Rendezvous with Model Hunt Contest Winner

We got chatty with Rohit Raghav, the winner of first Mills & Boon Model Hunt Contest. He had some interesting stories and tips to share.

Q.1 How did you get to know about Model Hunt contest?

Ans. I got to know about it through a friend.

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Q.2 What made you interested in being a part of it?

Ans. As a teenager in school, all my female friends used to read mills & boon and I was always curious to know why they liked reading M & B so much. So, I borrowed one from a friend and read it in one go. I loved the cover as well and just a random thought crossed my mind that what if I could be on its cover someday? Years later when I heard from a friend about the Mills & Boon Model Hunt contest, i didn’t want to let go of the opportunity to see myself on its cover.

Q.3 How was your experience of being associated with it? How did you feel when you saw yourself on the cover of Mills & Boon?

Ans. It was a wonderful experience to shoot the cover. There was a workshop arranged for the models which helped in breaking the ice.

The female model and I, both of us were exuberant as we were the first Indians to be featured on the M&B cover. We felt we surely would have something to tell our grand children. Once the cover was released my cell phone didn’t stop ringing and i was flooded with calls.

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I would also like to share one of the funny stories post the release of “The monsoon bride”

One of my female friends called me and said “Rohit i just can’t read the novel because you are on the cover”. As she had a habit of thinking of the man on the cover while reading the book, seeing my picture on the cover made her slightly awkward. I felt embarrassed yet couldn’t stop myself from laughing.

I didn’t know that being on the cover would make me a part of someone’s fantasy world. It was indeed a huge compliment for me.

 

Q.4 Give some beauty and fitness tips for aspiring models.

Ans. Eat well, drink well, sleep well and think well

 

Q.5 What do you think it takes to win the Mills & Boon Model Hunt contest?

Ans. I think you should answer that question for me because you chose me. Perhaps being a romantic in real life helped me win.

 

Q.6 Do you have some love advice for our readers?

Ans. I feel this word is used quite frivolously without understanding the real meaning of love.

If you love someone only for the fulfillment of your material and physical needs then its lust and not love.

To love someone is to surrender yourself to the person you love without any conditions. They can be anyone – your lover, your parents, your friend, husband, wife, children and even god.

Also last but not the least, I believe one should never lie in love.

 

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Celebrate Monsoon with Harlequin romance

There is absolutely no better season than monsoon for romance. The torrential thunderstorms, pitter patter of falling raindrops, gusty wind and black & silver skyline all bring back those favourite memories. The smell of rains is enough to make the heart flutter and thoughts drift.

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Nothing quite like raindrops falling on earth

The lovers who are mercifully together can not thank the rain gods enough for the downpour while the estranged or singles start longing for the beloved. If the scene you cherish the most in breakfast at Tiffany’s was the climax when Ms. Holly Golightly reunited with her lover in the lashing rains, you know what we are taking about. It is the prefect time for rekindling friendships and romance – the time for long drives, coffee dates or for staying in snuggling and reading excerpts from your favourite Harlequin book. Even if you are on your own, you know you are never alone because Nora Roberts’  hero is always there to give you company.

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The famous rain scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Keeping its esteemed readers in mind, Harlequin is giving away  Mills & Boon and other single titles at deep discounts this monsoon –  a fabulous Flat 40% discount on M&B Backlist and a tempting flat 50% discount on Select Single Titles http://www.hqnindia.com/monsoon_offer.php. That’s not all. If you shop for a minimum amount of Rs. 1500 we will also send a shoppers stop gift voucher your way. Grab them quick before the books or the lovely rains are gone.

Mills & Boon Date with Lootera Stars Sonakshi and Ranveer

Holler readers! We love you and therefore, at Harlequin nothing makes us happier than a happy you. Freebies, attractive discounts, special edition collections are a regular at Harlequin and Mills & Boon. But this time we decided that we would do a little more for you lovely people by arranging a date with 2 premier Bollywood celebrities Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh, who also star together in the vintage romance movie Lootera. Mills & Boon in association with Lootera movie introduced Mills & Boon Lootera collection consisting 2 romance novels and a Lootera notepad.  The contest required the readers to buy the Lootera collection which would then entitle them to enter the “Steal a date” contest.

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Ranveer and Sonakshi launching M&B Lootera collection

Oh boy! The response we got from you guys was overwhelming and heart warming.  But sadly as only 2 readers could win, we conducted a lucky draw.

The date was organized at the palatial Taj Lands End at their magnificent coffee shop. Sonakshi and Ranveer were already present to receive the Mills & Boon guests of honor. The lucky readers were completely star struck and were seen smiling cheek to cheek.

Sonakshi Sinha with M&B contest winner

Sonakshi Sinha with “Steal a date” contest winner

The stars engaged in a spirited conversation with their fans and made them comfortable immediately. Readers also got the chance to ask the stars several questions about the movie and the efforts that went into imbibing their characters’ looks and persona. They found Sonakshi’s beauty and simplicity to be awe inspiring while Ranveer wooed them completely with his wit and charm.

Ranveer and Sonakshi interacting with M&B winners

Ranveer and Sonakshi interacting with M&B winners

Ranveer and Sonakshi parted with the readers with a warm hug and best wishes for the future. Our lovely readers were only left asking for more.

Ranveer Singh with Lootera contes winner

Ranveer hugging the “Steal a date” contest winner

Here’s the link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWwq9llS-X8&feature=c4-overview&list=UUxXHhEdVZrG79Nrmdz7p7Sw