It has been 25 years since the first Miss Nepal beauty contest was held in Nepal. After the first Miss Nepal was crowned in 1994 there had been various occasions in which the public had expressed their dissatisfaction on the choice of the judges. In most of the contests, there are always controversies because choosing a beauty contest winner is not a straight forward as choosing between black and white.
Here are the list of controversies Miss Nepal had went through in the history:
Miss Nepal 1997
The first controversy of Miss Nepal was in the third edition of the contest. The contest was originally organized by Kathmandu Jaycees. The people behind the contest were Gopal Kakshapati and the team. By the time of the third contest, the team was out of the organization and they decided to organize their own version of the beauty contest. For that Gopal and the team registered a company The Hidden Treasure and acquired the Miss World franchise. The winner of the contest was going to Miss World beauty contest. The original Miss World used to send the winner to Philippines based contest, Miss Asia Pacific International. Continue reading
Miss Nepal has reached the Miss World 2019 venue – London, UK. She has already started her journey by receiving the batch of Nepal. She is placed in Green group.
The first major event in the contest will be Head to Head challenge competition. Anushka has participated in a draw to choose her group in the competition. The contestants in her H2H group are:
Miss Mexico – Ashley Alvídrez
Miss Nepal – Anushka Shrestha
Miss Gibraltar – Celine Bolaños
Miss Tanzania – Sylvia Sebastian
Miss Cayman Islands – Jaci Patrick
Miss Poland – Milena Sadowska
Last year, Miss Mexico had won the Miss World title. Although they are different people, the reigning Miss World should have trained the new one to excel in all the competitions held in the competition. Continue reading
Miss Nepal Anushka Shrestha has prepared an attractive video to introduce herself in the Miss World 2019 competition. In the competition to be held on December 14, Anushka will represent Nepal.
The video has received positive response from viewers. I have made a video report on the video:
Anushka met with the prime minister, KP Sharma Oli and wrote:
This morning I had the honor of meeting Prime Minister of our country, KP Sharma Oli. What a confident, humble, learned individual! Had the opportunity to get blessings and talk about putting up a stellar national representation at the Miss World stage this year as well!
It is humbling to see our national leaders take time to share their words of wisdom. Thankyou very much Gauree aunti for making this happen💙
Absolutely charged with positive energy and drive to raise the flag of Nepal high as I leave for MW 2019 in 10 days!
I am sharing a the thoughts of a girl I found in Instagram. Nrivana Bhandary says:
I was born a very fair girl in Kathmandu, and I remember how my mother would be showered with compliments about how gori, and thus beautiful I was. The fair & lovely fairy.
Was I privileged because of this, even as a child? Probably, but it was invisible to me because a privileged person does not know they are privileged until they hear the stories of the oppressed. And I did not hear these stories.
In the 90s we hadn’t yet found the vocabulary to describe the discrimination dark-skinned South Asians face compared to lighter-skinned South Asians. Now we call this colourism.
Under the influence of an upbringing in the west I learned that being tan was the epitome of cool and came to value it. I too started laying on the beach for hours on end in my tiniest bikini.
I think that the western mentality regarding tans is on the right track in some ways. South-Asians shun the sun like they are vampires. They stay indoors as much as possible because they are scared that the evil sun will mar their beauty, make them dark and unattractive. But to be outdoors enjoying nature, being kissed by the sun, is undoubtably one of the most pleasurable experiences in life. Why deny oneself that?
There is a report that the marriage between Usha Khadgi and GP Timalsena is at the verge of breaking. According to a weekly magazine, ‘Shukrabar’ the couple are preparing to separate. The parents of two kids, are deciding on how to divide the property. The options are to divide into two parts or to divide into four equal parts (to each members of the family).
According to report, neither GP nor Usha has responded to the request of the information. Although they admitted in misunderstanding, they both have denied divorce preparation. GP Timalsena has asked not to contact him on this regard. He has written: “Dear all, please don’t query anything regarding our rumours going on, I am not interested. Thank you.”
The Miss Nepal Earth 2019, Riya Basnet, went to Philipines to participate in the Miss Earth beauty contest last week. She wrote:
Today as I am about to embark for another big adventure of my life, I recall the times when the thought of standing at the stage gave me chills. For a reserved child like me, who suffered from social anxiety, just taking part in the Miss Nepal was far beyond my imagination. Winning Miss Nepal itself was something that I never dared to dream as a child. But the time I starting daring, I couldn’t stop dreaming. With time, I started believing that anything is possible when you have faith in yourself. And that faith guided me towards the path of Miss Nepal 2019.
However, today’s not about me. Today’s about all those hands that were there to pick me up, every time I fall, to all those eyes that were able to see in me, what I used to deny in myself, to all those shoulder that I could lean on every-time I felt low, and to all those voices that uplifted at times of self disbeliefs. Today’s about all the people without whom I would not have experienced some of the most challenging yet empowering moments of my life. Thank you for having my back through it all. . . the mountainous highs, and the depths of hell.
Like I always say, “I am going to bring the crown home, if not for me, for all the people who believed in me more than I did.” Thank you for believing in me first.
Deepak Koirala has written some of the most popular Dashain songs. A employee of Nepal Armed Force, Koirala has written a lot of songs. Here is a video report on the lyricist, actor and director:
I have also updated the Top 10 video. Rest of the text is borrowed from the 2018 version of this post. Happy Dashain 2019 to you.
Dashain is just around the corner and I am already in Dashain mood. I have started listening to Dashain songs whenever I can. I have also made a playlist of 10 Dashain songs for myself. Then, I thought it would be a good idea if I share the list to others who might be looking to listen to Dashain songs.
I have prepared a video report on my selection of songs – broadly categorized in three parts:
1. Feel Good Dashain songs
2. Dashain problem songs
3. Sad Dashain songs
Watch the video report before I list all the 10 songs:
Nepali Movie – Chhakka Panja 2 Starring – Deepak Raj Giri, Priyanka Karki, Jitu Nepal, Kedar Ghimire, Buddhi Tamang, Barsha Raut, Gaurav Pahari, Swaroop Purush Dhakal, Swastima Khadka etc. Director – Deepa Shree Niraula
The second sequel of superhit comedy movie by Deepak Raj Giri and Deepa Shree Niraula, ‘Chhakka Panja’ was also successful. The movie features similar cast and similar story to the previous movie. The script is written by Deepak and the movie is directed by Deepa like the previous movie. The movie received a record breaking viewership on the day of its release. The movie was initially told not to be released in YouTube at all. The movie is released right before the release of their next movie ‘Chha Maya Chhapakai’ in theatre.
Nepali Movie – Kri Starring – Anmol KC, Aditi Budhathoki, Anoop Bikram Shahi, Kameshowr Chaurasiya, Saroj Khanal, Laxmi Giri etc. Director – Surendra Poudel
Anmol’s well known movie featuring Aditi Budhathoki for the first time in Nepali film industry, ‘Kri’ is released online. The action movie is directed written and edited by Surendra Poudel. Although the movie had gained a lot of media attention, the box office collection wasn’t impressive. That was despite of huge investment and featuring Anmol KC in the leading role.
Nepali Movie – Aishwarya Starring – Ramesh Upreti, Dipika Prasain, Keki Adhikari, Dipika Prasai, Prashant Tamrakar, Arjun Shrestha etc. Director – Diwakar Bhattarai
A presentation of Ramesh Upreti for Vaishno Devi Films banner, Aishwarya is his debut movie as a producer and a comeback movie as an actor. The movie directed by Diwakar Bhattarai introduced his future wife, Dipika Prasain in leading role. The film was successful and their affair was also successful. Dipika and Diwakar have already married this year.
The movie features Ramesh Upreti and Prashant Tamrakar in leading role. The love story and action film got a good critical review.
The first Parva – Kot Parva is the massacre that happened in Kot of Kathmandu. During the event, Jung Bahadur Rana killed a lot of his opponents including the reigning prime minister. After the event, he was appointed the new prime minister of Nepal.
A junior-queen of King Rajendra was planning to remove the crown-prince Surendra and make her own son Ranendra Shah the king of Nepal. For that, she had previously sought help from the prime ministers. They refused to kill the crown prince. She was hoping Jung Bahadur to help her in her mission. But, when Jung Bahadur refused, she plotted to kill Jung Bahadur. Jung Bahadur had his spies in the palace who informed him about the party at Bhandarkhal where he was to be given a poisoned food. An army was also awaiting for him there to make sure he didn’t escape.
But, Jung Bahadur countered the plot by killing all those who were conspiring against him. Although some escaped, he killed most of his opponents in the second Parva – Bhandarkhal Parva. Continue reading
Miss Nepal 2007, Sitashma Chand, lost her father when she was 15-years-old. She says, she has almost forgotten what it felt like to be a little daddy’s girl.
Sitashma says, “My family says I was his favourite as I was his youngest. Just the thought of being a daddy’s girl makes me so happy but I wonder how it felt then… it’s been too long.”
She says, she doesn’t even dream of her father much. “I saw him in my dreams once after he left us. Just once. It’s strange why I don’t dream of him as much as my sisters do. I’m sure he’s watching over me after all these years. I miss him.”
For those who have their parents, Sitashma’s request is to, “Love, respect and cherish your parents while you can. You might have fought with them, you might have had differences, you might have created your own family and not value them as much as you used to. Remember, life is uncertain.”
She adds, “If you are reading this and are lucky to have your father with you or a call away…. go hug them or call them (on my behalf too) and tell them how much you love them. Don’t wait till Father’s day.”