Stuti Mishra with her family:
Father Tapas, left, mother
Sasmita, right and sister
Dhyana, front center. Stuti
won the Boston South Asian
Spelling Bee in 2010
April 1, 2011
next spelling queen bee?
Florida resident Stuti Mishra has one goal in mind now: Continuing the reign of Indian Americans at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC — the last three champions were of Indian origin — in June. She secured her
place in the finals by spelling T-A-W-D-R-I-L-Y correctly and winning the Orlando
Sentinel Local Spelling Bee March 24. ‘I just tried to stay calm and focused; it was
pretty smooth,’ she told Florida Today after the victory. Her family — father Tapas,
mother Sasmita and sister Dhyana — was at the back of the room. ‘We were keeping quiet. We did not want to break her momentum,’ said Tapas. But Dhyana, 6,
who helps her older sister practice, was jumping up and down. For the Mishras,
preparing Stuti is a team effort, said the newspaper. And she occasionally teaches
the correct pronunciation of a word to her parents, who have lived in America for
just over a decade. Stuti, who also speaks Oriya and some French, bested 15 other
contestants in Orlando and received $1,200 to cover travel expenses to the capital,
a $100 savings bond, a $20 Amazon gift certificate and a dictionary. ‘She needs to
take some time off and relax for a few days,’ Tapas said. ‘Let the kids be kids first.
But she will definitely be working very hard.’
Just arrived: Hugh Jackman in Mumbai
Actor Hugh Jackman arrives in Mumbai March 24 with his wife Deborra-Lee
Furness. The Wolverine star was in the city to attend the FICCI-Frames global film convention,
where he shared the stage with Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and filmmaker Karan
Johar. Jackman and his wife, who were visiting India for the first time, were to leave for Jaipur
after the convention
Adieu Mumbai, hello Denver After proving that Bollywood’s superstars (read Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan) are no match for her, Madhuri Dixit-Nene is happy to be back in America with her husband and kids. ‘Lots going on. Just arrived in Denver. Already miss Mumbai. Great o see my boys again. Will be back to Mumbai soon,’ the actress tweeted March 20. In Mumbai, Madhuri’s pres- ence in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 (the Indian version of Dancing with the Stars), garnered higher viewership than SRK’s Zor Ka Jhatka (the Indian version of Wipeout), and Big B’s Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 (the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?). She was also inundated with film and endorsement offers. But for the moment, all Madhuri intends to do is spend time with her family, cook for them and enjoy Denver. ‘Getting over jet lag quickly. The weather is beautiful,’ she tweeted.
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