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Leaves a dazzling impact

DRAPED IN a traditional Kancheepuram silk sari complete with bright golden jewellery adorning her body, she left a stunning impact on the audience at the end of the first round.

In the casual round, she romped the stage in a skirt and top with coolers. Her confidence made a statement of its own. In the next round she appeared in a black shimmering dress with a matching scarf and fur.

It was just a matter of minutes before the judges unanimously declared her Miss Tiruchi-2005. R. Dhivya, a first year Biotechnology student at the SASTRA Engineering College at Thanjavur, became the talk of the city overnight.

And yes, earned a little fortune too. Life is not the same any more, for now the phone does not stop ringing, mails have started pouring in and there are all the friends back at the college who are demanding a big treat.

It was during her school days when she last tried her hands at something like this and then too at the inter-school personality contest, she had won the title.

"I am interested in extra curricular activities. I have done lots of talk shows, compered programmes and am interested in dance and music too," Dhivya reels out her hobbies without a break.

Swimming, drawing and painting are her other interests. What further comes as a surprise is that Divya is also a good rifle shooter. She has won the bronze in the air rifle category at the State-level rifle shooting competition organised by the Tamil Nadu Rifle and Pistol Shooting Association in Coimbatore.

In the same event, she also bagged the silver in the .22 rifle category. As an NCC cadet and Class XI student in 2001, she represented her school -- St. Joseph's Anglo Indian Girls' Higher Secondary School --in the Republic Day parade in Delhi.

But what brought her to this contest? "I just wanted to give this a try too. Initially my parents were sceptical. But I held on and they eventually supported me," Dhivya recounts. Her mother, Raji Ramakrishnan, who used to run a boutique, selected and designed the costumes.

"I was quite nervous in the beginning. But when I got to the final round, my confidence level rose," she confides.

Though jubilant now, Dhivya is quite sure that she does not want to enter the field of modelling and fashion. She aims to be a Biotechnologist in future. Her father, K.N. Ramakrishnan is an advocate, while Ms. Raji now works for a voluntary organisation. And about the Miss Trichy honours, she responds with a glow: "I feel proud and I am happy that I have done my parents proud too."

By PRATHIBHA PARAMESWARAN.

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