The pageant held last week at Uadipur was a pit stop in her journey that began in the corporate world as an industrial engineer and culminated in a social entrepreneurship venture. The Mrs India Universe title comes a few months after Rumana was conferred with ‘Iconic woman’ award at the Women Economic Forum, New Delhi.
“It is serendipitous,” laughs Rumana, reacting to her winning the title. She’s the founder and managing director of Serendipity, a utility art installation centre that uses recycled articles. A casual browsing on Facebook led her to apply and get selected, which eventually got her the title.
The proverbial ‘beauty with brains’ applies to me, says an unpretentious Rumana whose response to the question, ‘the one thing that she would want to change about her past’, won her the crown. Her reply, ‘that she would wish to be born as her mother and embody all her virtues to pass it on her children’, warmed audience’ and judges’ hearts.