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Complete story of new internet sensation ‘Tarkariwali’

A Nepali vegetable-seller, who is being referred to as the ‘Tarkariwali’ has set a million hearts a-flutter after a picture of hers went viral on social media.

 Kusum Shrestha of Gorkha district is the new sensation of social social media’s affection.

Kusum hails from the hilly village of Wangilang of Bhumlichok-8, Gorkha district, is now amazed to learn that her pictures have gone viral on the Internet. It was revealed during a meeting with her on Thursday noon that she is as beautiful as she is shy.

One of the leading Nepali news website, published an indpeth interview of Kusum in Friday’s edition.

As per the report published in, Kusum is a management student. She is currently in Grade 11. She has come to her home village to spend her festival vacation. Her father sells vegetables in the Fishling bazaar. As she is the only child of her parents, she is expected to help her parents when she is home.

Though his father gets his vegetables transported from his village to the banks of the Trishuli River on a tractor, baskets full of vegetables have to be carried on head to cross the suspension bridge over the river to reach Fishling. Rupchandra Maharjan, an employee of a company that organizes rafting in the Trishuli River had taken Kusum’s photo while she was crossing the suspension bridge, carrying a basket full of tomatoes on her head. Maharjan posted the photo on his Facebook wall on October 28.

That same photo has gone viral on the Internet. Millions have shared that photo of Kusum on Facebook and Twitter.

“I also have a Facebook account. But I never realized that facebook would make me popular one day,” said Kusum. It was Rupchandra who told her that her photo has gone viral on the Internet.

“Millions have viewed her photo. I don’t know if this will lead to good or bad. My daughter is happy as well as fed-up. She hesitates to come down to the market after everyone started asking her about her popularity on the Internet,” said Chandra Narayan.

Kusum revealed that she actually wanted to study Nursing. But her father said he got her daughter enrolled in a management college because he could not afford the costs of studying Nursing.

“She is my only child. I should educate her to the extent possible. But I also have to consider my financial situation. I could not admit her in a Nursing college though she wanted to study Nursing,” he said.