climb.

Avaricious tour operators entice gullible mountaineers through clever sales pitch. The greenhorn enthusiasts fall for the sales talk, and abandon their caution to book their trips. They naively assume that with a Sherpa as buddy, they can stave off risks and reach the top. No doubt, the Sherpas have an uncanny understanding of Mount Everest’s capricious nature, but they can’t be a bulwark against a marauding avalanche, nor can they fight off the freezing weather. They can only caution the climber.

Therefore, it is wise to prepare well, build up nigh endurance, go through acclimatization drills, and only then embark on the mission. It needs to be understood that a daring, foolhardy approach can prove to be fatal. The majesty of the mountain can turn to a man-eating monster in minutes.


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  1. Narrate an incident where you became a part of a rescue mission and you saved the life of a person almost buried in the debris of a building that collapsed accidentally
    In about 400-450 words.

  2. You recently went to a village for the first time in your life. You spent a few days with the villagers.
    Describe the village, the lifestyle of the villagers, their work and other activities that impressed you.
    Also describe your feelings on meeting them.
    In about 400-450 words.

  3. Write an original short story that ends with the line:
    And then I realized, I wish I had stopped him.
    In about 400-450 words.

  4. Narrate an incident, which changed your opinion about a person ,whom you had known for many years.
    Word limit (400-450 words)

      • Narrate an incident that changed your opinion about a person whom you had known for many years.
        A turn of Fate
        I was born and brought up in an affluent joint family in Dhanbad. My grandfather was the patriarch who had started his career as a bull dozer driver. By the time I entered college, our joint family had three uncles of mine, the three aunts, and my 10 cousins. And my grandpa had a sprawling transport and mining business that made us the richest family in the town.
        My father had a bearded cashier who was his Man Friday. This man appeared to be in his fifties. He very reticent, and worked late into the night. Due to some strange reason, I had developed a bond with him from my school days. After school hours and sometimes after dinner, we chatted endlessly in the room that my grandpa had allotted to him for his office. He sat on the floor with his heaps of red colored accounts books, the cash chest, and a cranky steel almirah. My grandpa said it is auspicious and never agreed to dispose it off.
        The person I refer to as the right hand man was known as Nayar. He was a bachelor who lived a spartan life in a one-roomed accommodation in one corner of our sprawling mansion. With passage of years, we became more and more close. At times, he used to stump me by asking a few questions from Chemistry. When asked how he knew all these things, he used to rue that he was a high school drop-out.

        One day, he didn’t come to office in the appointed time. My grandpa dispatched me to find out why Nayar had not come. I found him sleeping on his bed with a blanket covering his body from head to toe. He had high fever. He told me not to worry, and assured me he would turn around in two or three days. The next morning, I went to his room carrying some warm milk and an apple. I tried to wake him up, but he remained passive. I screamed in horror.
        He has passed away, leaving a note for me. I read it and realized that he wanted me to read his diary hidden under his bed.
        When I shifted through the pages, the story of this quiet man sent a chill down my spine. He was a Ph. D scholar in Chemistry and was a fugitive in the eyes of law. An accident in his lab had killed his guide, a very revered professor, and a young post graduate woman student on the spot. Nayar and the lady were in love, and were to marry after he completed his Ph. D. The horror and the shock had jolted Nayar hard. He fled the spot, and never showed up in the college again. He came to my Grandfather posing as a school drop-out, and begging for a job.
        I finished reading the diary and sobbed for days and weeks. Fate could be so cruel!

      Since prehistoric times, humans have felt the need to communicate over long distances to meet practical needs like warning of a danger, sounding a war cry, or for community needs. They used to do it through fire, smoke, beating of drums, or loud verbal means. However, all these had severe limitations like distance, weather, night’s darkness etc. So, humans tried relentlessly to devise ways to send communications more effectively and over large distances.
      The invention of wireless shortwave communication by Guglielmo Marconi in the last part of the nineteenth century set in motion a momentous technological revolution that brought short wave radio broadcasting, television, satellite communication, and the internet to our easy reach. Now, people can do almost all their communication tasks using their handy smartphones.
      No doubt, the invention of products and processes like penicillin, dynamite, medical anesthesia, radioactivity, and rocketry have helped the human race to accomplish tasks that just three centuries ago looked like fiction. Now, blasting huge rocks, curing cancer, doing complicated brain surgeries through robots, and sending men to outer space appear all so commonplace. But, arguably, the breakthrough in instant communication through wireless dwarfs all other inventions, because its ramifications on human development has been very profound, deep, and sweeping
      Marconi sent a one-word signal ‘s’ across the Atlantic in 1895. That innocuous experiment heralded the arrival of a golden age of technological advancement. In just less than two centuries, we can transmit all the volumes of the gargantuan Encyclopedia Britanica from one corner of earth to another in a millionth of a second. Such has been the leap in communication technology. The international banking network handles a trillion transactions in a second with no mistakes at all. All such mind-boggling strides couldn’t have been possible without Marconi’s invention of the wireless. So, the human race owes a debt of gratitude to this inventor for his pioneering experiment in wireless communications.
      It would be unjust to ignore the contribution of other physicists whose work laid the foundation of Marconi’s invention. Among these scientists are
      • James Clerk Maxwell proved the existence of electromagnetic waves in 1864,
      • Heinrich Hertz sent and received wireless waves, using a spark transmitter and a resonator receiver in 1887
      • J.A. Fleming patented the diode in 1904
      • Lee DeForest patented the triode amplifier in 1906
      • First speech wireless transmission, by Fessenden in 1906
      Guglielmo Marconi was an Italian inventor who shot to fame through his invention. It is tragic to note that J. C. Bose of India working from his rudimentary laboratory in Calcutta invented wireless almost at the same time or a little before Marconi, but India was a British colony, and the western world was not prepared to give this credit to Bose.

  5. Essay on how you observe, perceive, think, and engage with yourself and the world around you. Respond to all parts of the following prompt accordingly. Reflect on a belief or opinion held by you, which you questioned and examined. What initiated your questioning? Describe the intellectual process you undertook to examine this belief or opinion. Explain the results of your reflection and the changes you saw in your belief or opinion.
    Word Limit 400 word

    • The implosion of the Soviet Union that took place between 1988-91 shook me. That the mightiest military power on earth will dissolve itself withut a single bullet being fired was something that upended many conventional opinions on strategic planning, and military might. The world heard a chorus of loud voices deriding Communism and everything associated with this ideology. In a matter of just four years, almost everyone spurned Communism as evil, suffocating and in human.

      I, however, was not ready to join the party celebrating the supposed death of communism. I read religious scriptures of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism. I rea the essays of George Bernard Shaw, Leo Tolstoy, Tagore, and many other’s. I felt caring for a fellow human being at great cost to your own comfort is something that runs like a common thread in the works of the greatest and the brightest minds among humans in all ages. When judged with this yardstick, Communism looks so near to God and Capitalism, so distant. The trigger for this introspection and soul-searching came when I was listening to a radio talk in BBC.
      I spoke about this ‘revelation’ to my teachers, and some eminent columnists. Far from brushing me aside as a young student suffering from some idiotic aberration of mind, they listened to me, and even agreed with my conclusion. Only the degree differed. Some were completely on board, others were mildly skeptical. From then on, I was convinced I had truth on my side and never hesitated to air my views in public. In general, I received derision and mocking, but there were many who tended to agree with me almost spontaneously. I felt, I may be the odd man out, but certainly not a stupid clown.

  6. Think about a possible development, cause or innovation which, you believe will impact the world in the next decade. In what ways would you like to participate and add value to it?
    word limit 150 words

    • I see a world where the scientists, particularly the medical fraternigty unequivocally proclaim the hazrds of having meat as a major component of our food. Rather than underlining its spiritual and religious arguments, they would highlight how mass production of meat through animal husbandary firms make unrealistic demands on earth’s resources and, thus, contribute to environmental degradation and evetual global warming. I would actively camapaign for such a cause and implore the planners to encourage horticulture and vegetable growing in the vast arid regions of earth. More availibility of fruits and vegetables will help push meat off our menu, and make the world a more humane and sustainable place. By effecting such a switch to plant-bsed food, we could possibly reduce incidence of diseases like cancer, and even Covid.


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