Manya, who was born in Kushinagar, grew up in tough circumstances, spending nights without food & sleep, walking miles just to save a few rupees. She yearned for books and clothes that were not hand-me-downs, but luck, she says, was never in her favour.
Being a auto rickshaw driver her father couldn’t earn much.
Her parents mortgaged whatever little jewellery they had to pay Manya’s exam fee. “She believes that education is the strongest weapon one can have with themselves at all times”.
“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.
She studied during the day, washed dishes in the evening and worked at a call centre at night to get by. “I’ve walked hours to reach places so I could save the rickshaw fare,” she said in one of her posts.
At 14, she ran away from her UP home to Mumbai, the city of dreams, to make something of her life and at 20, Manya Singh, Miss India 2020 runner-up, believes she hasn’t just won a crown but earned herself a halo. While the challenge for her parents — an autorickshaw driver and a housewife-turned beautician mother — was to keep the family of four afloat, Singh said she always had big dreams. Born in Mumbai and raised in the small town of HataKushinagar district in Uttar Pradesh, the 19-year-old was crowned VLCC Femina Miss India 2020 runner-up in a ceremony last week.
She has showed the world that all is possible if you are committed to yourself and your dreams. Your attitude of never giving up will make your dreams come true.