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Truly Inspiring: Meet Manya Singh, Miss India Runner-Up and daughter of an auto driver

Mumbai: Day in day out we come across many stories of inspiration, which leaves a special mark in our heart, encouraging many to work towards success no matter what the circumstances be. Here is one straight from the aisle of VLCC Femina Miss India 2020 event where one pretty woman not only inspired us with her story but has enlightened us to steer ahead in life to achieve your goals through sheer determination and hard work.

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Manya Omprakash Singh, who was recently crowned VLCC Femina Miss India 2020 Runner-Up, was born in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh- the land chosen by the Gods for their incarnation and is the daughter of an autorickshaw driver. Manya has not had an easy childhood and she revealed about it in an Instagram post that featured pictures of her family. She penned a long inspirational note with the images, talking about her mother mortgaging her jewellery to let Manya complete her studies, her running away from home and doing various jobs just to survive, among other things.

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The caption read, “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 jewellry my mother had to ensure that I paid my exam fees in order to earn a degree (sic).”

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She added, “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. (sic)”

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Manya’s story of grit, hard life, patience and later accomplishing her dreams has not only made her parents proud, but all of us as well and we hope Manya is able to touch new heights in the coming days and continue to sparkle amidst all adversities.

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