KATHMANDU  - Nepal’s first female mahout, one of only a handful of women across Asia to be selected to drive elephants, spoke Tuesday of her pride at breaking into the all-male profession. Meena Chaudhary, 33, was selected for the highly-specialised role after being picked from a female-only shortlist of 15 candidates as part of a government scheme to get more women working in the public sector. “Women are flying aircraft. So, driving an elephant is peanuts,” she said. “I wanted to prove that we’re equal to men.