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Everything happens for a Reason :: By Anusha Karki

On Tuesday the 8th of July, I was born in Biratnagar, Nepal. For few years, I was raised by my grandparents Naranath Prasai and Rewati Maya Prasai with the help of my aunts while my mom was finishing her N.I.S Diploma Course in Athletics in Kolkata, India which our family is very proud of while my dad was working to provide us shelter and food.

Living with my grandparents was one of the best parts of my childhood because I got to see what my mother’s parents were like. My grandfather never failed to bring a smile on my face; he shared many fables to me which taught me about the rights and the wrong, the goodness and the badness of the human character and my grandmother never failed to entertain me and taught me classic Nepali games such as “gotti” which is played with stones.

Once I got older, My family decided it was best for me to study in India.So, at the age of 9, I started studying at the Campion International School while living at the hostel. I was sad for five minutes before my parents and my aunt left me, but right after I was jumping and running around with my new friends. C.I.S taught me a lot about myself. In the next two and a half years I had learned a lot about what I liked, my interests and hobbies. I found out I loved playing sports such as soccer, swimming, and karate and enjoyed dancing. I also learned I was very good at memorizing which helped me win two awards and one of them was for Horlicks. I also made amazing friends who I’m friends with till this day.

After my time in C.I.S, it was time for me to move to the United States of America and I guess I wasn’t ready for the change. I had so many things I was looking forward to accomplishing back in India such as going to Bangalore for Karate competition representing my school, choosing my major for ninth grade, becoming one of the house vice presidents and graduating with my friends but I knew my parents had good intentions towards me. They gave up their lifestyle, left their family and friends, jobs that they worked hard for just for my better future which I’m very thankful and grateful for.

My life had turned dull after being in the U.S for a while because my daily routine consisted of school, home, repeat until I started dancing seven years ago for Nepali festivals and there was something I looked forward to once again. I learned more about our culture and festivals through the art of dance. This made me want to be part of the Nepali community which led me to volunteer for Sunday School where we taught younger kids Nepali, for Pujas , Nepali events and much more. As of today, I have performed at many local fairs, county fairs and even at colleges because I love sharing about our culture and where we come from.
Last year on the 3rd of July, F1 group hosted the first ever Miss Nepal California to rebuild a school in Nepal destroyed by the earthquake. I knew nothing about walking in heels or even what a pageant really was but what intrigued me and made me want to take part in this pageant was the wonderful cause to raise funds to rebuild a school which I knew I didn’t want to be left apart from.It has been a year since I was crowned Miss Nepal California 2015 and it has been nothing but a great experience. Last Winter, I was given the opportunity to attend an inauguration in Gorkha where we build the school. Attending this event didn’t only open my eyes, but also inspired me in many different ways. Even though my journey to Gorkha was very short, I have learned a lot and have gained a passion for doing more social work for our community.
I’m where I’m because of my parents who I’ll always be grateful to. They have been my number one supporters and are also my motivators. Many times I get out of my shell because of my mom because she once told me If you never try, you will never know what you are capable of. Sometimes I fail and sometimes I succeed, but that’s life. As of now, I am focusing on my studies and I can’t wait for what the future holds for me.

Published Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016 | 11:35 PM

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