A national volleyball player from Lucknow, UP, she lost one of her legs when some robbers pushed her out of a moving train in 2011. Two years later, with a prosthetic leg on, she became the first woman amputee in the world to climb Mount Everest on May 21, 2013. She went on to conquer the highest peaks on other continents too. Her book titled Born Again on the Mountain was launched in 2014. She was awarded Padma Shri in 2015.