Mangaluru, May 11, 2015: Did strangers comment on the striking resemblance between you and your mini-me. Did people mistake you and your daughter for sisters? Did you frequently hear “She looks exactly like you!"? All these and much more comments came to a final end when the final decision were made made by the judges to pick the three winners among the three hundred plus entries that we received in our unique Mother-Daughter Look-Alike contest, that was organised as part of Mother’s Day.
The Mothers and Daughters who entered our Mother-Daughter Look-Alike contest shared more than looks. They shared many of the same interests, and they just plain like hanged out with each other. We were surprised to receive a great response to the contest, where we and the judges has a tough time to narrowed the entries down to our top 25 finalists. And among these 25 finalists we chose the winners. The amazing twenty five finalists sure did make picking a winner tough on the panel of judges.They may looked the same in the face, but once they added matching shirts, pants, accessories, make-up, it really did become a mirror image! Anyways, finally it was all over, and the final three winners were picked.
The mother and daughter bond influences our lives in ways we may not even realize. It is said that the relationship between a woman and her mother is so powerful, it affects everything from her health and self-esteem to all her other relationships. The mother-daughter relationship is the most powerful bond in the world, for better or for worse. It sets the stage for all other relationships. No other childhood experience is as compelling as a young girl’s relationship with her mother. Each of us takes in at a cellular level how our mother feels about being female, what she believes about her body, how she takes care of her health, and what she believes is possible in life.”
How a woman sees herself, how she is in her adult relationships with partners, and how she mothers her own children, is profoundly influenced by her relationship with her own mother. For most, the mother-daughter relationship is ultimately fulfilling. Despite conflicts and complicated emotions, 80 to 90 per cent of women at midlife reported a good relationship with their mother. There is value in the mother-daughter tie because the two parties care for one another and share a strong investment in the family as a whole.
Mother-daughter relationships are complex and diverse. Some mothers and daughters are best friends. Others talk once a week. Some see each other weekly; others live in different states or countries. Some spar regularly. Some avoid conflict. Others talk through everything. And undoubtedly, there’s a hint of all these things in most relationships. And this contest which was held to commemorate “Mother’s Day 2015″ which was today, 10 May was the most unique part of Mother’s Day celebrations.
Offering a customized card, flower baskets, a cute gift hamper or something for keepsakes’ on this day takes on a special meaning for all moms. So, a visit to some exotic place, a spa experience or a party with her friends and contemporaries look just like the perfect idea to indulge her. But here at Mangalorean.com we came up with an unique idea of holding a ‘Mother/Daughter Look-Alike Contest 2015′, so that mothers and daughters could share their resemblance between them. And we are extremely happy that so many entries poured in from Western, Gulf , India and off course, locally- and everyone was happy to enter the contest more than anticipating to win the prizes. Everyone felt that this contest was a perfect thing that we did to mark Mother’s Day.
The prize awarding ceremony was held at Hotel Taj Gateway on 10 May 2015 at 10 am, where we had two tulu movie actresses namely Chirashree Anchan and Sonal Monteiro as chief guests, and Peter Nirmal- General Manager of Taj Gateway as guest of honour. The welcome address and introduction of the guests was done by yours truly. A ex-student of Govinda Dasa PU College, Chirashree has starred in a Tulu movie titled “ Rambarooti”, produced by Opera Dream Movies Production,directed by Prajwal Kumar Attavar and co-starred with VJ Vineeth, which is slated for release in June – July 2015.
Simultaneously, she has been working as a lead in another Kannada movie titled “Fakeera”, produced by Shree Kallahalli Shrinivas Production and directed by Manjunath Rao (Bangalore)- the movie is slated to release in December 2015. Two other movies (Kannada and Tulu) have been signed and are in progress and are estimated to be on screen by 2016. Speaking to me Chirashree said, “I have been born and brought up in Mangalore and belong to a middle class family. Since childhood I had an interest in the glamour world and would often do mock ramp walks and click photos of myself.”
She further said, “My dream of being a part of the glamour world became a reality when I got an offer from the team of Rambarooti. My brother was against the idea of me acting in films, as he is a protective older brother but after a little persuasion he agreed. My mother has always been my support system and always motivated me to follow my dreams. While we were shooting for Rambarooti, I was fortunate to get another offer for Fakeera and shoot with the talented caste and crew. All dreams do come to true if you give it your 100% and I believe in working hard and giving my 100% to every project”.
Chirashree is the daughter of Late Madhusoodan N Anchan (Traffic Inspector (NMPT); Ex.General Secretary INTUC (NMPT); Ex. District Oragnizing Secretary (INTUC) D.K.; and Poornima Madhu (Gram Panchayat President (Haleangadi); General Secretary Mahila Congress (Mulki); District Organizing Secretary Mahila Congress (D.K.). Her brother Chiranjeevi Anchan (Graduate in Hotel Management from WGSHA, Manipal.; Ex.District Vice President ABVP Students Union. (D.K. & Udupi); District President Jaya Karnataka Students Union. (D.K.) Currently working at a Mumbai International Hotel).
Actress Sonal Monteiro, aged 20 is the daughter of Lida Monteiro, a housewife. Presently doing her studies in Clinical Psychology in Mumbai, Sonal had recently starred in the tulu movie ” Ekka Sakka” which is running in many theatres across DK. She had won the “Miss Beautiful Smile 2013″ and the “Miss Konkan World 2015″ awards. Since age 14, she had started her career in this industry being a model, has walked on many fashion show/modelling ramps and also been the model for “Wokhals Bridal Boutique”. She featured in Konkani video album “Anjea Sarkhen Chedu” produced by by Ryan D’Souza, son of renowned Konkani singer late Jerome D’Souza. In 2015 she worked for another Tulu movie “Jai Tulunad” which will soon hit the big screen- and very soon she will be working for a Telugu and a Hindi movie.
Peter Nirmal -general manager of Hotel Taj Gateway has been very closely associated with Mangalorean.com in various of our projects, having served as GM in many places across India, he has been a GM here at the Taj for the last three years. To all these three guests I extend my heartfelt thanks. I also extend my heartfelt thanks to other sponsors who helped us in making this contest a successful one- they are namely- Carl Correa and Michael Saldanha ( Crave Bakes and Desserts), Peter Nirmal- (GM_Hotel Taj gateway), Shyam Prasad- (GM- Hotel Moti Mahal), Mercy (Mercy Beauty parlour), Soni D’Lima ( Soni Beauty parlor), Winnie ( Le Femme Beauty Parlor), Bryan Vas ( Vas Bakery- Bendore), Terrence D’Souza- AR D’Souza and Sons), and Mukund Kamath- (Ideal Ice Cream).
The winners in the Mother-Daughter Look- Alike contest are: Anita (Mom) and Amanda (Daughter) Frank -Ist Place); Diana (Mom) and Riyona Risha (Daughter) D’Silva-II nd place (Riyona was not present to accept the prize, since she had to answer a entrance test); and Vijetha (Mom) and Trisha (Daughter) -III rd place- they were all awarded trophies and gift vouchers by the chief guests. After accepting the prize, Anita Frank Frank addressing the gathering said, “Daughters are life and light of a mother. The relationship between mother and daughter looks simple but it isn’t.. it is indeed complex. 21 August, 2001 was a the most happiest day of our my life and that was the day my little girl who is grown up to be a lovely pretty teenager was born.. my daughter Amanda is a gift to me and to our family…serene as she looks…resource of all talents ..a good athlete , good singer, good at drawing , with excellent memory , dancer and studies too… thoughtful and lovely child and very careful specially towards her younger sister who is nine years old.
“I am proud of my daughter for when I see today’s teenagers, my Mandy is a gem.. sincere and very understanding knows to make a choice between right and wrong … I am not saying all these things because she is my daughter but she truly deserves all that I said and much more….Our relationship is little difficult to explain I must say, we look alike only in physic but by nature we are opposite poles ..in spite of that we share a beautiful and intimate relationship she is very close to my heart. I learn a lot many things form her and I can trust her a lot. I Thank God for giving me such adorable daughters ” added Anita.
Diana D’Silva accepting the prize said, “The mother-daughter relationship is the most powerful bond in the world, for better or for worse. It sets the stage for all other relationships. The relationship between mothers and daughters is probably both the most fruitful and the most fraught a woman ever has. It’s the source of the deepest love and sometimes deepest anger, we ever experience. I feel proud of my daughter who has given me so much happiness and joy. I thank mangalorean.com for this unique contest- it means very special to me and my daughter” . Vijetha winning the prize said, “Mother’s day celebrates the special bond between mother and child.. What better way to celebrate this day with my daughter than to win a prize together.. This would be memorable for both of us “.
Today was also a very memorable day for us all at mangalorean.com- for two reasons, today is our website’s 12th anniversary, and also the 25th Wedding Anniversary of Mangalorean.com proprietors, Violet and Joseph Pereira. To mark this joyous occasion two cakes were cut by Violet and Joseph. Also to mark this double occasions, financial contributions were made by Violet to Corrine Rasquinha-founder of White Doves, a NGO, to Sisters of Jeevadan- a NGO who takes care of HIV inmates, to Dayakar Bangera’s wife, who had lost his house roof during storms; and also Violet and Joseph visited Unity Health Complex and presented a cheque for medical expenses of Shakira (10-year-old), who has been hospitalized since three months due to a freak accident.
It was indeed a kind gesture and thoughtfulness of Violet and Joseph to think and help the needy, while celebrating two joyous occasions. Truth is, God helps all of those who ask…even if it isn’t in quite the way we are expecting help. Whatever we do to serve others around us – even through small acts of kindness – may not impact the world as a whole, yet it can make a positive impact on one more person. On their world. In their life. Isn’t that important? It is also doing The Lord’s work when we serve others. To help other people in whatever way we can is the calling of each and every one of us. Reaching out and serving other people is the greatest act of kindness and love. It’s the greatest example that Jesus Christ gave to us through His ministry on Earth. So, while it may be true that The Lord helps those who help themselves, He truly and abundantly blesses those who help others. May God bless this couple for their kind deeds.
Walter D’Souza, president of Karnataka Cashew Manufacturers Association, who was also a guest of honour wished mangalorean.com all success. Everyone enjoyed this memorable “Mother’s Day” celebration with a sumptuous breakfast sponsored by Hotel Taj Gateway. My sincere thanks to the judges namely- Anand G- MD of Anand G Fashions-Mumbai, Mercy of Mercy Beauty parlour, Corrine Rasquinha-White Doves and Peter Nirmal- GM- Taj Gateway. Thanks a million to everyone who made this unique contest a successful one. Expect more contests from Mangalorean.com in the nearest future- at mangalorean.com we make things happen and we make a difference!