Things to know before participating in Beauty Pageants

The dazzling tiara on a winner's head entices every girl who has ever dreamt of walking the ramp and becoming a beauty queen right from her childhood days. Who wouldn't like to emerge a winner among hundred faces and grab that instant spotlight? If you are a person who believes in herself and thinks that probably you have it in you, there are many more things you need to know and enquire about a pageant before filling that form.

First of all, you need to ask yourself-why do you want to participate in a beauty pageant and what are you expecting from it? Is it just for fun or trying something new or a long-term goal?

The foremost reality you need to know about pageantry is that it is no charity organisation and just like any other commercial purpose, beauty pageants are also a business at hand. Behind the idea of giving you an opportunity and promises of turning you into a star, the event companies earn lofty profits.

 So, if you are a beginner and expecting a lot by putting in little, you may just end up disappointing yourself.

You may have to invest as much initially as you can reap later as there are hundreds of expenses involved in a pageant (registration charges, photoshoot,food/travel/accommodation, costumes etc).
So make sure when you end up winning nothing you don't feel cheated by the company. It is very important to be strong with your budget and financial planning before you participate in any such contest.

Another thing you must enquire about is the company which is organising such event. Several companies in the market are in the business of defrauding young guys and girls. And with pageantry becoming a source for earning quick buck, many unprofessional people have ventured into this trade. From substandard pageants to poorly organised shows the whole thing is just about filling their own pockets. As a result, the participants feel cheated when they don't get the right exposure and returns they expected.Therefore,if you are looking towards pageantry as a platform for long-term goals, it is necessary to enquire about the event company and brand through and through ,before investing any considerable time and energy into it.

Keeping a track of following things will save you from landing into a fraud or poor experience-

1. Always follow the pageant company before participating. Find out for how long the company has been organising the pageants and what kind of exposure they are giving to their winners.

2. Keep a track of what past winners have been doing, you may talk to them and know their views and experiences about the pageant.

3. Make sure there are no cases or complaints of any kind against the company in the past.

4. Always participate in a reputed pageant, as whether you win or not you shall always take home a good experience.

5. Remember nothing is for free so be ready to deal with the expenses involved.

6. A pageant should be able to offer good opportunities and exposure to its participants. Check the sponsors and the prizes offered to winners. This determines the credibility of a pageant.

7. Do not spend blindly if the organisers ask money in the name of extra expenses or grooming services, unless you feel it’s really worth.

8. A good beauty pageant always focuses on brand building and quality of its show and would try to make your pageant time a memorable experience. Hence it would provide the participants with the best of team in grooming, training, styling and makeup during the pageant. If any of these things seems to be missing in quality during the show it is quite probable that the organisers are more focused towards cutting costs and filling pockets.

9. Stay away from being influenced or lured towards any offers of becoming a winner. Pageants attempting any such way are definitely not worth participating .Also be mentally prepared that even if you are the most talented person in the lot, you may or may not win.

10. Once a winner, find out what costs the company is ready to bear for you and to promote you as their winner.

11. Learn to walk out and say NO at any moment it doesn't seem right.

Participate for the right reasons as a beauty pageant is a great way of enhancing personality and building self confidence. 

Good luck!! :)

Story to inspire-NGO Pahal for a good cause.

How many of us trust Ngo's for charity and social work?

Recently,I came across this wonderful organization Pahal,which is neither started by enterpreneurs nor backed up by big names but founded by common people of the society like you and me-The Doctors,Engineers,Educationists,and Teachers.A bunch of kind people who work hard on a 9-5 job and then manage to find time from their busy lives to give back to the society.

Yes,there are people who are working sincerely every minute to make this world a better place as I met this wonderful man Lakhbir singh,a college professor fighting with cancer since past 7 years.His cancer,however has never been a hinderance to his contributions towards the society as he proudly represents this organization called 'Pahal 'which focuses on individual health,society and environmental issues and works all over Punjab for creating awareness towards social causes.

PAHAL team has Mobilized more than 50,000 units of blood in 423 Voluntary Blood Donation Camps ,during emergencies in various hospitals and also provided medical facilities to around 1.5 lacs of people in remote villages.The team has also planted more than 5 lacs Saplings in various areas of Punjab...and is doing much more each day...

I believe that good things should be spread and counting on the dedication and honesty with which this organization works across 'silently' to reach out so many needy people around,I request you all to support the vision of common people like Lakhbir singh and help a hand towards good causes.Please join and support us in your own ways.Be a member,volunteer or donate,the way you wish.
You are at the right place!


Joy of giving..

Life is beautiful ...I have never questioned the fact and always abide by every moment that is totally worth living for.But the curious person I am ;I always feel what is it really about?Why are we here?Are we been put here to just fulfill our needs for some 60 years,working to the best of our abilities and then get away; or there's really much more to life?

What about things such as joy of giving,doing your bit and spreading goodwill.Are these meant to be only heard and read in books?A matter of fact apart from feeling good and preaching it to others,most of these 'good things' don't bother us unless it has somewhere,in some way affected our own lives.

I support it with the small  fact that when I post a  picture of mine on social media,it quickly fetches hundreds of likes.Another post shared for a good cause isn't able to create the same pact.I however feel that it should be the other way round.But I think people understand most of what they see.They probably like to see more,rather than listening.And also that what you can't feel and understand,you can never follow.

Not very long ago,I observed an accident in a close vicinity to mine.A biker and a lorry had collided midway;a mob of over 100 people had gathered on the road.It looked like a matinee show.Some people were abusing the driver while others were busy chatting over the incident;Ignoring a simple fact that what needed was not a 'Midway Tamasha' but an immediate help to the injured.I felt amazed and anguished,and wouldn't mind mentioning that finally it was me and my friend who got down to help the person and then few others joined in.

That experience really moved me.I was forced to think "Compassion is falling out of our lives..Isn't it?" We are becoming harsh and selfish;too busy and self-absorbed to notice the beautiful world around ;too busy to listen and help others...

And incidents like these are a daily feed on news channels now...50 people molesting a girl on the streets of a busy road and a camera man capturing the moment to gain TRP's .A child being killed to death by a mob for pick-pocketing and the whole action being shown live on television.I feel shame for such people.If you could record it in the live reel,you could have probably saved a life.

..Sad to say that life has shrunk to a business and human emotions are being sold..
But does it really cost to be a little kind and empathetic towards others?
Next time anyone of us sees an accident ,instead of making videos lets pledge to take them to a hospital...It could have been anyone,me you or any of our family members..Isnt it !

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