"My name is Ashish Mehta and I was born in 1975 in the beautiful city of Jaipur, known as the 'Pink City of India.' <br><br>
"I lost my father when I was 12 years old. My mother worked hard and struggled so that my siblings and I could have a good future. I am very proud of her. <br><br>
"I became interested in carving when I was a child and wondered how a wooden elephant was made. My curiosity to learn attracted me to arts and crafts. <br><br>
"At first, I tried to learn on my own but I wasn't able to. I decided to learn from different people, who are masters in wood carving. I worked hard to learn this craft. It is very challenging to carve fine details on wood, but I love being able to shape wood into different figures. The wood I use is usually recycled. <br><br>
"I'm very persistent and never give up. I am inspired by nature and learn from my mistakes. <br><br>
"Currently, I'm the only carver in my family but I would love to teach my children or anyone interested about the beauty of this craft. I want to spread the splendor of this art to the entire world and want people to appreciate the beauty of my work. <br><br>
"I also dream about improving my community in the future. I'd like to open a clinic that offers free medicine to everyone because it's difficult to get proper treatment due to the cost of expensive prescriptions."
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