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Straight from the heart

"India is a beautiful place with loving people, but what we lack is quality education."


SHE CAME. She saw. She conquered. Not the territories, but the hearts of the ones gathered at R S Puram. Introducing Ami Vashi, the Femina Miss India World 2003. Graceful look, sparkling eyes and cascading tresses added to the beauty of the damsel in blue. But this was nothing when compared to the milk of human kindness that flowed when she spoke about her urge to help the less fortunate.

An interesting piece of information about Ami is that she carries the message of hearts (dil) even in her e-mail ID. "I am happy that God has blessed me with beauty. I want to use this gift to do something purposeful in life. To help the ones in real need, especially in the field of education."

Ami, who was among the 1000 contestants for the Femina Miss India contest, studied and worked as a financial analyst in the United States for over eight years. "It was a rich experience for me. But, soon I began to realise that I was not doing something substantial. It was then that I started to look back at my country, India. It is a beautiful place with loving people, but what we lack is quality education."


The Mumbai girl, who was in Coimbatore to inaugurate a jewellery showroom, said that in the US the educational system is open to all. "Be it the rich or the poor, school is for everybody, unlike in India. That really lifted my spirits. My dream is bring about a similar change in my own land. I want to make it real good for the under-privileged children. I have got in touch with a few kind-hearted persons and if things go right I plan to have a chain of schools for these children, who are all like precious pearls in my eyes."

Ami, who has been dedicating her time for an NGO in Mumbai, working for the women, stated that her beauty had come in handy while spreading messages of goodwill and peace. "I want to act as a messenger and create a wide network for the poor and the downtrodden through which I can help them." She pointed out that her parents have been very supportive. `They are quite open to me and have encouraged me all the way."


About her friends, she said that when she was crowned Miss Femina India World they kept a good distance. "I was really surprised that they were afraid to meet me. But, I made them understand that I would always remain a good friend to all."

Her humble advice to the younger generation: Don't let success get to your head, it may prove dangerous. But let it get to your heart. Fill it to the brim with love and compassion and success will sway your way.

RAYAN ROZARIO

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