Dreams are something that all of us, regardless of King or country, have in common.
The widely respected site psychologytoday.com shares “Freud said that whether we intend it or not, we’re all poets. That’s because on most nights, we dream. Freud essentially called dreams those poems we tell ourselves at night in order to experience our unconscious wishes as real.
Dreams allow us to be what we cannot be, and to say what we do not say, in our more repressed daily lives.”
When we dream while awake, it gives us profound hope that we can become, what we are not yet.
The first female wrestler in Nepal, Bhagawati Khadka, is a dreamer who dreams large. One day she hopes to be mentioned as one of the top ten wrestlers in the world.
You go girl!
Nepal officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country located in South Asia with a population of approximately 27 million. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by China and to the south, east, and west by India.
When you view Bhagawati’s biography which includes her training program, you know that this beautiful young woman is very serious about seeing her dreams become reality.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.….Langston Hughes
Women’s wrestling in Nepal is similar to women participating in wrestling events in India. The main attraction are the male wrestlers, there is an outdoor boisterous crowd including children, mostly young males, and the crowds are enthusiastic and surprisingly very accepting.
In India it is a more mainstream venture with the girls wrestling in freestyle attire in tournaments outdoors on soft dry dirt in the same area where the men wrestle. In the Far East, India is one of the powerhouses in female freestyle wrestling with the notable sisters and super stars Geeta and Babita Phogat paving the way. Femcompetitor Magazine has written about them.
There is also a new professional wrestling production in India as well named the Pro Wrestling League.
By comparison Nepal is just starting out so it’s understandable that they have a ways to go but still have made considerable progress even allowing women to wrestle is hopeful change.
Ms. Bhagawati Khadka is the first female wrestler and an aspiring film actress as well who has already appeared on film.
As she makes her entrance, the large crowd is there surrounding the typical squared circle wrestling ring and I would estimate them to be in the thousands. Also present with a slightly ominous feel are military soldiers with sticks to keep the crowd under control.
When you look at Bhagawati’s Twitter, she is clearly a fan of the WWE and her character is groomed to fit that style. Nepal’s is not a freestyle wrestling venue but a simpler imitation of America’s Indie circuit which sometimes have matches outdoors.
Bhagawati enters provoking the crowd and while I wouldn’t describe her as a villain, she certainly is not the heroine either.
Her training has paid off.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.…..Henry David Thoreau
She has the basic moves down pat with the standard flips, head scissors, elbow drops, clotheslines and body shots and according to her Twitter hopes to make the top ten women wrestlers in the world, namely the scripted WWE Diva type.
She’s ambitious and has the charisma and passion to make that happen. Like an ancient Amazon Warrior she loves to climb to the top rope and raise her fists of victory in the air. She certainly knows how to work the crowd.
Bhagawati is from Kathmandu.
You’ve probably heard of Kathmandu through film but how much do you know about this fascinating city?
It is the only city of Nepal with the administrative status of Mahanagar (Metropolitan City), as compared to Upa-Mahanagar (Sub-Metropolitan City) or Nagar (City). Kathmandu is the core of Nepal’s largest urban agglomeration located in the Kathmandu Valley consisting of Lalitpur, Kirtipur, Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur and a number of smaller communities.
Kathmandu is also known informally as “KTM” or the “tri-city”. According to the 2011 census, Kathmandu Metropolitan City has a population of 975,453.
The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. It is surrounded by four major hills.
The city has a rich history, spanning nearly 2000 years, as inferred from inscriptions found in the valley.
In Kathmandu like all other parts of the world, the people imitate Bhagawati.
They love to dream.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.…..Harriet Tubman
The wonderful travel site, lonelyplanet.com shares their dreams. “The beautifully restored Swapna Bagaicha, or Garden of Dreams is one of the most serene and beautiful enclaves in Kathmandu.”
The photogenic site asian-images.photoshelter.com expands, “The Garden of Dreams, or Swapna Bagaicha, is one of the most peaceful, green and pleasant retreats in Kathmandu. Kaiser Shamser, a Nepali field marshal, built these gardens in 1920 adjacent to his palace following a tour of several Edwardian estates in England. Recently restored to its former glory, the Garden of Dreams now functions as a public park, with art galleries and a cafe bar to complete the tableau.”
I wonder if Bhagawati spent some time there relaxing and imagining her dream?
It’s encouraging to watch the world evolve in its acceptance of allowing women to dream and live the lives they choose to, including wrestling.
She’s beautiful, Social Media savvy, expressive, entertaining, educated and athletic to name a few of her great qualities. Bhagawati is not just a girl who dreams.
She’s a dream girl.
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Sources: brainyquote.com, Wikipedia, fciwomenswrestling2.com, FCI Elite Competitor, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.