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After ramp walk, glam gal treads spiritual path

Ruby K Bhatia Bhatia, Miss India-Canada 1993 and a former veejay, has now turned to spiritualism, reports Namita Tewari.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2007 05:25 IST

Ruby K Bhatia Bhatia, Miss India-Canada 1993 and a former veejay, has now turned to spiritualism.

Born in Alabama, US, Bhatia was raised in Canada. She made her mark in India while hosting two of the most glamorous events in 1996, including the world’s biggest televised event ‘Miss World’. Now, far from all the glitz and glamour, she is in a spiritual retreat at Ranchi.

All soaked in religion and spirituality, this former student of Philosophy is seeking to turn a new chapter in her life at Yogoda Satasanga Ashram at Ranchi.

“Anybody and I repeat anybody who wants to change his or her life should read Autobiography of A Yogi by Sri Sri Paramhansa Yoganandaji,” she affirmed, sitting underneath a Litchi tree of the ashram, where the great Yogi Sri Sri Paramhansa Yoganandaji used to impart his teachings.

“At 19, even when I won Miss India-Canada pageant, I knew the highest goal of my life was to find God alone.

“I came to India in 1994 in search of that ultimate truth but Maya ascended over me and I fell in love with Nitin and married him,” she told Hindustan Times on Saturday.

“May be God had different plans for me as in 1998 I began realising we were different. I had fame, name and money, yet my heart longed for something else,” she said. “It is only through Guruji’s teachings that I’m learning about the realities of life and seeking development through self-realization. Come to Guruji if you want to water the roots,” she said.