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Winning looks

Meet Anjchita Menon and Finniey Benjamin, winners of the `Hotch Potch' contest.


GIVEN A choice, would she be a millionaire or be like Mother Teresa?

Anjchitha Menon was asked this question at the `Hotch Potch' contest, held in the city recently.

She replied that she would choose to "be like Mother Teresa because the world needs someone like her... ."

Meet the newly crowned `Miss Thiruvananthapuram'.

"Spoke like a true beauty queen, right?" asks Anjchita, with a smile. "An expected question and a predictable answer."

Given a choice, which would Finniey Benjamin embrace: fame, wealth or a good personality?

"Fame can be good or bad. Wealth comes and goes, but if you have a good personality you can have both. You have to be what you are and be true to yourself," he replied to win the title, `Mr. Personality'.

He adds, "I meant what I said."

A Class 12 student of St. Thomas Central School, Anjchita aspires to become an engineer or doctor. "I joined the beauty contest just for fun. I haven't take it seriously," she says.


Says Finniey, "I had a whale of a time. I made friends during the two-week run-up to the contest."

Finniey, a Commerce graduate, is busy preparing for the CAT. A regular on the city's modelling scene for the past few years, he was also the runner-up `Mr. Hotch Potch' last year.

The preparation for the contest was all song and dance, literally, for Finniey and Anjchita. Finniey sang a couple of songs that he had composed. "The response was good. Everyone was booing initially, but when I began to sing they listened," says Finniey.

He was part of the school choir when he was in Class V. Though Finniey has no formal training in music, he is a member of the band, `Celestial Fire'. He also plays the guitar.

"I watched the song, Dola Re (from the film `Devdas'), at least 20 times before I practised the dance steps. I think I pulled it off," says Anjchita. She plays the guitar, and has learnt Bharatanatyam and Karate. She also plays basketball, and does modelling too.

Ten participants made it to the final rounds of the `Hotch Potch' contest.

Judges were given time to get themselves acquainted with the participants and to get to know them better— the talent, strengths and weaknesses. Finniey and Anjchita worked hard on their speeches.

Says Anjchita, "The prize (one-way air ticket to Kuwait) is another story altogether. I can't travel alone to Kuwait and Cairo. Neither will the ticket be refunded. When I got the prize, I almost ripped open the box to take a look at the `diamond' necklace," says Anjchita.

Her win was something for her classmates to celebrate. "I thought that I would be a runner-up, this time as well."

Anjchita has sent in her photographs for the `Miss. Kerala' contest to be held next year, but she "may not be able to participate" as the event is likely to clash with her exam schedule.

Finniey too cannot believe that he has won the title. He says, "There were guys from Cochin and Delhi, and some of them seemed pretty confident of winning." The 21-year-old, six -feet tall model wants to do his MBA and is not keen on pursuing a career in modelling.

SHILPA NAIR

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