Overview for One More Step: An Autobiography
One More Step: An Autobiography is a spirited recounting of a life more adventurous than most. The author, Captain Kohli, is best known as the leader of the first successful Indian expedition to Everest in 1965 that saw a record-breaking nine climbers atop the peak. The success followed two earlier heartbreaking attempts, in one of which he spent a harrowing three nights in the death zone (above 27,650 ft), thus setting a world record. But that is not all. Captain Kohli has led a remarkable life, having had a career in the Navy, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, and in adventure tourism. Captain Kohliâ€™s skill as a mountaineer was put to the test when, while working as an intelligence operator, he was involved in the misguided exercise to place plutonium-powered monitoring devices on Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot during the mid-sixties. The episode stirred up a storm internationally when the possibility of water contamination became known. The authorâ€™s turbulent childhood prepared him for the rigours of life later on. Born in the scenic Haripur, now in Pakistan, he survived a hair-raising train journey to Amritsar at the time of Partition. The experience was to leave a permanent mark, but the chief outcome was an abiding faith in God. Apart from the indefatigable spirit of heroism and adventure, One More Step conveys an amazing zest for life. And as the title amply illustrates, Captain Kohliâ€™s autobiography reveals his â€˜never say dieâ€™ philosophyâ€”as he says, â€˜It saved my life.â€™
M.S. Kohli (Author)
Internationally renowned and a celebrated mountaineer, Captain M.S. Kohli, belongs to the exclusive band of three climbers who in 1962 spent three consecutive nights on Mount Everest at 17,650 feet, two without oxygen. He led the Indian Everest Expedition 1965 which put nine men on the summit-a world record which India held for seventeen years. Captain Kohli has fifteen major expeditions to his credit- three to Mount Everest, four each to Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot and one each to Saser Kangri, Annapuran III, Trisulil and Nanda Devi East. He was responsible for developing the Indo-Tibetan Border Police into a formidable mountain-eering organization. In 1977, he collaborated with Sir Edmund Hillary in â€˜From the Ocean to the Sky Jet-Boat Expeditionâ€™ up the Ganges which heralded white-water rafting in India. Captain Kohli has had a distinguished and spectacular career spanning the Indian Navy (Captain), the ITB Police (Advisor) and Air India (Regional Director), In 1971, on joining Air India, he conceived and pioneered the brand new segment of Himalayan Tourism. In 1984, he trekked all over Bhutan and drew the master plan for adventure-tourism in the Himalayan kingdom. He helped Pakistan, Nepal and China in the promotion of trekking tours in these Himalayan countries. He was advisor to the successful Malaysian Mount Everest Expedition for three years. Captain Kohli is recipient of several awards and honours including Padma Bhushan, Arjuna Award, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, and the IMF Gold Medal. He enjoyed the rare privilege of addressing members of both the Houses of Indian Parliament in the Central Hall on 8 September, 1965.