Sanju Ray (Full name: Sanjib Kumar Ray), the winner of Rubaru Mister India 2016 title is all set to represent India at the inaugural edition of Mister Tourism World pageant slated to take place from 3 December 2016 to 10 December 2016 in the Philippines. A Koch Rajbanshi, Sanju hails from the Indian state of Assam and is a model by profession. He is a trained martial artist and sports person as well.
Sanju won the Rubaru Mister India 2016 pageant held on 24 April 2016 at The Anya hotel. The Rubaru Mister India contest is India biggest competition for men. It is organized by Sandeep Kumar, the owner of Rubaru Group. Sanju Ray will now be representing India at Mister Tourism World 2016 international contest in Philippines.
In this exclusive interview with Misterology, he talked about his tryst with pageantry and his future goals.
Q. First of all, many congratulations to you Sanju for winning the Rubaru Mister India 2016 contest. How does it feel?
Sanju Ray: Thank you so much! It feels great. I am so happy and honoured to have won this prestigious title. To be known by the name of your country is such an amazing feeling and I truly feel blessed. I am so glad and happy to be known as Rubaru Mister Tourism World India 2016. At the same time I have to shoulder the big responsibility of representing India at Mister Tourism World 2016, so I am looking forward to give my best and make you all proud.
Q. What was your reaction when they announced your name at the grand finale of the Rubaru pageant?
Sanju Ray: It was such a fabulous feeling. I was very happy and excited. I just kept smiling and was telling to myself that “Yes I made it”. It does feel amazing being on the stage of a prestigious national level platform like Rubaru Mister India and hearing your name as the winner. Moreover soon I will be representing India at Mister Tourism World 2016, so that made me even happier.
Q. Soon you will be representing India at the inaugural edition of Mister Tourism World pageant in the Philippines. How do you feel about it?
Sanju Ray: Coming from an army background, I always wanted to serve my motherland, India and Mister Tourism World 2016 is a great opportunity to make my motherland and its people proud. Representing your nation internationally is a very big thing and I will try my best to make India shine internationally.
Q. How are the preparations going on for Mister Tourism World 2016 contest?
Sanju Ray: I am trying as hard as I can to be able to transform myself into someone who can represent India at Mister Tourism World 2016 in the possible way. Without wasting even a single moment, I am covering as much areas as I can. Getting a proper physique, to polishing my speaking skills to working on my stage presence, I am trying my best so to bring the best out of me. Along with this Sandeep Kumar sir and the Rubaru Group team is always there to support and guide me.
Q. How has your journey been so far with the Rubaru Group?
Sanju Ray: I would describe Rubaru Mister India pageant as my launch pad. They gave me name, fame and a new identity. It has been such an amazing journey. I got the opportunity to meet so many influential personalities, made several great friends and learnt new things. So all in all, it has been a wonderful experience. It’s really hard to express in words. I would say I feel so honoured and proud to be a part of Rubaru Mister India pageant.
Q. What made you enter Rubaru Mister India 2016 contest?
Sanju Ray: As I mentioned earlier that I come from an army background. So I always wanted to do something for my nation. Rubaru Mister India pageant turned out to be the provider of that opportunity and my all near and dear ones also supported and encouraged me to go for it. So I went for the pageant and rest I am here.
Q. Your biggest support.
Sanju Ray: My countrymen are my biggest support. They are the one who made this beautiful journey even more beautiful.
Q. Your inspiration.
Sanju Ray: I would say that my biggest inspiration is me. I always try to become better than the person I was yesterday. I set a goal for myself and try to achieve.
Q. Any quote or saying that has profound impact on you.
Sanju Ray: Treat life like a ramp, no matter what happens you have to proceed and take a step forward as they say the show must go on. So no matter how many barriers you encounter in life, you have to face them with courage and optimism.
Q. Any message for the readers.
Sanju Ray: Thank you so much for being with me and supporting me always. I am really grateful to all well-wishers and would request you to keep me in your prayers and continue to shower your well-wishes on me and I will try my best to make you all proud.
As Sanju Ray is busy with the preparations for Mister Tourism World 2016, we, the Misterology team would like to wish him all the very best for the pageant and his future endeavours.