Kathmandu, NEPAL - Cook


Interview made by Cyril Bruyelle in October 2017​

After a tough life as an orphan and then in a village where her husband mistreated her, Anzu is now a cook in a school in Kathmandu. She is so proud to be an independent woman. It was very pleasing and touching to hear. Let’s hope she will accomplish all that she wants.  

What did you want to be when you were a kid?  

When I was little I wanted to become a nurse. 


With whom would you like to have a coffee?  

With the President of the United States, because I want to see how he talks, behaves and presents himself and I am curious about Americans... to see how they behave. 


If you could choose something that could be taught in every school in the world, what would it be? 

Women’s education, especially for women in distress. There should be a book that teaches women to be independent and move forward in life. 


To you, what’s the main characteristic that all human being have in common?  

I think many people are compassionate and helpful, that’s what I like 


If you were President of the US, what would your first reform be?  

I would like to help the poor and needy children of the world. I am an independent woman who can help myself. 


What do you need?  

Presently I do not need anything.  


What would you do if we gave you 1 million dollars now?  

If I had 1M$ I would use it to help the poor children on the streets; many beg and have nowhere to sleep, nor have food to eat or clothes to wear. They usually beg in temples. I would build them a house so I can take care of them and live with them. 


Which innovation, realistic or not, would greatly ease your day-to-day life?  

I don’t think I need anything. However, if there was something that could help my two daughters have a happy life I'd be happy. 


What’s the news that affects you the most in your country these days?  

Whenever there is news about injustice towards women, I feel sad. 


Do you think your life is easier or more complicated than the life of your parents?  

Life is much easier now than what my parents went through. I am independent; I don’t need to ask people for money. I can speak up for myself. 


If you had to create a company, what would it be?  

What I said earlier. I would build a house for poor and needy children. There are so many orphans on the streets who need the love of a family, so I would love to help them 


Can you draw something beautiful?  

This is a flower. I wish that everyone's life is as beautiful as this flower. 

Can you sing something beautiful?  

Resham Firiri - Popular nepali song famous around the world 


What are you afraid of?  

I fear that I will go back to old day, like in the past. I mean in the village, where my husband used to beat me. I am here now, away from all the mental and physical pain. So I don’t want to relive the past because it makes me sad.  


What is your dream?  

I would like to go abroad once.  


Close your eyes, you are in 2100, what do you see?  

I see a lot of development in this country. The younger generation will be very different. There should be a boom in the industry and factories with latest technologies 


What is the most beautiful thing that you’ve seen in your life?  

Something I have seen with my eyes? Hum, Mustang. It’s a beautiful and clean place where the mountains can be seen clearly and where the air is clean. 


If you had to write a book about the current world, what would be the title?  

I would name by book "Tungro" (orphan). I used to be a Tungro and I always remember the tough times. So I think about other orphans as well.  


What does religion mean to you?  

Inner satisfaction. 


Which of your country's cultural specificities are you the proudest of? 

Our welcoming nature with smiles on people’s faces. 


If you could do any job regardless of money, what would it be? 

Social work to help children and old people in need. 


And you, which question would you like to ask the world?  

I would like to ask the world a question regarding women injustice around the world. If this is still happening I would like to know why? Even in the most developed countries women are mistreated and I don’t know what is the reason, so I ask why is it still happening?