Life lessons from a person, who wears many a hat at the same time.
Vidhya Tiwari, Pageant Ambassador for SAVVY Mrs India, Director & Editor-In-Chief of TROFII, India’s only dedicated Food & Night- life Magazine, and Co-founder of ORO BLANCO (a makeover studio), is a self-proclaimed workaholic.
Her inclination was towards Law but on her father’s insistence she enrolled into Fashion Design and has never looked back since. From being a novice fashionista to becoming a professional she continued working in the fashion industry as a freelance Designer and Stylist for Femina. Working with Femina opened up avenues for her, with numerous shows and pageants, including the Citadel Extravaganza and another one that she calls as one of her favorite moments in her career, which was the show she organised for international Fashion Designer, Eva Danielle, in Pune (2013).
The year 2014 sprinkled some star- dust on her when she received a call from the Czar of the glamour world, Mr Nari Hira appointing her as the Editor of CITADEL magazine (from the stables of MAGNA Publishing)! Being her first ever job on the pay roll, as she had never worked in a corporate environment ever before, her apprehension were put to rest with the warmth and understanding be- stowed upon her, especially by her publisher Proneeta Hira! Sharing a great rap- port with the MAGNA Mumbai team she learnt the ropes of marketing under the guidance of Mr Ashok Dhamankar (Marketing Director, Magna Publishing).
Being the Editor of CITADEL a life- style magazine, she learnt a lot on the job, especially the shift from Fashion to Food. As along with fashion articles she also had to do articles on decor and food! It was an easy jump for her, as in her own words she says, “I am from the live to eat category of people.” Known for her passionate food blogging, she has a loyal following on Instagram & Facebook. A gourmet herself, she’s known to be a great judge of good food and good taste.
The fine point in food for her was when the International Chain Hyatt recognised her talent and invited her as a Judge for the Hyatt Culinary Challenge 2015, at the Hyatt Regency in Mumbai! And her position as a connoisseur was cemented with a second invitation from the Hyatt group when she was invited second year in a row as a judge for the Hyatt Culinary Challenge 2016, this time at the Hyatt, Pune. A foodie at heart this Vegetarian workaholic, says she’s still trying to reach her potential, juggling different work profiles and trying to create a unique place for herself. That’s what led her to spearhead TROFII (Food & Nightlife Magazine) as an Editor and Director.
She also is a partner with a consulting firm, from food, to fashion, to beauty to branding and publicity, you name it and they have a solution! Being a people’s person, she feels Branding & PR are an extension of her creative side. When taking up a brand or person for brand building and PR, the only vision they carry is of their client being in a happy space, that’s our ultimate reward. She says, “if we give our best, and our clients are happy they will bring us more clients in return, which is exactly what happens with us, our recommendations are so strong, that first timers always turn to retainers!”
Having worked on numerous fashion shows as a Fashion Designer and stylist, she has also, helped groom the contestants of Radio Mirchi Queen Bee, RSI May Queen, Pune Club May Queen and the CITADEL Mr & Miss Pune. Her judging skills too have often been put to test, being invited to as jury member for numerous shows, from, Miss Pune to Mrs Maharashtra to Mrs India, to Mrs India Globe! Vidhya takes her duty as a judge very seriously and encourages Men and Women from all walks of life achieve their goals, “whether it be a Fashion Show, a Beauty Pageant or a Cookery Show or the show of life! Each one needs to reach their true potential but for that you must first believe you have it,” she says!
Driven by a strong belief that “style is our most engaging narrative to the world”, style is an art and art is every- where and in everything. There is an artist locked-up in each one of us, but some never find the key, and some never find the door.” Every venture she steps in is an essential one for her and she believes in offering her best. She looks at life and feels lucky, saying, “I think I’ve always been at the right place at the right time. Also, being brutally honest, that’s always worked for me. When I talk business, I talk business, there’s no beating around the bush. your time is the most important. Respect yourself. No one is as important as you are. If you put yourself first, if you are happy with everything around you, only then will you be able to make other people happy. So, choose yourself respect, honor and happiness above all else.
In her words, “I also feel we should never complicate your life, whether personal or professional. Keep it simple and straight. Speaking your heart and being honest is the key”. A devout believer in the Almighty, she feels, and keeps the positivity alive. Be true to yourself in all that you do. The best way to live life is to be true to yourself. Never give up, never lose faith. Faith can move mountains; faith can work wonders. Have faith in yourself and above all have faith in God. God’s love is Endless, and He never fails you, NEVER. Like Hellen Keller very truly said, “A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.” So, surrender to Him and all else will follow.
By Anshuman Dogra: For Opinion Express News Services.