Heroes take responsibilities and initiative for themselves. They don’t blame their circumstances and use it as an excuse. And, one such hero is Nishtha Dudeja.
After winning the Miss Deaf India title, Nishtha Dudeja, who hails from Haryana, has won the title of Miss Deaf Asia at the 18th edition of Miss and Mister Deaf World – Europe – Asia Beauty Pageant 2018 held at Prague.
After facing tough competition from contestants from China, Thailand, Taiwan, Israel, Czech Republic, Belarus, Mexico, South Africa, Nishtha became the first Indian to have won any title at the Miss Deaf World Pageant.
What a moment! It was overwhelming. It's certainly something I will cherish forever! It was an amazing night. For d first time, India won any crown at Miss and Mister Deaf World pageant. I'm happy that I won dis crown for India.#NishthaDudeja #MissDeafAsia2018 #MissDeafIndia2018 pic.twitter.com/tn6txUSpWR
— Nishtha Dudeja (@nishtha_dudeja) October 20, 2018
Being born deaf, Nishtha’s strength lies in not thinking of herself being differently-abled. She chose to take her chance in the field of beauty.
“I want to thank my parents for their consistent support who were always there to help me. Now I want to help the deprived people even at the cost of my comfort. I believe that the differently abled people don’t need pity. They only deserve equal opportunities to prove themselves,” Nishtha said to Indiatimes.
Nishtha is a commerce graduate from Venkateshwara College, Delhi University, and presently pursuing MA in economics from Mithibai College, University of Mumbai.
She is also the brand ambassador for the world’s leading brand of hearing aids, Sivantos India Pvt Ltd.
As they say behind every successful story, there is someone who has worked really hard to make it happen. In Nishtha’s story, it is her mother.
Nishtha’s father, Ved Prakash Dudeja, who is a Chief Engineer in the Northern Railways, gave the credit of his daughter’s success to his wife. He firmly believes that she has worked hard for Nishtha’s success.
Nishtha’s mother, Punam Dudeja, who is a homemaker, said:
“We were heartbroken when we came to know that our child will not be able to hear lifelong but we did everything to make our daughter’s life a successful one.”
Being a bright student from her school days, Nishtha always pushed herself to learn new things.
Seeing her interest in extra-curricular activities, her mother sent her to learn judo at the age of 7. She participated in various tournaments up to international level and won medals. She is also an accomplished tennis player and has played many AITA, ITF, and Asian tour tennis tournaments.
The stories like Nishtha’s make us believe that if it is important to us, we would find a way and stop looking for excuses. We wish all the best to Nishtha for her bright future and thank her for inspiring so many women.
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