Papa started my training at a very young age and it was not an age when you consider your career options. Since childhood, it was just wrestling. I grew up seeing my sisters (Geeta and Babita) train. So taking up any other sport or occupation never really crossed my mind. When I was 8-year-old, I had thought of quitting wrestling. I was very young to put through such a regime (by my father) and I often used to tell mummy that I can’t take it anymore. She used to console me by saying it’s just a matter of three years and I should continue with the training. It happened over a course of many years that she kept consoling me by saying it was a matter of three years and now I am really happy that her ‘three years’ brought the best out of me.
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Being a techie with an engineering background, Manish Raisinghan says acting happened by accident. “I was picked by my seniors to participate in inter-college fashion show as they were short of one model and they chose me to fill in that gap and I happened to be selected as the best male model which somehow started my journey. It was never really a part of the plan. Acting was again an unplanned move. The opportunity not just came knocking but made sure I own it for life.
Motivational Story – This is what Manushi Chhillar’s father advised his daughter during her first posting in surgery
It is said that situations make people tough. During Manushi Chhillar’s first posting in surgery she came across a breast cancer patient who had come in with her four-year-old child. “It was a serious case at an advanced stage. I felt helpless as I realized you cannot cure, you can only assist. I called up my father to ask how he handles such cases,” says Chhillar. “He told me it’s important to keep your emotions in check.”
After reaching the top five, Manushi Chhillar was asked during the Question and Answer round, which profession she thought deserved the highest salary and why. In her reply, she said her mother was the biggest inspiration in her life and mothers were worthy of the highest respect. She said “I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary it’s not always about cash but I feel it’s the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life. All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary.”
My idol has always been Reita Faria. I have always admired her as a kid. She was the first Indian and Asian ever to win the title. The best part was that the moment she completed her reign as Miss World, she immediately went back to what she was passionate about – being a doctor – even though she had many opportunities in the glamour world. I feel she was a genuine person.