Miss Nepal Controversies (1994 – 2019)

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.
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Anushka Shrestha : Miss World 2019 journey starts in London, UK

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO-IbZkeBzs

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.
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Pooja Sharma met ex-king Gyanendra and Himani Shah

Actress Pooja Sharma has shared photos of herself meeting the ex-king and ex-princess Himani Shah. In instagram she has shared photos and her thoughts on the meeting.

Himani and Pooja both look beautiful in the following post shared by Pooja Sharma.


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Miss Nepal Anushka Shrestha introduction video for Miss World 2019

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!

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Nirvana Bhandary – a random Nepali model

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?

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THE POLITICS OF TANNING (Part 2/3) 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?

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And she says:
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Usha Khadgi, Miss Nepal 2000 to divorce?

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.”

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Miss Earth 2019: Riya Basnet is representing Nepal as Miss Earth Nepal 2019

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.


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Top 10 Dashain Songs

2019 update :

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:


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Historical Nepali Voices – Nepali celebrities of the past

Voices of Royal Family

Voice of King Mahendra
Address to the nation during his 2017 BC coup. And, Nepali language address to the British parliament.

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Voice of King Birendra

Voice of King birendra when he addressed public ceremonies:
– King Birendra at White House in 1983 December 7
– 3rd SAARC Summit in Kathmandu 1986
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Sitasma Chand, Miss Nepal 2007, Father’s day message

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.”

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When my cousin showed me this pic of my father my heart smiled, it hurt and it also wondered. It's been so long. I spent barely 15 years of my life with him but he was my father. I wonder how things would be now if he were here today, I wonder if I'd be able to get him through his bad days, I wonder if he'd be proud of me. 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. 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. 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. Don't leave it to the last minute to realise what you had was unconditional love that you ignored and now all you are left with are regrets and memories. 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 😊 #buwa #memoirs #father #loveyourparents #family

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And this is her mother:

Sitashma shared this photo on Mother’s Day

Shilpa Pokharel and Chhabi Raj Ojha divorce process started

In a latest news, the marriage between actress Shilpa Pokharel and film producer Chhabi Raj Ojha has been ended soon after their marriage was made public. Although they had married in 2016, Shilpa and Chhabi had kept it a secret until now.

In a heart-touching interview, Shilpa Pokharel, told about the torture she had lived through. Now, she has told that she has filed for divorce.

I have prepared a full report on the case:
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Dixita Karki – 14 years old YouTuber, singer

Popularly known as Pugu , Dixita Karki is a new sensation in Nepal. She is a singer and a YouTuber. She is quite popular because of her family background and also because of her father. The father, Chetan Raj Karki, is a musician himself. It’s because of her father, Dixita has gained such a popularity in a young age.

Dixita’s father and her mother divorced when she was 4-years-old. After the divorce, Dixita started to live with her father and grandmother.

Chetan Raj later married Anu Karki. Dixita lives with her father Chetan Raj Karki and Anu Karki. Dixita’s real mother, a woman of Tibedian origin, Nima, lives in Pokhara and is running her own business there. In addition to music Dixita’s father also owns a restaurant.

The mother, Anu Karki, is a drummer. That makes a musician family.
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Shrinkhala got into Religion trouble again !

Last time it was Christianity. She distributed Santa Clause things during Christmas to poor kids and was accused of promoting Christianity to poor unsuspecting kids. She did that for the kid’s fun and entertainment.

Now, she is being the target of Muslim people in Nepal. There was a fashion show featuring hijab and Shrinkhala along with actress Priyanka Karki and banker Raveena Desraj participated in the fashion show. But, their participation was controversial.

This is what people think – “Now Promoting hijab. Next promote burqa. Next promote sharia law in Nepal. And next stone a woman to death in Tudikhel for marrying someone she chooses.”

One commenter says: “I am extremly disappionted @shrinkhala_ ..Hijab is a symbol of women oppression ..I am not against the people who wears it because its their choice but please do not encourage it ..it should not be something you celebrate.”
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Barsha Raut troll and Namrata Shrestha and Priyanka Karki conflicting responses

Two actresses have totally different approach on the troll that has been going on in the internet.

A usually sober actress, Barsha Raut, appeared in a revealing cloth in the premier of her film ‘Jatrai Jatra’ in Sydney, Australia. That is in contrast of the perception that Barsha doesn’t prefer showing off her body. When the trolls start to surface, Barsha’s husband responded by telling that he was supportive of Barsha (video temporarily removed).

Then came Priyanka Karki. The actress often being trolled herself also supported Barsha and wasn’t happy for those taking the issue negatively. Priyanka Karki in her Instagram post wrote: For all the peopel sying the dress is too ‘low cut’ she should have worn something sober … the dress is too ‘revealing’, you shouldn’t have done that for publicity …
NO! You (the ones saying the most demeaning and disrespectful stufd about a woman. YES YOU!) Actually you’re too ‘judgmental’ and you need to STOP THAT SHIT! NOW!”
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