INDIA mounted a beauty blitzkrieg on the world last year with 21-year-old Aishwarya Rai being crowned Miss World and Sushmita Sen winning the Miss Universe title. Aishwarya, better known as 'Ash', has been overwhelmed by film offers since being declared the most beautiful girl in the world at Sun City in South Africa. One commentator described her as a 'heady tropical cocktail of beauty, brains and warmth'. The fashion designer and choreographer, Hemant Trivedi, said of her: 'She has very international looks with the right mixture of confidence and beauty. She is more than perfect. She's a true-blue genuine beauty. Pure, that is what she is.' Ash is also well educated, but it is her devastating looks that have taken the world by storm and put her face on magazine covers and advertising billboards throughout India, and catapulted her on to catwalks from Bombay to Beijing. In the coming year, Ash will be preoccupied with Miss World commitments. But Trivedi believes the Bombay beauty has the potential to eventually reach dizzy heights on the world's modelling circuit. Trivedi said: 'She will go very high internationally if she sets her heart on it.' Ash was mobbed on her Bombay home coming after winning the title. Ironically, weeks earlier, she failed to win the Miss India title. That honour went to Sushmita Sen, who went on to be crowned Miss Universe. Some observers thought Ash appeared too aloof when she contested the national beauty pageant. However, she bounced back in South Africa and, as well as the title, she collected the Miss Photogenic award and the Queen of Beauty prize as the most beautiful girl in Asia. Asked by one magazine about her daughter's 'aloofness', her mother, Vrinda, said: 'Have you heard her talking? She yaps on non-stop most of the time.' Indeed, Ash has been the same since she was a child. 'They used to call her the walkie-talkie doll,' said Mrs Rai. She even had boys falling over her on her first day at school - at the age of three-and-a-half. After her first day in class, she told her mother that boys were pushing her and making a lot of noise. Mrs Rai recounted how Ash solemnly told her young admirers: 'If you want to kiss me, then stand in line . . .' Boys, and later young men, have been standing in line ever since.