April  2003




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 A 101 year journey

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 Tawang Monastery


 Pakistan's IT Markets 
 & Telecom 
 - A Special Report


 Shashi Kapoor


 Letter from Pakistan


 Celebrity Offsprings
 on their own tracks

 Meet the 3 Finalists of
 Miss India contest
 Nikita Anand

 Ami Vashi

 Shweta Vijay


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India's 2003 Finalists


Avinash Kalla




Miss India World

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Q: Like Nikita, are you also elated after winning the Miss India World contest?

A: I am absolutely excited and on the top of the world. Iíd never imagined that I would be a Miss India one day. Itís such a pleasant surprise and I am enjoying every minute of my newfound fame.

Q: Youíve had a long stint in America, tell us something about it?

A: I am basically from Surat but my father who is in real estate business shifted to Los Angeles in America. I did most of my studying there and got a degree in finance from Southern California University and then worked as a financial analyst in San Francisco. I also did some modelling there. Two years ago I moved back to Mumbai and have been working for an NGO called Stree.

Q: So, what made you enter the contest?

A: This may surprise you but it was really my Naniís idea to send my pictures to the Miss India contest because she thinks I am the prettiest woman in the world. My brother who is a dentist and sister who is a dietician came especially from U.S. to cheer me up in the finals.

Q: What are you future plans?

A: Like other winners I too am focusing on the Miss World title. I feel honoured to represent India and am looking forward to bring the Miss World title to India. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Q: How would you like to use this pageant?

A: I am already in the social sector and I would like to use my title to the optimum in the field. I would like to generate funds and channelise them for the betterment of the downtrodden.

Q: What is the reason so many Indian girls are winning international beauty titles?

A: The rich Indian cultural background, our strong family ties, our good education and the Professional grooming that we get before an international pageant too helps a great deal. Finally itís the confidence and the way Indian girls carry themselves that is hugely responsible for such a high success rate.




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