The portfolio of achievements that is with Swastik would barely with any other teenagers of his age . Literary hero, Swastik has not only achieved awards but raised voice through it to advocate for betterment of society.
Swastik Ghimire, Glocal Teen Hero 2015 finalist has recently passed his SLC from Gyanodaya Bal Batika Higher Secondary School. Apparently, he isÂ studying in Kathmandu BernHardt College under the facultyÂ Science(Physics). His Â main hobbies include reading books, writingÂ stories,poems, playing keyboard, mostly cricket.
16 year of Swastik, is shy person but very much passionate about writing since his childhood. Reading bulky novelsÂ used to be his hobby from his childhood. Coming from a literaryÂ family background, he has always been interested in literature. This led him to participate in various national level competitionsÂ which include organizations like CIAA, Nepal Police, Nepal CancerÂ Relief Society, Central Zoo and DNPWC and also the Education Ministy. Moreover, his participation and achievements include in story writing, essayÂ writing, debate and quiz.
Swastik considers his dad and seniors as his inspirational figure. When heÂ was young, he used to see his seniors winning various awards inÂ different competitions and that had inspired him to do the same. His dad helped and encouraged him in the process.Â Michael Clarke, cricketer is his next inspirational figure. Â Amidst his own injuries andÂ tragic circumstances in his personal life, Michael wasn’t distracted andÂ continued what he loved so he learnt that dedication which is one the most important factors of ones success.
He came to know about “Glocal Teen Hero” from his father. When he found the criteria’s fulfilled, he was quite excited to take part in theÂ competition. He proudly said, “When I saw my name in the list of top sixÂ finalists, I couldn’t believe it, I went over the moon.” His main challengeÂ was the interview taken by the distinguished juries. Tough questions had made him nervous but despite the difficulties he didn’t lose his hope to be the winner.”The Glocal Teen Hero journey has been quite exciting for me” Swastik said as he learnedÂ some important things in this short span, mainly how to interact withÂ new people. He thanked Glocal for organizing such an importantÂ competition to explore the talent of teens. He says,
“Literature is an art that conveys the message in different ways and bring about positiveÂ attitude in people“.
Swastik is Â active member of Nepal Scouts and have volunteered in variousÂ programs organized by Nepal Olympic Committee, Nepal Junior Red Cross,Â Central Zoo, DNPWC. He is planning to continue his involvement in literaryÂ field. He is also interested in Physics, Computer Science and to continueÂ study through one of those fields in Nepal and help county develop in every possible way for theÂ betterment of the society.
“Continue toÂ dream big and work hard. Nothing can separate our dream from us if weÂ remain fully dedicated to it. There will be problems and critics butÂ we must find a way to overcome them. For those who have notÂ participated in this program or thought they aren’t good, I suggestÂ them to try before judging themselves. Everybody has some talentÂ inside them but many fail to recognize. Those who take action can onlyÂ know their inner strength. So, stay focused, work hard and help NepalÂ and Nepalese to be better each day.”
Interviewed and written by Sangita Tiwari