Being A Woman
ARTIST, PHILANTHROPIST and businesswoman Michelle Poonawalla dons many hats and she does it with much panache. The glamourous mother of two and wife of billionaire industrialist Yohan Poonawalla was felicitated with the ‘I am Woman’ award for her contribution to the world of art, philanthropy and business at an award ceremony organised by the Karan Gupta Education Foundation. Speaking at a panel discussion, Michelle showered words of advice to young women and girls. “I always tell my children, ‘If You Believe It, Then You Can Do It’. There is nothing too difficult in life. If you believe in something, work on it and make it happen. All one needs is that belief, hard work and honesty. If you set your heart to a goal, anything is possible,” she said. On her inspiration, she said she constantly gets inspired from her everyday life. “I look for positivity and I channel that same vibe through my art. The message I put out there is to be a positive person and my art is just that. Once someone commented that my art is too beautiful, but I feel that in today’s world, you need positivity, you need things that make you smile, you do not want to have morose paintings in your house.” Dressed in a self-portrait black dress, with Christian Louboutin heels and a matching Bottega clutch bag, Michelle beamed at the event held at Mumbai’s Taj Lands End. The aim of the awards ceremony was to celebrate and recognise the inspiration of women. The other awardees were Subhalakshmi Khan, Leah Tata, Sushmita Sen, Farah Khan Ali, Falguni Peacock, Shauna Chauhan, Preethi Srinivasan (Quadriplegic who runs her NGO) and Jyoti Surve (HIV activist) among others.