“Being A Rickshaw Driver’s Daughter, I Never Had The Opportunity To Attend School,” Miss India Runner-Up Manya Singh Talks About Her Struggles

Chirali Sharma
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Manya Singh Miss India
Manya Singh Miss India

We often hear those cliched quotes of how one should always run after their dreams and not give up.

However, I believe more than those quotes, it is real-life examples that lend much more motivation to someone. The fact that someone in our reality managed to overcome various kinds of obstacles and reach their dreamed success are much stronger than any motivational quote on a poster.

Something similar happened when the story of Manya Singh who was recently crowned as runner-up at the VLCC Femina Miss India 2020 came to light.

The Miss India pageant that recently concluded declared its three winners with Manika Sheokand from Haryana being named VLCC Femina Miss Grand India 2020 and the crown of VLCC Femina Miss India 2020 being won by Manasa Varanasi, an engineer from Telangana.

Who Is Manya Singh?

Manya Singh was born in the Kushinagar region in Uttar Pradesh. Her father is an autorickshaw driver and Manya has spoken in an Instagram post of how this affected her life.

Though she does not hold any negative feelings towards her parents and family, she does admit that her family’s economic situation impacted her in many ways.

Manya in her post talked about how she was unable to attend school as she had to start working while still a child in order to help out with her family.

She also spoke about how she ran away from home at the age of 14 and studied during the day, worked as a dishwasher during the evening and at night worked at a call center.

In her post, she also spoke of how eventually her mother mortgaged her minimal jewellery just so Manya could complete her studies.

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She wrote,

“I’ve spent numerous nights without food and sleep. I’ve spent many afternoons walking for miles on end. My blood, sweat, and tears have amalgamated into courage to pursue my dreams. Being a rickshaw driver’s daughter, I never had the opportunity to attend school as I had to start working in my teens.

All the clothes I had were hand-me-downs. I yearned for books, but luck wasn’t in my favour. Eventually, my parents mortgaged whatever little jewellery my mother had to ensure that I paid my exam fees in order to earn a degree. My mother has suffered a lot to provide for me,.

At 14, I ran away from home. I somehow managed to complete my studies in the day, became a dishwasher in the evening and worked at a call centre at night. I’ve walked hours to reach places so I could save the rickshaw fare. I am here today at the VLCC Femina Miss India 2020 stage to uplift my father, my mother, and my young brother and to show the world that all is possible if you are committed to yourself and your dreams.”

A social media post by the official Miss India page also revealed that, “Doted on by her mother, she has won the Best Student award during her HSC. She has struggled a lot in life till date, from not being able to pay her school fees, not being able to afford books and being neglected by her classmates for being an auto driver’s daughter.”

The post also reveals how Manya was called “not good-looking” and people mocked her for not being able to speak fluently.

All this struggle, however, only seems to have made Manya more determined to reach her goals and not give up.

Image Credits: Google Images

Sources: Hindustan Times, NDTV, Business Insider

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