Posted On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 09:43:25 AM
Ningku Lachungpa’s strong will and confidence, qualities she claims to have honed during her schooldays in Pune stood her in good stead when she applied to be a part of reality series The Apprentice Asia.
Lachungpa (29), from Gangtok, Sikkim, who graduated from St Mary’s in 2000, was selected out of 30,000 applicants from all over Asia. Of these, 100 were called for interviews, before the number was cut down to 30 and then to a final 12. The series aired last week and Lachungpa is still among the final 12.
Now director of Yama Enterprises based in Sikkim, Lachungpa said, “Whatever values I have inculcated, I picked up at St Mary’s. Because I was so far away from home while studying, I grew up to become confident and independent.”
The Asian equivalent of Donald Trump is AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes who is on the lookout for the right executive to work for him. “For the first episode, we were divided teams — boys and girls. Our task was to sell fish at a busy market in Kuala Lumpur. The girls won,” Lachungpa said.
Once the selection process was over, Lachungpa spent an intense five weeks with other finalists at an apartment in Kuala Lumpur where, they were given weekly tasks. “Getting to take part is the opportunity of a lifetime. Some of the contestants had postponed their own weddings to star in the programme,” she said.
Lachungpa had the mark of a winner from her schooldays, “I joined the school choir and the basketball team at St Mary’s, but I learnt how to balance extracurricular activities and studies,” she said.
She went on to pursue her master’s in the UK after which she worked in management consulting with Accenture UK and then joined Yama Enterprises. Though she is hopeful of emerging as the winner on the show, she is more excited about the learning it will entail. “For me, winning is not everything. I look forward more to being mentored by Tony Fernandes, she said.
Talking about Pune gets her intensely nostalgic. “I had a wonderful time when I joined St Mary’s in Class IV. Though I haven’t visited the city since passing out of school, I have fond memories of the chicken sandwiches at Marz-o-Rin on M G Road. I also have many friends in the city. Maybe I will come back to visit,” she said.