Nikhila Nandagopal. Our 'rear-window' celebrity! Top FIVE in Femina Miss India 2014 contest
|THE REAR WINDOW|
One day when Nikhila is not too busy I hope she will appear for a picture!
The other day I heard Tara call me, 'Nidhi come and see who is here!' I stepped out and was pleasantly surprised to see a very pretty girl with a radiant smile. I said to myself, 'I have seen her recently on TV! And before my grey cells could connect , Tara added triumphantly 'Nikhila! She was in the TOP 5 at the Miss Femina India contest 2014'
Yes, Tara and I had watched the recent Miss India 2014 contest. And we had experienced a tension, which obviously is nothing to what her parents and the many involved with her contest were facing. I also noticed that as the final two were waiting for the winner to be announced that Nikhila looked relaxed and appeared as if she was sure of the result! I had wondered about it and asked her. She smiled and said. 'When it came to that point, I knew that Koyal Rana would be the choice!'
She seemed to have taken the result well, and said she enjoyed the experience and learned a lot!
In fact, her father said that she was busy consoling others who cried in disappointment!
My first memory of Nikhila was when we dropped in at our neighbors, her parents Aruna and Nandu. Nikhila joined us later and I noticed that she had a very bright smile and friendly eyes. She would be around 14 then and she responded to us in a very pleasant manner.
Occasionally I would see her as she waited for her school bus in front of our house and she would be totally in her own world. Sometimes I could hear western music from the rear window. Never loud but I guess they were her favorite numbers as they were often repeated. Don't ask me what they were!
The rest of Nikhila I know is what I hear from Tara. She would suddenly tell me, 'Nikhila is going to US for her studies'. Then later say, 'No they decided that she would go after her 12th'. Or I would hear, 'You know she is a model now and is very busy. The well known Prasad Biddappa is mentoring her'.
One day Tara told me, 'Nikhila will soon be busy as an actor! It seems she will do a play along with Girish Karnad!' That made me sit up. We all admire Girish Karnad for the many contributions he has made to literature, drama and movies.
The latest news is that she is on her way to the US to do a double major in Physics and Business Management at Umass AMHERST. Tara speaking about Nikhila, as a teacher and a well-wisher, said 'It is impressive that she has developed a good balance between her academic pursuits and her modeling career. She as an IB student has managed her time well by completing her rigorous assignments sincerely.'
Nikhila, just eighteen, is a celebrity now. She is lucky to have such supportive parents. Aruna is a very senior H. R. Director in IBM India and Nandu is a senior advocate in Bangalore.
We are proud of Nikhila and it can be confidently predicted that with the genes she has inherited, she would be a great and the prettiest physicist or an astute business manager or be on top of whatever she chooses to be. We wish her all the best!
Recently I came across an interview with Nikhila which I feel is a must read!
It is very well written! Or shoud I say good questions and great replies! It has brought the essence of her personality and has great pictures as well.http://www.talktotiger.in/2014/08/talking-to-nikhila-nandgopal.html?spref=fb
A few out of the hundreds of pictures on the web. We get a glimpse of her versatility.
|One of her early fashion shows! Her future is a great deal clearer!|
|She is one of theTop FIve|