Lo­hita Phooken Col­lects Quirky Match­boxes

Cosmopolitan (India) - - COSMO GIRL -

Cosmo: Tell us about your hobby. Lo­hita Phooken: “I col­lect match­boxes, which makes me a Phillu­menist.” C: That’s un­usual! How did you get started? LP: “Two years ago, I watched a film called The

Painted Rain­bow where this old lady col­lects match­boxes and imag­ines her­self be­ing trans­ported to the colourful world of the draw­ings on the match­boxes. It im­me­di­ately struck a chord.” C: How do you find these match­boxes? LP: “I stop at ev­ery paan shop I pass. I make it a point to ask the au­towalas if they have a quirky match­box and give them one that’s read­ily avail­able in ex­change. I have match­boxes from In­dia, Lithua­nia, US, and Bangkok.” C: What’s your favourite hobby mem­ory? LP: “A girl in col­lege gave me a rare wooden match­box from Bangkok, that isn’t avail­able nowa­days. I hardly knew the girl, but she’d heard that I col­lect match­boxes so she got one for me. I think that was very spe­cial.”

Dress, Malini Ra­mani

Lo­hita wants to be di­rec­tor a film cur­rent

ly and is

short mak­ing

films.

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