Swapna Barman on mother’s viral video: Even Prime Minister was talking about it

first_imgSwapna Barman has reacted to the viral video where her mother cried after her daughter became the first Indian to win first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games gold. The video went viral on social media hours after Swapna’s historic feat.Speaking at India Today’s East Conclave 2018, Swapna for the first time opened up on the video that struck a chord with the entire nation. Swapna comes from a very poor family and she had to struggle really hard to win her Asiad gold. She did not even get customised shoes to ease the pain of a sixth finger on both her feet.Besides, Swapna had battled severe toothache through her events. Understandably, her mother was overwhelmed.WATCH FULL SESSIONBut Swapna asked her mother why she cried. “She should have been laughing with joy.””I asked my mom: why are you crying? You should have laughed. And I was asking.. Who made that video? I have come first.. you should have laughed.. I still have not seen the full video.. it went viral. Even the Prime Minister was talking about it,” she said.East Conclave 2018: All this adulation and fanfare feels like a dream, says Swapna BarmanSwapna said she was surprised to see so many people waiting for her when she reached home.”When I reached home, I did not expect so many people would come to meet me. I did not even think someone would cry for me. My mumma cried a lot.. I had not gone home for a year,” she said.advertisementAlso read – People’s expectations motivating but scary, says Swapna BarmanSwapna is flooded with offers for advertisements, interviews now. People line up to meet with her, take selfies and autographs. Her life has literally changed overnight and the simple girl from Bengal is trying to make sense of all the adulation and fanfare.”Life has changed. I have not. People’s approach has changed… I had never thought – this is all a dream? Am I sleeping?”Read – How hockey allowed Rani Rampal to build a nice home for her parentsSwapna said her next target is to do well in the 2020 Olympics but she admitted there was a lot of pressure as the entire country expected her do well. She asked for blessings of her elders at the East Conclave 2018 and said their good wishes would help her do well in her future tournaments.last_img