In 2010, Tripathy wanted to attend the Mr. and Miss India pageant in hopes of meeting a literary agent from CAA.
A college student, and unable to afford the ticket of entry, Tripathy entered the pageant as a contestant.
Impossibly, and unbeknownst to his parents, he won Mr. Photogenic and the official title.
He met the judges holding a bouquet of flowers and wearing a sash that said Mr. India Global.
... he did not get signed to CAA that night.
Tripathy attributes his success in pageantry to his horrible Blue Steel which some judges may have misconstrued as a medical condition.
Starting in 2014, Tripathy has helped co-chair the event alongside CEO Jinnder Chohan and has since been a co-emcee with Revi Chohan.