Her Best Shot - Poonam Chauhan talks with You & I

Poonam Chauhan is an activity coordinator and mentor at a school. She is also a finalist in the Panaache Mrs. India 2018 pageant. The lovely young lady describes herself as
fun-loving and joyous, while her friends know her as a ‘happy soul’. Wife of Chef Srinivas Reddy and mother to six-year-old daughter Taani, Poonam loves to see everyone around her happy and always does her bit to ensure this.

How has your experience at Panaache Mrs. India 2018 been?
The experience was amazing. I learned a lot of new things as I was exposed to a completely new and different world. The organiser and mentors have been very supportive and helpful throughout the journey. Since its mottos are ‘Women Empowerment’, ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and ‘Go Green’ – some of the most demanding needs of the country today – I was grateful that I could contribute something to the country, and I hope to continue doing so. On the whole, it has been a solid learning experience that I am certain to carry with me for the rest of my life.

In light of Mother’s Day which is coming up, tell us a little bit about your child.
Raising a daughter is like growing a flower. You give it your best shot. If you have done your job well, you will one day have the joy of seeing her blossom into a wonderful young woman. In my opinion, I have the most beautiful daughter in the world. Taani is my biggest achievement and the star of my life. I can’t express how grateful I am to be able to watch her grow and be part of her joys and innocent excitement.

How do you strike a work and home life balance?
Work is ultimately a part of life. Rather than focusing on creating a work-life balance, I prefer finding a wholesome balance in life. I am a very organised person, which helps me to manage home and work on a set schedule. At work I am 100% on the job and at home I am 100% at home. It does not come easily with all the responsibilities, but I give it my best and hope that it’s enough.

What is your beauty regimen and how do you stay fit?
Loving yourself is the greatest revolution you can bring about in your life, as it helps you gain inner stability. You will realise that seeking external appreciation and attention is pointless to your well-being, and start focusing on yourself instead. I go to the gym for an hour everyday, irrespective of the circumstances. I never skip gym because it makes me happy and rejuvenates me. I’m passionate about myself and make the effort to invest time in myself. That’s what keeps one fit and healthy in the true sense!!

What are your other hobbies?
Other than teaching, I like to dance, travel and plan surprises for my loved ones. I spend my free time just like the rest of our generation does – surfing the internet and music is an effective stress buster to me. But I am also an ardent foodie so I cook a lot and love to try different types of cuisines and recipes. I have been told that my Aloo Paratha is killer. I consider biking an extremely interesting sport, and someday I’d like to go on rides on a Royal Enfield.

Any other words of wisdom?
Yes, I would like to convey my message to all the strong and beautiful women out there: Don’t be afraid to get back up and try again, to love again, to live again, and to dream again. Don’t let hard lessons harden your heart. Life’s best lessons are often learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes. There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong. And you might feel like you will be stuck in a rut forever, but remember that you won’t. When you feel like quitting, remember that sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be made right. Sometimes you have to go through the worst, to arrive at your best. Don’t lose hope and don’t lose your sparkle!