Following his welcome in the massive city of Mumbai, it was time for India’s smallest state, Goa, to show their love for their new Mister Supranational, Prathamesh Maulingkar. Goa is, of course, famous for its beautiful beaches and the tourism industry is booming, but to Prathamesh it’s just home. Despite a 5 am flight, he could not contain his excitement as he boarded the plane. “I am going home! Goa, here I come!” he exclaimed as he boarded the plane.
Upon arrival, his family, friends and supporters were waiting for him, chanting his name as he stepped out of the arrivals hall. His delighted family were beaming with pride and there were hugs all around as they finally go their chance to welcome their loved one back. Prathamesh greeted every person who showed up personally.
As the team made their way to the Maulingkar family home in Tivim, we spotted posters all along the roadsides offering congratulations to Prathamesh for becoming the first Indian and Asian Mister Supranational. Interestingly, it was also this small village that produced a similar feat in 1966 with Dr. Reita Faria in London.
Waiting for Maulingkar at his family home, was his mentor Wendell Rodricks, who told him how proud he was of him. Rodricks was the one who spotted his potential as a model when a serious injury ended his dreams of a football career.
But there was someone else Maulingkar could not wait to see, his “baby” Zeus, a five year old Rottweiler. Zeus, who is not too fond of strangers, turned into a puppy when he saw his “dad” and the two were all over each other on the floor as photographers clicked away. Once Zeus was safely locked away, Prathamesh, some of his friends, the Times of India and Zoom TV, and Miss/Mister Supranational Creative Director, Andre Sleigh, accompanied him to his favorite breakfast spot for a traditional Goan breakfast.
Photos courtesy of Times of India and Goa Times!
Special thanks also to the Goa Airport for their patience and kind treatment from all of us at the Mister Supranational Organization!