Mrs India Earth-Photogenic: Malvika Chauhan Johal receiving the title of Mrs India Earth-Photogenic 2017 at a recent event in Bengaluru. Shimla-born software engineer Malvika Chauhan Johal never really aspired to a place with celebrities in the glamour world, but destiny had great plans for her any way. Driven by grit, passion and determination, Johal’s belief in herself and in taking on new challenges earned her the crown of Mrs India Earth – Photogenic at the Mrs India Earth 2017 beauty pageant, held in Bengaluru last week.Given her attitude towards life, it was no wonder then that Johal took the finale question “What does women’s liberation mean to you” in her stride. She replied, “When a woman has determination in her eyes, strength in her soul, and the will to survive resides in her soul, she is liberated. She is confident, optimistic and treats everyone equal. Most important, she wears her scars as her medals. This is what liberation means to me.”With Sushmita Sen and Priyanka Chopra as her celebrity role models, she has striven to emulate these women of substance, taking inspiration from them, their pursuits and her family. I try to maintain a balance between by professional life and personal matters. Women have always been known for multi-tasking. I got this legacy from my family itself.Having now won the coveted title, she says she excited about the new phase of her life and is grateful for the encouragement shown by her family and friends, who she credits for pushing her to explore more and more. Having achieved so much herself, she wants to encourage others to do the same. “I felt special and want to reach out to every single woman and tell her that she can achieve the same”, she added.Malvika Chauhan Johal works as a technology consultant with Deloitte USI, Johal had received her early education from Loreto Convent Tara Hall in Shimla, following which she did a software engineering degree from Jaypee University.