Mrs. H. Gupta
- A Brief about yourself and how you describe your own Personality and Persona.
A dreamer, an artist to the core and a student for life, I like to discover myself everyday and believe in carving out my own unique path. I have strived to learn from the challenges faced in life to become a stronger version of myself. An IITian, a Consultant, an Advocate, a Young India Fellow, I often like to wear multiple hats. Having travelled over 20+ countries, I am always interested to learn about different cultures and dream to travel around the world in this lifetime. I love to spread joy around me through my creative pursuits like dance, singing, writing and have performed at multiple stage shows with the dance troupe of Shiamak Dawar. I am also a fitness enthusiast and strongly believe that a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. I have run 3 half-marathons and have introduced yoga and healthy eating habits to my family. Â Journeying through engineering, law and liberal arts for 8 years with the desire to understand the society at large, my education liberated me giving me the courage and drive to change the world around me. I advocate empowerment of women through education and have been constantly involved with various NGOs volunteering to contribute in this regard, and was chosen to represent the cause at Harvard University. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than positively impacting a life. I am well on my way to changing the world in my own small way and wish to use Mrs India platform for creating a bigger footprint.
- Your Achievements that makes you feel high.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â |AcademicsÂ :- Outstanding Scholar Award Winner and top ranker at School, An IIT Kharag pur Graduate, full scholarship holder at Young India Fellowship (Flagship Program of University of Pennsylvania and Ashoka University), Enrolled Advocate with Bar Council of Delhi|Â·Â |Extra â€“CurricularÂ - Won various national level debate/blog-writing competitions ; Performed live with Shiamak Dawar Dance Troupe, Sang with live bands, Represented India at Harvard University, Ran 3 half-marathons | Finalist of Clean and Clear Fresh Face Contest| Co-published a book| Winner of Bhartiya Sanskriti Gyaan Pareeksha (Organised by Gayatri Shakti peeth, Haridwar) in Bhopal district|Â·Â Â |Social InitiativesÂ :- Global Shaper- World Economic Forum (Took strategic initiatives to reduce drop out of adolescent girls in 16 public schools near Indore), Chief Coordinator, Mumbai Chapter- Robin Hood Army (Serves surplus restaurant food to less fortunate), Made documentary to raise funds for Chintan (An NGO based out of Delhi, giving dignified life to Scavengers/waste pickers) and Julaha Community of Chanderi ; Performs with Shiamak Dawar Dance for Good initiative for street children ; Left lucrative corporate job for 2 years to bring change in Indian education system ; Trying to scale up skill building and awareness for cheaper nutritional food for urban poor women| Supporting education of daughter of my late maid since last 7 years and just a few days ago raised a decent amount for her through a facebook post. I get immense satisfaction every time I have contributed something to the society and had been able to bring a meaningful change in somebodyâ€™s life. Mrs. India â€“ Queen of Substance is a step towards making a substantial impact.
- Â Define the true beauty.
Outer beauty attracts but inner beauty captivates. A beautiful soul is an epitome of true beauty and the beauty of the soul comes from within. It is shaped by thoughts, actions, character and compassion.
- What makes a complete, healthy and happy family for you?
For me, family is not an important thing, itâ€™s everything! And after marriage, I am blessed with an additional support system in form of my extended family. A family is complete, healthy and happy when members have strong foundation of mutual respect for each other. Their dreams are attached, so is their support for those dreams. Family is like that rock, which is the biggest support system through thick and thin of life and gives all the strength to make a comeback after every challenge that life throws upon. True happiness comes only when one has dear ones to share that happiness with.
- What is your favourite Idea of Holidaying?
A great place to stay in the lap of nature, with a cup of coffee and a book to accompany. A short trek in between on a quiet track, conversations with the natives, good regional delicacies and absorbing the beauty of the surroundings helps me unwind, introspect and recharge myself. I have been to 20+ countries and every experience has been unique and beautiful in its own ways. I dream to travel around the world.
- Why you are participating in Mrs India Queen of Substance?
I am very driven to bring change and dream to make a meaningful impact around me using the recognition and influence that this platform provides. I aspire to be a doer and an influencer to bring a meaningful change. I have had to persistently work very hard to make my way this far and by winning this competition, I want to be an inspiration for women, who believe in power of dreams. I have been playing a role in my own small ways and believe that my initiatives can have a wider impact through the platform that Mrs. India can provide me.Â It will give wings to my dreams.
- What bothers you most about what is happening in the country today?
I am bothered by news of rape cases and other acts of violence against women. In addition, I am bothered by the statistic that 85% of women in urban India are not a part of the workforce. This is one of the lowest anywhere in the world. I would like to empower women by addressing both these challenges.
- The Quote or saying that encourages you?
What you seek is seeking you by Rumi. (Aapki manzil bhi aapko dhoond rahi hai)
- What is true â€œSportsmanshipâ€ for you?
It is being ethical, polite and fair under all circumstances. A good sportsman never lets a situation change these basic virtues. Good sportsmanship is the most important aspect of anything and everything that we do both on and off the field, sometimes even more than the talent itself. In the words of Indira Gandhi, â€œYou canâ€™t win everydayâ€. It is in those moments of failure that one seeâ€™s a personâ€™s true character. A true sportsman recognises this fact, lauds the winner and overcomes his shortcomings to fight another day.
- f you were selected as a Charity Ambassador what Value additionÂ would you like to make for our Society and how? Â
I would like to use my influence and recognition to gather more funds and resources to expand my reach. I want to empower urban poor women with better life skills and with cheaper healthy ways of living. For example, I have been promoting and endorsing Sakhi cabs, which provides cab service in national capital by the women for the women. It not only empowers women but also addresses the women safety concerns at the same time. I aspire to expand reach of my efforts. I believe in the famous Chinese Proverb â€œYou giveÂ a poorÂ man a fish and you feed him for a day.Â You teach himÂ toÂ fish and you feed himÂ for a lifetime.â€Â Â