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Updated: March 26, 2010 17:45 IST

Tweeters get together for a cause

Staff Reporter
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‘Tweet, Meet, Give' – read the message in T-shirts worn by the city's Tweeters. Kochi hosted Kerala's first Twestival (a rendezvous of the Twitter community in the State) on Thursday, with actor Archana Kavi (an avid tweeter) of ‘Neelathamara' fame being the celebrity guest.

Thus, tweeters converged on Somewhere Else Café at Kadavanthra, one among the seven venues across the country which are hosting the second global Twestival.

This year, the global fundraising event is using social media to focus people's talent and resources to educate the under-privileged with the help of Concern Worldwide.

“An allegation is that you (Archana) tweet only when your movie is nearing release,” asked a smart guy from among the group.

“I don't know why you are saying this. I am a ‘paavam',” came her reply in chaste Malayalam. “Please note, Archana is a ‘paavam',” shot out one from the crowd. The youth took turns in ‘pulling her leg' and the petite actor with teenager looks and a soft voice was game for that.

Another guy (the girls were all silent) wanted to know whether she has written any poems, since her surname is Kavi. Yet another one wanted to know whether he would get a ‘positive response' if he tweeted her. “What would you do to better the lot of the youth,” came the next question. “Whatever is possible within my limits,” said the actor who made a token donation of Rs 500 to the cause of children's education.

Her dream husband? “Haven't given much of a thought, but something close to Abhishek Bachchan.”

An anonymous voice wanted to know how the name Pottenplavu (in Kannur, from where the Delhi-educated actor hails) evolved.

Archana spoke of how she became an actor following her dream of pursuing a career in the media.

Her father is a journalist and mother is into hospital administration.

Sajan Mani, an organiser of the event attempted to debunk popular perception of tweeters being youth who dance to DJ music, move around in jeans and T-shirts and have little idea of the outside world.

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