Anan­dana Garg and her crown­ing glory

In a tête-à-tête with Rid­dhi Vyas, Mrs Royal In­dia World 2018, Anan­dana Garg, opens up about win­ning the crown and dis­cov­er­ing her pas­sions.

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Stand­ing on stage with her fel­low con­tes­tants with fin­gers crossed… only to hear her name be­ing called out, the crown be­ing placed on her head and the cheers erupt­ing in the au­di­to­rium! That is a mo­ment Anan­dana Garg will cher­ish for a long time… Walk­ing away with the Mrs Royal In­dia World ti­tle was def­i­nitely a proud mo­ment for her, but it was not an easy jour­ney get­ting there. She shares her story with ‘SAVVY’.

What prompted you to en­roll for the Mrs In­dia pageant? I be­lieve in the three Ps of life - pa­tience, per­se­ver­ance and per­spi­ra­tion. They are an un­beat­able com­bi­na­tion for success. I al­ways lis­ten to my heart and my in­stincts pointed me in the di­rec­tion of the pageant, so I ap­plied.

What kind of ob­sta­cles did you have to face? To come out of my com­fort zone af­ter a long break was the big­gest chal­lenge. Also, walk­ing the ramp along­side so many tal­ented women is not easy, so I had to pre­pare my­self. Most peo­ple be­lieve that pageants are just about wear­ing beau­ti­ful gowns and walk­ing the ramp, but they are so much more. It re­quires a lot of self-con­fi­dence to open your­self up to an au­di­ence like that. You also need to be self-mo­ti­vated, have good speak­ing skills and the will to deal with any sit­u­a­tion that comes your way. I am grate­ful for the im­mense sup­port from my fam­ily which helped me do my best.

Your success mantra is... If you love what you’re do­ing, you will be suc­cess­ful and you will be able to strike a bal­ance so that your fam­ily does not suf­fer while you ful­fil your dreams.

Your ad­vice for young women… Have a dream, work hard and chase it with pos­i­tiv­ity… success will fol­low! Win­ning or los­ing is just a state of mind; you will lose the bat­tle if you think you can­not. Rather, make it hap­pen with your firm be­lief.

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