In a country of billion people with billion disappointments, some stories inspire others instilling faith in what Paulo Coelho stated in his bestseller The Alchemist, when you want something the universe conspires to help you achieve.One such story is of this housewife turned fashionista Shalini Rai. Shalini recently participated in the Mrs. India Queen of Substance winning 3 titles,1. Mrs. Compassionate2. Beauty with purpose3. Pride of North.In a beauty pageant organised by MIQS.net (Mrs India Queen of substance) that encourages married women to fulfil their glamourous dreams. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I am addicted to facing new challenges.” says the owner of a luxury fashion brand, Signature Wardrobes. I have been part of the world of glamour designing exclusive western and Indian wear for celebrities. I never took care my health. Was overweight and had stage fear. But this time the challenge was not only to lose weight but also fit into what I designed for celebrities. Have that perfect body.Shalini lost over 15 kgs in 3 months the healthy way to participate in the pageant. “I completely switched to a healthy diet and regular exercise and weight training. I also worked hard on beating my stage fear.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShalini’s story is of a typical Indian girl coming from a conservative family in Gorakhpur who was married off very early in life. “I couldn’t continue in the army even after being one of the best shooters in the regiment, due to family pressure to get married and settle down very early in life” Shalini is one of the very few women to have won Mavalankar’s trophy in shooting. It was a decade after marriage that I mustered the courage to learn designing and launched a fashion brand.” Signature Wardrobe in a very short span of time became a favored brand of fashionistas and celebrities. Rai is associated with the Pinkshe institution where she helps raise awareness among young women of the underprivileged class on use of sanitary napkins and personal hygiene. “I want to give back to society especially to women who are not as fortunate as me to have a partner who helped in fulfilling my dreams.”Shalini Rai’s story is of a woman of today accepting challenges against all odds, entering unexplored careers and taking bold steps to chalk out new paths for themselves.