CyberSansar : Exclusive
Interview with Abilash Thapa (Mr. Kantipur 2007)
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Born in Kavre and living in New Zealand for eight years, this talented young man recently won the Mr. Kantipur title while in a short (two months) visit to Nepal. He remarks it as a worthwhile stay as he achieved “something” in a short period of time. Although he is back to New Zealand already, we had caught up exclusive with Abilash to talk about the event, his experience and the win over. Let’s see what made him win!
Here are some excerpts of the interview...
1. First of all congratulations for the title! Would you like to share your feelings?
Thank you very much! It always feels great to achieve something, I’m really very happy!
2. Tell us about your experience in the event. How was it participating in the “Mr. & Ms. Kantipur 2007” competition?
Well, in short…, it was good! I made some good friends during the occasion and got to know many more things about Nepal. But simply talking about the event, it wasn’t as much expected.
3. As much expected…? In which terms; please explain...
As far as I’m informed, it’s one of the prestigious titles and it requires a serious concern from the organizing team to present it. But as I perceived, the organizers didn’t seem as much serious. It’s not that they do not have the potential of event management but they didn’t seem to be fully utilizing their capabilities or giving their 100% to the event. So, there were many things that the contestants were “not so” pleased with.
4. What were the complexities you or the other contestants had to face?
I don’t know if it was because of time limitations…., we didn’t get much time to rehearse and there were some other technical problems too. It’s funny but at times the lights in the changing room went off and we couldn’t even find our ties! So, there were such problems. Also, I’d heard that they had announced some cash prize for the title holders. But we haven’t received it yet! Well, it’s not about the money… We got the trophy and the title! We weren’t there for cash prize but yet, “It’s not about the money; it’s about the principals”.
5. We hope the organizers will take care of these things next time...! Let’s talk about your educational background. Where did you do your schooling & college?
I studied at Banasthali from 1 to 9th grade and after 9th grade I studied in New Zealand. Now I’m soon going to start five years pilot course in New Zealand.
6. That’s pretty impressive! Have you any plans to come to Nepal and do something for the country (even if not now!)?
Yes, even if not now, definitely after some years I can use my knowledge and experience and whatever I have learned in life so far.
7. For how long are you in Nepal? Are you visiting for the first time after 8 years?
I’m returning New Zealand tomorrow. Like I said, I am going to start the pilot course. It’s my 2nd visit to Nepal in eight years and I’m happy to be going back with this achievement.
8. By the way, like other titles…, don’t you have any responsibilities to make within this year as a title holder “Mr. Kantipur 2007”?
I guess not! I’m not informed about it. Think it’s just the competition we took for the title.
9. What preparations did you do for the event?
We just prepared for the walk and little for the introduction round. Rest, it was just some self preparations and mind make-ups.
10. Have you participated in any such events?
No, it’s the first time.
11. What are your future plans? Besides, being a Pilot? Are you going to take up modeling?
Well, I won’t take up modeling seriously as a career, but if offered, will surely think about it!
12. Did you win any titles besides the main title?
No. Just the main title.
13. Anyways, in your opinion what skills or qualities in you made you win the title “Mr. Kantipur 2007”?
Well, I think, comparatively… it’s the conversational skill and I answered the final question pretty well! (smiles)
14. What was the question asked? Would you mind telling the question and your answer to the readers?
Yes, more or less the question was… In the current scenario, what can we do to develop Nepal?
And my answer more or less was… Unity is the biggest strength. If unity is there, then there will be unification. In order to develop, we’ve got to stay united and work hard. Let’s make our country corruption free and make a fair decision-making.
15. Lastly, any message or anything you want to share?
Always be optimistic and be happy with what you do. Have faith is yourself, success is guaranteed.
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