Meet Karthik Nagesan & Trishna Thakrar from The Apprentice

The Apprentice 2016 returns with 18 candidates and Lord Sugar is looking for a new business partner. Could it be Asian’s Karthik Nagesan or Trishna Thakrar?

"If I wanted to be like everyone else I would have two eyebrows"

The Apprentice returns for Series 12 on Thursday 6th October 2016 on BBC One at 9pm.

Hoping to succeed in the gruelling tasks on The Apprentice are British Asian’s Karthik Nagesan and Trishna Thakrar.

Karthik and Trishna are two of the 18 new candidates facing the boardroom, and who could be in Lord Sugar’s firing line.

Let’s find out more about them.

Karthik Nagesan


First up we have 33-year-old Karthik Nagesan from Kettering Northamptonshire.

Karthik he calls himself ‘the Big K’, and owns an IT consultancy.

His role model is Alexander the Great, who he believes was ‘a master strategist and a brilliant tactician’.

Karthik loves new technology and believes he is a born leader who can take charge.

He also thinks Lord Sugar should pick him to be his next business partner because he is the ‘next billion dollar unicorn’.

Because of Karthik’s polite yet firm personality, he regards himself as a ‘human magnet’. He refuses ‘to be like everybody else and have two eyebrows’.

He says: “Everybody else wants to be like Karthik.” Will he impress Lord Sugar?

Trishna Thakrar


Next up is Trishna Thakrar, a 28-year-old recruitment consultant living in London.

She is also a tech enthusiast.

Trishna was a semi-professional footballer. Will her competitive side come out in the demanding tasks or when she’s under pressure in the boardroom?

The Tottenham fan says her friends describe her as funny and engaging:

“My only tactic is to be myself; this alone will make sure I win.”

She believes her strongest business skill is her charm.

Trishna fears her weakness may be her sensitivity. She will not hold back if anyone upsets her.

Trishna admits she has a weird obsession for ‘natural disasters’ and ‘plane crashes’. Let’s hope her experience in the process is not a car crash.

Other candidates include a soccer mum with a children’s clothing boutique, a sausage factory owner, a novelty gift creator, a freelance art director at a fashion magazine, a make-up studio owner and beachwear designer.

The first task is typically boys versus girls and will involve the teams heading to Wimbledon to sell collectables in a car boot sale.

Viewers can expect other classic tasks such as the advertising task, including the very entertaining TV commercials, the shopping task, the trade show and a task involving apps.

DESIblitz wishes both Karthik and Trishna the best of luck on impressing Lord Sugar, Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner.

Let the battle to be Lord Sugar’s business partner and a £250,000 business investment commence.

The Apprentice starts next Thursday 6th October 2016, at 9pm on BBC One.

Henna is an English literature graduate and lover of TV, film and tea! She enjoys writing scripts and novels and travelling. Her motto is: "All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them."

Images courtesy of BBC/Boundless

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