In unity is strength
On 26/11, Parvathy Omanakuttan, Pantaloons Femina Miss India World 2008, was in Durban preparing for the beauty pageant. She had a premonition that something “really dreadful” may occur back home. Maybe it was because her father, C N Omanakuttan, was restaurant manager at the Taj’s Shamiana which came under immediate attack. “I prayed for the safety of my people,” she said. But Mumbai has its own charm. And Parvathy is touched by the city’s magical healing ability. “It’s been a month and Mumbaiites have this lovely ‘never-give-up’ spirit. We, the youth, must have a duty towards our country. This is a calling and we must unitedly rise to it. If we put our heads together and chalk out the future course of our country, we can bring a lawful change with deserving people at its fore,”said the beauty queen.
Parvathy’s currently chilling at home in Mumbai. “I want to spend time with my family who are happy about my victory but are still so shaken by the terror attacks. Today, I can truly feel the responsibility of being a title holder. And now is the time, I want to usher in a change.” Over to Johannesburg, where this beautiful Malayali girl missed the Miss World crown by a whisker. A winner still for every Indian, Parvathy said, “I am grateful to all the experts who trained and moulded me into a beauty queen with brains.”
Among the many are Dr Apoorva and Sonal Shah, her official haircare experts, who sensed a winner in Parvathy right from the start. Hair and skin being the most visible parts of the body, go a long way in developing a beauty queen’s self-image and confidence to take on the world. “Parvathy has amazing perception and implementation skills. An Indian beauty is always associated with long, beautiful hair and she epitomises this aspect,” said Dr Apoorva Shah. From them, Parvathy said, “I learned about taking care of the health of my hair, how to maintain a clean scalp and have lustrous tresses.”
Dr Purnima Mhatre, the official beauty and wellness expert who gave her tips of skincare, said, “Beauty is just not the face but complete toning and skin condition of the entire body. Even a small cellulite depression can deprive you of the crown. Parvathy was meticulous, she took great care of herself. An effective skin regime including rejuvenation helped to keep her skin glowing.” Parvathy, who got facials and a skin health regime from Dr Purnima, admitted, “The results were good.”
(Note: Drs Apoorva and Sonal Shah of Richfeel Trichology Centre, are the pioneers of trichology in India. Dr Purnima Mhatre is a celebrity dermosurgeon and medical cosmetologist of Gorgoeous skincare)