‘You will never win, if you don’t begin” are the words Megha Arup Mukherjee, 27, followed. Today, she stands proud as the winner of Mrs India Asia International pageant, which was held in Chennai on March 31.
The mother of a four-year-old daughter and wife of an army officer, Megha is now back in Jalandhar to brace herself to represent the country in Malaysia this June. She believes that to be a model, all it takes is inner beauty and vision. “I had never dreamt of being a model, since I had graduated in engineering, and I have been happily married for the past six years.
My first shot at ramp was last year, when I participated in Mrs Rajasthan, where I was adjudged the first runner up. Then, I went on to take part in Mrs Gladrags, where I was one of the finalists; the final event never took place. This February, I read about this pageant and applied for it,” recalls she.
The question that made the pretty lady win the pageant was: “What do you see in a child?” Megha’s apt reply was, “In a child, I see God, so pure and innocent. There are no inhibitions during childhood. As a child, you need no reasons to be happy.”
About representing India at an international level, Megha says, “This is the first time India will be represented at this pageant. For the culture round, I am planning to perform the Indian classical dance form of Bharatnatyam. For grooming classes, I’m going to Delhi next month. But, I feel the most important criteria to achieve something is to remain positive. To stay in touch with my inner self, I have become more spiritual post the event.” About the challenges she had to encounter while preparing, she quips, “The only hurdle I had to come over was the hesitation to fight the stereotype image associated with pageants.”
Beyond her glamorous life, the lady is a social worker, a blogger and a painter. She has been associated with Sambhali, an NGO based in Rajasthan that works for women empowerment, and Goonj, an NGO in Jalandhar that works for rural development.