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    PokerStars India ambassador wants to bring more women to the male-dominated industry, calls it a game of skill

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    Muskan Sethi shares why more women should consider changing the rules of the game.

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    Sethi says that her role as a responsible gaming ambassador for PokerStars India, means it’s also up to her to bring more women players in the game.
    “We need to educate and encourage women starting from a young age. Give them all the right tools and guidance,” says Muskan Sethi.

    Sethi says that her role as a responsible gaming ambassador for PokerStars India, means it’s also up to her to bring more women players in the game. “Women supporting women is always what we must strive for. My mother and teachers made me believe that I can do anything I set my mind on; we need to give them that kind of mental support to remind them that they are not less skillful than men who are dominating these fields with their skills. We should learn from them and then give them a fair competition,” she says. In a quick chat with ET Panache, Sethi share the issues she’s faced and what the lockdown is teaching her.

    What are some of the challenges you have faced in your career? How did you handle it?
    Apart from fighting the social stigma, it was hard to find the right coach for myself as I growing in the sport. It’s overwhelming when you find what you love but my curiosity and dedication to learn overcame the vulnerability of the early stages of any hobby that intrigues us. Learning how to separate emotions from actions were some of the challenges which will come to every poker player. And finally, understanding that poker is a game of skill; with training and practice, we can turn this hobby into our profession someday. We can apply our poker skills into our existing professions and daily situations to come out as a winner.

    You love women supporting other women. Who are some of the women you admire?

    Malala Yousafzai is my role model, she will always be known as the young and fearless girl who stood up for the right. I admire her fearlessness and she is a perfect example of the mantra “no excuses”. Despite all hurdles and challenges, she used her voice to give women and children a fundamental right to education. We should have no excuses when following our dreams.

    Have you adapted your tech during lockdown given the extended periods we are working from home?
    As a professional poker player or in any other job that requires you to spend hours on the chair, you must have optimum gadgets that can enhance your experience. I got myself a few important things during this lockdown once I realized that I would not have access to my fitness classes: A motorized height adjustable table, so we are not confined to our chair and can stand or stretch around while working. And a Pilates Reformer and a spine corrector- this piece of apparatus helps create internal pressure to elongate the spine, joints, and muscles, which then leads to greater flexibility, strength, stamina, and a more balanced posture

    A lot of people have taken up hobbies during the lockdown. From cooking to fitness challenges. Have you upskilled?
    I joined cooking classes that promote mindfulness. I took up reading and highly recommend 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho (who needs no introduction) and 'Die with Zero' by Bill Perkins who is an American hedge fund manager, film producer, and high stakes poker player from Houston, Texas. I experimented with paints and created some artwork. It is mentally rewarding when we make something meaningful.

    How have you been keeping fit?
    Yoga and Pilates are my best friends. Sometimes, I use my body weights with the help of TRX and Bosu ball to do some in-home exercises. What’s most important of course is your diet. A balanced diet will induce a healthy mind and having right mindset will help you stay in shape. I have also enrolled in online hip-hop dance classes with the talented Sri Lakshmi.
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