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Kaur is miss India-Uganda

By Vision Reporter

Added 8th February 2009 03:00 AM

ISN’T she beautiful?”, the crowd roared in unison moments after 18-year-old Gurpreet Kaur, an IT student was declared the first ever Miss India- Uganda 2009 at Golf Course Hotel’s Banquet hall on Saturday night.

ISN’T she beautiful?”, the crowd roared in unison moments after 18-year-old Gurpreet Kaur, an IT student was declared the first ever Miss India- Uganda 2009 at Golf Course Hotel’s Banquet hall on Saturday night.

By Alex Balimwikungu

ISN’T she beautiful?”, the crowd roared in unison moments after 18-year-old Gurpreet Kaur, an IT student was declared the first ever Miss India- Uganda 2009 at Golf Course Hotel’s Banquet hall on Saturday night.

Although Gurpreet had already graced the big stage, modeling for different fashion houses in town; her win wasn’t a walk in the park. We can however count on her to do Uganda proud when she meets 32 other contestants at the Miss India Worldwide pageant in Durban, South Africa this Saturday.

All the seven finalists, at the Warid telecom sponsored pageant showed equal measures of poise, confidence, talent and excelled in answering questions.

When the three finalists, Seja Ahir, Krati Chaplot and eventual winner, Gurpreet where short listed, it even became tougher. The tension was palpable.

The girls were judged on four fronts with the Evening gown, Indian Dress, Talent, and the Question and Answer Session. When the results were announced at 1:00am; the crowd gave the winner a standing ovation, she was an embodiment of the theme, “Miss India-Uganda, beauty and brains”

Though many assumed the most popular contestant, Krati Chaplot would win it; she ended up second runner up and was also voted Miss Popularity. Sejal Ahir was first runner up and also voted miss catwalk while Gurpreet was voted Miss Talent. Aparma Sharma was voted Miss Congeniality.

The evening also saw a Mrs. India-Uganda contest, for the married women and was won by Krisha Patel. Nine-year-old Suraj Raj emerged the junior star of 2009.

In typical Bollywood fashion, the Indo-Asian community was treated to endless rounds of musical interludes from the Kenyan based duo of Amar and Sodi Singh, whose performances lit the evening.

The major highlight though was a belly dance from Suriname born Indian, Farisha Joemmanbanks also the Miss India Worldwide 2007. You thought, the Indians are conservative? They looked goggle eyed and were left gaping as she wriggled her fine body.

For first timers, Impressario, the Miss India the franchiase owners and Events warehouse pulled it off spectacularly, our own Miss Uganda pageant have some lessons to learn.

That the organizers, the Indian Women Association of Uganda (IWA) Uganda promised to keep supporting the event, posterity promises more.

Kaur is miss India-Uganda

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