"Reema Khanolkar" born as the granddaughter of legendary Harmonium Maestro Late.Pt.Purushottam Walavalkar is a successful physical therapist licensed in California and Idaho states of USA from the past 12years. She is currently leading a team of talented physical therapists and is a proud winner of several accolades and powerful testimonies.
She has been a survivor of recurrent near fatal miscarriages in the past few years and lost her newborn daughter just 2 yrs ago, life played an unfair game with her. Her life turbulences took a heavy toll on her emotionally and physically leading to gain several pounds but at every attempt each and every time she fought back, worked double hard than last time to overcome emotional and physical deficits. She made that her strength with a vision to create an impact to catalyse, inspire and empower women to never let life put them down, take everything in their stride, tap their potential and live their dreams.
Here, she is two years after from a heavy set 80kgs to 53kgs, made it as a top finalist in Mrs India worldwide 2018, winner of California Indian Icon 2018, Zee to USA production, chosen to compete as international Indian Icon in Chicago this year for her talent in Hindustani instrumental classical music.
In conversation with the strong and charming lady: Reema Khanolkar - "My mom is my biggest inspiration, as she stood there strong beside me as she saw her daughter almost not making it alive and losing her granddaughter right in front of her eyes. She stood strong in Manchester while I was in the hospital under medical care. Looking up at her, made coo so couch stronger, that I was able to take everything in coy stride, so couch better. This was "THE" episode that pushed me to the limits to take control over life and not let life control me by its unfairness.
Nothing is more devastating than burying your own child and see her go. My message to the readers of Lifestyle Magazine is: Don't let anything stop you in this whole world. As long as you have an honest dream/cause in your heart and a strong will to make it happen, you can make anything a reality. Today I am an inspiration to a lot of women around me, who came to sympathize and felt sorry for me. They are proud of me today. I wish to continue to inspire and empower more women not only by my story but by my work of being a role model and personality/life coach.
Several Academic achievements from being awarded best Intern award for Physiotherapy to being an honor roll student right from first grade to 10th grade.
Performer of Hindustani Indian classical instrument since the age of 5yrs. Winner of several talent contests for music. Performed music at Palace of Rajpipla, by His Highness Yuvraj Manavendra Singh Gohil several years in a row.
Performed Indian dance form at Palace of Rajpiplo.
Choreographed fashion show at Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune and director of a stage play at Sancheti Hospital, Pune.
Choreographed and performed Indian dance at. Hewlett Packard, CA, USA by HP CIA for several years in a row since 2010.
Performed Indian dance form at Menlo college of MBA, in Atherton, USA.
Winner of Latin dance contest in Cabo Mexico.Winner of California Indian Icon Award 2018 in instrument category in Chicago for Zee to USA production at an international platform. Top finalist of Mrs India Worldwide beauty pageant 2018. She attributes her achievements to her husband's unconditional support in all endeavours.
"SHE IS CLOTHED WITH STRENGTH, DIGNITY & SHE LAUGHS WITHOUT FEAR OF FUTURE"
INTERVIEW OF REEMA KHANOLKAR
Q Reema Khanolkor, a corporate honcho, mother or a beauty queen What defines you the best?
Reema> An individual blessed with the right blend of glamour, style, talent and intellect aiming to inspire people around, best describes me. In short, Beauty with a purpose, musical talent and healing touch.
Q A fit body, fit mind full of gratitude and joy, any secret you would like to share with us?
Reema> Being optimistic and grateful is my mantra in life. I am grateful for every moment in life that has passed since I only came out stronger from it, I am ever grateful for the one that lives in and I am very optimistic about the one that tomorrow is going to bring me. It is my powerful catalyst for happiness. I say Thank you a lot; it brings out my gratitude and humility .1 believe in being optimistic, coz when one's positive, good things happen.
Q What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
Reema> >Legacy is fundamental to being human. It gives us a perspective on what's important to us. To continue to be able to support the people and causes that are important to me, and being a mentor to others, is the kind of legacy I would like to leave behind.
Q What does women empowerment means to you?
Reema>Women empowerment to me is when a woman as an individual is equipped and allowed to make life-determining decisions socially, economically and emotionally. Making women feel entitled without any restrictions and limitations on their opportunities is the real empowerment.
Q What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
Reema>Being a Beauty Queen brings about a role of service and a sense of responsibility in me.Lot of people, especially women look up to me as a role model.lt makes me influential to do good and in a positive way.lt also gives me a platform to create an impact to inspire and empower women to explore their options, overcome their challenges and follow their dreams.
Q You are an inspiration to all the women out there. How does it feel and any message to them?
Reema>I feel immensely blessed that my journey so far has been inspirational to so many women. I hope it continues to do so. My message to all women is: Toughest times in life leave us the strongest. We don't know our inner strength until our worst fears come true. I believe tough times are a tool, Life throws at us to test our strength. Don't lei tough times ever stop you from giving up on your dreams. Last but not the least, love yourself unconditionally and have Faith. Everything else will fall in place before you know it.