- A Brief about yourself and how you describe your own Personality and Persona.
I was born in and have been a native of New Delhi for most of my life; however,I currently live in Calgary, Canada.I am a Zumba certified trainer. Like Bernard Shaw, the Nobel Prize-winning playwright said, “Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.“ My belief about life is that with the right amount of hard work, coupled with a healthy dose of willpower, anyone can achieve what they desire. I would like to think I am an ambivert. However, my friends would describe me as a wallflower because I prefer to engage with a few people in deep, meaningful conversations than being a social butterfly. I am passionate about volunteerism,and I am active with Son shine Community Services, an organization that provides shelter to women and children fleeing domestic violence.Also, I volunteer once a week at an old-age nursing home where I spend time comforting and providing kinship to the elderly, especially those without any family support. I have always been an avid table tennis player all my life and have won several championships at work. So in my free time,I continue to enjoy playing the sport.My other hobbies include working out, listening to music, and traveling.
- Your Achievements that make you feel high.
I have my fair share of achievements in the workplace, including receiving the “Most Valuable Contributor” award at a Global Multinational firm. My next most significant achievement will be participating in the Mrs. India Pageant 2020. I feel humbled by the opportunity to take part in this journey, which will enhance and transform my life forever.
- Define the true beauty.
For me, true beauty is the ability to make someone smile and feel loved. We are all children of god and beautiful in our unique way. External beauty without a kind soul and without the ability to see the beauty in others is merely superficial decoration. True beauty in a woman reflects in her soul when she is caring, giving, and compassionate.
- What makes a complete, healthy and happy family for you?
I feel blessed to have a loving and supporting family.However, it is the shared value system, the love, and being there for each other that makes our family whole. The physical and mental well being, in a supportive environment, is what makes a family environment healthy. While we all have busy lives, we make it a point to have at least one meal together each day,to share the events of the day, and to talk about our feelings. To me, happiness is an outcome, and it comes from doing things together as a family, no matter how simple, like playing board games or going hiking in the Canadian Rockies.
- What is your favourite Idea of Holidaying?
I love exploring new and exciting places both in India and across the world. However, there is something serene about going for long walks along the beach barefootas I listen to the waves crashing that I most enjoy. It should then be no surprise that Goa is my favorite holiday destination. Capturing memories in the form of pictures is also a valuable part of any holiday.
- Why you are participating in Mrs India Queen of Substance?
I think every little girl grows up dreaming of wearing a crown, and I was no different.I was married at an early age, and realities of life, including family’s perceptions and financial responsibilities,got in the way of pursuing my dreams of participating in beauty pageants. However, the world is changing, and women have many more opportunities now than in the past. It is vital that women, including my daughter, who sees me as a role model, feel empowered to pursue their dreams, no matter the age or marital status. Mrs. India Queen of Substance (MIQS) is India’s most dignified beauty pageant for married women, and thus a powerful platform to communicate and bring about change in perception of married women in India. Participating in MIQS will allow me to fulfill my lifelong dream and will hopefully motivate other women who wrongly think that after marriage, beauty fades.
- What bothers you most about what is happening in the country today?
The safety and security of women in India are in a state of crisis as we have never experienced before. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t hear or read about cases of rape or sexual assault of women,be it at work, in school, on a bus, and even at home. Few perpetrators face justice, and the victims are left to suffer lifelong trauma. I firmly believe that instilling in boys,respect for women from an early age and teaching them that “No Means No”, is a necessary and important part of creating a safe environment for women.
- The Quote or saying that encourages you?
I have seen a lot of ups and downs in my life, both in my professional and personal life. Many times I found myself having to face challenging situations alone. Over time, I learned to draw energy from within and bounce back quickly. So the quote that most resonates with me is, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
- What is true “Sportsmanship” for you?
Sportsmanship aiming for the best and preparing for the worst while having the capacity to win or lose gracefully.It is about giving your best, even when things are not going your way.
- If you were selected as a Charity Ambassador what Value addition would you like to make for our Society and how?
It would be my honor and privilege to be a charity ambassador. Given the opportunity, I would like to bring awareness to the plight of the helpless women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Despite the many charities that are devoted to various causes, numbers of folks in need far exceed the support available to them. Living a broad, I have found that there is a greater awareness of charities, and more people donate time and money towards various causes than what I observe in India. I would leverage the profile of this position to increase awareness and to improve participation in charitable activities from a broader demographic. I would do this by participating in fundraising and multimedia campaigns.