Spoof on yoga guru, mind-benders at annual HT-Pace Inquizitive Quiz

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Published on Aug 09, 2016 10:53 AM IST
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ByAnanya Biswas and Aditi Ghosh

NEW DELHI: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev couldn’t have asked for better publicity than this! After obtaining the right answer to the question as to which company uses the tagline ‘Prakriti ka ashirwad’, quiz master Rajiv Makhni asked demure-looking Pranav Bhogal of Springdales, Dhaula Kuan, to show how Baba Ramdev kicked the ball while inaugurating a soccer tourney recently. The hilarious demonstration had 3,000-odd audience at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium 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.

The event conducted on Monday attracted over 300 schools from across the Capital and the NCR. The quiz, which also included contests for the ‘best cheering squad’ and the ‘best banner team’, saw students dressed in costumes hooting, playing musical instruments and waving banners from among the audience. A section titled ‘2-minutes-to fame’ offered teams the chance to perform onstage, providing a welcome relief amid the nail-biting rounds.

“I feel like a rock star every time I step onto the Inquizitive stage,” said Makhni, reacting to the electric atmosphere at the venue.

One of the many questions that had contestants at the edge of their seats required them to identify the sender of the tweet that read: “5,1,3,2,2020,1/2,…what number will come next?”

It looked like the query had stumped one and all, till a member of the audience correctly answered Chetan Bhagat, before explaining how the numbers held clues to the titles of Bhagat’s books.

Another poser asked the name of the only personality who was conferred a star on Hollywood ‘Wall’ of Fame, instead of the ‘Walk’ of Fame. That was the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who wanted to ensure that no one would trample on his name (which is similar to that of Prophet Muhammad).

The winners, Paavas Bhasin and Aniket Joshi, from Modern School, Barakhamba Road, gave a good account of their quizzing prowess. Shubham Sharma and Ishaan Singh Dhindsa from DPS, sector 45, Gurgaon, were the first runners-up, followed by Pranav Bhogal and Aaditya Dixit from Springdales, Dhaula Kuan, who emerged the second runners-up.

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.

Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, won the best banner team award and The Indian School, Sadiq Nagar, was adjudged the best cheering team.

The awards included the glittering Inquizitive trophy, mementoes from BML Munjal University, Firefox full-suspension 21 speed Dart 2.6 bikes and copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica ultimate edition.

The event was attended by Dr Amitava Babi Mitra, dean, School of Engineering and Technology, BML Munjal University; Swati Munjal, director, admissions and strategic initiatives, BML Munjal University; Aditya Munjal, CEO, Firefox Bikes, and Ajit Gandhi, marketing head, Firefox Bikes.

In her concluding remarks, Annapoorna Sehgal, head-education, HT Media Ltd said, “The effort put in by the schools in preparing the cheering teams and the banners was truly commendable. It was indeed a tough battle of wits on stage and the atmosphere was electrifying.”

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