Getting a ‘right answer’ to a key question posed by quiz master Rajiv Makhni left a demure-looking Pranav Bhogal in smiles, till the dreaded moment arrived.
Soon after Bhogal identified ‘Patanjali’ as the Ayurveda company that uses the tagline ‘Prakriti ka ashirwad’, Makhni invited the Class 12 student from Springdales, Dhaula Kuan, centre stage, asking him to demonstrate the way Baba Ramdev kicked the ball recently while inaugurating a soccer tourney. The hilarious episode that unfolded had everyone present at the venue in splits.
Moments such as these set ‘Inquizitive’, the annual HT-PACE (Partnerships for Action in Education) Inter-School Quiz Contest, a cut above other competitions in this class. Held at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium on Monday, the event attracted over 300 schools from across the Capital and the NCR.
“I feel like a rock star every time I step onto the Inquizitive stage,” said Makhni in his opening remarks.
Contests for the ‘best cheering squad’ and the ‘best banner team’ saw students dressed in zany costumes hooting, loudly playing musical instruments and waving theme-loaded banners from among the crowd. A section titled ‘2-minutes-to fame’ that offers teams a golden chance to perform onstage provides welcome them relief amid the nail-biting rounds.
An interesting question required contestants to identify who sent the tweet that read: “5,1,3,2,2020,1/2,…what number will come next?” When it seemed that the question had stumped everyone present at the venue, a member of the audience correctly answered Chetan Bhagat, explaining how the numbers held clues to the titles of Bhagat’s books.
Another question that left everybody thinking sought the identity of the only iconic personality who was honoured with a star on Hollywood ‘Wall’ of Fame, instead of the ‘Walk’. It was legendary boxer Muhammad Ali who wanted this departure from the norm in order to ensure that no one would trample on his name (which is similar to that of Prophet Muhammad).
The audio round left the quizzers divided with choices between Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton as well as between Priyanka Chopra and Selena Gomez. Bringing to the fore his talent of playing with words, Makhni froze the heart-pounding moment and teased the contestants before letting out the answer.
Referring to the six grueling rounds, Makhni explained how the standard of quizzing was at its best this year. “The fact that all the participants were first-timers, and yet, four out of the six teams were neck-and-neck shows their level of expertise”.
The duo of Paavas Bhasin and Aniket Joshi from Modern School, Barakhamba Road, gave a good account of their quizzing prowess to emerge the winners. Shubham Sharma and Ishaan Singh Dhindsa from DPS, Gurgaon, were the first runner-up, followed by Pranav Bhogal and Aditya Dixit from Springdales, Dhaula Kuan, who took the second runner-up spot.
Consolation prizes were awarded to the remaining finalists: Rupesh Sharma and Mohammed Arham Siddiqui from DPS Mathura Road; Aditya Verma and Aditya Shukla from Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri and Aishani Koul and Diana Oommen from St. Thomas, Mandir Marg.
Members of the audience, too, were showered with goodies galore for innovative answers, even if they were off the mark, as a gesture to encourage better participation.