“Challenges are good. Accept them, they help us grow” believes Deepali Phadnis, Founder and National Director of Mrs India Pageants and a former Mrs Asia International. She is a mentor and an inspiration to thousands of married women to break the stereotypes associated with marriage, step above and beyond the mundane and make a mark for themselves. She started Mrs India to give a platform to married women in India through which they can express themselves. In her own words – “We at Mrs India focus less on finding models and more on creating role models who can inspire women in our country”. Catering to an age group of above 18 years, this pageant is aimed at rebuilding confidence that women tend to lose after getting married and being focused on family and children. The competition accepts entries upto an age of 70 years as Deepali feels that age should never be a constraint in life. In fact, she pioneered the ‘Classic Category’ for the first time in India for women above 40 years of age as she thinks every woman is beautiful and every woman should feel beautiful. Read More
“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it” says Sheetal Sharma Vyas, State Vice President for BJP Youth, Himachal Pradesh. A graduate from the prestigious St. Bedes College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, her passion and zeal to work for the society, especially for poor children and women motivated Sheetal to join politics after post graduation where she got involved in student politics and also contested elections for the post of General Secretary from ABVPAkhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad. She comes from a background where she had never seen student politics or any such atmosphere yet she moved with confidence and worked for her organisation diligently and today, she serves the society in her role as State Vice President for BJP Youth, Himachal Pradesh and a popular BJPBhartiya Janta Party activist. Sheetal is also a criminal lawyer practicing in the Hon’ble High Court of Himachal Pradesh. In her own words – “Success has always been pleasant and sweet. For the bitter and hampering ways it has, I have been proceeding with gumption and unbridled enthusiasm to change the world around me, make difference with my hard work and ideas, seek solutions that have never been sought for the betterment of society and fight evils against women and children.” Read More
Born and brought up in Mumbai, Jyoti Chawla is the founder of Petite Swirls – a designer bakery offering lip smacking cupcakes and other bakery delights. Having lived in London and also worked as an actress in the Indian television industry, Jyoti, is the face of today’s modern mom who goes out and solve problems that not only she faced being a new mom but also helps other new moms. She is a multi-talented personality with a very down to earth nature and she loves kids and baking other than being a travel freak. She also loves to explore life as it comes and never gives up in her hard times. Read More
“S traight from the heart person who believes integrity means happiness and my happiness is smiling faces around me” is how Pragya Prakash likes to describe herself. A graduate in clothing & textiles, she started her career with FabIndia and is currently the entrepreneur behind Kutumb International which she established in 2015. She is a person full of vigour, talent, passion and has the ability to conquer the stereotypes. She wants to establish herself as a fashion designer with a touch of creativity and simple yet elegant designs with an international edge. She’s determined to achieve new heights with her venture Kutumb International and make it known and desirable worldwide. Read More
Do you often come across women whose work, thoughts or achievements leave you zapped? She could be anyone – be it a mother, a sister, a friend, an entrepreneur or any other personality. These extra-ordinary women come from all walks of life. They inspire us and truly embody ‘beauty with grace’.
We welcome you to ‘The Essence’, a women oriented online magazine to recognise the essence of such extra-ordinary women. As, we believe stories of struggle, grit and success of these women role models must be told, read and glorified. ‘The Essence’ is dedicated to all those women who have stood up against all odds of life and have made a difference. These women not only paved the path to success and identity but are also a source of inspiration to all. In our journey, we hope to help you discover your essence, cut the mundane and chase your dreams with élan.
“Just being a woman is God’s gift that all of us must appreciate. The origin of a child is a mother, and is a woman. She shows a man what sharing, caring and loving is all about. That is the essence of a woman.”
— Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994