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Interview with Rita Gangwani

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Meet Rita Gangwani - Celebrity Life &Pageant Coach, Author, Motivational Spkr, Soft-Social Skills Trainer.

Nicknamed as QUEENMAKER – Rita Gangwani Stands tall with these Achievements and Decorations:

  • Director at RIGA HAUS Rita Gangwani's House Of Personality Transformation.
  • The Only Pageant Coach honored by World Book Of Records
  • Top Ten Thinker of India
  • President Of India Awardee
  • Winner- Rajiv Gandhi Lifetime Achievement award
  • Crowned MIHM Super Queen Universe 2019
  • Creative consultant & Advisor Beauty Pageants Worldwide
  • Author at The Beauty Pageant's Greenroom - The Ultimate Grooming Bible
  • Motivational Speaker/Writer for various T.V channels and magazines
  • PD coach- Miss Teen India Universe
  • PD Coach- Tihar Jail
  • PD Coach-Miss Transgender India
  • Mentor- Miss Deaf India world
  • PD Coach youngest Mr India - Laksh Chaudhry
  • PD Coach Mrs Universe Dr Neha Tyagi
  • Foundation PD Coach - Miss World Manushi Chhillar
  • Talent Partner Miss India and Miss Diva - TOI
  • Trainer Sony Television and MSN Television
  • Winner- Most Connected Fauji
  • Bollywood Character Artist
  • Voice over artist and Jingle singer
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Healer for various personal and professional blocks via candles as medium.-Candle Magick
  • Energy Healer and Psychic
  • Happiness Coach
  • Freedom From Fear Coach
  • Law Of Attraction coach
  • Leadership Life Coach
  • Soft skills trainer to various fortunes 500 companies and corporate worldwide
  • Tedx and Josh Talk Speaker
  • Himachal Queen 1982
  • Former Lieutenant at Indian Army
  • Winner Best Cadet and Air Force Station Jalahalli Academic Trophy


Check out what she answered for our questions!

#1. Who is behind the secret of your success - your family, your Army career, your thoughts or something else?

Ofcourse all of them, but I majorly give credit to my critics who had written me off. I made a bridge by the stones hurled at me. They pushed me to my limit and beyond. They allowed me to block out all negativity in order to pursue my goals, helped me achieve my dreams. So thank you to my doubters, to my critics. I couldn't have done it without you.

#2. You have been Author, Motivational speaker, Writer, Trainer, Beauty Pageant Coach and much more. Is there anything new you still want to be? Tell us something about your journey as a Coach.

Back in late seventies, people were not as much exposed nor felt the need to enhance their image.Academic qualification was the most important thing which was taken into consideration. However, as people started globetrotting and commerce hit the international market, it becomes crucial to get out of the shell and match up to the global standards in every possible way. This included personal packaging as well. During my training in the army, all officers had to go through a special course called OLQ (Officers like Quality), in which we were taught all kind of etiquette and social graces. I was very keen on starting an etiquette and personality enhancement program. So to fill this gap between the academic degree and image management, I decided to become a personality development coach. My journey goes back to 1984 where I started training people on personality development with just six students onboard, which has now spread worldwide with countless students who’ve been trained by me. I have now ventured into Beauty Pageant coaching and run an institute by the name of RIGAHAUS- RITA GANGWANI’S HOUSE OF PERSONALITY TRANSFORMATION, where I train Boys, girls, and kids to enter the pageant world. I am proud to say so many of my students have brought laurels to the country.

#3. What were the major challenges that you had to face, so far?

In my early years, I was extremely self-conscious of my short stature and did not believe that I was capable of achieving anything grand. My height was my biggest challenge!! It was one of my teachers, who encouraged me to discover my innate value and potential, and not be swayed by those who wrote me off as being short and incapable. The exact words which inspired me to change my life were “Do not make anyone’s opinion your own reality. What matters is your own opinion of yourself!!” These words proved to be the catalyst for me to appear for the Army Medical Board competitive exams, which I cleared with flying colors. I joined the MNS Corps of the Indian Army in 1977, stood first in the All India Merit list and was awarded the President’s Gold Medal along with the Air Force Station (Bangalore) trophy as the best cadet. I was one of the first lady officers from Himachal Pradesh in the MNS Corps. Once I wore my uniform, the same people who used to laugh at me, changed their opinion about height. They realized that its not your color, height etc which take you to success….its what fuel you have inside that matters.

#4. You are one of the first lady officers from Himachal Pradesh in the MNS Corps. Tell us more about it.

Getting into the army was the best thing that ever happened to me. As a civilian teenager, I had never learnt the meaning of routine, but in army, ‘D” is the biggest word – discipline, determination, dedication and drive. I was taught time management, life management, self management and of course emotion management along with my regular studies of MNS. It really wasn’t easy back there. The training was rigorous, so much so, there were many girls who left the forces midway. However I stuck on.”Success doesn’t really come easy, and to get into the Indian army is like cracking a tough nut. ‘Give- up’ is a word that doesn’t really exist. We were taught that, if one has to achieve what they want to in earnest; they have to ready themselves to take on the challenges that are going to be doled out. After all, difficulties only make one stronger and more accepting to the flip side of success. My hard work paid, as I stood first in All India Merit List during all three years of my training. It was not only the biggest achievement for me, but for the entire unit. Never in the history of the unit did someone do so well.

#5. Tell us three basic tips for personality development?

→ Be original. Not even a perfect copy. Originals are always honored over duplicates
→ Earn respect and don’t demand it. “walk the talk” by doing what you tell others to do and not having a double standard.
→ Patience is an exercise of self-control that shows you can handle life when times get tough.

#6. What are the main highlights of the best seller Pageant book “THE BEAUTY PAGEANTS GREENROOM” written by you?

The Beauty Pageant’s Greenroom is an ultimate Bible of grooming. The essence of the book is to provide the reader a plethora of life skills....everything they would like to know about enhancing their personality, polishing social etiquette, being articulate, perfecting their style of dressing... basically projecting an image that unanimously stands out in the crowd. As the name suggests, the book guides a beauty pageant contestant, smoothly and swiftly through the entire process of entering a pageant right from filling up the form to winning the glittering tiara. The author has provided every aspect of grooming to the readers. The book is a gamut of the nuances of life skills for everyone who wishes to shine and glitter by grooming themselves just by holding a book and not having to go through the rigmarole of attending grooming workshops.

#7. A final message for our young readers.

The wisest, most loving, and well-rounded people you have ever met are likely those who have been shattered by heartbreak and Failure. Yes, life creates the greatest humans by breaking them first. Their destruction into pieces allows them to be fine-tuned and reconstructed into a masterpiece. Truly, it’s the painstaking journey of falling apart and coming back together that fills their hearts and minds with a level of compassion, understanding, and deep loving wisdom that can’t possibly be acquired any other way. Life is too short to let fear make big decisions for you. He knows the water best who has waded through it. Failures make you stronger …. Don’t ever be afraid of being broken.

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--Rita Gangwani

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