Met mountaineering Guru Surendra Shelke.
Hailing from a plain land like Solapur where nobody knew what mountaineering is, Anand questioned many regarding the climbing of Mount Everest. Though he inquired to the best of his abilities, he was unable to come across anyone who could tell him much about it. After many efforts, at last, he met Surendra Shelke in Pune – the Secretary of “Pimpri – Chinchwad Mountaineering Association.” In the very first meeting Anand told him, “Sir, I have to climb the Mt. Everest.”