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(From left) Priyanka Chowdhury, Priyanka (Sarkar) Banerjee, Gargi Banerjee and Laboni Mukerjea at Princeton Club on Tuesday. Picture by Pabitra Das

The woman who wields the ladle can also rule the ramp, and the pageant that has made it possible in this part of the world — Nihar Naturals Sananda Srimati powered by Parachute Advansed Body Lotion — is back.

The fourth edition of eastern India’s biggest beauty and talent hunt for married women will see 10 of them compete for the crown. The prelims are scheduled for February 11, while the finale will take place on March 12 at ITC, The Sonar. Ramp pro Nayanika Chatterjee will steer the month-long grooming session that starts on February 13.

Sharing their experiences at the Sananda Srimati unveiling at Princeton Club on Tuesday were last year’s winning trio.

“This contest has made me realise that there is more to life than just managing kids. It has given me a lot of confidence. I learnt to walk in four-inch stilettos and this for someone who hadn’t ever worn heels before!” smiled Gargi Banerjee, the winner in 2010. “Be positive and listen to Nayanika ma’am very carefully,” was Gargi’s advice to all aspiring Srimatis.

The special guest at the unveiling was a new entrant in the Srimati club — Priyanka (Sarkar) Banerjee, who recently married her Chirodini...Tumi Je Aamar co-star Rahul.

So, who, according to her, is a perfect Srimati? “It would, of course, be my mother because the way she has been managing everything is quite amazing! I can’t imagine how she has so much energy left in her after doing all kinds of house chores,” she said.

And what has changed post-marriage? “Being a part of another family and changing my surname... it’s a different feeling, can’t really be described in words,” smiled Priyanka, who had once “dreamt” of taking part in Sananda Tilottama.

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