“EVERYDAY IS A FASHION SHOW AND THE WORLD IS A RUNWAY” said Coco Chanel, the French Fashion Designer. Rahila Khan made this the motto of her life. Like a model who walks confidently in spite of any hurts, pains or tears, Rahila Khan has walked with her head held high and smiled through all the pains. Whether it has been about her dusky skin color or dealing with death of her parents, in-laws or her husband who meant the world to her, she has dealt with life’s blows with a smile and grown stronger each day.
A lecturer in Garment Technology, Government Polytechnic Panaji, she has been teaching for the last 20 years and is very proud to be a teacher, a guide, a mentor and a friend to hundreds of students who stay in touch with her long after passing out from the institute. She not only teaches her regular subjects with passion, upgrading her knowledge and skills, but also tries to inculcate good values and morals in her students by introducing them in class. She has worked on overall development of students and so discusses current affairs in the last 5 minutes of her theory lectures.
Though she has spent considerable years at Hyderabad and Bangalore, Goa is where her heart is. She married a Goan and has stayed here for the last 30 years. She loves travelling and has been to most places in India and a few places abroad, but she hasn’t found any place as interesting as Goa. Before taking up teaching, she had worked for 7 years in the Garment Industry at Goa & Bangalore as a Merchandiser, Merchandising Manager & General Manager.
Other than teaching, she is a part of a Centrally Sponsored Scheme called the Community Development Through Polytechnic Scheme, wherein they train around 600 people in various technical courses to make them employable. She considers it a great privilege to be part of this scheme as she is able to help others while at work. Her life revolves around her family, friends and students and she’s very happy that so many people approach her for help and guidance.
She has not only organized Fashion Shows for her institute along with her colleagues, but has also helped many students and friends to hold events, shows and start their own enterprises. She is a Core Committee member of the Couture Show by Dziners, the International Fashion Week, India Jewellery Week and Club Fashion Week.
Her biggest support has been her family and friends (including students who eventually become her best friends) and she has been able to get out of each situation with everyone’s support. She feels a woman can achieve a lot more in life when we support her, and she has been lucky enough to have a highly educated and broad minded father, supportive brothers, several male friends and colleagues, her son and of course her 2 husbands (her late husband Saleem Khan and present husband SyedNasserudeen) who have not just supported her but also encouraged her. She feels this trust by the family is what kept her on the right path.
A strong believer in The Almighty, she prays regularly and feels that religion if followed rationally makes you a much better human being and if you are not a good human being, you can never be a good Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Parsi or a Christian.
She has been a role model for many of her students and youngsters with her impeccable dress sense and her helping nature. She considers clothes and accessories very important in projecting one’s personality.
She can be smooth as silk and tough as a rock depending on the situation and takes time to make friends, but once she be friends, then she is a friend for life. Few of the people who are still in touch with her are her friends from her childhood till date. She says one has to take time out for friends in spite of a busy career and hectic life.
She loves children and animals and feels that one has the best communication with them as there is no pretence.
Very happy and content in her achievements, this fashionista is a workaholic and does not ever want to retire. She wants to keep working till her last breath and work to make a difference in society.