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Miss India Manushi Chhillar comes home to a ‘Dilliwala welcome’
timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 3 Jul, 2017

Before she became fbb Colors Femina Miss India World 2017, a homecoming for medical student Manushi Chhillar was never this special. She touched down in the capital on Saturday, her first visit home after winning fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2017 co-powered by Rajnigandha Pearls in Mumbai. Her friends and family planned a grand homecoming for her. Manushi was greeted by over 50 people at the Delhi airport. Apart from family and friends, her relatives from Rohtak and Chandigarh too came to Delhi on Saturday to meet Manushi. Students from Ojas Public School, Rohini, were also at the airport to meet 'Manushi didi' with placards that said, 'Main bhi Manushi.' Manushi was overwhelmed by the warm welcome and hugged her parents as soon as she came out. In no time, dozens of people assembled around to click pictures of the "new Miss India". "It's the perfect Dilliwala welcome, with dhol, flowers and everything else. It makes me feel special. The best part was hugging my parents when I came out, and the pride that I saw in their eyes," said Manushi.

I'm on top of the world: Manushi
The celebrations continued at Manushi's home in Timarpur. A special chariot was waiting for her at the entrance of her society, which Manushi and her family rode as she was followed for autographs and pictures by neighbours. Manushi said, "It was such a wonderful surprise, I'm on top of the world. It's amazing that there are so many people to give me love and support; not just family, but also my neighbours and friends. I feel now that it's not just my victory, but everyone's victory. I'm overwhelmed, but there is still a long way to go and a lot of preparation needed, and I'm focussing on that. I won't leave my medical studies, but I'll take a break to focus on my duties as Miss India." Manushi is also a trained Kuchipudi dancer. Born to doctor parents, she is pursuing her MBBS degree and aims to be a doctor in cosmetology and acupuncture. She has been part of the Beauty with a Purpose (BWAP) project that aims to educate women on menstrual hygiene.

We were confident she can do this: Manushi's dad
Manushi's father Mitra Basu Chhillar was happy to see the love and praise his daughter has been getting after winning the title. He said, "I can't describe what I'm feeling. I'm speechless; she has truly made us all proud. She is a medical student, but when she told us that she wanted to participate in a beauty pageant, my wife and I supported her. This definitely is not the ultimate goal for her, this is just the beginning, she has to do a lot in her life." Manushi's mother, Neelam Chhillar, told us that though she had complete trust in her daughter, she didn't expect her to win. "I'm extremely happy, I didn't know she'd do so well."

Manushi's friends and family revealed that she used to be a shy girl, but everyone's favourite. "She's always been very confident. She is a perfectionist and that is something that always made me jealous of her. It doesn't come as a surprise to us that she won, as she really worked hard for this," said Manushi's elder sister Dewangana.