Meet the grandmaster

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FROM "LYRICAL ECHO" About poetry and more
FROM "LYRICAL ECHO" About poetry and more

Read on to know what it is that makes Grandmaster G.S. Pradeep such a big hit

It is a battle of brains with a difference. Instead of the anchor calling the shots, here the audience decides if he is smart enough to beat them. The event - Grandmaster on Star Vijay.And, when fans get to see and hear Grandmaster G. S. Pradeep live, can life get any better? Kids from Shree Sarasswathi Vidhyaah Mandheer, Mettupalayam, had a whale of a time as the `reverse quiz master' interacted with them as part of `Lyrical Echo', a poetry contest organised by the school. Pradeep shot into the limelight with Aswamedham on Kairali television. He guessed the names of personalities in 1,200 episodes and was also featured in the Limca Book of Records. Aswamedham ran for five years and Grandmaster is its Tamil version. The reverse quizmaster has a success rate of 96.8 per cent in this programme. Enthused by its success, the Star Television network is planning to expand its reach. "I might soon do a similar programme in Telugu,'' says Pradeep.Earlier, talking to the students, Pradeep, a storehouse of information, said that it was vital for people to admit if they did not know something. "Saying `I don't know' is the best way to achieve success,'' said Pradeep. Because, that forces people to think and sets them on the path of learning. The quizzer in him came alive when he spoke about what true knowledge meant. "True knowledge and factual knowledge are different. Parents have to teach their children and schools should take on the responsibility of imparting extra knowledge. Mere academic knowledge is not enough,'' he said.

Inspired by examples

And, examples, he said were the best way to inspire. "For instance, when you ask someone to say a few lines about the Mahatma, they will rattle his life history. But how many of you know that a chance encounter with an impoverished woman near the Vaigai River in Madurai marked his transformation into a `half-naked fakir'?" He continued, "Gandhiji saw a barely-clothed woman drying her remaining clothes. He was well dressed and wearing a turban. He immediately gave the woman his turban and vowed to dress himself fully only when all Indian women got to do so."For one who "eats, drinks and sleeps books," the declining reading habit is a matter of great concern. His mission in life is to spread his four Rs - The Revolution of Reading and Renaissance of Remembrance. "We should read a lot and also remember what we read,'' he concludes.S. SUJATHA




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