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It’s a hard life; But it’s still LIFE

In this race of life, we must often dare to rise above obstacles, no matter time or circumstance. Whether small or big, we must work to fulfill our responsibilities and build self reliance. Among thousands of people walking unknown on the streets, there are a few that stand out with hard work and determination written across their face. They meet life’s challenges head on with a smile, not losing hope, building a secure tomorrow. In this edition, WOW spoke to four women street vendors to learn about their work, their life and their dreams. Excerpts:

Shiksha Upreti
22 (Balaju)
Runs a second-hand bookstore in Jamal

“Some people complain these books are old and sometimes the syllabus changes. This sets back my business. I chose to do this because I believe in the power of education. Book sellers are here to serve and secure people’s right to study and knowledge. But it would be hard for us to survive without profit, and yet some people expect to get these books for free,” says Shiksha Upreti who runs a second hand bookshop.

The business was started by her father years ago, and it’s been five years since Shiksha has been helping him. From 9 am to 3 pm, she works in the shop and then attends evening classes at Tri-Chandra College. She loves to write poems and stories, and believes that good times and bad are both a part of life’s journey…what really matters is your attitude. Shiksha is also one of the very few young people who believes that no work is too small or too big for the person who believes in the power of dreams.

Shiksha’s Dream: “I want to teach children through art; particularly children with autism and visual impairment. I also want to make my bookstore computerised and well managed.”