Nominated for Ahlan Best Personality in Dubai 2013

by Pawan Manghnani on September 27th, 2013

The first word I learnt as a child was: "Papa" and the first song was: "Papa kehte hai badaa naam karega" (which translates to "Dad says i'll make a big name one day") And by the grace of God, 27 years later, managed to do just that.

We all have used the phrase: "Oh what a pleasant surprise" on numerous occasions. But this one was really special.

I had logged on to www.bestindubai.ae to vote for my mentor Ali Al Sayed who was well-deservedly nominated for the Best Personality in Dubai 2013.  And just after voting, what i saw on that list baffled me. MY NAME WAS ON IT !! Was completely dumbfounded for a few minutes, as to how it had happened.

Some blessed soul had nominated me (Still don't know who), On digging into the matter found out that Ahlan Magazine's team had reviewed my profile, monitored my facebook page, twitter, YouTube Channel, Instagram etc for about 10 days & then approved my name for the prestigious list. Which by the way was 3 weeks later than the others.

When i told my family about it, they felt really proud as would any family would. And their encouraging words of my accomplishments gave a little sense to the proceedings. With all the congratulatory messages & tweets coming in from all social media & friends, It still took an entire day for the news to sink in. A heartfelt THANK YOU to all family, friends, supporters, fans & stalkers who have voted for me, really means a lot.

Highlight was when Bollywood Playback Singer & acquaintance Mohit Chauhan also voted for me, (Have spent time with him in person & performed with his troupe)  That too without asking for it, which made it really touching.

Being the youngest among all the other nominees, In experience and in age, I really din't expect to win this competition as there were about 35-40 very talented nominees  in the longlist from various artistic fields in Dubai ranging from TV, Radio, Sports, Comedy etc.

In a few days, I left for a vacation to Bali, Jakarta, Singapore & Malaysia and couldn't give much time marketing the competition. But when i came back home, Ahlan Magazine got in touch to run a story on me and on checking the longlist after 2 weeks of no-idea-what-the-bloody-hell-was-going-on-with-the-competition, found out that the longlist was now in fact, a shortlist consisting of only 10 nominees.

According to a press release, The competition in Ahlan!'s Best in Dubai 2013 is heating up! Their readers voted in massive numbers (over 20,000 votes!) to select this year's shortlist and radio DJs dominated the Best Personality category.


Best Personality (Male)
Ali Al Sayed, Comedian
Anjaan, Josh 97.8 Presenter
Big Rossi, Virgin Radio Presenter
Bluebird, Tag 91.1 Radio Presenter
Catboy, Dubai 92 Presenter
Kris Fade, Virgin Radio Presenter
Pawan Manghnani, Standup Comedian
Rohit Jaykaran, City 101.6 Presenter
Saif AlNaji, Radio 1 Presenter
Tom Urquhart, TV Presenter


Best Personality (Female)
Daisy, Radio 2 Presenter
Geordiebird, Dubai 92 Presenter
Louie da Costa, Tag 91.1 Presenter
Malvika Vardhan, City 101.6 Presenter
Maria Maldita, Tag 91.1 Presenter
Priti Malik, Virgin Radio Presenter
Sheena, Radio 1 Presenter
Shereen Mitwali, Presenter
Simone Heng, TV and Radio Presenter
Zainab Burmawala, Josh 97.8 Presenter


These fast-talking men and women are the voices of Dubai, and now they’re asking the 
public to cast just one more vote to help them take the coveted top slot!

To summarise the 'confessions of a nominee', My heart beat so hard, could almost feel it burst out of my chest when i saw my name on the shortlist yet again and thought to myself one more time "Oh what a pleasant surprise" ;)


Posted in Events, Theatre    Tagged with best, best personality, personality, Dubai, ahlan, ahlan live, ahlan masala, ahlan magazine, magazine, media, competition, shortlist, nominee, nomination


3 Comments

vikram shukla - September 27th, 2013 at 4:13 PM
Well done. You have done us proud.
USHA LAUNGANI - September 28th, 2013 at 2:49 AM
GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jithesh nair - September 28th, 2013 at 2:53 AM
POWERFUL stuff :)

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