Published on March 20, 2009
Lessons from Miss India
Meher Mistry / Castelino: Miss India 1964 After the pageant, Meher returned to modelling. She also took up writing features on fashion in reputed magazines. She has authored two books, Manstyle and Fashion Kaleidoscope. At present, this proud mother of two is much sought-after fashion critic. What's in it for me? Accept Challenges Business Acumen Creative Thinking Expressive
What's in it for me? Ready to move Pick Up new nuances with ease & Initiative Persis Khambatta: Miss India 1965 She starred in the highly popular series Star Trek , for which she is remembered even today. Newsweek called her the Sophia Lauren of India. She was the brain behind Pride of India , a comprehensive compilation of all Miss India winners 1947 to 1997. Persis passed away in 1998.
What's in it for me? Having Grit & Determination Knows priorities in life Yasmin Daji: Miss India 1966 Then 19, Yasmin, a medical student from Delhi, not only won the Miss India crown but also went to be the runner-up at the Miss Universe contest later that year. She returned home and completed her studies. Today, Yasmin is happily married and settled in New York.
What's in it for me? Being Bold With Values Nayyara Mirza: Miss India 1967 In the sixties, Nayyara Mirza defied all oppositions and took a bold step by participating in Femina's Beauty Contest. On her return from the Miss Universe contest, she was inundated with offers for movies. However, she refused all and preferred to settle down in holy matrimony. Today, she is known by the name of Nalini Patel.
What's in it for me? Being Experimental Anjum Mumtaz Barg: Miss India 1968 She came from the conservative city of Hyderabad, and entered the competition for fun. Anjum made history by winning the title. Today, she is happily married to a neurosurgeon in the United States.
What's in it for me? Entrepreneurship Leader Skill Kavita Bhambani: Miss India 1969 Unlike others who went on to become homemakers, successful models or actresses, Kavita became a successful interior designer. She is also known for having championed the cause of Indian art and architecture.
What's in it for me? Being Sporty Veena Sajnani: Miss India 1970 After winning the title, she continued modelling for some time. She also took up acting and featured in a number of television serials and finally got into fashion designing. Today, she is married and settled in Bangalore and enjoys playing golf.
What's in it for me? Hard Work Raj Gill: Miss India 1971 She lives by her motto Per Ardua Ad Astra which means "by steep and toilsome ways to the stars". Well, she did reach the stars by winning the Miss India title in 1971. And, today, she still shines brightly. At present, she is living in London, and is the director of a multinational company.
What's in it for me? ????? Capitalize Roopa Satyan: Miss India 1972 After graduating, she entered and won the Femina Miss India 1972 title. And travelled all the way to Puerto Rico for the Miss Universe pageant. After returning home, Roopa found that the Miss India title had transformed her life. " Everything seems so easy" she said. Unfortunately, today, Roopa is on the verge of a bitter divorce.
What's in it for me? Opportunity knocks once Make the best of it Farzana Habib: Miss India 1973 "...That evening changed my life: I was crowned Miss Delhi ; became Miss India in Bombay and fled to Greece..." said Farzana. From Greece, she went to the US, where she learnt the art of sculpting. There she met a brilliant lawyer, Andrew Levy, whom she finally married.
What's in it for me? Being Decisive Shailini Dholakia: Miss India 1974 She flew from Bombay for the Miss Universe pageant in Phillipines, and returned home as a semi-finalist. She was offered roles in movies, which she refused. Instead, she decided to travel the world with a man who offered her security. She is well settled in California and is the director of 4 companies of the Comfort Star Group.
What's in it for me? Life does not end with achieving it starts Meenakshi Kurpad: Miss India 1975 Meenakshi maintained a low profile after she won the crown and, hence, little is known about her.
What's in it for me? Love thy country & follow your heart Naina Balsaver: Miss India 1976 The only Miss India who had to withdraw from the Miss World pageant due to India's protest against apartheid, Naina married politician Akbar Ahmed and even contested in the Indian parliamentary elections. She is currently busy with her dream project: A wildlife reserve.
What's in it for me? Being Principled Nalini Vishwanathan: Miss India 1977: She created history by refusing to participate in the Miss Universe pageant in compliance to her father's stand as he would not allow his daughter to walk down the ramp in a swimsuit. Now married to Sanjeev Walia, marketing manager with Telstra Communications, Nalini lives in Delhi.
What's in it for me? Communication Skills Alamjeet Chauhan: Miss India 1978 Alamjeet won the best national costume award at the Miss Universe contest. Presently, she is a practising Supreme Court lawyer.
What's in it for me? Happiness Quotient Swaroop Sampat: Miss India 1979 She starred in the eighties serial Yeh joh hai jindagi , which was immensely popular and launched her career as an actress. Today, she leads a happy married life with Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal.
What's in it for me? Belief & stick to your belief Sangeeta Bijlani: Miss India 1980 A name to reckon with on the ramp, Sangeeta switched to acting in Hindi films before she married the famous cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin. She and Azhar have launched their own production company, which will produce television serials.
What's in it for me? ????? Rachita Kumar: Miss India 1981 She always considered herself a good model. And winning the Miss India title came as a pleasant surprise to her. By the time the fizz of the Miss India title settled, it was almost one-and-a-half years and, by then, Rachita had married and started a new life. Today, people know her by the name Nandini Thackersey.
What's in it for me? Body does matter & Looks important Pamela Singh: Miss India 1982 Her bone structure caught everyone's eye even then. Our Miss India 1982, however, went on to attract more notoriety than fame. Now, she is a serious photo-journalist and keeps as low a profile as someone with her looks can.
What's in it for me? Evolve your spiritual needs & service to mankind Rekha Hande: Miss India 1983 Miss Garden City, Spring Queen, Pond's Queen, May Queen, Aero Princess, Giants Queen and Eve's Weekly first runner-up, followed by the Miss India crown. She was truly a beauty queen with merits to prove it. However, Rekha did not pursue this glamorous field. She soon got married to a doctor in the US. And, today, she works for charity organizations.
What's in it for me? To rest is such a waste of time Individual Identity Juhi Chawla: Miss India 1984 She is probably among the finest model-turned-actresses that we have today. She got married to millionnaire Jay Mehta in 1996. The enterprising lady has now started a film production company with actor Shah Rukh Khan and director Aziz Mirza, and is doing pretty well for herself.
What's in it for me? Seek to understand first Stay connected to current Know how to stage Sonu Walia: Miss India 1985 A psychology graduate and a student of journalism, Sonu Walia took up modelling before she entered the Miss India contest. After winning the title, she embarked on a career in film acting and won accolades for her performance in her very first film.
What's in it for me? Share your success Mehr Jessia: Miss India 1986 Perhaps one of the most popular models in India, Mehr today manages a successful model management agency in partnership with Vijay Mallaya, the liquor baron. And she's happily married to another leading model, Arjun Rampal.
What's in it for me? Honor Elder Think out of the box Do what you love Priyadarshini Pradhan: Miss India 1987 If she had not won the Miss India title, she would have been an architect. She won the best national costume award at the Miss Universe pageant. Later, she obtained a management degree on the insistence of her parents, but finally flew as an air hostess with Kuwait Airways.
What's in it for me? Take chances in life, you never know Dolly Minhas: Miss India 1988 Winning the contest was a matter of chance for this light-eyed beauty from Chandigarh. Soon after winning the contest, she opted for a career in acting. She fell in love with the director of her first film, Anil Matoo, whom she eventually married. Today, Dolly acts in Kannada movies and television serials.
What's in it for me? Its good to pause, collect your thoughts & smile before you speak. In crisis or short of answer go back to the basic of question/discussion. Do not rush, this route is accident prone & you are not worth it. Till you have communicated you are just a body & what you communicate is your personality. Judges judge personality. Suzanne Sablok: Miss India 1989/90 She created ripples at the Miss Universe contest by coming second in the swimsuit round although she muffed in the final answer round. After the pageant, she was a leading model and, at the peak of her career, quit modelling to marry the man she loved, Rajesh Pillai.
What's in it for me? We can not plan our future however give our best to present Ritu Singh: Miss India 1991 As the Miss India first runner-up, she represented India at the international pageant. And she won the second runner-up title at the Miss Asia World pageant. Back home, she took up modelling and compering. It was during one of her shows that she met her future husband. Today, she lives in Nepal and manages a boutique.
What's in it for me? Being honest diplomatically When egos are at play bluntness stays at home Madhu Sapre: Miss India 1992 This leggy lass and winner of Femina Miss India 1992 came within touching distance of the Miss Universe crown but was pipped by her own honesty. She still is the eternal ramp favourite. And now she's writing a book tentatively titled Tuff Girls Don't Talk Englis. The title says it all.
What's in it for me? If god gives you a lemon instead of orange, Make lemonade Namrata Shirodkar: Miss India 1993 Another model-turned-actress, Namrata had support of her sister Shilpa, who's a celebrated actress in Bollywood. Presently, Namrata is doing films and has a lot of them lined up for release as well.
What's in it for me? Can do abilities Strong will Compromise for nothing less The journey ends where you wish it to end Exhibit intelligence Think on your feet Exhibit professionalism Sushmita Sen: Miss India 1994 She stunned the universe. And shone on Manila. Euphoria gripped India on May 21, 1994, when, for the first time ever, an Indian girl was crowned Miss Universe, at Manila, Philippines. That's Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994.
What's in it for me? Keep plan B Manpreet Brar: Miss India 1995 An MBA student, Manpreet won the Miss Universe Runner-up title. Today, she leads a busy life with ramp shows and shooting for channel [V] as a VJ. She also plans to be a TV producer some day.
What's in it for me? Luck can only favor the Brave Sandhya Chib: Miss India 1996 Years after winning the contest, Sandhya returned and took the stage by storm. Today, Sandhya is a successful model. Luck was not on her side at the Miss Universe pageant where she stood seventh. On her return from the pageant, she got engaged.
What's in it for me? Think all possible weird questions, do not think answer. Answer would come naturally. Do not get hooked to answers you may go blank Nafisa Joseph: Miss India 1997 Winning the Femina Miss India crown did not come as a big surprise to her. She portrayed great confidence at the Miss Universe pageant as well, and in reply to one of the questions, she said that, to bring a child into the world and not able to offer it peace was the biggest injustice done in the world. Today, Nafisa is a known face as she rattles all the latest chart-busters on MTV.
What's in it for me? Have goal in life. Dream big dreams, they have a funny way of coming true Lymaraina D'souza: Miss India 1998 How does a 19-year-old collegian who's never worn make-up before and who claims to "eat like a horse" and be "pretty laid-back about everything" get to be Femina Miss India-Universe 1998? Well, Lymaraina D'Souza was clear about her goals and nothing could stop her. She is pursuing her studies in Psychology in Hawaii.
What's in it for me? Conviction One life is too short to do everything - Initiative Gul Panag: Miss India 1999 She has tremendous faith in herself. Tremendous for a 21-year-old, at least. After obtaining a doctorate in developmental economics. She entered the media, inspired by her newsreader aunt, Komal G B Singh. However, things don't stop there. As she believes that the possibilities are endless.
What's in it for me? Check periodically your progress vs dream If you are not doing that you aint reach anywhere Lara Dutta: Miss India 2000 When she wore the crown on May 12, 2000, in the beautiful city of Cyprus, her triumph was best described as deserving. Lara Dutta describes her winning the Miss Universe title as being "a culmination of a dream" content.
What's in it for me? Its what you have inside is important Celina Jaitley: Miss India 2001 The light-eyed lady with an hourglass figure, Celina Jaitley was definitely a crowd puller in the Femina Miss India contest. Little wonder, then, that she walked away with all the laurels and the precious title too.
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