Gadag: Village girl postpones marriage, picked for US reality competition

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Gadag, Oct 14: A village girl who escaped from getting married at a young age by convincing her parents, has now been drawing the attention of the whole world through her story.

The girl who has become famous with her story is Ashwini Doddalingalppanavar (24) from Kurugovinakoppa village in Nargund taluk, Gadag district. Now, her story has been selected in the 'New Reality Life Story' contest organized by US-based company Lenovo.

A total of 10 persons representing 10 countries at the rate of one each in the world have been picked based on their stories.

Ashwini belongs to a farmer family. She did her primary and secondary education in the government school in her village. She did PU education and BA degree at Nargund. Her parents were insistent on marrying her away, but she somehow was able to convince them to shed these thoughts and then completed her education.

Ashwini, who initially was nervous about speaking in English, delivering speeches or going on stage, has now grown to a level from which she can train the teachers. She has been teaching the teachers at the government schools on how to make the best use of available technology and teach the students. She also trains them on the methodology of creating and managing a class. She has competed for a two-month skill development course at Deshpande Foundation, Hubballi and had been chosen for Meghashala company in the campus interview. She visits various schools in Bengaluru and trains the teachers about how to teach the students in an absorbing way by using technology.

Ashwini had submitted her story to the New Reality Life Story competition organized by Lenovo company in America. She told in her story the difficulties she faced in pursuing quality education being from a rural place, and how she grew up. On October 9, she told her story in the reality show and won the attention of the entire world. Within five days, her story won over 1.5 lac views, and many have been praising her and liking her for the same.

Ashwini says that even now in many rural places people do not send the girls for higher education. She says she had experienced this earlier and requests the parents to enable their daughters to bring out their talent and allow them to study instead of marrying them off at an early age.


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  • Mohammed Ali, Gadag/Ron/Naragund

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    I congratulate Ashwini Doddalingalppanavar,
    my village is just away from her village within 40 km, how the she recognized in US reality competition and got selected top 10 across world,really much appreciated, she know her goal and achieved it.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Girls must give more importance than marriage
    Marriage and sex are temperory pleasure of life
    Where education is permanent pleasure
    While reading this story I remember my mother
    Who begged her parents that she will continue her studies
    But her father told her no and searched a man and got married
    After that TL the death bed she suffered a lot from her husband mother in law Nd later children
    If she would have done education and a job in hand she would not suffered

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Thu, Oct 15 2020


    Is marriage a must for all girls and boys ?....

    If nobody marries Ashwini ( Which I doubt) ....I don't think she should care two hoots about it....

    Are all married people happy in Mumbai Santan ??....

    Happiness is 'State of Mind'....Marriage, Wealth, Education, Power... hardly Count in happiness...

    There are many poor people in your native Bola Village ...who live happily...and many rich people in Mumbai live miserably....married or not....

    I rarely disagree with I do ....

    KM ???...


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  • Hindustani, Manipal/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Congratulations Ashwini!


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  • Shanthi, Kundapur

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Marriage is just a custom, not compulsion. Girls should get education, should achieve and should be independent . Marriage is next choice.Indian parents are only bothered about marriage. They don't encourage their daughters to pursue or explore more about life.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Shanthi, Kondapur, I fully agree with your comments. There is no doubt about it.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    When you want to be a doctor, you have to love Chemistry, Biology more than movies.
    Love your diet schedule more than the Pizza, if you are setting eyes on a beauty peagent.

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  • rea, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Santan Mascarenhas,
    You are such a narrow minded person. People like you will not allow the poor to come up in life. Try to appreciate people and think good.
    Just wait and see, one of the great person will get married to her and you will be in a shock and will get heart attack. Always try to think Positive please.
    God bless Ashwini.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Edward Maben Kudla
    Rea, Kuwait

    I have really appreciated her achievement in my comment. Once again, I congratulate her.

    But, I just wrote the practical difficulty in India for getting a compatible boy for such achievers, unless they pay one crore dowry. Mark my word. I have seen ample examples in Mumbai. I have come across people who wrote 20 pages essay on evils of dowry and cracked IAS. Such people when time comes for marriage, just forget what they wrote and demand crores in dowry. I do not say there are no good boys who are not interested in dowry, but they too are compelled by parents. This is reality in India. I wish all the best for Aswini.

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  • Harold Dcunha, Mangalore, Mangalore, India

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore
    Are you not accepting a village girl Ashwni hailing from poor family back ground, who has faught her battle for education and successful. I wish her all the best. Now Ashwini will cross the International border and will be exposed to North American society. She will prosper and definitely she will be successful in her career. She is an adult and how she choose to live her future life, it is exclusively her choice. Congratulations to Ashwini.

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Congratulations. Great job. West is the best to recognize the talents and capitalize on it and make a proud human. Many Indians are shining in North America than thier own land.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Go ahead, dear Ashvini with your plans. Wish you all the very best as you have been picked up for the US reality competition. This is a one time life opportunity. Marriage can be performed later on.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Mulgi Shikli Pragati Zaali ...

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  • Concerned citizen, Mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Slum dog millonaire movie also grab the world community once in the past but criticized many indian intellectuals due to some reasons.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Concerned citizen, Mangaluru
    Slumdog Millionaire heroine Freida Pinto was also from Karnataka ...

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  • Naveen, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    EXCELLENT Ashwini Doddalingalppanavar!!

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 14 2020

    My God ! See the difference in appearance !
    If she had succumbed, she could have been one of those ladies (though a bit younger) seated there.

    Hats off to you Ashwini, you keep concurring the hearts in the world !

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Thu, Oct 15 2020


    My hat is off too, to Ashwini. But, with her achievement, she has created a problem for her parents. Now, it will be difficult for them to get a suitable and compatible groom for her !!

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  • Abdul Shereef, Maikala

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Which era are you living?

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Friend. I think I am in the present era. I do not want to argue with you since, you have your views and I have mine. I have used in my comment, the word " compatible", since a girl of that calibre, by her choice, cannot marry a Tom, Harry and Dick.

    I write this with experience. In our neighborhood in Mumbai, there was a girl extremely smart with high education and who also was "Best NCC girl cadet in India" in a particular year, getting a certificate from PM personally. She stayed unmarried, since she did not get a compatible boy. Finally, compromising her requirement, she married a boy and they are not able to adjust, and are not happy now. I also heard, many average boys do not prefer to marry girls of such achievement.

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  • Edward Maben, Kudla

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    Very wrong statement dear Sir. Just because her parents are facing a problem to find a proper groom for her doesnt mean she cannot be empowered or independent. Girls like her are the heros of such backward communities.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Thu, Oct 15 2020

    @ Edward Maben, Kudla, I fully agree with your comments and it makes sense.

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