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Over the years the MITT Organisation has
gotten positive feedback on the development
and transformation the competition has
created in the lives of the young individ-
If Miss India T&T wins the competition
in India she would be given roles and
responsibilities from the international organ-
isation. One of the key functions would be
to travel to various countries to promote
her country s culture and art forms.
Hanoman, in an interview, stated that
she is overjoyed to represent her country
internationally. "I am so happy for this once
in a lifetime opportunity to represent my
country and my culture at an international
level. My entire family is elated and proud
that they have a Miss India T&T in their
possession," she said.
Asked about her feelings regarding the
international competition she said: "I am
quite nervous but I am excited too. It is the
motherland I am going to and I am thrilled
to say that I am going there to represent
Hanoman stated that she is confident
that she will win the international compe-
"I will bring home the crown," she stated.
Hanoman left for India on August 29
with her parents. At the international com-
petition she will play T&T s national instru-
ment. It took her just two months to learn
the song which she will play---Didi Tera
from the movie Hum Aapke Hain Kaun.
What does the reigning Miss India T&T
think about the local leg of the competition?
"I think it is a great competition and I want
to commend the organisation for introducing
to our little country a platform for women
of every creed and race, to participate and vie for the
crown. It gives every woman an opportunity to move
on to Miss India Worldwide and to bring home the
title to sweet T&T. The judging of the (local) com-
petition too, I must say, was quite professional."
Former Miss India T&T (2013), Shriveta Balram
said the MITT competition creates an opportunity
for people like her to become role models to the
"This way," she said, "I got an opportunity to set
an example, to shape the youths of the future and
thus increase the beauty of society. I also gained an
appreciation for the importance of socialisation. I
find it most important to understand another person s
background, culture, personality and point of view.
As individuals, we learn through the art of socialisation
and I strongly believe that socialisation contributes
to the development of shaping someone s person-
For the competition which was held in Dubai,
United Arab Emirates, Balram played Kabhi Alvida
Naa Kehna on the steelpan. She said she feels blessed
having been given the opportunity to go to Dubai
adding that it is the most impressive place she ever
She was able to visit places such as the Burj Khalifa
(tallest building in the world), the Dubai Mall (one
of the largest malls in the world) and saw the second
largest aquarium in the world situated in the Dubai
Mall as well as the Dubai Ice Rink. "These places
were spectacular and truly a great experience," said
the former Miss India T&T. In Dubai she was also
on a radio station---City 1016.
The former beauty queen concluded that her expe-
rience as MITT was invaluable and she gained a lot
from it. She stated that the MITT competition has
pushed her to develop healthy eating habits and got
her involved in fitness education programmes. "The
competition also puts one s knowledge and skills to
test and allows one to observe where one lacks certain
skills in life, pushing one to improve and work on
personal expansion and self growth."
She cherishes her experience.
Thankful for a once in a lifetime opportunity
It s the LOL generation that appears most
annoyed by bad grammar and spelling slips,
according to a survey by Dictionary.com.
The site found in an online Harris Poll done
July 31 to August 4 that 80 per cent of American
adults 18 and older consider themselves good
spellers, but they may be overestimating their
The survey of 2,052 people showed 71 per cent
responded that they often find spelling mistakes
in correspondence from others.
Among respondents 18 to 34, 74 per cent said
they were irked by such slips on social media---
more than any other age group.
Across all age groups, 59 per cent said improper
grammar is their biggest beef when it comes to
the English language.
Women notice grammar and spelling mistakes
more than men, with 75 per cent saying they
often find errors in the writing of others. That s
compared to 66 per cent of men who spot errors,
according to the survey.
Specifically what is the biggest peeve? Typos
on restaurant menus, store signs and ads for 59
per cent of respondents.
Misspellings of "February" and "definitely"
were singled out by 38 per cent and 31 per cent,
respectively, as most bothersome when respon-
dents were presented with a list of word candi-
But the most irksome set of oft-confused words,
at least to 46 per cent of the survey s respondents,
was an old standard: "their, they re and there."
Generation LOL most irked
by grammar, spelling slips
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