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1. Tell us little bit about yourself.
- My name is Barsha Moktan. I just graduated with my bachelors degree in biology and will be attending Temple Kornberg School of Dentistry to pursue my career as a dentist. I believe that life is not about getting what you want but its about loving what you have!
2. How’s life different now from one before hearing about Miss Nepal USA?
-It hasn’t been much different but as a finalist for Miss Nepal USA, I certainly feel more responsible as I am representing my country.
3. Are you enjoying the process?
- I am loving every bit of it ! I mean finding sponsors and things is pretty challenging but it’s a great way to learn how to reach out in the community and convince them. Besides, the amount of love and support I have received from my friends and family is certainly overwhelming.
4. Do you have suggestions for young Nepalese-Americans growing up here for a great future ahead?
Just embrace who you are and follow your dreams ! Especially as a Nepalese- American you have the benefit of viewing this world from two different perspectives so take advantage !Hard work and faith in yourself never fails.
5. You have accomplished so much at such a young age. What’s your long term plan?
- I still have so much more to do. I am starting dental school from this Fall 2012. So, for the next four years my education will be my primary focus. But along with that, I would like to continue working with the Nepali community to preserve our very rich and diverse culture. Becoming a dentist is just one of my career goals, it is just a step towards what I actually want to do. My long term plan is to work for the benefit and development of underserved community members in Nepal.
6. What kind of positive developments would you like to see in Nepal in next 2-5 years?
- As I have mentioned in my article, Nepal is full of potential so it would be great to see some of the resources being utilized within the next 2-5 years. Particularly, with all the destruction and loss that is going on for the road construction projects, it would be nice to see these roads running within the next couple of years.
7. Who inspires you the most?
It is not just one particular person who inspires me. I usually get inspired by certain things they do. I can get inspired by legendary personalities like Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein to some random lady I met at the grocery store. They all inspire me in their own particular way.
8. What made you interested in the fashion industry?
- I believe that Miss Nepal USA is much more that just a fashion industry. Fashion, certainly is a significant part of it and I undoubtedly enjoy all the fashion perks that comes along with as well.
9. What do you think about the current situation in Nepal?
-In this current situation, Nepal’s government is in a junction where it is almost impossible to predict, analyze or even comment on what is going on or what will happen. Although we have a lot of highly capable and experienced leaders, Everyone is too caught up in their personal opinion or their partie’s principles that they are unwilling to compromise or collaborate with each other. So, we are lacking something that is very significant for a county to run smoothly, Unity !
10.What would you suggest Nepalese Americans do to contribute for the well being of Nepal?
There are several non-profit organizations out there involved in helping Nepal. So if all the Nepalese Americans can associate with these organization and invest even very little time and money, it can make a major contribution to Nepal.
11. Your message to Nepalese Americans.
Stay untited ! As a Nepali no matter where we are we should stick together and support each others regardless of our caste or belief. We can’t expect expect a National Unity in the country without starting it at a local level.
12. How do you think the world can be made a better place for future generations?
-I believe that the world can be a better place for the future generation only if this generation shows them the right path. We have to plant the seed now in order to receive the fruit in future.
13.What do you think makes an ideal woman?
- All these years we have believed a woman is someone who is weak, naïve and dependent but today in this 21st century, Women are strong, powerful, independent and yet loving, caring and nurturing at the same time. An ideal women is someone who is capable of taking care of their family, the society ,the whole world !
14.Do you think Nepalese government is doing what it should do for the welfare of the people?
- I am saying this with much sorrow but Nepal doesn’t have a legitimate government at this time so I don’t see any possibilities of welfare for the people without its existence. They need to work on forming a stable government so they can focus on other issues that would benefit the people.
15.What do you suggest other people who have similar passion to help people but haven’t gotten to doing it?
-I am sure there are many people out there who are willing to help people.Help doesn’t necessarily have to be something major, everyone can help in their own way small or big. If you show your true interest there will be plenty of opportunities out there where you can get involved in different ways.
16. What do you think CONSISTS of a successful man?
Like David Brinkly said, a successful man is someone who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. If a man is capable of using his obstacles as a tool to move forward, he sure will be successful in anything !
17. What are the major responsibilities in your line of work?
As a future dentist, I have both legal and ethical obligations in providing the best health care to my patients. Apart from abiding by their clinical needs, it is also very significant for me to be capable of understanding and accommodating those needs with their personal situation as well.
18. How do you want to be remembered (after you are gone from this world)?
I don’t want people to remember me, I want them to remember my work and contribution I have done for them. I know it takes a lot of hard work, compassion, determination and luck to be able to earn that but hopefully I will be capable of contributing something for the people that they will remember.
19. What do you find particularly interesting about American life?
One particular thing that I find interesting about American life is “The rule of law”. It is incredible to see how the laws are being implemented and followed and how there are consequenses you have to come across if done otherwise.
20. What’s the major barrier for you in interacting with Americans?
In a country where 98% of the population is immigrants or decendents of immigrants, there shouldn’t be any sort of barrier in interacting with each other because as a Nepali,you are just representing another branch of the tree.
21. What do you do when you are not busy with your regular work?
- Whenever I am free, I am involved with the Nepalese community in Philadelphia in organizing various events or functions in the area. Although, this still takes time and effort its a great way for me to be connected with my community members. Other than that, I love watching movies and going on long drives with my all time favorite songs playing !
Source: Neprican Times