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Tension makes way for joy: Quizmaster Mitesh Agarwal (left) with winners of the Ad Club Business Line Quiz 2010 R. Jayakanthan and Gopal Kidao.
Tension makes way for joy: Quizmaster Mitesh Agarwal (left) with winners of the Ad Club Business Line Quiz 2010 R. Jayakanthan and Gopal Kidao.

Ajai Sreevatsan

Trailing team wins by default at Ad Club Business Line Quiz

CHENNAI: One question can sometimes alter the destiny of individuals. When G. Swaminathan hit the buzzer on the final question and gave the wrong answer, the tense atmosphere gave way to gasps of disbelief. As a result, the trailing team won by one point, by default.

That was how a few gripping hours of quizzing ended at the Ad Club Business Line Quiz 2010 organised here on Saturday. The title sponsor of the event was the Union Bank of India.

The 12th edition of the quiz saw participation from corporate offices as well as the B-school community. Apart from local quizzing talent, teams from Mumbai, Delhi, Bhilai, Noida and Visakhapatnam battled it out till the final minute.

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Participants breezed through those questions. Even those who didn't make it to the podium displayed their quizzing prowess by answering questions which none of the teams could tackle. “We should have been on stage,” said one member in the audience in jest after getting an answer right.

Rajan Prabu, G. Swaminathan's teammate, said: “In the heat of the moment, anything can happen. But we move on with the belief that while you win some, you also have to lose some. We have been quizzing together for the past four or five years and we became friends through a quiz competition.”

Pointing out that quizzing is a great way of making friends, Gopal Kidao said, “I have been quizzing since I was in school. I am very interested in brands and the history behind them. For me, newspapers are the best source of information.”

His team – R. Jayakanthan, a software professional with TCS being the other member – was eventually the winner of the quiz which saw the participation of close to a 100.

The associate sponsors were HIRCO, SAIL, Hitachi and Voltas. While the academic sponsor was Pearson, the prize sponsor was Samsung.

Apart from cash prizes from Business Line, the winners won a Samsung LCD TV set, a mobile from UniverCell, Acme fitness equipment, a Swatch from Helvetica, and trolley bags from VIP, among a host of prizes.

Other prizes included: T-shirts (Trigger), coolers and gift vouchers (Mahavir Optics), ties (Tie Range), bags (Roshan Bags), 3 nights' stay at Goa sponsored by Villa Sol-Areia, and six months subscription from Fitness One.


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