50-year-old Bengaluru mom gives shape to dreams, to participate in pageant in Greece

While 21-year-old Arjun Abhijit, a final year engineering student, is eager to see his career take off, he is at the moment far more excited to see his mother’s dream take shape.

Published: 09th October 2019 06:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th October 2019 04:57 PM   |  A+A-

Harshala Shilotri

Harshala Shilotri (File Photo |EPS)

Express News Service

BENGALURU: While 21-year-old Arjun Abhijit, a final year engineering student, is eager to see his career take off, he is at the moment far more excited to see his mother’s dream take shape.

Harshala Shilotri is going to walk the ramp in the finale of Haut Monde Mrs India Worldwide season 9, that is scheduled to take place in Halkidiki, Greece, from October 10 to 20.

Shilotri, 50, was selected from around 25,000 contestants and is the oldest among the finalists. 

“Though my two sons, Arjun and Aaryan (17), are busy with their studies and projects, they are now more excited about my finale. They say it’s something special, and that not many children get to enjoy such moments in life,” Shilotri told CE.

The contest is open to all Indian married women across the world in the age group of 23-50 years.

“I filled the application with the help of my sons and husband. I hadn’t ever thought about taking part in an international-level beauty pageant,” she recalled.

“I have liked acting since childhood. This helped me in the contest. I don’t have stage fright, because I have done many stage performances at small functions,” she added. 

During the course of the pageant, Shilotri was part of many learning experiences.

“Grooming sessions were held by leading salon brands and stylists. We also attended sessions on being active on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, which I once believed were a waste of time. I have got an opportunity to express my views and opinions to a large audience,” she said. 

Shilotri, a resident of Rajajinagar, also pointed out how many women aged over 40 believe that there is nothing else to do in life except taking care of the family.

“Why should we set an age limit to our aspirations? Many women in their 40s and 50s think that life is complete with what they are doing inside the house. Now, I feel happy to see that many women, including my fellow participants who are mostly aged between 23 and 35 years, see me as an inspiration to follow their dreams,” added Shilotri, a lawyer by training who now runs a furniture store in Kumara Park East with her husband.

Stay up to date on all the latest Good News news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp