State Winner: Kerala
School: Preston Girls Secondary College
College: Swinburne University
Interests: Singing, Dancing, Painting, Travelling, Psychology, Animals and Astrophysics
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do
How would you describe your own personality?
Bubbly, extremely caring, to the point where I may put myself in unsafe circumstances. Also, approachable, kind, bold and confident, as well as fiery and mostly fun.
Who is the most influential person in your life?
My mother, she has been through everything a woman can go through. At the age of 30, being a single mother, part of an extremely conservative family, making a bold step by taking herself and her daughter to a totally strange country is not an easy job. She spent 4 years saving and planning every minute detail to give me a better future. Together we have endured a lot and there’s nobody else on the planet that can fill her shoes. She is truly an inspiration to a lot of other women and I hope her story will be shared to the world one day.
What is the craziest rumor you have heard about yourself?
That I was Dr. Dolittle. People thought I could speak to animals. Even my mum says ‘I think you were an animal in your past life’. Wherever I go, be it a wild life sanctuary with cheetahs or a stable with horses, I just seem to be able to connect with them. I admire and love watching animals in their habitat, they are all beautiful beings.
What has been your biggest achievement before Miss India?
Having the opportunity to teach English and to teach about other countries in the world, to the children is one of the greatest achievements. To be able to make a positive change in someone’s life, especially regarding education is something that is irreplaceable.
Rate in order of priority the three qualities that every woman must possess…
Humble and kind, bold and confident about her personality and her appearance and patient and forgiving.
Rate in order of personal preference, the three qualities that you admire in a man…
Honest to himself and others, respectful and kind as well as passionate and driven.
If you were to give one bit of advice to the youth today, what would it be?
The most important advice would be to be ‘yourself’ and not try to fit in or try to be cool. The best thing you can do is appreciate your uniqueness and celebrate your positive personality. I would also like to tell them to keep their laptops, iPads and phones down and go play outside with other kids. Kids have been disconnected with nature and sunk in technology to the point where it’s just not healthy.
If god will grant you one wish, what would you ask for?
I would ask for all humans to possess a kind heart, with a caring mindset and selfless personality. Once this is embed in each individual, everyone would help each other and suffering may not have to exist.
What is your edge over the other contestants?
Since I have traveled the world to a certain extent, I believe I have a little bit more exposure towards the world and the people in it, than my fellow contestants. Travelling teaches you a lot about people and about yourself. It’s something everybody must do, to be on the path of becoming a better person.
Who do you think is the sexiest man alive today?
Mr. Barack Obama. Being sexy doesn’t always have to be the best looking person; I chose Mr. Obama because to me his style, the way he walks and talks and presents himself is admirable. He has a great amount of grace and poise that fills any room he’s in and I find that very sexy.
The last movie that made you cry…
I normally cry in all sport movies, Disney movies, any ‘based on true story’ movies and of course our lovely Karan Johar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali movies. However, I guess the latest movie that made me cry was Sanju.
Who is your favorite actor?
Tom Hanks. He is extremely committed to his role and adapts to the character so well that we forget its Tom hanks and that makes him a great actor.
Disappointing my mum. She has done everything for me, gone above and beyond to provide for me and she is still sacrificing her happiness and her life so that I can pursue my dream. Letting her down would be my greatest fear.
Filling someone else’s stomach when you’re hungry yourself. Sacrificing your happiness for the happiness of someone else. When an elderly person touches your head and blesses you for helping them. Letting go and setting people free even though your life won’t be the same without them. Helping a fallen competitor to complete the race even if it means you don’t win. Praying for the soul you don’t know who’s passing by in the ambulance. Love is selfless, it is a pure form of caring and showing affection to the people you care about and to the rest of the world, without expecting anything in return.