Dreams don’t end with mar­riage, this Luc­know woman shows how

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - Front Page - deep.sax­ena@htlive.com Deep Sax­ena

Age is just a num­ber and dreams don’t end with mar­riage, is what Shelly Ma­hesh­wari, who at 46 went on to be­come ‘Mrs Uni­ver­sal El­e­gance’ run­ner­sup, wants to tell peo­ple in her home­town Luc­know.

Mar­ried in a busi­ness fam­ily way back in 1991, she first be­came vaastu and feng shui con­sul­tant and then went on to win Mrs Asia Pa­cific ti­tle and the 3rd Princess ti­tle at the in­ter­na­tional pageant held in Lon­don re­cently.

“My real jour­ney started after mar­riage and that’s what I want to tell women. I want to in­spire them that dreams can be achieved if they are sin­cerely fol­lowed,” says Shelly who after studying at Loreto Con­vent School and pass­ing from Awadh Girls De­gree Col­lege got mar­ried.

“I was not a ca­reer ori­ented girl but al­ways a cre­ative bend and was very much in love with Shake­speare’s works,” she tells HT City. Shelly was in Luc­know re­cently where she got an achiev­ers award. She now lives in Greater Noida.

In 2001, she got in­ter­ested to­wards as­trol­ogy and learnt Feng Shui in Malaysia. “I started prac­tic­ing Feng Shui, Vaastu and learn­ing the art. In few years I be­came a rem­edy mas­ter. I have done lot of TV shows and have been help­ing peo­ple with their prob­lems. But when you keep do­ing thing for more than a decade it be­come mo­not­o­nous,” says Shelly who still prac­tices the art and boasts of an elite clien­tele.

There­after, she shifted her fo­cus to­wards per­sonal health. “In 2015 when my son was in class XII, I starte d hit­ting gym with him. In just over a year, I lost 18 kgs and from 70s I came down to 55 kgs with a com­bi­na­tion of yoga, gym and healthy life­style. It was then the wow com­pli­ments grew man­i­fold and par­tic­i­pat­ing in beauty pageant came in mind,” she says. A lot of peo­ple ad­vised me to take part in pageants and in April 2017 I par­tic­i­pated in Mrs In­dia in Delhi where I was in top 5 and ad­judged Mrs In­dia North. Then I took part in ‘Mrs Asia: She’s Asia’ where I won Mrs Asia Pa­cific. As the win­ner I was sent to Lon­don where I am the run­ners up amid par­tic­i­pants from 40 coun­tries,” she says. She now wants to do lot of things and have got of­fers for South In­dian films too. “I don’t want to jump into any­thing. First, I will like to do an act­ing course though I have done some the­atre and dra­mat­ics. I am open to films and TV but it should suit my age and be of my lik­ing. As rem­edy mas­ter I al­ready have too much in hand. I am look­ing for­ward do brand en­dorse­ments and have re­cently done a shoot for my up­com­ing cal­en­dar,” she tells. Shelly is now look­ing for­ward to launch her own beauty pageant. “I have al­ready started work­ing on it and it will be on a big level — both at In­dia and in­ter­na­tional lev­els. Hope­fully, in 2018 we will be set to host it,” she says.

My real jour­ney started after mar­riage and that’s what I want to tell women. I want to in­spire them that dreams can be achieved if they are sin­cerely fol­lowed SHELLY, BEAUTY QUEEN

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