WHAT KEEPS YOU BUSY THESE DAYS?
I was not here for last two years. I am looking forward for Dashain and planning to spend quality time at home. I have not started any professional work yet.
HOW DID MISS NEPAL HAPPEN?
It happened after my I.Sc and I had free time before joining Bachelors. I consulted with my Parents, selected for interview and became the youngest contestant. I was 19 years old. I gained lot during those six weeks time. It is a big responsibility after you become Miss Nepal. I had to prepare internationally,
improved my personality by correcting the errors , self motivated to face the upcoming challenges.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR ACADEMIC JOURNEY ?
I spend 13 years of school life at E.P.S school Min Bhavan. I was the last batch of I.Sc program. I was awarded the outstanding student award from St. Xaviers College. After that I became Miss Nepal. I was not able to devote my time for studying to be a doctor because I had social obligations after Miss Nepal I did Management studies B.B.S from St. Xaviers College. I did MBS from St. Xaviers’ while I was looking for opportunity outside the country. I got offer letter from AIT and I went there.
HOW IMPORTANT IS EDUCATION THOUGH YOU HAVE A BEAUTY WITHIN YOU?
Education and beauty pageant don’t go hand in hand. Most people think if one has the beauty and want to go in media they forget about attaining education, which is not my case. I pursued my studies and recently awarded with gold medal through honorable President.
HOW DID YOU FEEL RECEIVING GOLD MEDAL FROM THE PRESIDENT?
To achieve this spot I worked very hard in the two years Masters Degree program. I felt I had achieved big time and yet again proved myself after crowning of Miss Nepal.
WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE FOR UPCOMING PARTICIPANTS OF MISS NEPAL?
You have to pursue your dreams with vigor but also remember education is also important at the end of the day. You can take a degree by concentrating on your interested subject. Don’t leave studies behind.
THE RURAL SECTORS ARE STILL DEPRIVED FROM QUALITY LEVEL OF EDUCATION. WHAT ARE YOUR THINKING IN THIS ISSUE?
Education is the basic human right. It is very important. I am glad when people get committed through NGO’S to take
education a step further. I have received offers to visit different colleges and speak on education for all. Many of my well wishers were aspired by my story and got motivation to achieve like me. I hope future contestants show excellent academic performance while they are facing the media.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS?
I have successfully finished my two years Masters program from Thailand, now I want to start a job here. I want to give my 100% at work. For the meantime I want to have quality time with my family.
YOU WERE STUDYING IN THAILAND, HOW MUCH DID YOU MISS DASHAIN?
At AIT, Thailand there was a society called Nepali Samaj. They celebrated Dashain and I was happy to be celebrating Dashain and receiving tika. I felt excited to celebrate with Nepalese at the international venue. It was more enjoyable than celebrating Dashain back home with family because I was away from home, yet I didn’t miss Dashain as I would have celebrated normally. Culturally, I explored and learned more. We visited Nepali professors for tika and received blessings in exchange.
WHAT DOES DASHAIN MEAN TO YOU?
Dashain is celebrating good over evil.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS THIS DASHAIN AFTER RETURNING BACK FROM THAILAND?
This year, I want to give more time to my family and make our bond stronger. I want to help my mom and share the household chores. I will feast scrumptious food and plan to visit family members whom I have never met for long time at tika.
YOUR MESSAGE IN DASHAIN FOR ASPIRING GENERATIONS?
Money may or may not be with you but education remains forever. Knowledge doubles when you share it to others. Be supportive and caring to others. May Dashain bring peace, prosperity and harmony in the lives of Nepali people.
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