Kumkum Pareek is a 12 years old National Martial Artist. She is a student of 9th grade at Shri Agrasen Public School, Jaipur. Kumkum is a professional Martial arts player and a red belt holder. At such a young age, Kumkum has already represented her home state, Rajasthan 4 times at the national level.
Here, in this exclusive interview, Kumkum speaks about how she became a professional at such a young age and also her aspirations of becoming a civil servant.
Here are the excerpts from an exclusive interview that Wonderpublish conducted with Kumkum Pareek recently:
Q. 1: You are 12 years old and already in the 9th std. Aren’t you a bit young for that? How did this happen?
Ans. Most people wonder how I am in class 9 at such a young age. Actually, when I was in prep my mother took my TC from that school because she didn’t like the teacher in that school. Then I get admission direct to class 1 in the new school because of my performance.
Q. 2: You are a professional Martial Artist. And you have represented your state several times, tell us about that.
Ans. Yes, I have represented my state 4 times in the Nationals. I have won 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medals so far. I am very grateful to my family, my coach and all of the people who have and continue to support me. I feel very happy when their eyes became bright because of me.
Q. 3: What other interests do you have?
Ans. I love to read National Geographic books & magazines. Also, I like nature photography and I love to explore new things. I love to learn from everyone.
Q. 4: How do you manage your time to indulge in all your interests?
Ans. I have had this habit of managing all these things since the age of 8. I do all the necessary activities like Reading, Taekwondo, study on the time period of Monday – Friday. And I prefer to do the other things on weekends like photography and all.
Q. 5: What has been your experience during the extended pandemic?
Ans. I have learnt the real meaning of the phrase, ‘health is wealth’. At first, I faced many difficulties in my taekwondo practice because of the lack of space at my home. I usually do the practice on the terrace of my house.
But I didn’t face any difficulties in my studies because my school provided all the study material to us and the regular classes were going on. And during the pandemic, whenever I found needy people, I used to help them in the ways I could.
Q. 6: What do you aspire to achieve in life?
Ans. I want to become an IAS officer in the future to serve my country and make it better.
Q. 7: Who are the people you look up to and why?
Ans. I look up to Dr Kiran Bedi. She is my inspiration. Because of her being kind-hearted, helpful, intelligent, I have learned to never give up.
Q. 8: Which of your friends did you miss the most during the lockdown?
Ans. I missed all of my friends during the lockdown. But, there are 3 of my friends I missed the most, Chavi, Dev and Aryan.