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La femme Nikita

Laughter and song are essential for Miss India Nikita Anand

NIKITA ANAND is many things - young, talented, good looking, articulate and Miss India. On her first trip to Hyderabad on a promotion for Yamaha, Nikita feels "this is a nice city to be in. It is neat and clean and is not as fast like a big city and nor is it as sleepy as a small town. It is just so and I look forward to coming again."

A Punjabi from Delhi, Nikita got into the glamour business pretty early. "I started at 13 and as Miss India is the most coveted title, the progression was natural." Preparation apart from the one-month rigorous training by the organisers included workouts and keeping herself "up to date with current affairs."

Nikita follows the tradition of beauty queens and Army children. "I guess the reason for us to do well in these contests is because of the exposure we get and the discipline that is an intrinsic part of Army life."

Nikita has taken a break from her course in fashion design and Information Technology at NIFT - "I am a science student so I found this combination just right. I like to keep my options open. After I graduate I could do something in design, computers or I love music so maybe I would pursue a career in music." Talking about careers, is Bollywood calling? "I am open to the idea. If a good role comes by, then why not?" Nikita however is very clear that she does not want to be "a one film wonder."

The Sagittarian loves food and says if she could change one thing about herself, it would be her "sweet tooth. On a more serious note I guess I would like to become more pushy."

Her favourite outfits depend "on the occasion. For a wedding or a formal occasion I always go for a sari otherwise I favour dresses." Jewellery is a must have for Nikita as "they add to the look. I started this trend of big rings in college."

While Nikita enjoys shopping, her mum usually shops for her and "Everything mum buys for me, fit me perfectly." A confirmed party bird, weekends for Nikita means going out. The other chill out option is reading - "all kinds of fiction. At present I am reading Danielle Steele's Fine Things."

Single ("there is no time") Nikita's ideal man should be "compatible, intelligent and witty as laughter is very important to me." Her message to wannabe models is to "be careful and aware of the right people."

The pluses of being Miss India according to Nikita are "travelling and it always helps me in airports. I always seem to have some hassle or the other in airports and then I look really tragic and say `I am Miss India and there is this problem and there are so many gallant people only too ready to oblige!"


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