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2000: The golden year for Indian beauty queens

2000 is considered the golden year for Indian beauty queens. This year, all the three Miss India winners won the most prestigious international beauty pageants.


In a pleasant surprise, India bagged the crown of Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific for the year 2000.  This proved the dominance of Indian beauty and intellect across the globe.

Every year, beauty pageants are held to select a woman leading in all dimensions of beauty, intellect and responsibility.  She is a source of inspiration to thousands of women.

Undoubtedly, India has always been a country of beautiful and gorgeous women.  Now, you would like to know these Indian beauty queens.

In the year 2000, Miss India Lara Dutta, Miss India first runner up Priyanka Chopra and Miss India second runner up Diya Mirza got the crown of Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific.

These ladies made the country feel with pride.

Let us have a look at the thrilling stories of these three beauties that brought the world at their feet.


Lara Dutta


Miss India 2000 Lara Dutta represented India as Miss Universe held in Cyprus.  She won the title of Miss Universe, by a unanimous vote, making a record in this beauty contest.

Not only this, she also got the highest individual score in any category in the history of the Miss Universe contest.


Beauty queen Lara Dutta winning miss universe crown 2000.
Image credit: India Today


Lara Dutta is the second Indian to win the highest global beauty contest.  Sushmita Sen is the first Indian to get the Miss Universe crown in 1994.

Not only this, but Lara Dutta was also the winner of Best National Costume and Best Swimsuit in this beauty pageant.


The final round that made her winner


During the final question-answer round, each of the top three contestants was asked the same question:

“Right now, there is a protest that has been staged in outside the stadium posing pageants as an affront to women.  Convince them that they are wrong.”

Lara Dutta gave the beautiful reply that made her the winner of the crown. She said,

“Pageants like Miss Universe give us young women a platform to foray in the fields that we want to and forge ahead, be it entrepreneurship, be it the armed forces, be it politics. 

It gives us a platform to voice our choices and opinions and it makes us strong and independent that we are today.”


Other achievements and works


The achievement of Lara Dutta didn’t stop here.  She was also elected as Miss Grand Slam 2000, hosted by the pageants portal Global Beauties.

She is the first Indian winner to get this title.

After the crown of Miss Universe, she became the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Population Fund in 2001.  While taking this appointment, she said,

“Celebrities with the power to affect their impressionable minds, therefore, have a moral responsibility to impart positive messages. 

I am committed to using any influence I may have to do just that as a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Population Fund.”


Mahesh Bhupathi and Beauty queen Lara Dutta in marriage ceremony.
Mahesh Bhupathi and Lara Dutta | Image credit:


Lara Dutta also made her career as Bollywood actress and producer.  She received several accolades including Filmfare awards.

The beauty diva has been one of the most stylish actresses in the Hindi film industry.

She is also a strong supporter of Me Too Movement in India.  Lara Dutta married eminent tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi in 2010.


Priyanka Chopra


Belonging to Jamshedpur town of Jharkhand, Priyanka Chopra finished as the Miss India first runner-up 2000.   Later, she brought home the crown of Miss World 2000 and Miss World Continental Beauty – Asia and Oceania held in London.

Priyanka was only 18 years old when she became Miss World, surpassing 95 other talented contestants from different countries.  What a great achievement at this tender age!


Beauty queen priyanka chopra accepting miss world crown from predecessor yukta mukhey.
Image credit: Desimartini


She received the crown of Miss World form her predecessor Yukta Mookhey who was also from India.  It was an emotional moment when Yukta Mukhey, Miss World 1999 handed over the crown to her successor Priyanka Chopra.

Priyanka Chopra is the fifth Miss world and the second consecutive winner from her country.


Even the wrong answer did not become a hurdle to success


The perfect combination of beauty, confidence and brains made Priyanka Chopra win this prestigious title.

However, an interesting incident occurred during one of the elimination rounds when she was asked to name the most successful woman living today and why.

The confident Priyanka Chopra answered this way:

“There are a lot of people I admire, but one of the most admirable people is Mother Teresa, who has been so compassionate, considerate and kind.”

Priyanka Chopra deserves appreciations for this answer.  But she missed the word ‘living’ as she had to take the name of a living person.  Mother Teresa had passed away in 1997.

However, her confidence, positive attitude and beauty impressed the judges and audience and she became successful to take home the crown.


Awards and social causes


After winning Miss World crown, she pursued a highly successful career in Bollywood.  She received several awards including the National Film Award and five Filmfare Awards.

The Indian government honoured her with the Padma Shri Award in 2016.  She also worked in Hollywood thriller series and comedies.


Priyanka Chopra with Nik Jonas | Image: HarpersBazaar


Priyanka Chopra has been working with UNICEF since 2006.  UNICEF appointed her Goodwill Ambassador for Child in 2010 and 2016.

She also works for the environment and women’s rights, gender equality, gender pay gap and feminism.

The beauty queen married American singer and actor Nick Jonas.


Diya Mirza


Diya Mirza was the second runner up Femina Miss India 2000.  She created history when she won Miss Asia Pacific 2000 held in Manila.

Diya Mirza made a hat-trick of India winning the International beauty pageants in the same year; Lara Dutta won Miss Universe and Priyanka Chopra Miss World.

This was really a pride moment for India as for the first time a nation had picked up all three major beauty contests in a single year.


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Diya Mirza is the third Indian to win this title.  Before that, Zeenat Aman in 1970 and Tara Anne Fonseca in 1973 were the winners of Miss Asia Pacific title.

She also made a career in Hindi film industry and won many film awards.


Social services


Besides this, Diya Mirza has been involved in community services.  She has been working with Cancer Patients Aid Association, Child Right for You (CRY) and People for Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA).

The beauty diva became UN Environment’s goodwill ambassador for India on two occasions.  Thereafter, she won the Green Award IIFA for spreading awareness about environmental issues.


beauty queen diya mirza doing social services.


India was held in high esteem in 1994 also when two beauty queens brought the nation the most highly international beauty titles in the same year.

These ladies are Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai.  Sushmita Sen won the prestigious title of Miss Universe 1994 whereas, Aishwarya Rai won the title of Miss World in the same year.


Sushmita Sen (Left) and Aishwarya Rai (Right) | Image: HindustanTimes


In this way, we can say that our country is flourished with women having beauty, intellect, wisdom and confidence.

They have earned name and fame; made the country feel proud and become the source of inspiration to thousands of women not only for their beauty but also for their social services.


To sum up, These three Indian beauties made the year 2000 memorable.  If you know some other remarkable year of Indian beauty, please comment.


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Amitabh Bachchan

15 inspirational facts about Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan is a legendary actor of the Hindi film industry.  There have been many big stars in Hindi cinema, but there is no comparison with him.

Amitabh Bachchan is not only a successful actor but also a great person.

Many actors get retired at this age, but Amitabh Bachchan at his 77 is still active.

Besides acting, he has also proved his talent in television host and playback singer.  He is popularly known as the king of Bollywood or Big B.

Amitabh Bachchan is also a good philanthropist.  He has been involved in many social welfare works.

The list of his achievements is endless.  He is the most inspirational figure in the world.  We can learn so many valuable life lessons from Amitabh Bachchan.

Here are 15 inspirational facts about Amitabh Bachchan.  Any person can become successful and great by following his life-habits.


1. Believe in yourself


Whatever be the situation in life, we should believe in ourselves.  Amitabh Bachchan faced rejections for his voice and height, had failures in initial films and suffered downfalls.

But still, he tried for what he wanted.  Today, he is a megastar.


2. Hard work and determination


Amitabh Bachchan puts the whole energy in his movies.  While acting in his movie Coolie, he had a fatal accident.

But he recovered and completed the shooting same year and the film released soon after.  He has the potential to make the movie a blockbuster on his own.


3. Humbleness


Amitabh Bachchan is one of the most humble persons.  He talks very politely with everyone.

When his co-stars or contestants meet him and touch his feet, he immediately picks them up and hugs them.


4. Say ‘NO’ when it is required


Mr Bachchan does not hesitate to negate when it is important to him.  Once he denied acting a Jeewan Sathi advertisement since it encouraged the malpractice of the dowry system.

We salute you, sir!


5. Learn from your mistakes and keep on trying


Amitabh Bachchan says that we all make mistakes in our life, but we should have the strength to accept them.

He also made mistakes while choosing some movies and made wrong decisions in his life.  But one must learn from their mistakes and keep on moving in their path.


6. Value and importance for family


Amitabh Bachchan gives values for his family.  He is a true example of having an ideal family.

The Bachchan family is regarded as the golden family of Bollywood.  Amitabh has immense love for this.

He is, altogether, a supportive father, protective grandpa, reliable husband, ideal son and cool father-in-law.


Amitabh Bachchan with family | Image: Indian Express

7. Punctuality and discipline


Amitabh Bachchan never keeps his producer and director waiting.  Mr Bachchan always reaches the shooting spot in time.

He is so punctual that several times he opened the gate of Filmistan Studio himself before the watchman.  He immediately makes a public apology whenever he becomes late.

Amitabh is also a disciplined early-riser.


 8. There is no age limit for work


The superstar has left his age far behind.  No actor of his age is so active.  At 77, he is still determined to work and looks young and energetic.

Remember the movie ‘Paa’ in which he plays the role of the son of his own son Abhishek Bachchan.


Amitabh Bachchan in Paa
Amitabh Bachchan in movie Paa | Image: Quora

9. No work is small


There was a time when television was called an idiot box.  No film star liked to work on TV shows.

But Amitabh Bachchan broke this myth and agreed to host a TV show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’.

This show became a big success and today almost all film actors are seen performing in TV programmes.


Amitabh in KBC
Amitabh in KBC | Image: Prabhat Khabar

10. Spread love, not hatred


Amitabh Bachchan is a most loved person.  He believes in having good terms with all.  He has no contention or rift with any person.   This is the reason he is so popular in the world.


11. Man of impeccable character


If we look for the film magazines of bygone days, we would, reportedly, read the stories of affairs between Amitabh and ageless star Rekha.

However, Amitabh is married to film star Jaya Bachchan and he has maintained the dignity of his married life.

He knows his limits well and we have seen him keeping a respectable distance with this diva of yesteryears.


Amitabh with Jaya
Amitabh with Jaya | Image: India Today

12. Give back the society


The megastar is a good humanitarian.  He has donated millions of rupees to several farmers of Bihar, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to clear their debts.

UNICEF made him a goodwill ambassador for the polio eradication campaign in India in 2002.


13. Quality of adaptation


Mr Bachchan knows very well to be adaptable with the drastic life changes.  He always has a positive attitude towards life.

He faced criticism during his political career and went through bankruptcy.  Nevertheless, he stood like a rock and conquered all hurdles of life.


14. Encouragement


The true gentleman never misses encouraging any actor who performs well in the movie.  Even at the set, he encourages the junior artists to concentrate only on their work and not get nervous before him.


15. Respect for his fans


Amitabh says that fans invest a lot of time and energy on a star and hence they deserve respect.  He believes that our status is due to our audiences and that they are our ‘extended families’.

He remains available to greet his fan followers outside his bungalow on every Sunday.


Amitabh Bachchan greeting fans | Image: Deccan Chronicle

Mr Amitabh Bachchan is the man of rich personalities India had ever have.  He will, always, be a source of inspiration and motivation for billions.

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Tilak Mehta, 13 year old student keeps the foundation of a company

13-year-old student sets up a company worth crores

If we say a 13-year-old student sets up a company and aspires of turnover of crores, you will be surprised.

Can a school going boy be the founder of a business startup? Can he be the owner of a company which holds control over 400 employees?

How can a class VIII student carry away with his studies and the company altogether?

We know that these questions would be coming to your mind.

Certainly, this is unrealistic and impossible. But a 13-year-old student has made it possible and has become one of the youngest entrepreneurs of India.

Tilak Mehta from Mumbai is such a prodigy who has founded a technology-driven courier company namely Papers N Parcels (PNP).

He not only convinced a banker to quit his job and accept the CEO post of PNP but also succeeded to include employees of Dabbawalas in his company.


This is how the company functions


The technology-based company functions through an app with the same name. Customers have to first register on the app, and after login, they can book the order.

The company delivers the items on the same day. It charges only from Rs 80 to 140 according to the weight of the item.

It accepts the item up to 3 kilograms. So the fast delivery and cheaper cost have made the company a big success.


What made Tilak Mehta inspire to set up PNP


So, how did Tilak Mehta get inspiration for setting up the company?  In fact, one of his exam-books remained in his uncle’s home that was in another part of Mumbai.

He needed it urgently.   When his father returned home tired, he couldn’t get the courage to ask him about the book.

Hence, he couldn’t manage to get the book back and when he enquired about the courier service, he came to know that he would have to pay nearly Rs 250/- which was itself the price of the book.

Then it struck to his mind that there must be a courier service in the city which could be in the budget of common people.

One day he saw a person of Dabbawala, the famous food delivery network of Mumbai. Tilak Mehta got another idea that with the collaboration of Dabbawalas, the courier service could be managed properly.

Tilak Mehta talked about the idea with his father who got convinced. Thereafter, he discussed with his uncle who was a banker.

His father helped him develop the app. His uncle quit the bank job and became the CEO of the company.

Now it was time to convince the people of Dabbawalas.  But it was not an easy task.  When Tilak Mehta reached any of Dabbawala person, they did not take him seriously, as he was a child.

Finally, after making several attempts and talking with the President of the Dabbawala organisation, many employees of Dabbawalas agreed to work with the company.

And after the hard work and research of 8 months, Tilak Mehta started his business in 2018.


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Papers N Parcels delivers 1200 items everyday and till date, it has delivered more than one lakh items. Presently, pathology labs, boutique shops and brokerages are availing the services of the company.

Today, Papers N Parcels employs 300 persons of Dabbawala and 100 of its own.

Tilak Mehta has the dream of making the company with a turnover of Rs 100 crore by 2020 and expanding the services all over India.




For his prodigious entrepreneurship, he has been awarded India Maritime Awards in July 2018.

This dynamic child has infinite possibilities inside him. There may be many more Tilaks in our country. It is the responsibility of our society to explore such ingenious children.

Tilak Mehta is an inspiration for students. We wish this young entrepreneur a brilliant future.

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Ranu Mondal

Ranu Mondal: Journey from railway platform to singing studio

The story of life-journey of Ranu Mondal from the railway platform to the singing studio will compel you to think about how powerful social media are today.

This is the era of social media.  If a person has talent, nothing can stop him or her to earn name and fame.   Social media play an important role to bring out the talent and skill of any person before the world.

The power of social media is such that it can make an ordinary person a big celebrity.  Such is the story of Ranu Mondal.


Life history of Ranu Mondal


Ranu Mondal was once a helpless woman and was earning her living by singing at a railway station.  Then a video of her singing an old song went viral on social media and she became a star overnight.

The life of Ranu Mondal is no less than a fairytale.  The 59 years old woman belongs to Ranaghat, West Bengal.  In her 20s, she would sing in a local orchestra club.

The audience called her Ranu Bobby after her performance in singing the song from a superhit Hindi movie Bobby.

In this way, she would earn some money.  However, she was forced to leave singing as no family member supported her musical skill.

Later on, she was married to Babul Mondal.  After the marriage, the couple shifted to Mumbai.  In an unfortunate incident, her husband expired and she returned to her village Ranaghat.


Ranu was living in extreme poverty.  She has also one daughter.

Life of duo got worsened.  A desperate Ranu started singing old Hindi songs at Ranaghat station and in return, people would offer her some food or money.


The sudden turning in her life


Her daughter disliked her singing at the railway station.  She left her mother and didn’t contact her for 10 years.  Ranu was leading a life of a beggar.

Only then a software engineer Atindra Chakraborty entered her life and made her destiny.  He noticed Ranu’s melodious voice.  Atindra made a video recording of her song and posted it on his Facebook account.

In the video, she is seen singing the evergreen song “Ek pyar ka nagma hai”, originally played by famous vocalist Lata Mangeshkar.


Atindra with Ranu | Image: Janbharattimes

Very soon, the video went viral on many social media platforms and her voice was appreciated by common people and big celebrities.

Knowing her singing talent, Sony Entertainment TV Channel invited her to ‘Superstar Singer’ reality show.  She impressed everyone present in the show with her mellifluous voice.


Ranu Mondal as a singing star



Himesh Reshammiya, the famous Bollywood singer became another destiny maker for Ranu.  He offered her for a song in his upcoming movie ‘Happy Hardy Heer’.

Himesh soon recorded a song ‘Teri Meri Kahani which also became much popular on social media.




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Today, Ranu has become a singing star.  She has got offers for songs from several music directors and contracts for musical concerts.

After Ranu’s popularity, not only her daughter has returned to her, but also the affectionate Ranu has wholeheartedly embraced her daughter.


Image: Instagram

Ranu’s talent is beyond explanation.  We rarely see such talent.  Credit also goes to Atindra Chakraborty and Himesh Reshammiya who noticed her charismatic voice and made the way of success for her.

Had her family supported Ranu’s singing skill, she would have become a renowned vocalist much earlier.

However, the world knows that everything happens at the time fixed by destiny and Ranu’s good time has come now.

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Jharkhand cadre IAS

Jharkhand cadre IAS glorifies the country by scoring 104.44% marks

You will feel with pride to know that a Jharkhand cadre IAS glorified the country with his excellent performance in an international exam.

As we know Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, was so talented at the study that he got this exceptional remark on the answer paper of the graduate exam-“Examinee is better than examiner”.

Even today, these few words work as inspiration for students. Now, another name has been added to this context.

An IAS officer from Jharkhand cadre has glorified the country in a similar way.


Aggregate is more than total marks


Manish Ranjan, the Additional Chief Electoral Officer of Jharkhand has scored 104.44% marks in a course on Public Affairs at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

In this great achievement, he has got 107.5 points out of 100 in the International Statistical Course.

The marks have been given by a globally-acclaimed Professor namely Rucker C. Johnson.  He is one of the consultants of the American President Donald Trump.

Besides, he has written several books including Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works.

The IAS Association run by the serving members of Indian Administrative Service has also congratulated this feat of Manish Ranjan.




Earlier achievement of Manish Ranjan


Manish Ranjan attained the fourth position in the UPSC examination of the year 2002. He served as a Deputy Commissioner in Hazaribagh, Pakur, Deoghar, Garhwa and Latehar districts.

He also held key positions at Industry, Health, Labour and tourism departments of Jharkhand Government.

Manish Ranjan as Mission Director, National Health Mission, graced the first eJharkhand Summit held in 2014.

He started a program called ‘Save Childhood’ which was later adopted by the Central Government.  He played an important role in bringing infant mortality from 38 to 29 percent between 2011 and 2013.

The extraordinary achievement made by Manish Ranjan is really a matter of pride for the country.  He would always be a source of inspiration for the students’ community.

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Telangana MP G Kishan Reddy

Telangana MP accepts books for the celebration of his electoral victory

India is changing.  Indian people are coming up with innovative ways to do something.  In this context, G Kishan Reddy, an MP from Telangana has set an example. 

Kishan Reddy has won the Lok Sabha election 2019 from Secunderabad constituency.  On his victory, he requested his supporters to congratulate him with books instead of garlands or sweets.

On his appeal, a large number of party workers and volunteers visited his office and donated notebooks and storybooks. 

Very soon, his office turned into the storeroom with the bundle of books.  These books will be distributed among economically disadvantaged students.



Generally, party workers celebrate the victory of their leader with great pomp and show.  They offer garland, shawl, sweets and bouquets.  However, these gifts are of little use.  There is also the wastage of money.

So, Kishan’s initiative has a great message for the country.   With such plans, the celebration becomes useful and significant.  A good message goes to citizens and it cultivates high morale among countrymen.

Gifts like garlands and bouquets are in no way helpful for anyone, but rather they cause pollution.  So leaders of our country should refuse such gifts. 

They, instead, should urge their supporters to bring gifts that may be utilized for needy persons.

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Saalumarada Thimmakka

Padma Awards got blessed by ‘Mother of Trees’

The Padma award ceremony 2019 was unique and exceptional in many ways.  This time, the awardees were not from elite groups, but many of them were common people. 

By honouring common people, the country is reclaiming the true spirit of democracy – of the people, for the people and by the people.

One of the commoners among Padma awardees was Saalumarada Thimmakka. 

While receiving the Padma Shri Award, Saalumarada Thimmakka, known as ‘Vriksha Mate’ blessed the Indian President by gently putting her palm on his head.

The moment was so heartening that Rashtrapati Bhawan got echoed with thunderous applause.

The strict protocol even got weakened before this mahanayika when Honourable the President bowed his head to receive the blessing.

This is our great culture, our glorious tradition where a person sitting on the highest position is humble before Mother’s Love!

The life of S. Thimmakka from Karnataka is full of determination and perseverance.  It gives us the motivation to live and move forward even though we don’t get what we want.

Unable to bear a child, she found solace in planting trees with the support of her husband.

The couple worked hard in the fields to plant trees and cared for them. Sometimes, they had to walk for 4 kilometres to bring water for plantation.



106-year-old Thimmakka has been planting since the age of 40 years. She has planted 385 banyan and 8000 other trees.  Her husband passed away in 1991.

She has also got Karnataka Rajyotsava Award from the state government and National Citizen Award from the government of India. 

Her selfless work has inspired several people to take up the initiative to save the environment.

However, this is saddening to hear that she receives only Rs. 500/- for her old age pension.

A great environmentalist should not be treated like this.  The government should take some steps so that she may live a respectful life having no financial crisis.