Whatever I have achieved in my life is all due to hard work and dedication: Unnati Gurung
By CHIRAN BARUWAL FOR THE ROAMING POST
Unnati Gurung is from a humble background. As a child prodigy, she was always creative and thoughtful. Her interest in extra curriculum activities had shown early promises. However, to accomplish success is always easier said than done. But, Unnati was ruthless in her pursuit of success. Hard work pays off and today whatever Unnati has achieved is due to her persistence, endurance and dedication. A bachelor’s student from Lincoln International College, Pokhara, Unnati dreams of initiating a business of her own. “I never think of working for someone; I want to work for myself and therefore self-employment is my goal,” says Unnati with the sense of pride and confidence.
“Ever since I came to my senses, I fell in love with travelling rural areas especially bucolic parts of Nepal. Whenever I get a few days of leisure time, I set out for a tour to nearby village” said Unnati. As she grown up her interest began diversifying. She took deep interest in cultural activities and hardly did she ever miss any cultural activities whether in college or outside. An opportunity came on her way to Unnati when she registered her name for Miss Pokhara contest in 2016.
“Miss Pokhara was a huge contest for me. I had never participated in a major competition before. I had no previous experience of this kind, yet I managed to perform well and eventually surprised everyone when I was declared the 2nd runner up of Miss Pokhara-2016” said Unnati. She had no remorse for not winning the Miss Pokhara title. Unnati received ample attention of media and other sectors for her scintillating performance in the contest of Miss Pokhara 2016. Her foray into modelling and dancing came with rewards when she received an offer to dance as a lead dancer in a music video ‘Parbat Ki Cheli’.
Her uncanny ability to speaking artistically brought her yet another success when she was asked to host Mr & Miss Kaski-2017. “I knew I was eloquent but yet I was not a professional orator of any sort, but I accepted the opportunity as a challenge. I was more than satisfied as I successfully hosted the program,” said Unnati with a broad smile on her face.
The other day Chiran Baruwal had an opportunity to talk with Unnati Gurung, where she spoke at length about her early endeavours, success and most importantly, some lessons she learnt from the failures.
Excerpts from an interview with Unnati Gurung.
In the beginning of the interview, you said that you love travelling to rural Nepal.
Travelling is in my blood. I like to travel but my preference is to see rural parts of the country. Visiting to rural villages always motivate me and it keeps my spirit buoyant. Being a girl a travelling is not as easy as for the boys yet I managed to travel such villages like Sabet, Chitre, Panchase, Dhampus, Ghandruk, Siklesh, Durlung and so on.
As you have traveled some villages, which one has won your heart?
In fact, all villages are unique but I found Panchase the most attractive. The flora and fauna found in Panchase are simply otherworldly. However, it was not that easy to reach Panchase. I walked all the way from Dimuwa to Panchase for about 5 to 6 hours. Panchase is a sort of model village. The village is neat and clean and the local people are always ready to welcome tourists with the flower garlands in their hands. One should not miss this village in his or her lifetime. In nutshell, I can say that Panchase is the treasure-trove of natural beauty. Until now two times I have visited the village but still I am eager to visit the village one more time.
Some voices are heard against the beauty pageant competition. What is your stand?
The truth has it that women are suppressed and discriminated for centuries. Now time has changed; women have equal rights and they can live a dignified life of their choices. Beauty pageant competition is only a platform for the women. They can stand out from the crowd and prove themselves. Let’s understand the fact that only facial beauty is not enough to win a beauty pageant competition. One must have bundle of talents. If I have to share my personal experience about the beauty pageant, then I must say that I have learnt many positive things after participating in the beauty pageant competition.
Many people have misconception about the beauty pageant competition. They may think that beauty pageant encourages girls to clad in scanty dresses and therefore spreading vulgarity in the society. This is not true at all. The contestants have to go through intense training sessions where they have to learn so many things. Art of speaking, discussing in a group, giving speeches before the crowd and even the manner of eating out in a party were a few to name a contestant should learn. Thus, this is a package course to improve one’s overall personality and character.
The tentacles of corruption have reached far and wide even beauty pageant competition is no exception. Do you accept this accusation against beauty pageant?
I think, to some extent, this is true. We have been watching all the competitions closely and yes at times we felt some discrepancies. Such competitions should be more transparent. However, this is not the case with Pokhara. Until now, I have not noticed any sort of corruption involved in the competition of Miss Pokhara.
One of your music videos was quite popular. Would you please tell us more about that music video?
Miss Pokhara competition was shown live on Gandaki television. After having watched my performance in Miss Pokhara contest, one of the musical groups offered me to play a lead dancer’s role in the music video. They found my dancing skills were far below their expectations. I pushed myself hard and put my heart and soul together and finally I was included as a lead dancer in the music video.
You have successfully hosted Mr. & Miss Kaski contest. To host a program is always a big challenge. How did you manage all that?
The success lies in sincerity and devotion. Yes, I always put my one hundred percent to do anything. It is my nature that I never take things for granted. I knew it was a big challenge for me but at the same time, I saw an opportunity in the offer. I believe in hard work and dedication and when these two things are applied we can achieve anything in our lives. My friends asked me if I had taken any training to become a host. The truth is ‘No’. I practiced before the mirror for several hours at night. At times even my parents would come to me and ask to go to bed as it would disturb their good night sleep. So, I should say hard work pays off.
You said earlier that you are interested to start a business of your own. What business would you like to set up?
I want to set up a restaurant of different kind. Quality foods, prompt service and hygienic environment around the restaurant should be the features of my restaurant. Being a girl myself, I want to employ all female staff in my restaurant, setting a unique example before the conservative society of ours where girls are socially, politically and religiously discriminated. I want to see more girls standing on their own feet and leading a dignified lifestyle.
If you don’t mind I want to know your opinion on love marriage and arranged marriage.
This subject has become highly debatable whether a love marriage is good or arranged marriage is good. Trust is very essential in marriage. If there is trust in the marriage, then no matter whether it is a love marriage or an arranged marriage, there will be no difference at all. We have seen both types of marriages culminating to a disastrous end. Increasing numbers of divorce cases can be taken for example.
What about study abroad…any planning?
I have not given a thought about study abroad yet. First of all, I want to complete my Bachelor’s degree after then I will see what is good for me.
If you want to say anything for the online readers of The Roaming Post.
This is my first experience of giving an interview to any English Language magazine. I am very excited to see my interview online. I want to make a humble request with the readers for reading my interview and making their valuable comments. Thank you The Roaming Post and thank you Mr. Chiran.
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Chiran Baruwal is studying management at New Galaxy higher secondary school. Writing is his new found hobby but he loves traveling and wants to make new friends. He has planned to go to US and study business at the University of North Texas. The author can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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