I won my first open quiz for all school students when I was in my Std: 6. From then till now, quizzing has been one of my biggest passions. If it was Balls by Picasso at RECT, then it was the daily afty quiz at Infy-Chennai. Though we tried a lot to make Quizzine at SP a regular feature, the results were far from satisfactory. The quizzing circle at Wipro is pathetic to say the least and so these days I stay content watching THE CHALLENGE in CNBC on Saturday nights (where the SP team incidentally is screwing the corporate world - WTG Dipanjan) and reruns of MASTERMIND INDIA on Sundays in BBC. Which brings us to the reason for this post.
For those of you unaware of the MASTERMIND series, please look t up here. I am a big, big fan of the Mastermind series and gave it a shot in 2001 in Pune where I missed the prelims cut off by 1.5 points. Believe me it was bloody difficult and thank heavens I didn’t make it through since I would have surely been severely exposed. Since then I have watched as many episodes of Mastermind as was possible. I have been fortunate to see some wonderful quizzers be it Mohit P or Amalesh M from Infy and even that wonderful lady, Priyamvada who won Mastermind India 2000. But after seeing a repeat of Ramanand's winning Mastermind India 2003 finals performance today morning, I am beginning to feel very very inadequate. After scoring a massive 25 in his chosen subject of Stories of Tommy and Tuppence by Agatha Christie, he blew the opposition away with a stand-out performance in the GK round to score a cumulative 42 which fell short of Priyamvada's all time high of 43 by just one. I suspect he actually took it easy towards the end but that still does not take away absolutely anything from this masterful performance. And I am not yet done.. On googling for this guy, I came across his blog and my, he writes brilliantly. I had always considered myself unique in my own way - maybe Jack of a million trades - but after seeing Ramanand, I havta to be the joker of the pack. This guy is simply awesome. Check out his pet JaDe project. Btw, he is a Tam :-))
I think I have been in self deprecation mode for too long now. Ain't I de best ? Bye sweetoos !