S. Aishwarya

Hunt for the super mom turns out to be a pleasant way of unwinding

CHENNAI: It was the turn of kids to wait for their moms to complete each competition with whopping successes and pray fervently that their moms would be the one to win ‘The Hindu Chennai Super Mom.’ Husbands, for a change, tackled whining toddlers and sported vanity bags of their spouses.

The event offered the mothers to take time out for themselves and bring out their talent, as their families proudly looked on. Cookery competitions, art out of waste, and a host of other skill-testing competitions were conducted in succession, as the hunt for the super mom kicked off at Raja Muthiah Hall here on Sunday.

“After a whole week of slogging hard at home and office, this is a perfect way of spending our weekend. Many friends met up here and were competing with each other. The whole idea of our participation is to unwind, enjoy and turn on our creative minds,” said Samrakshna, a working mother.

A question ‘what signifies the beauty of women?’ decided the 15 semi-finalists out of the 75 picked from the preliminary round. The first event was to test women’s much-hailed multitasking abilities. They were given four different items in a kitty and expected to complete the unfinished part of different tasks. From the capital of Brazil to the smallest country in the world, a host of questions with different difficulty levels were shot at the participants in the quiz round.

Top five performers were selected for the finals, which set off with an extempore round. With no sign of edginess, the moms mounted on stage to speak on topics such as single mom, revamping education and kids growing up in struggling marriages. The women hogged their moments of glory at the talent show that followed the extempore round. Amirtha Agarwal danced for a Hindi number, while Srimathy K. sizzled with a medley of peppy songs. Aparna Ravi and Victoria belted out songs and Rose Nobel read out her poem penned for her daughter.

Jury members Akhila Srinivasan, Nina Reddy and Uma Riaz Khan assessed the participants based on their confidence, creativity and eloquence.

String of goodies

But it was the bumper question – ‘what role does education play to be a good mother?’ that decided the Super Mom. By scoring over other participants in most of the events, Ms. Srimathy was crowned ‘The Hindu Chennai Super Mom.’ Along with a string of goodies, she was presented a necklace worth Rs.1 lakh from NAC Jewellers and a hefty gift hamper from RmKV. Aparna Ravi was the first runner-up and Victoria was the second.

Sandwiched between each event was the hi-wattage musical performance of Srilekha Parthasarathy. Food King founder Sarath Babu and his mother were honoured on the occasion.

The Hindu presented gift hampers worth Rs.25,000, Rs.15,000 and Rs.10,000 to the winner, first and second runner-ups. Aquaguard Total was the title sponsor, Wavetel, Sowbaghya, Shrine Olive Oil, Viveks and Bharat Scans were the co-sponsors. BSNL was the communication partner, and Vijay TV and Radio One were the media partners. Naturals was the make-up stylist and Aachi masala was the cookery partner. It was managed by Events.