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Princess charming

Spirituality and business are the twin passions for Peni Kangas, the former Princess of Bulgaria, who was in the city recently



Titles do not matter to her... Peni Kangas, the former Princess of Bulgaria. - Pic. by S. R. Raghunathan

WHEN I am introduced to the former Princess of Bulgaria, Peni Kangas, she somehow gets it into her head that I am a prince whose title has been snatched, just as hers was when Bulgaria turned a communist nation. "Of what use are titles? I am I and you are you, titles or no titles," she smiles.

Quickly putting her in the picture that there is nothing that is or ever was princely about me except the name, I shoot some questions at her, beginning with her love for Indian spirituality.

Instead of answering the question, she poses one, "What do you understand by the word `god'?" She answers it herself, "Everyone has `god' in him. Aham Brahmasmi. When I launched myself into a quest for the spiritual, I was lead to the Bhagvad Gita and the Upanishads; and this is the truth that they have taught me."

She chooses to dwell once again on the insignificance of titles and outward manifestations of greatness. "When I was young, I used to hold good looking people in high esteem; I grew older, and I valued intelligence more than anything else. Now, I judge people by the warmth they have for others."

The former princess is multi-faceted. Though she likes to revel in metaphysical thoughts, she does not hopelessly lose herself in them. Her profile as a businesswoman convinces you of that. Peni Kangas heads eight international companies, including the Rehhani Conglomerate, Penpar Software Intelligence and Pensul International Gold Stream Oil. She is also the "equal partner" of Illinois Oil And Gas Exploration Company, the chairman of Penbar Inc. And as chairman of Bulfin Inc., she has signed a contract with the Chinese government for construction of a $5-billion worth building in Shanghai.

She is also looking to setting up an electrical plant and getting involved in a road construction project in India. And her recent visit to Chennai was in connection with a business commitment - the launch of Nutking products (plain, roasted/salted cashew nuts, almonds and pistachios). Capping these accomplishments, she teaches and practices alternative medicine.

Behind this successful woman is an equally successful man. Her husband Paul Kangas is known as "The Guru of Wall Street"; he hosts a business programme on WPBS TV which reaches 129 countries.

When you ask her about her children. She says, "Not yet. Right now he (Paul) is my only child." The happy couple live in Miami, U.S.A.

PRINCE FREDERICK

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