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The Most Eligible 2019

Successful, smart, confident, artistic and creative, this year’s choice for WOW’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes is an interesting mix of personalities and professions. Curious? Learn more as you read on.

Compiled by:  Pabita Dahal and Sachitra Gurung
wow photo file © Gokul Shrees

Mayenk Khadka

Profession: Owner, Club Deja Vu
Age: 27 years
Zodiac sign: Libra
Nickname: Ballu
Height: 6 feet 2 inches

This good looking bachelor is the owner of the renowned Club Deja Vu in the capital. He completed his BBA from the British College and is currently enrolled for his MIBM. Mayenk is an amiable, compassionate, protective and a family person. More importantly, all those who know him vouch that he has a heart of gold.

What do your family and friends like most about you?

I am fearless when it comes to protecting my loved ones and am very compassionate. They say I am kind, polite and a genuine person.

What are the three important things for a marriage to work?

Love, respect, communication and commitment are the primary elements while understanding, trust, selflessness and forgiveness are secondary.

What would be your commitment to your better half? 

I don’t think one commitment is enough. So here are few: I would stick by her through tough times and would also be with her in her difficulties, promise to always keep our personal life as priority.

If you could change any norms of marriage, what would you change?

I would definitely change the caste system.

Relationship goals

1. Travel around the world, especially Greece and England.
2. Try all kinds of food while travelling.
3. Attend concerts of our favourite international artistes.
4. Scuba diving.
5. Trek in the mountains of our country.

Wish-list

Love or arranged marriage…
Love marriage for sure.

How would you propose?
It would be dramatic and romantic. I not sure how I am going to do it, but it will be awesome.

Ideal Bride
Someone who is mature, has a good sense of humor, a giving heart, ample love for family, and mostly she should be emotionally compatible.

Wedding venue
It would be inside the valley. I would prefer an open space with classy decoration, no hotels or party palaces.

Music
I would go for something soothing rather than stereotypical wedding songs. There is one band that plays in our club, Trishna. I just love them. I would surely hire them if they agreed.

Wedding attire
I think Nepali men don’t have that many options when it comes to the wedding attire. It’s either Daura Suruwal with a classic Khukuri or a tuxedo.

Food
Continental and a genuine Nepali thali for dinner.

Honeymoon
Greece and England

What would you want to pick up your bride in?
A buggy

Who would you want to take your wedding pictures?
I would hire my brother, Sujit Potey. Currently, he is the best in this business.

 

Ruby Karki

Profession: Artist
Age: 25 years
Zodiac sign: Pisces
Height: 5’4”

Ruby has the talent of painting through which she depicts life on canvas.  The themes of her work include gender roles, identity, human rights, sexuality and beauty.  She has a Masters degree in Philosophy and Social Policy from the George Washington University. Among family and friends, she is recognised to be caring, encouraging and kind hearted.

What do your family and friends like most about you?

I am really encouraging when it comes to supporting people that are close to me to stand up for themselves or to not engage in self-deprecation; it’s really important for me to make sure that people around me are doing right by themselves. And I am easily led, so it’s rather easy for me to be peer-pressured into going somewhere or meeting people even when I am tired and sleepy and its way past my bed-time.

What are the most important things for a marriage to work?

Trust and communication are key factors in the success of any relationship. It has a lot to do with how vulnerable and honest we are willing to be with each other.

What would be your commitment to your better half?

Different people need different things and there is no real set model for what kind of commitments a healthy relationship consists of. When we come together as partners, it’s up to us to be able to communicate about needs and expectations and figure out what our commitments to one another are that way.

WISH-LIST

Love or an arranged marriage…
Are these the only choices?

Your ideal partner
I don’t have preconceived notions of what is desirable and what is not. I tend to find certain things attractive. I like people who aren’t strict in their ideas of gender conformity. I like people who are creative and engaged into weird things. Besides that, I try to gauge how I feel based on how I react to someone rather than how I expect them to be.

Wedding Venue
Patan Museum

Music
If you’re asking me who I would want to serenade me and a number of friends and family on a magical evening… Kiran Nepali from Kutumba and The Sarangi Project and Sajal Pradhan, who’s doing very well as a sustainable-infrastructure entrepreneur.

Wedding attire…
I have always really fancied the idea of being in blue, it’s my favourite colour. Anita Dongre did something called Songs of Summer, I thought that the aesthetics were cool.

Food
Cake for sure!

Honeymoon destination…
I am caught between the idea of road-tripping for months around Nepal, or just lazing around in a warm sunny place, eating fruits and swimming.

An accessory that you would want to wear at your wedding?
A brooch, maybe more than one. I think they should pretty much be worn everywhere. I am mad at myself for not doing it more. 

Who would you want to take your wedding pictures?
My fellow artist Bikrant Shreshtha and his wife Amy would do amazing work as an events/photography duo. People are obsessed to have them.

 

Rabin Shrestha

Profession: Businessman /Artist /Filmmaker
Age: 38 years
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Height: 5’5”

Accelerating his accomplishments in the field of business, Rabin Shrestha is ambitious and focused. He is also passionate about art and filmmaking. He used to be part of a fusion rock band called Tantra as the lead singer and guitarist. As a filmmaker, he has worked as a cinematographer and co-producer in the movie Mokshya and produced the movie Mukhauta. Rabin is student of Bachelors in Tourism Management and graduated from Queensfield Business School, Singapore.

What do your family and friends like most about you?

I think it’s my nature and my passion for what I do. My family loves me for being friendly, funny and hardworking.

What are the most important things for a marriage to work?

Love, respect, understanding and honesty.

What would be your commitment to your better half?

I will be always there for her in any kind of situation.

If you could change any norms of marriage what would you change?

I would change the caste system though it’s not a big issue these days.

Relationship goals

1. Travel the whole world
2. Start a business together
3. Get drunk and go crazy
4. Adventure trip and sports
5. Release a music album/video together if she sings

WISH-LIST

Love or an arranged marriage…
Love marriage

How would you propose?
If I could, I would take her to the top of the world and propose.

Wedding venue…
Maldives but if in Nepal, it would be Rara.

Music
Mix of beautiful romantic and danceable music. There are a lot of Nepali bands that I love to hear but I won’t be hiring them since most of them would be included as guests at my wedding.

Wedding attire
Armani Tuxedo

Food
Healthy and delicious food

Honeymoon destination
Paris

What would you want to pick up your bride in?
A buggy

 

Romit Shakya

Profession: Entrepreneur
Qualifications: MSc. Marketing; BSc. Economics, University of East Anglia
Age: 26 years
Zodiac sign: Virgo-Libra Cusp
Height: As tall as Tom Cruise

Romit Shakya has completed his Bachelor’s in Economics and Accountancy and Master’s in Marketing and Management from University of East Anglia. He is the Business Development Manager at Kuber Jewelers, a company renowned for its exquisite handmade gold and silver jewellery. Humble and down to earth, Romit is known for his generous heart and assertive mind.

What do your family and friends like most about you?

Fairly debatable if it’s the best quality, but I strive for perfection. As big of an illusion it maybe, it ensures that I am always on my toes. Pushes me to do better than I had originally imagined, be better than the person I was yesterday. I like to keep raising the bar.

What does it take for a marriage to work?

Unconditional love and friendship. I believe that you should have the ability to shoulder no matter what life throws at you. You try and fix when it’s broken rather than discard it. Being best friends, your love for each other overrides trying to prove a point and goes beyond you guarding your ego when things go sideways.

What would be your commitment to your better half?

Will knock sense when I need to, will apologise when I must, will always stand by her, and promise to only keep falling more and more for her.

If you could change any norms of marriage what would you change?

I believe our value system, morals, so called ‘rules’ should be applicable only as long as they are valid and have a sensible explanation as to what and why we are doing or following certain things in a particular way. Many of what should/shouldn’t be done is passed down and thrust onto us without knowing the essence of it. And the worst of it all is that we don’t question anything! Rather, we tend to ignore. I believe that change needs to come from us.

Relationship goals

1. Live, laugh and enjoy a nice bottle of red wine, every now and then.
2. Build an empire together.
3. Have an exchange of our individual list of places we’d want to travel and then go there alone.
4. Engage in volunteering and charitable giving.
5. Make it a point to go on a spiritual quest.

WISH-LIST

Love or arranged marriage…
No strict preference. Finding the right person is essentially what is of paramount importance.

The ideal bride
I am quite convinced that ‘ideal’ does not exist. One is being purely superficial and selfish when s/he confines and allocates someone that fits the description of what is ‘ideal’. S/he is ‘ideal’ as long as one keeps fulfilling what your counterpart wants you to do. At the end of the day, it is just an ego-fuelling activity, as you’re bound to be disappointed once your better half drifts away from that description with the passing of time and other external/unaccounted factors. Hence, I’ll stick with compatibility for now.

How would you propose?
I would be writing romantic novels if I knew the ideal way (laughs). Anyway, I would be focusing on working my way up from tiny intricate details that I know will click and what my partner would appreciate, something that will make her heart skip a beat for sure.

Wedding venue
Home is where I would prefer the ceremonial rituals to be carried out. It is meant to be an auspicious occasion, filled with happiness, relentless joy and full of positive energy. All of that should lie at home and nowhere else. Also, I happen to have the utmost respect for our culture. For the wedding reception, literally any establishment that has high-ceilings will do. That’s a must.

Music
Acoustic, even better if it is purely instrumental, I guess piano is the answer.

Wedding attire
Call it wishful thinking, but hopefully a nice designer label three-piece suit would make everything almost perfect. Also, I would be adding the bracelet that I am wearing now. My father has personally handcrafted it for me.

Honeymoon destination
I would probably delegate the task to a trusted friend who has a fair share of globe-trotting and knows me/my to-be-wife fairly well. The destination would be unknown to us.

Suryansh Chaudhary

Profession: Director, CG|Holdings
Age: 20 years
Zodiac:  Gemini
Nickname: Suru
Height:  5’11″

Suryansh Chaudhary is a student of business management at the American University in Dubai. Being a member of Chaudhary Group, he has great ambition to become a business icon. He is fun loving, affectionate, sensible and travel lover.

What do your family and friends like most about you?

I am a fun-loving guy. My family and friends love me for my affectionate nature.

What makes a marriage work?

Compatibility and compromise.

Relationship goals

I might sound a bit filmy, but I would want to grow old with her.

Make beautiful memories

Travel the world

Start a family

Enjoy life to the fullest

WISH-LIST

Love or arrange marriage…
Marriage is a very farfetched thought for me at the moment. I will decide that when the time is right

The ideal bride
I believe it’s the understanding and trust that defines a relationship. I would definitely want those characteristics in my partner

How would you propose?
It surely has to be very romantic. I have a fascination with sunsets so may be the setting will be amidst nature

Venue
I would love to get married in one of the romantic palaces in Rajasthan.

Music
Any music that will get everyone in the celebration mode

Wedding attire
As it is a trend, I would love a designer to dress me up in ethnic attire. Some that hit my mind are Sabyasachi or Rohit Bal who are well-known in their field.

Honeymoon destination
Bali

What would you want to pick up your bride?
A vintage car

Shikshya Sangroula

Profession:  Model /VJ/Voice-over artist
Age: 23 years
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius
Nickname: SangGang
Height: 5’6”

Shikshya Sangroula, originally from Biratnagar, is not a new name in the field of modelling. She has already left an imprint on fans long time back as a VJ. She is studying for her bachelor’s degrees at the Nepal College of Management. Compassionate and friendly Shikshya is extremely fond of travelling and adventure, and is a big animal lover.

What do your family and friends like most about you?

I am loving and caring towards every living being on earth. My friends and family love my fun-loving nature.

What would be your commitment to your better half?

I will be true to him and will never let him battle alone in difficult times.

If you could change any norms of marriage what would you change?

I would like to change norm of changing surname. I will always be Sangroula and I will make sure my children get my surname as well.

Relationship goal

Travel around the world, that’s it!

WISH-LIST

Love or an arranged marriage…
Love marriage

Ideal groom
Someone who is hard working, career oriented, independent and an animal lover.

Music
I would love to have Kutumba play on my wedding day.

Venue
It would be in my hometown Biratnagar.

Wedding attire
I would love to wear a sari or a lehenga, but I am not sure about the designer.

Honeymoon destination
Maldives and Switzerland

Amuda Mishra

Zodiac sign: Aries
Profession: Executive Director, Ujyalo Foundation

Amuda Mishra is the Executive Director of Ujyalo Foundation. With an open mind and unconventional spirit, Amuda personifies today’s woman. She describes herself as a feminist, and a lover of coffee, rain, and sunflowers.

What do you consider to be your best quality?

That I have a very optimistic outlook on everything.

What does it take for a marriage to work?

Communication and empathy.

What would be your commitment to your better half?

I will always share a piece of my cake with you, always.

If you could change any norms of marriage what would you change?

I feel kanyadaan is an awful ritual in marriage. This truly feels like parents are ‘donating’ their daughter to others. I would definitely omit that from the list.

Relationship goals

1. Go scuba diving
2. Do samba, at least once
3. Go see Mount Everest
4. Read as many books as possible
5. Travel to Paris, together

WISH-LIST

Love or arranged marriage
Whichever finds me first.

Ideal groom
Someone who can hold a good conversation.

Venue
Any place that has a courtyard.

Music
Jatayu. Love their music!

Flowers
Sunflowers

Lighting
Somber

Wedding attire
Anything I am comfortable in

Makeup
Not a big fan of heavy makeup, so something light and natural.

Food
I love thakali food, so that will definitely be on the menu and a lot of desserts.

Honeymoon destination
Somewhere with both the beach and the mountains.

Avashna Shrestha

Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Profession: Physiotherapist

Avashna Shrestha is a certified physiotherapist currently working for Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) and All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) as the official physiotherapist for the under-15 national team. She describes herself as a workaholic and a travel fanatic.

What do your family and friends like most about you?

One thing I hear from them very often is that I am compassionate. I am ready to help them whenever and wherever.

What does it take for a marriage to work?

Love, care and compassion are key essentials, but communicating on every possible thing with your spouse must be a priority and a daily constant, while everything around you is changing. If you do, you have a better chance at being in a good marriage and not fear waking up wondering, who did you marry?

What would be your commitment to your better half?

He will always have a best friend to support him through thick and thin.

If you could change any norms of marriage what would you change?

I would like to see every family celebrate their daughter-in-law as much as their son.

Relationship goals

Travel to every possible place we could.

WISH-LIST

Love or an arranged marriage
Love, because marrying the one you care for is undeniably better than marrying a total stranger. Also, you do not have a deadline to know each other. You can take your time to know each other before tying the knot.

Ideal groom
It’s quite hard to sum it up in a few words but I would prefer a humble guy full of compassion who sticks with me through thick and thin. And love should always be there, of course.

Venue
I would love a destination wedding in the Himalayas, preferably base camp if everything goes right.

Music
Any love song that would live up to the ambience.

Flowers
Lots of red roses

Wedding attire
Definitely traditional

Food
A taste of every cuisine possible

Honeymoon destination
I always wanted to go to Paris.

Accessories
A couple of bangles which are gifts from my mum

Makeup
Simple bridal makeup that would complement my complexion.

Tenzing David Sherpa

Age: 31
Zodiac sign: Virgo
Profession: Physiotherapist
Nickname: David (It’s my middle name so not really a nickname, but there are lots of other ‘Tenzings’ in my family)
Height: 6’2″

Born and raised in Kathmandu to a Belgian mother and a Sherpa father, Tenzing has always had a thirst for experiencing new cultures and taking in the best of both worlds. He is the Founder and Senior Physiotherapist at Kinesiology Physiotherapy. Nowadays, he can be found more immersed in the development of several different projects with the family.

What do your family and friends like most about you?

I am passionate about everything I do and a bit of a perfectionist.

What are the most important things for a marriage to work?

Every day you see seemingly happy marriages/relationships coming to an end so I really cannot profess to know the answer to this question. I would say the basics of genuinely caring for each other and understanding/appreciating the value that your partner brings to your life would have to be crucial.

What would be your commitment to your better half?

That I would always look out for her and our families’ best interests first.

If you could change any norms of marriage what would you change?

I come from a mixed-race family so we are very liberal. I do not have a problem with any traditional norms as long as the couples are happy with them and often are proud that it is a part of their identity. However this is a very personal issue and if there are any norms the couples do not agree to then I feel they should have the freedom to decide against it.

Relationship goals

1. Travel
2. Have children
3. Create family traditions during holidays (for example Christmas at home)
4. Run a business together, possibly a restaurant (if that interests her)
5. Quiet evenings with a book/movie and wine