Pune’s young brigade is making a splash with their achievements. From adventure sports to the arts, this Gennext is bringing home international accolades, winning hearts and making a difference to society. For some, the chosen field is a long cherished dream; for others, the achievement is a mix of chance and hard work. While 21 year-old mountaineer Krushnaa Patil became the youngest girl from Maharashtra to scale Mount Everest, award-winning director Umesh Kulkarni almost became a chartered accountant before he chose to pursue a career in cinema. For noted vocalist Rahul Deshpande, music wasn’t the first choice while Bhushan Toshniwal proved that visual impairment couldn’t kill his dreams when he cleared his accountancy exams. SIMPLY PUNE meets these young achievers who’ve made a mark in their fields.